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Product Details

  • Series: Will Trent
  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (July 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440242924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440242925
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Bestseller Slaughter departs from her Grant County crime series (Faithless, etc.) with a stand-alone thriller notable mainly for a jolting mid-book twist similar to one Ira Levin used with more subtlety in A Kiss Before Dying. The case of a prostitute's brutal murder provides a welcome break for Michael Ormewood, a cynical, world-weary Atlanta cop weighed down by dealing with the city's underclass and the heartbreak of a mentally impaired son. Since the victim's tongue was severed, linking the crime to several other recent outrages, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation intervenes. Suspicions focus on a recently paroled sex offender, John Shelley, who viciously butchered a neighbor more than a decade earlier. Slaughter unexpectedly switches the narrative's perspective, but the shock value garnered by the plot twist isn't matched by the predictable denouement. (Aug.)
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In her first stand-alone thriller since she began writing her best-selling Grant County series (the latest is Faithless, 2005), Slaughter continues to obsess over her favorite theme--the close link between intimacy and violence. In this intricately plotted page-turner of a novel, there's a serial killer at work in Atlanta, and he likes his victims young. His telltale m.o.--biting off his victims' tongues--brings in Will Trent, an agent from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, but the latest vicious murder doesn't fit with the previous cases. For one thing, the victim is a drug-addicted black prostitute in her thirties. Will is assigned to work the case with local detective Michael Ormewood, a hard-to-read veteran who resents Will's presence. Will also calls upon vice-squad undercover agent Angie Polaski, a lifelong friend he first met in an orphanage where they were both placed after suffering severe abuse--their on-again, off-again romantic relationship is a source of comfort and frustration for both of them. Suspicious of authority and severely dyslexic, Will slowly pieces together an investigation that leads to feckless ex-con John Shelley, a man so stunted by his prison stint that he can barely function yet comes roaring back to life when he senses that his newfound freedom is about to be snatched away. Slaughter is keenly interested in the root causes of sexual perversity, and she writes about them so affectingly that her fascinations also become the readers'. Joanne Wilkinson
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More About the Author

Karin Slaughter is a New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author. She is a native of Georgia.

Customer Reviews

It has great suspense, great character development, with some very interesting plot twists.
Timothy W. Holder
After a short time, I found this book to keep advancing the story, providing twists and turns that I didn't expect and really becoming a book that I enjoyed very much.
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I really liked how the book introduced each character and went into detail about them and made me actually feel like I knew the people.
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73 of 78 people found the following review helpful By David Montgomery VINE VOICE on September 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
After writing five books in her well-received "Grant County" series, author Karin Slaughter takes a new direction with her novel "Triptych," and it's a remarkable achievement.

An Atlanta police detective is investigating the murder of a prostitute when he discovers that several other women were also killed in a similar fashion. When the detective is joined on the case by an agent from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the reader gradually begins to learn what's really going on, and the truth is a shocker.

It can be difficult to read a book like this, so bare does it lay the pain of its characters. At the same time, the people in "Triptych" are so real and so well-developed that the reader can't help but feel empathy for them, and thus we are drawn even deeper into the ingenious plot.

This is the best thing Slaughter has written, both shocking and painful, but also gripping and resonant. "Triptych" launches a major new phase in her career, and it's a delight to behold.
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71 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Brian Baker VINE VOICE on September 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I won't rehash the story line, as you can get that from the publishing reviews.

I became a Slaughter fan with her first novel "Kiss/Cut", and have followed all of her Grant County novels. They're very enjoyable. So I bought this book on the strength of her previous performance. Also, I know a lot of authors write books other than their trademark series, many successfully: Connelly, Burke, Sanford, et al.

I had a hard time getting through this book. I get her point, and the significance of the title, but it didn't make it any easier. Her characters are beyond complex, especially in the first half of the book; they're obtuse. Further, they're not really likeable, and that's hugely problematical, at least for me. For me to find a novel engaging, there has to be at least one truly sympathetic character on which to hook your anchor. I'm afraid there were none home here.

That problem also made it harder for me to keep track of what was going on as far as plot development. This book took much longer to get through than is typical for me, because I'd lose interest and have to almost force myself to continue. Not really a good sign, that.

Oh, well, I guess it's an interesting experiment for Slaughter, one that unfortunately went awry.

Two stars.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Beverley Strong on March 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Atlanta police detective Michael Ormewood is called to a murder scene at a housing estate to find the body of a drug addict and prostitute, Aleesha Monroe lying in a pool of blood with her tongue bitten out. He is joined in the investigation by Special Agent Will Trent of the Special Apprehension Team, a man with major problems of his own, being severely dyslexic and with an unhealthy attachment to one of the local police force's undercover detectives who operates as a street prostitute to attract and arrest gutter crawlers. This follows a series of mutilations of young girls who are stalked and attacked by a predatory killer. The killer is identified early in the book and what follows is the story of how he is at pains to implicate a relative of his who had been falsely accused of murder as a teenager and who has recently been released after serving a 20 year jail sentence. It's not a pleasant read and I was rather glad to finish it as I felt that I'd been immersed in corruption and the life of psychos and low lifes and was becoming depressed with all of the squalor.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By jeanne-scott on November 20, 2006
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Karin Slaughter has written her best novel to date!!!

Young women are turning up slaughtered in the most horrendous manner in Atlanta. An ex-con is released from prison and days later another murder victim turns up. The manner of death is similar to the earlier murders, but something just feels different in this one. A cop with family trouble is neighbor to the last victim and he steps in to aid the investigation. A female under-cover cop learns some things on the street that lead her down a dangerous path as she delves in and tries to solve what appear to be serial murders.

This novel is a masterpiece of carefully woven threads that tightly bind the lives of some totally disparate people. This is undoubtedly her most intricate thriller yet.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Timothy W. Holder on September 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I never thought Karin could top the Grant County series, but this book was excellent! It has great suspense, great character development, with some very interesting plot twists. The characters are developed through their own interesting story lines, and all becomes clear as the book develops! I highly recommend this book. It will keep you turning pages way into the night, trying to see what will happen next.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By EMC on September 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I was very pleasantly surprised at how good this book was. I read the occasional crime/thriller novel(Cornwall, Patterson, etc), although I find they are all alot alike. But still - good entertainment. I had never read Karin Slaughter before but saw her at the Decatur bookfair. Her talk was interesting so I picked the book up. And it really exceeded my expectations. I thought she did a really good job with her characters, that was really what set this book apart. I found them to have a little different twist. And although I kind of saw where the plot was going, I think she intended you to see it. And she was still able to keep the tension up and make it page turning. I stayed up late last night to finish, always a sign of a good book in my opinion ! I will read more of her work.
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