Third Degree: A Novel

By Greg Iles

occasionally the gravest hazards -- and the darkest souls -- dwell correct beside us....

within the span of twenty-four hours, every-thing Laurel Shields believes approximately her lifestyles and her marriage to a well-liked health professional can be shattered -- if she survives a terrifying ordeal. The day starts with the jarring discovery that, quickly after finishing an affair, Laurel is pregnant. but if she returns domestic to discover her husband ashen, unkempt, and close to violence, a nightmare fast unfolds. within the middle of an idyllic Mississippi city, at the back of the partitions of her excellent condo, Laurel reveals herself locked in a unstable standoff with a husband she slightly acknowledges. faced with proof of her betrayal, she needs to tread a dangerous course among fact and deception whereas a hoop of armed police prepares a deadly rescue. yet Laurel's maximum worry -- and her merely desire -- lies along with her former lover, a courageous guy whom destiny has granted the ability to save lots of either Laurel and her teenagers -- if she will be able to guard his id lengthy enough....

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You promise? ” “I promise. ” “Today? ” Vida patted Nell’s knee. “Today. ” “But what if Dr. Shields is domestic? Or his spouse? ” “Oh, Kyle’s slick adequate to get it out no matter if they’re there. a few issues he's stable at, I’ll provide him that. He’s a born con guy. ” “But the place is the stuff? what's it? I don’t even comprehend that. ” The hardness lower back to Vida’s face. “You don’t want to know. yet I’ll inform you the place it really is. It’s in that room they've got lower than the steps. were you aware approximately that? ” Nell shook her head. “It’s like in that Jodie Foster motion picture, simply now not so fancy. the place you cross if there’s a twister, or an individual breaks in. It’s a wealthy people’s factor. ” Nell acknowledged, “I take into accout Mama used to throw us within the closet while a twister got here. ” “That was once me. Mama used to be too under the influence of alcohol to fret approximately any twister. ” disgrace and love reddened Nell’s face. “Don’t take into consideration it,” Vida acknowledged. “Anyway, Kyle went over to Dr. Shields’s apartment final Saturday evening after they have been all long gone to the flicks. He placed the stuff at the back of a few canned items or anything. yet you simply cease caring. I’m going to keep up Kyle and confirm your boyfriend is secure, too. As secure as he should be in the midst of this mess, besides. secure as you and me. ” Nell compelled herself to grin. This used to be the easiest she may well desire for. Vida leaned ahead and hugged her tight, the odor of Marlboro Ultralights wafting from her hair. “You’re this kind of lovely girl,” Vida cooed with maternal delight. “Everything’s gonna end up ideal for you. It has to. ” She pulled again some distance adequate to wink at Nell. “One people merits a contented finishing. ” Nell felt like crying, yet she held it in. Vida stood and walked to the sufferer window, her fingers accepting a kind from a sufferer, yet her brain already plotting her subsequent stream. Nell didn’t envy Dr. Auster’s subsequent assembly together with her sister. Vida used to be hell on wheels while she was once angry—scarier than such a lot males. Nell rolled her chair again to her machine, however the longer she stared on the monitor, the fewer relieved she felt. issues have been relocating too quick, and but no longer quick adequate. What if the police officers did whatever this day? What in the event that they searched Dr. Shields’s condo prior to Dr. Auster went over and got rid of the planted facts? may perhaps she have enough money to attend for that? may well she even belief Dr. Auster to do what he was once presupposed to do, no matter if he promised Vida that he might? the reply to that question used to be an unequivocal no. Nell couldn’t depart Warren Shields’s destiny within the fingers of his sleazy accomplice. She must take accountability herself. After a brief look at Vida, she opened her Hotmail account and commenced to style. thousand toes above town, Danny instructed his flying scholar to financial institution the Cessna northward and head clear of the Mississippi River. They’d been within the air 40 mins, totally on the south aspect of city, yet Danny desired to recognize if either vehicles have been nonetheless parked on the Shields apartment. Laurel had no longer responded to his final textual content message, and he used to be frightened that he’d made a mistake by way of sending it. a foul mistake. “You wish me to move the entire approach to fortress Adams? ” requested Marilyn Stone, a neighborhood lawyer who’d dreamed for years of studying to fly.

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