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Laurel Shields, thirty-five and mother of two, awakens to find that her husband, Warren, a prominent local physician, is not in bed with her. Creeping out to the kitchen of their palatial home, she sees him through the doorway of his study, wildly pulling books from the shelves. Two weeks earlier, Warren and his partner were informed by the IRS that their medical practice ...more
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June
Nov 12, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not anyone
Not sure I really liked this one, but I had to finish reading it. Sometimes, however, I'm not convinced that male authors actually have any concept about what women are really like when it comes to sex and porn. I think they (male authors) tend to create women like they WISH women were. In other words, I didn't find the lead female to be especially convincing. The lead female -- school teacher secretly having an affair and watching porn on her laptop. Disgruntled husband: doctor in a practice t ...more
Jaime
Mar 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve seen a wide range of reviews for this book, and I think I understand why. I had no respect for any of the main characters. Laurel and Danny are cheating on their respective spouses, and Warren is not only holding his family hostage, he’s been cheating the government through his business. There were frustrations, like why didn’t Laurel fight harder? Why did they insist on keeping the affair a secret, even after discovery? That’s probably the point I found most ridiculous... that as Warren fo ...more
Corky
Nov 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Greg Iles at his best - I could NOT put this book down.

The whole story takes place in one 24 hour time period.

Warren Shields discovers, through an anonymous tip, that his wife has been cheating on him. He cannot guess the identity of her lover so he takes her hostage until either she reveals the name or he can access her Hotmail account and find out the name for himself.

While being held hostage, Laurel discovers the reason for her husband's recent bizarre behavior and it has a direct impact on
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Gina
Oct 21, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, thriller
Unforgiving ... In more ways that one.

Laurel Shields’s day turns into a nightmare from the moment she got out of bed. First, an E.P.T. Pregnancy test turns out positive, her husband had never came to bed and seems frantic while trashing the great room. Obviously, he’s looking for something. What, she doesn’t know. The problem is: she doesn’t know who the father is. Her husband Warren’s, or Danny McDavitt, the man with whom she’d had a year-long affair with that recently ended.

Even though she fee
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Benoit
Sep 30, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I got through about a hundred pages of this book and realized I really didn't care what happened to this characters and I was totally uninterested in 'toughing it out' to get to the end (there are too many other good books to read to invest in something I'm not enjoying). I've enjoyed Mr. Iles books before, but this one didn't grab me at all. I even flicked forward a few hundred pages to see if there was any indication of the situation getting better only to be greeted by a story which did not s ...more
Keri
Jan 02, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Definitely not Iles's best work. I got interested in the fraud sub-plot (since I work Medicaid fraud investigations), and that's probably why I kept interested (kept hoping they'd revisit that issue). Otherwise I basically knew how the book would end about half-way through. The book takes place over 24 hours or so, which to me just made it seem even more drawn out. By the end, I was ready for it to just be over, already!
Kate
Jun 01, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too long, and seemed really rushed and drawn out at the same time. Rushed bc you don't ever find out what happens to most characters, and drawn out bc there was TMI in other parts. And lots of unnecessary information, too. Like all the hoopla about porn and cracking the password...weird book.
Maria
Dec 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very compelling read! I couldn't put it down. Definitely a page-turner.
Patrick
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laurel Shields, thirty-five and mother of two, awakens to find that her husband, Warren, a prominent local physician, is not in bed with her. Creeping out to the kitchen of their palatial home, she sees him through the doorway of his study, wildly pulling books from the shelves. Two weeks earlier, Warren and his partner were informed by the IRS that their medical practice was being audited; since then the stress on Dr. Shields has steadily ratcheted up.

But Laurel has problems of her own. Quick
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Jackie Rogers
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again an exciting novel of unexpected adventure. In this one we have a husband thinking his wife has been unfaithful. They have two children. He kidnaps his wife and questions her to find out who she has been unfaithful with. The children become involved and things get worse as guns and murder are brought into play. Only Greg Iles could make a super mystery out of a bad marriage.
Dennise Marie
Aug 18, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was EXCRUCIATINGLY BORING. One of my biggest pet peeves is picking up a book only to find that there is not ONE likable character. The main characters are cheating on their spouses, but somehow this is okay because their spouses just don’t “get them” or “understand who they reallyyy are”. Maybe it’s the loyalist in me, but cheating main characters will never be likeable to me. Especially, when Danny married Starlette for her looks and Laurel never sounds like she was ever in love with ...more
Alex
THIRD DEGREE (Pub. 2007) by Greg Iles is one of the best stories I've read in some time. It's a good measuring stick, the way great books are enjoyable no matter when they were published. This one is an easy 5-stars because it quickly sucks the reader in, even though there isn't a lot of physical action until mid way, then it comes non-stop right up to the end.

Isles does a great job of keeping our pulses high and our fingers greedily turning the pages. The relentless pace and what's-gonna-happe
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Carla
Dec 23, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for a fast-paced crime/suspense story. Judging from the press, Iles earns at least one thumbs-up for that genre. The story has an interesting premise - a wife hiding an affair, a doctor husband finding out and holding her hostage and a backdrop of medical insurance fraud. BUT...I hated reading every nitpicking idea that a character had as he/she thought out all of the options EVERY time he/she made a move. Call me a book snob but I prefer to hash out those possibilities in my own m ...more
Laren
Feb 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Our main character learns she is pregnant on the same day her husband is stressed about a big audit at work. Unfortunately, she doesn't know if he's the father since she's been having an affair. Her husband has some secrets too, and all these secrets lead to a tense hostage situation in their home.

