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From Atlanta's wealthiest suburbs to its stark inner-city housing projects, a killer has crossed the boundaries of wealth and race. And the people who are chasing him must cross those boundaries, too. Among them is Michael Ormewood, a veteran detective whose marriage is hanging by a thread--and whose arrogance and explosive temper are threatening his career. And Angie Polaski, a beautiful vice cop who was once Michael's lover before she became his enemy. But unbeknownst to both of them, another player has entered the game: a loser ex-con who has stumbled upon the killer's trail in the most coincidental of ways--and who may be the key to breaking the case wide open.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2006
ISBN: 9780440336235
Characteristics: 392 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Nov 05, 2018

I almost didn't read this. I didn't want to read 300 pages about a central character who is at best a disgusting creep. I held on until I read the "King County Head Librarian mandated 100 page minimum" before giving up on a book--and I am so glad I did. Anything that I could tell you about this well-written, intelligent, complicated story would be a spoiler. The twists and turns and surprises make it an engaging and challenging adventure. Murder, betrayal, love--of several varieties, some just plain sick, hate, jealousy, devotion, lust, greed, revenge, friendship, a mother's devotion, pain of many kinds, and characters' backstories that are compelling and make them some of the most well developed "people" of the over 100 books I've read so far this year. Its a thick book, a took me two days of reading, but because I didn't want to stop, the time seemed to fly by.

Jun 19, 2018

1 Triptych
2 Fractured
3 Undone
4 Broken
5 Fallen
6 Criminal
7 Unseen
8 The Kept Woman

Dec 18, 2016

(The first book in the Will Trent series)

May 24, 2016

Will Trent is a dyslexic Georgia state agent. John Shelley is a convicted sex offender just released on parole after serving his sentence for killing a high school classmate. There are several young female victims whose tongues have been either cut off or bitten off. Various detectives on both the state and local level are working the cases. Will’s love interest is a vice detective, which is to say, she dresses as a prostitute and catches johns who proposition her. All the major characters are seriously flawed. There you have the elements of this well-written mystery.

This is the first Karin Slaughter book I’ve read, and I see why she’s popular. The story was complex enough to be interesting and she didn’t revel in the gore and sadism, at least not for a long time. It was well-paced. It was a best-seller. Still, I do not plan to read any more books by her. The whole story was too dark and depressing. None of the characters were likeable. The ending was particularly unsatisfying. John, we learn early on, is innocent (of the killing for which he was convicted, although not totally innocent by any means). So when the real killer is finally confronted in the final scenes we are inundated with sadism and depravity so over-the-top as to be ridiculous. It would be disgusting if it weren’t so unbelievable as to be almost meaningless. Those squeamish about torture scenes should stay away. The final scene with a certain relative of John’s made absolutely no sense legally or in any other way.

Mar 20, 2016

I started this book, read about 50 pages and abandoned it.
To be fair, it is well-written and incisive, but, it is very gritty, nasty and cringe-worthy; the characters are not sympathetic, I don't feel drawn in to care about what happens at all.

Apr 22, 2013

One of Karin's best. I really enjoyed it. 9 of 10 for me.

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