Third Degree

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 t

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 feels a migraine coming on, she still goes to the school where she teaches special needs children. Her migraine becomes full-blown when it’s Danny who shows up for the parent-teacher meeting, not his wife.She returns home for medication for her migraine only to have her husband confront her. Seems he found a letter, hidden in one of her favourite classic books, from an unknown man. She denies it, but he doesn’t believe her. Now a gun comes into the picture, and Warren is now holding her hostage, determined to find out who she was having an affair with.Meanwhile, Warren has a secret he’s been keeping from Laurel. He’s sick, and there’s nothing that can be done about it. And he’s known about his condition for a little over a year. And to boot, the IRS is coming to audit him and his partner, Kyle Auster. Seems Auster has been defrauding the government, and while Warren kept his business out of it, he’d started partaking, when he found out about his condition.Things escalate from there.This is the first Greg Iles novel I’ve read. Some reviews are saying it’s by far not his best work. What do I say to that? Thank God! Maybe I’ll give him another go.It felt like a bad scene from a made-for-TV-movie, where everything gets out of hand in a big hurry.Yes, Laurel finds out she’s pregnant. She’s positive that Danny is the father. Meanwhile, while Warren holds her hostage, all he wants to know is for her to admit to her affair and who the man is. But she denies it - denies it right up until the end - even when the proof is flashed between the three of them.The whole scenario, within a what, 8-hour span, was blown way out of proportion. You get to understand why, because of steroid use and unexplained bouts of anger and violence are a side effect. But until you find that out, it just seems to drag.It gets to be repetitive, and in some places, information, details and explanations are drawn out and are unnecessary. Bad enough that I started skimming pages to get passed explanations that had absolutely nothing to do with the situation. For the first time I read anything by this author, that, from me, is considered a bad sign.And the characters… good lord, where do I start? I was upset with Laurel right from the beginning. No matter how bad a marriage is, there is no excuse to stray. If you aren’t in love anymore, it’s called DIVORCE! Sit down and talk to your spouse. Lack of communication upsets me greatly - because there is no excuse for it (I do hope that I don’t offend anyone ~ that’s my opinion, with a story of fiction or not, cheating on your spouse, to me, is unexcusable)! Warren: I can understand his excuses for not telling anyone about his cancer. I’m sure I’d feel the same way. But again, if he doesn’t want anyone to know, that’s fine, but as his wife and mother of his children, she had a right to know what was going on. And then he drags the children into the middle of their fight - lucky I can’t jump into a book; I might have beat the crap out of him myself.Vera and Auster are completely selfish with utter lack of any morals whatsoever. I can’t stand people like that in real life. I hate finding it in a book, fiction or otherwise. Some of the cops shouldn’t even be cops, let alone part of the county’s SWAT team. Danny seemed to be the only one worth his salt. He tried to talk Warren down, tried to get him to understand that, no matter what Laurel did, whether she cheated or not, it’s still no excuse for the way he’s acting. Tried to get him to stop. Even though he was lying to Warren himself, that was the smallest of indiscretions that didn’t bother me. He was trying to stop anyone else from getting killed, period.The biggest problem, for me, with this book was the repetitiveness and the unnecessary details. It made the book drag. It wasn’t until the second half of the book where the story really started to get interesting.Popular Third Degree By Greg Iles Viral Book From New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles comes his latest tour de force thriller an unforgettable plunge into a world of sex, violence, marital betrayal, medical malpractice, and Southern intriguel of which takes place in the span of one furious, terrifying day.In Third Degree, Greg Iles takes us to the idyllic town of Athens Point, Mississippi, to probe beFrom New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles comes his latest tour de force thriller an unforgettable plunge into a world of sex, violence, marital betrayal, medical malpractice, and Southern intriguel of which takes place in the span of one furious, terrifying day.In Third Degree, Greg Iles takes us to the idyllic town of Athens Point, Mississippi, to probe beneath the surface of the modern American marriage where the appearance of perfection conceals a soul searing conflict of unnerving intensity and violent possibility Packed with the storytelling brilliance and twisting suspense that mesmerized readers of True Evil, Turning Angel, and Blood Memory, Iles s newest novel delivers a powerful, revelatory reading experience.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 Quickly returning to the bedroom, she locks herself in the master bath, opens a home pregnancy testing kit, and fearfully tests herself PREGNANT, announces the digital readout Laurel closes her eyes as though absorbing news of a death, then quickly hides the evidence She is not sure who the father is Summoning all her strength, she walks into the kitchen to carry out the acting performance of her life.Later that morning, Laurel returns home and is surprised to find her husband s car still parked in the driveway The house has a strange stillness to it In the den, she finds Warren sitting on the sofa in the same clothes he wore the previous day His face is pale and unshaven, his eyes hollow with fear Then, in come the children, innocent of it all.So begins the most terrifying day in the history of a marriage, one that in less than five hours will make the Shields house the vortex of a nerve wracking siege While a nervous ring of armed men awaits its chance to storm the suburban home, inside the house the clock ticks down on exposure of Laurel s terrible secret But she is not alone in her lies Before the siege is through, this terrifying drama will pull in desperate characters from the town and drive Dr Shields, his wife, and her lover to the very brink of sanity and survival.Rich with Southern atmosphere, and perceptively laced with the tacit deceptions and psychological cracks found in nearly all marriages, Third Degree delivers another knockout, page turning read from Greg Iles, the poster boy of southern gothic thrillers Kirkus Reviews , and proves again that Iles is today s unparalleled master of the suspense novel.. 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.Greg s novels have been translated into various languages and are published in than 20 countries In addition to his popular novels, he wrote the original script for the movie 24 Hours later renamed Trapped.When not writing, Greg spends some of his time playing music He s a member of The Rock Bottom Remainders , which includes other authors Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Stephen King, Scott Turow, Amy Tan, Mitch Albom, Roy Blount, Jr Matt Groening, Kathi Kamen Goldmark, and James McBride.Greg still lives in Natchez, Mississippi, with his wife and two children.. Bestseller Book Third Degree 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 that was defrauding the government. Paramour: veteran, older man, in unhappy marriage. Office secretary: smart, white-trash leading not-too-smart doctors into white collar crime. Police department: not-too-smart, good ole boys ready to shoot anything that moved. In fact, all the characters were pretty 1 dimensional to say nothing about them being cliche. Any story that tries to make marital infidelity seem like the best choice isn't real high on my "oh-my-gosh-I-have-to-read-this" list.
Third Degree Definition of Third Degree by Merriam Webster Definition of third degree the subjection of a prisoner to mental or physical torture to extract a confession. Third degree Idioms by The Free Dictionary third degree n a session of questioning, usually by the police Bart got the third degree, but being the thoroughbred he is he was a clam They gave Spike the third degree, but he refused to say Third degree definition of third degree by The Free third degree interrogation often accompanied by torture to extort information or a confession interrogatory, examination, interrogation formal systematic questioning Based on WordNet Urban Dictionary third degree Third Degree A term derived from Freemasonry in which a member, in order to attend Masonic meetings, would have to pass an examination proving he is a Third Degree or Master Mason. The third degree Idioms by The Free Dictionary third degree n a session of questioning, usually by the police Bart got the third degree, but being the thoroughbred he is he was a clam They gave Spike the third degree, but he refused to say Third degree