Greg Iles paints such a detailed picture of the many flawed characters that you may find yourself torn about which ones you should be actually rooting for as I did. The one complaint I would have about
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Billie Davis
Jan 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! At first I was not sure, but then as I continued reading, I was pulled into the plot. what a twist! He was looking for clues to save himself and his business from the IRS and found a love letter addressed to his wife. Which changed the priorities in his life. Instead of trying to save his job/freedom he started looking for clues to save his marriage or to end it. I wanted her to get caught, because she was wrong for cheating on her husband. Because she should have left her hus ...more
Dolores
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for some reading material for my husband when I ran across this 2007 thriller and it caught my attention. Briefly....in one terrifying day, Laurel Shields, mother of two, finds out she is pregnant but she's not sure who the father is. Her physician husband is totally stressed out because his practice is being audited. More secrets are exposed, complications develop, and the result is a nerve-wracking hostage situation.

I have read other reviews of "Third Degree" and many readers did
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Deb Mj
Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing. I have read the first two of Iles' Penn Cage books, both of which I really liked, was set to read the third (The Devil's Punchbowl) and discovered that a character from Third Degree makes an appearance in that book. Being the borderline obsessive-compulsive that I am, that meant I had to read this book first. Big mistake. None of these characters are especially likable, and I can't summon one iota of sympathy or goodwill for any of them (okay, maybe a little bit of goodwill for Ca ...more
Jenn Starr
Greg Iles writes the best mysteries except this one...this one centered around Laurel who is married to a doctor named Warren. Warren finds out Laurel is having an affair and Warrens business partner has the office under investigation for Medicaid fraud. There in turn, he takes Laurel hostage in their fmaily home. There is no climax,& the ending is just as you would expect. No suprises and left me with too many questions & thinking what a waste of time. ...more
Stefan
Jan 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Third Degree has lots of action, suspense and an intelligent plot. It also features strong, well-developed characters and is set in American south (as usual in Iles books). Yet, Greg Iles also uses this thriller (about a woman terrorized by her jealous, mentally unstable husband) to pose a highly relevant question: How well do we actually know the people who populate our daily lives? This question is masterfully played out in Third Degree, a book perfectly suited for evenings on the patio.
Patrice Hoffman
Oct 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was just one turn after another with this book. It was an exciting ride. There were many parts I couldn't even imagine were happening. Not that the writing was unbelievable but... I was just thinking wow! Did that really just happen?! This is the second book I've read by this author but... I'm hooked. I like his style.
Lori
Jan 12, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
a friend recommended this author to me-he reads alot of suspense, like me. I discussed it with him-he hadn't read it yet...we decided maybe it's "Iles done Lite"!! I found it predictable and was disappointed by the simple "happy ending". May try again-friend says earlier works are better.....
Rob
Jun 02, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was plodding on by the time I have gone through a third of the book, hoping the torture would be over soon. It's hard to feel sympathy for an adulterer, or the greedy doctors, or the bumbling law men, federal and local. Now that it's over, what's the point of the story?
Zrinka Jelic
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a good book. Kept me reading until the end though the ending is predictable, though I didn't see Warren's end to be as it happened. There were some back stories introduced at the not the best time. For example: given the circumstances, would Danny be thinking about the entire history of Athens Point while his student is flying the plane over the town? Or does the reader even need to know it? It's a historical bit but it doesn't really serve any purpose there. Eventually, I started skippin ...more
Dele Haynes
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Greg Iles is one of favorite authors. So he was an easy choice for what to listen to on our trip.

Lauren's day begins with a big surprise....the pregnancy test read positive. The problem is she doesn't know who the father is, her husband or the man she loves who has broken up with her. She tries to carry on her day as if everything is normal even though her husband is going a little nuts over an audit. When Lauren makes an emergency trip home, her husband is still at home and going a little nuts.
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Patricia
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Greg Iles's writing is absolutely SUPERB***** Authors that I have read this year (2018) Greg Iles has become my #1 Author... Third Degree would have taken a lot of research for the writing of this book as for the (Military Section) of this book... Absolutely Amazing!!! This would of made a Great Movie.
Margot
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A true, heart wrenching story that could happen in our reality. The emotion of love has a twisted way of bringing everyone together in their truest form, but also ripping and destroying the life you have known and created. The story ended on a high note after it lagged some. Great read, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to see what love really can do.
Richard Myers
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

In reading this book I kept looking for clues how everything would turn out at the end of each chapter. Boy was I wrong on all counts. There is plenty of big action along with subtle currents running all through this book.
Dawn
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent stand-alone from Greg Iles.
Sue Degoey
This book put me in a moral dilemma. I hated the protagonists, as the center of the story was an adulterous affair, however, I really couldn’t put the book down, with the suspense and violence. It was sad, in fact pathetic. I like this author, and will definitely read more of his work, but I wasn’t really a fan of the storyline.
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Greg Iles was born in Germany in 1960. He grew up in Natchez, Mississippi, and graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1983. He was active in a band called "Frankly Scarlet", but quit after realizing that the touring lifestyle was not conducive with his family life. Once no longer busy with the band, he turned his attention to writing.

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