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Criminal: A Novel (Will Trent) Hardcover – July 3, 2012
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Praise for Criminal
“Karin Slaughter’s best yet by far: All her signature strengths are amplified a hundredfold by the past explaining the present. Reading this book was like watching a great athlete having a career year.”—Lee Child
“Fascinating . . . Slaughter delivers another riveting, pulse-pounding crime novel.”—Booklist (starred review)
“With every page of this story the tension mounts . . . If you have a hunger for a rich and fulfilling novel then you owe it to yourself to pick up Criminal. . . . Slaughter at her most visceral and gut-wrenching best.”—The Huffington Post
“Slaughter’s tense fourth thriller to combine characters from her two crime series . . . seamlessly shifts between past and present.”—Publishers Weekly
“A jolting case that involves murders separated by 40 years . . . explosive.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Karin Slaughter prove she's one of the best crime novelists at work today with Criminal. [She] weaves a rich tapestry of complex characters with a compelling mystery. Readers will feel emotionally attached to these characters, and their journey will both delight and surprise even the jaded suspense fan.”—Associated Press
“They don’t call Slaughter 'the thinking woman’s thriller writer' for nothing—her pacing assumes you can keep up.”—BookRiot
“Special Agent Will Trent has to be one of the most fascinating suspense protagonists in recent memory . . . Criminal offers a look back at 1970s Southern culture (with all its gentility and warts), a dash of romance for its unlikely protagonist and a twist ending that few will see coming.”—Bookpage
PRAISE FOR THE CRIME FICTION OF KARIN SLAUGHTER
“Karin Slaughter is one of the best crime novelists in America.”—The Washington Post
“Crime fiction at its finest.”—Michael Connelly
“An absolute master.”—Chicago Tribune
“Slaughter writes with a razor. . . . Better than Cornwell can ever hope to be.”—The Plain Dealer
“Slaughter will have you on the edge of your seat.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“One of the boldest thriller writers working today.”—Tess Gerritsen
“Move over, Catherine Coulter—Slaughter may be today’s top female suspense writer.”—Library Journal (starred review)
About the Author
Karin Slaughter is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of twelve thrillers, including Fallen, Broken, Undone, Fractured, Beyond Reach, Triptych, and Faithless. She is a native of Georgia.
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Okay I did read the entire book, and it was entertaining, just not mind blowing. The story seems to take place almost right after Slaughter's previous book Fallen. Will Trent has fallen head over heels in love with Sara Linton, and she seems to feel the same.The only problem is Will's origins come to light, and they are not pleasant. It seems Will was raised in an Orphanage because his father murdered his mother, who was a junkie whore. Will's father is a serial killer. I did find that to be a little cliche. We have seen that exact plot line on Law and Order, Criminal Intent. The most interesting parts of the books are in the flashbacks of Amanda Wagner, and Evelyn Mitchell. They were the two women who busted the case wide open on the hooker disappearances. It was cool to see Amanda before she turns into a colder woman, and it was nice to see what Evelyn was like before her horrid mistake. You have to read Fallen to find out, for those that do not know. It was insightful to read how women were treated. As a female you still catch small whiffs of discrimination, but nothing like what what down almost 40 years ago. What I did not like about the book, was the certain things in the book did not make sense to me. The woman who was Will's mother came from a good home, and was reasonable close to her only brother, He even sent a letter telling her, he missed her, yet he played a huge role in her death. It did not read true to character. We find out Amanda was the one who found Will, named him then had to put him in the Orphanage. Yet she is often borderline nasty to Will, That doesn't read like the same woman, who kept visiting him, and wanted to make him her own. I suppose she does care about him, being that she made sure he joined the GBI. Overall it was a decent read on a boring spring day. I do wish Slaughter would come up with something a little different.
The quality of many authors' books often diminishes with a series related to one or two characters, but Karin Slaughter's writing only seems to get better!
I hope she can continue to write about Sara and Will, as the development of their characters just keeps getting better. If you like mysteries, I believe you can't find better ones than Karin Slaughter's books.
For long-time readers of her mysteries, past hints of details of the lives of Amanda and Will are somewhat clarified. A second thread in the book is the incredible obstacles that women law enforcement officers faced even as late as the 1970's. It is only the persistence of Amanda and her partner Evelyn that put a stop to a series of brutal murders of prostitutes many years before. But now, forty years later, a murder with the same `MO' has occurred. And for some reason, Amanda has ordered Will to airport duty - but why?
This book does not stand alone well. The author relies on earlier works to give her characters depth. Not only is the structure of the book simply too disjointed to be enjoyable, but the entire story is more gruesome than interesting.
P.S. KS sure does seem to hate male cops. Except of course for Will Trent and I guess Jeffrey.