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Triptych: A Novel Paperback – July 26, 2016
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"Slaughter's gift for building multi-layered tension while deconstructing damaged personalities gives this thriller a nerve-wracking finish."—USA Today
"Excellent.... Karin Slaughter is not afraid to show the absolute worst in people, as well as the best."—Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
"[Karin Slaughter] writes with a razor...Triptych elevates her to the top of my list of favorite crime writers."—Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Volcanic heroes and villians, who act both surprisingly and logically.... Slaughter has the courage to detonate her biggest bombshells early on, keeping even the wariest readers off-balance."—Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Karin Slaughter is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of numerous thrillers, including Cop Town, Unseen, Criminal, Fallen, Broken, Undone, Fractured, Beyond Reach, Triptych, Faithless, and the e-original short stories “Snatched” and “Busted.” She is a native of Georgia.
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Enter Will Trent, disability and all
Enter Agent Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Will works in a special autonomous GBI unit and reports directly to the director, Amanda Wagner. A functional illiterate due to profound dyslexia, Will has nonetheless acquired both a college degree and a doctorate in criminology. He is regarded as one of the bureau’s finest investigators.
A brutal rape and murder, with more to come
Soon after Will has inserted himself into the case of the two girls another, similar murder occurs. But the victim is a 40-year-old prostitute. Then a young girl, a potential witness to the prostitute’s murder, vanishes. While trying to sort out the coincidences and inconsistencies among these several cases, Will works principally with two local detectives. Neither trusts him. Then, as he looks into the murder of the prostitute, Will is shocked to encounter his on-and-off-again lover, Angie Polaski. They have known each other for 25 years, ever since they met in the Georgia Children’s Home, both products of extreme physical abuse at a very young age. Angie is now a cop, working undercover as a prostitute on the Vice detail.
As the investigation proceeds, Will, Angie, and the other two local police officers stumble about in a welter of confusing clues. We know that eventually they’ll link the two-decade-old rape and murder to today’s cases — but they don’t know that until nearly the very end.
A rip-roaring novel of suspense
This is a rip-roaring novel of suspense, a thriller to keep you on the edge of your seat. If you’re a mystery fan and not put off by graphic descriptions of violence and sex, you’ll love this book.
By the way, the title, Triptych, refers to a work of art consisting of “three canvases hinged together to make one image when it was open, another image when it was closed.”
About the author
Karin Slaughter is one of America’s most gifted mystery novelists. She’s also one of the most successful. Since the publication of her first novel in 2001, Slaughter has written six books in the Grant County series, ten in the Will Trent series, and six standalone novels. Triptych, the inaugural effort in the Will Trent series, helps make clear why more than 35 million copies of her books have been sold in 36 languages. I’ve reviewed several other novels she’s written: Kisscut (#2), A Faint Cold Fear (#3), Indelible (#4), and Faithless (#5), all in the Grant County series; Broken (#4) and Unseen (#9) in the Will Trent series; and the standalone novels Criminal, Blindsighted, and Pretty Girls. I’ll keep coming back for more.
The story is somewhat complicated and pieces together, a bit too conveniently, seemingly disparate events ranging across twenty years. The emotions also run raw as both Will and Angie have to deal with demons from their pasts, a man wrongfully convicted of a brutal murder is again under assault after being paroled, and a veteran cop has constructed elaborate cover-ups to hide a disgusting past and predilections. These individuals and situations are ultimately linked; in the end something has to give.
The book may not be the smoothest ever written, but is fairly gripping. The emotions and predicaments of the characters do draw in the reader. One can view the book as commentary on our legal and justice system.