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True Evil | [Greg Iles]

True Evil

Dr. Chris Shepard is 36 years old, newly married, and well on his way to a perfect life. Or so he believes. But that future is forever cast into doubt the day Special Agent Alexandra Morse walks into his office and drops a bombshell: Dr. Shepard's beautiful new wife is plotting his murder.
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Publisher's Summary

Dr. Chris Shepard is 36 years old, newly married, and well on his way to a perfect life. Or so he believes. But that future is forever cast into doubt the day Special Agent Alexandra Morse walks into his office and drops a bombshell: Dr. Shepard's beautiful new wife is plotting his murder.

Shepard is so shocked that he almost throws Agent Morse out of his office. Yet once he is alone, doubt begins to gnaw at him. Paranoia magnifies the small cracks in his marital relationship, and soon he can have no peace unless he knows the truth.

When Agent Morse reappears, Chris agrees to act as bait to help her unravel the divorce lawyer's scheme, which may already have cost nine unsuspecting spouses their lives.

At the center of the mystery lies a maddeningly simple question: If these people really were murdered, why can't the FBI prove it? Rigorous autopsies have uncovered no forensic evidence of foul play, and the police believe no crimes have occurred. As Dr. Shepard and Agent Morse struggle against an invisible adversary, Shepard realizes that he's working with a desperate woman. The reason: the killer's last known victim was Alex Morse's sister, who from her deathbed accused her husband of murder and extracted a vow that Alex save her 10-year-old nephew from his father. This has driven Alex to risk both her life and her career to fulfill that vow.

But Chris Shepard soon feels desperation of his own. As he probes his wife's hidden past, he is confronted by the probability that the woman he loves wants him dead.

Who is this merciless assassin? Why is murder an art form for him? And what clues could exist to lead them to a man of such twisted talents? Not even the clients who hire him know his identity, and the lawyer who works with him fears him above all else. Most terrifying, those who choose murder over divorce soon learn a terrible truth: once set in motion, the instrument of their anger cannot be stopped.

©2006 Greg Iles; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio

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    Garry Crossville, TN, United States 05-06-11
    Garry Crossville, TN, United States 05-06-11 Member Since 2006
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    "True Evil"

    I bought this book as part of a three for the price of two deal and I???m glad I did. The book is 17 hours but it don???t let go for a second. I???m starting to run out of Nelson DeMille, Vince Flynn, Michael Connelly, and Craig Johnson books so Greg Iles was a good find. I highly recommend this book.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ru Theday Burlington, NJ USA 01-23-11
    Ru Theday Burlington, NJ USA 01-23-11 Member Since 2005

    Lady Ru

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    "Just OK"

    Not my favorite narrator, but he does a decent job with this. The main character in this book is a really annoying, self centered and a danger to everyone around her. I liked her less with each chapter. The men were worse. I always have a problem with law enforcement characters who think the laws don't apply to them. Read another book by this author, there are definitely better options

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ralph Tampa, FL, United States 05-03-10
    Ralph Tampa, FL, United States 05-03-10 Member Since 2002
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    "True Evil"

    I found the story completely implausible but have to say that I'd listen to Dick hill read a cereal box and be entertained. For a two day trip it did keep me intrigued although I still don't understand why the doctor's wife wanted to have him murdered. That made no sense at all.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 08-18-13
    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2012

    Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!

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    "I've listened to better by Greg Iles."
    What did you love best about True Evil?

    Dick Hill's narration. I know he gets some bad reviews but I love him.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The end is so suspenseful, I had to remember to breathe. I am a nurse and I am glad they got the medical terms correct.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, he did an awesome job!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The cancer killer?


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Bownstown, MI, United States 03-26-11
    Ed Bownstown, MI, United States 03-26-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Not Quite as Good as Turning Angel"

    So I read this one and Turning Angel back to back. I gave Angel a 4 star rating (4.5 really) and would have given this one the same, right up to the end. The ending just lost if for me a bit. I wouldn't say it fizzled out, but it just appeared the author sort of ran out of steam and had some deadline to meet. One of the characters, albeit a supporting one until near the end, gets shot and killed without much of a to do at all. Bada boom bada bing. And this guy was a professional and the killer was not. It seemed to spiral in the same sort of direction after that. A lot of time was spent developing the characters, which was done well, and creating a plausible story, to end it sloppily. It’s like wrapping a diamond ring in a hefty bag. So I am left with a three star rating. It was a good story though and I did enjoy about 95% of it so I can still recommend it. I maybe could stretch it to 3.5

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK, United States 01-22-14
    Jennifer TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK, United States 01-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Truely Captivating and Terrifiying!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of True Evil to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version.


    What other book might you compare True Evil to and why?

    I can't compare it, it was unique.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is an excellent narrator.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Sleep with Eyes Wide Open


    Any additional comments?

    The story really dives into the human psyche of do we really ever know someone. The killer's method of killing is untraceable and terrifying. It leaves you wondering if what he did is possible or will it be possible in the future. If so, we all won't sleep so easy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Edith KAMUELA, HI, United States 05-08-13
    Edith KAMUELA, HI, United States 05-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Mezmerized!"
    What made the experience of listening to True Evil the most enjoyable?

    Iles' ability to seize your complete attention is truly legendary. There was also a perfect matching of story to narrator which resulted in a TOTAL experience in just the way Iles intended.


    What other book might you compare True Evil to and why?

    Sleep No More.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    both primary characters


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I HAD to listen to it at EVERY POSSIBLE MOMENT!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anthonette Jonesboro, GA, United States 02-07-10
    Anthonette Jonesboro, GA, United States 02-07-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Cannot wait to read the next one!"

    This book was captivating from the beginning and Dick Hill was a great narrator as always.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    03-10-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Love Greg Iles!"

    I LIKED THIS BOOK. THE STORY WAS GOOD WITH TWIST AND TURNS.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 12-28-08
    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 12-28-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Respectfully disagree"

    Dick Hill saves this novel in my view.
    Greg Iles is the one who makes the characters so insufferable.
    The heroine is self-centered, ungrateful and as congenial as box of fire ants. The hero and all the other "good guy" characters are more than willing to go along with her unreasonable demands especially if there is a chance they will be killed, tick off the Boss or at least break a federal law.
    1. A doctor leaves an office full of patients after receiving an urgent but vague call (as in "you have to come here right away but I can't tell you why") and does it several times!?!? Sure, why not?
    2. A discredited FBI agent continually disobeys orders even from those trying to help her? Perfectly logical!
    Naw, Iles gets a B minus on this story- it's an interesting plot but the characters don't elicit any concern.
    Dick Hill gets a Meritorious Service Award for putting lipstick on this porcine story

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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