Greg Iles pens yet another page-turner set in his beloved state of Mississipi. In Third Degree, Laurel Shields, unhappy in her marriage to steady but boring doctor, Warren, has an affair with military hero and helicopter pilot, Danny McDavitt. Never expecting to lose her heart, she suddenly finds herself pregnant and pining to be with the only man she’s ever truly loved. Then suddenly, Laurel is being held hostage by a demented Warren who demands to know who her lover is, threatening the lives of her and their two children. Meanwhile Danny is trying to find a way to leave his shallow beauty pageant wife, without losing his beloved son, Michael, who has autism. As Laurel desperately tries to distract Warren, a less than adept county sheriff’s department tries to come up with a plan to save her. Will Danny be able to use his military skills to circumvent the incompetent sheriff’s attempts to rescue Laurel before the situation comes to a horrible end?
Greg Iles is one of my favorite crime fiction authors and sets his books in and around his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi. In the Natchez of his best-selling crime-fiction novels, Iles confronts issues of poverty, racism and corruption, taking off the gloves in highlighting the issues and traditions, both good and bad, indigenous to the South. Iles weaves an intricate web in each story, layering intrigue and psychological thrills that end with an explosive twist. Third Degree is just one in a long list of excellent, intelligent crime fiction books by an author who is a genius at the genre.