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Triptych: A Novel (Will Trent series Book 1) by [Slaughter, Karin]
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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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Product Details

  • File Size: 4386 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0739326538
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (August 15, 2006)
  • Publication Date: August 15, 2006
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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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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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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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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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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This is the first book by Karin Slaughter that I have read. Found it in a book give-away and thought it sounded interesting. I was very put off by the descriptions of the rapes in prison -- way too much info and really nasty -- do we really need to hear that the ex-con had to wear a diaper because he was so torn up and infected? Yikes! Seriously, what does this add to the story? Also, the killer is pretty hard to believe. Spoiler alert -- could he really have advanced so far in the police force without someone getting wise to him? If so, pretty heavy condemnation of the police establishment. I also agree with some other comments that there is no really likable character in the book. Everyone is pretty broken or unhappy or just plain nuts. Doubt I will read any of her other novels if this is a good example.
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Could have been better
Karin Slaughter's Triptych is a very intricate and complex serial murder mystery that requires the reader to pay attention. Numerous characters and several flashbacks can create some confusion. The story centers on a psychotic serial killer who likes to bite young girls tongues off. Although deranged he somehow manages to live a normal life and it is not until halfway through this complex book that the reader starts to get a handle on just who this person really is. I won't spoil it for you, but nevertheless once you figure it out the story quickly goes downhill. All in all there are simply too many characters and not enough beef (no pun intended). Also, Ms. Slaughter leaves too many loose ends that she never ties up. Again, I won't spoil the story for you but the cardinal rule of a mystery is to not ask a question if you don't have an answer. Triptych is a murder mystery that never quite closes the deal.
Character development was shallow. The plot was rich with potential but Ms. Slaughter never did more than a cursory development of her characters.
Much graphic violence and language so beware. No gratuitous sex.
Mediocre recommend. This is my first Karin Slaughter book and I was not impressed. Again too many loose ends left dangling. I will give her one more shot when I read her new book Fractured. Best to save your money and get the paperback/library edition.
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