Set in Atlanta and featuring maverick Special Agent Will Trent from Triptych, this is vintage Karin Slaughter - a fast-paced, utterly compelling read. A seventeen-year-old girl is found murdered in her home by her mother. At first the Atlanta police believe it is a simple case of one victim, one killer. But when more girls of a similar age and profile start getting picked off, one by one, they realise they are dealing with a brutal serial killer. And the young female rookie detective heading up the case suddenly finds herself out of her depth. Atlanta Special Agent Will Trent of the Criminal Apprehension Team is quickly brought in to help the investigation. But with the body count mounting and the local community frozen in terror the killer is proving almost impossible to trace.
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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Will Trent (Triptych, 2006) tracks the monster - more likely, the pair of monsters - who raped and killed one teenage girl and abducted another.Slaughter (Beyond Reach, 2007, etc.) kicks off with one of her trademark instant-trauma scenes: Abigail Campano, fresh from confronting her husband Paul over his latest fling, walks into her house to find her daughter Emma dead, a man with a knife bending over her. Summoning impossible reserves of strength and courage, Abigail strikes back at the intruder only to find that she's completely, catastrophically misread the scene. Emma has been kidnapped, not killed, and the clock is ticking down toward the moment when it's too late to help her. The ill-assorted crime-fighters working the case include Amanda Wagner of the GBI; Will Trent, the dyslexic agent who's constantly frustrated by her secrecy and manipulation; and Det. Faith Mitchell of the Atlanta State Police, who's furious with Will for pushing her mother off the force and rightly suspicious that he's holding out on her as well. Whether Slaughter is focusing on the investigators, the bereaved parents or the suspects, the intensity is nonstop.The trail leads to a pair of nasty perps Slaughter has barely paid attention to before and a messy, improbable reconstruction of the crime. But fans swept up in the story's relentless drive won't even notice these problems till they've turned the last page with a deep sigh of relief. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Karin Slaughter
Karin Slaughter grew up in a small south Georgia town and has been writing since she was a child. She is the author of the Grant County series of international bestsellers Blindsighted, Kisscut, A Faint Cold Fear, Indelible, Faithless and Skin Privilege, and the bestselling thriller set in Atlanta, Triptych. She is also the editor of Like a Charm, a collaboration of British and American crime fiction writers. She lives in Atlanta.