  1. 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.Greg s novels have been translated into various languages and are published in than 20 countries In addition to his popular novels, he wrote the original script for the movie 24 Hours later renamed Trapped.When not writing, Greg spends some of his time playing music He s a member of The Rock Bottom Remainders , which includes other authors Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Stephen King, Scott Turow, Amy Tan, Mitch Albom, Roy Blount, Jr Matt Groening, Kathi Kamen Goldmark, and James McBride.Greg still lives in Natchez, Mississippi, with his wife and two children.

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  1. 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 that was defr [...]


  2. 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 found out [...]


  3. Unforgiving In 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 feels a migraine c [...]


  4. 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 seem to [...]


  5. 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 what [...]


  6. 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 drawn out By the end, I was ready for it to just be over, already



  7. 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 passwordweird book.


  8. This guy I need to find an interview that was done with Greg Iles Each of his stories is so completely different from the next I would like to know what he does to keep new ideas coming in so his books are completely different from one another I listened to this one on my iPod and couldn t stop I had my headphones on every spare moment I could find I even started tuning in while I was getting ready for work each morning But if I was so enthralled with this tale, why four stars and not five Ahh, [...]


  9. 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 happen next [...]


  10. The book kept my interest enough to keep reading to the end Butere was one review in the front of the book that claimed Laurel Shields was the most sympathetic adulteress since Hester Prynne or something like that I d hardly say that s the case at one point Laurel is comparing herself to the TSTL too stupid to live women in horror flicks, and tells herself to not be like that But in my eyes, I d say she very nearly falls into the TSTL category She doesn t seem to have any consistent motivation I [...]


  11. 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 BUTI 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 mind as I [...]


  12. I was looking for some reading material for my husband when I ran across this 2007 thriller and it caught my attention Briefly 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 not like i [...]


  13. 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 it [...]


  14. 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 husband Sh [...]


  15. 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.


  16. Greg Iles writes the best mysteries except this oneis 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.


  17. a friend recommended this author to me he reads alot of suspense, like me I discussed it with him he hadn t read it yetwe 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


  18. From the time we are little, we are courage to always tell the truth For Laurel, a main character in Greg Iles, Third Degree, she finds out that honesty is the better choice The actions of people and what they do or say can hurt anybody Warren, another main character has cancer and is upset by his wife when he finds out she has been cheating on him They find out later that Laurel is pregnant and does not know for sure who the father is Legal issues get involved also with Warrens work when he fin [...]


  19. Laurel Shields takes a pregnancy test and it is positive Only one problem, she doesn t know if the father is her husband or her lover And everything goes downhill from there Her husband, Dr Warren Shields is acting strangely, too One catastrophe after another begins to pile up and the story line stays tense through the entire novel If you can care about any of the characters you just have to kept reading to find out what happens next It s a thriller throughout.


  20. I like Greg Iles stuff He manages to weave a twisted tale into the middle of simple living issues In this case the novel begins with Laurel s discovery of a pregnancy shortly after ending a year long affair Her first concern is which man is the father, her husband However, as the day progresses, she finds herself in a mess Her husband, tearing apart the house looking for something discovers a note from her lover and begins to hold her hostage, demanding to know the name of her lover The story ad [...]


  21. Let me start off by saying, it was good The fact that I read the whole book is a testament to that The story is one that will keep you wondering what the next page holds I give great regards in that aspect The part that threw me off was the portrayal of women There were two mentioned most in the book, Laurel and Starlette It struck me that throughout this book, all of the mothers were putting their own interests ahead of their children I m sure there are many of those out there, but I don t see [...]


  22. Not a typical Greg Isles book, Third Degree , features a new set of Isles characters Dr Warren Shields and wife Laurel are trapped in a bad marriage Laurel has stepped out on Warren with war hero Major Danny McDavitt Warren and his medical practice partner Dr Kyle Auster run a rather unique doctor s office It s a crooked mess Warren has frozen out his wife and children while he fumes about an IRS audit Also as Dr Auster is stealing from medicare Government blind he doesn t realize the walls are [...]


  23. 12 08 07TITLE AUTHOR THIRD DEGREE by Greg IlesRATING 4.5 B GENRE PUB DATE OF PGS Suspense Thriller 2007 385 pgsSERIES STAND ALONE Stand AloneTIME PLACE Present Athens Point, MS CHARACTERS Laurel Shields Special Ed teacher, mother of 2 Warren Shields physician FIRST LINES Floating in the half world between sleep wakefulness, Laurel reached down slipped her hand into the crack between the mahogany bed rail the box springs, searching.ng for her connection to lifeMENTS library book Warren Shields is [...]


  24. Transpiring over the course of a day, Iles has written a disturbing thriller about a family in crisis Laurel Shields is living the American dream her husband Warren is a doctor, they have a beautiful home and two healthy children Yet that isn t enough, and Laurel finds herself falling in love with David, the father of one of her autistic students Duplicitous as she is beautiful, Laurel juggles her affair for about a year before David ends it just weeks before Laurel discovers she s pregnant Mean [...]


  25. I did not like Laurel She had two kids and was having an affair with the father of her autistic student She was angry that he hadn t left his wife when he said he would and her pregnancy was just the icing on the cake I did not like her husband, Warren, who was clearly off his rocker and I did not like Danny, although he was supposed to be a sympathetic figure The fact that all three of these adults had such little regard for the kids made me angry I think I was supposed to see all the shades of [...]


  26. My husband bought it for me for Sweetest Day, and by chance it was the only novel of his that I haven t read not that I m a fan, my sister in law is, and she lends to me continually.This story was okay It wasn t particularly original, and it actually reminded me of a movie one might see on Lifetime Network The story made me feel uncomfortable at times The author occasionally provided entirely too much background information on characters of little relevance.This far from the best book I ve read [...]


  27. I started to read this book with a bit of trepidationI had only read one book by this author, and I wasn t sure if his others could reach my expectations I was not disappointed This book grabbed me from the first, and kept me anxiously turning page after page A very suspenseful story of a husband who is overcome with grief and anger when he discovers his wife is having an affair Coming unhinged, he holds his wife and daughter hostage until she will confess who her lover is Underneath there are s [...]


  28. 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 Carl The w [...]


  29. 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.


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