Thursday, July 5, 2012

Karin Slaughter--Criminal (Will Trent #6)


Karin Slaughter’s new novel is an epic tale of love, loyalty, and murder that encompasses forty years, two chillingly similar murder cases, and a good man’s deepest secrets.

Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and Will is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda’s motivation until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before—when Will’s father was imprisoned for murder—this was his home. . . .

Flash back nearly forty years. In the summer Will Trent was born, Amanda Wagner is going to college, making Sunday dinners for her father, taking her first steps in the boys’ club that is the Atlanta Police Department. One of her first cases is to investigate a brutal crime in one of the city’s worst neighborhoods. Amanda and her partner, Evelyn, are the only ones who seem to care if an arrest is ever made.

Now the case that launched Amanda’s career has suddenly come back to life, intertwined with the long-held mystery of Will’s birth and parentage. And these two dauntless investigators will each need to face down demons from the past if they are to prevent an even greater terror from being unleashed.

{5 stars}
There is a reason I love Karin Slaughter.....she has an amazing imagination and attention to detail. And I never guess the surprise at the end! This one takes us back in time to when Amanda Wagner's career took off. Where her and Evelyn finally earned the respect of all the men in their squad, a rare thing in the 70's. We flash back and forth between the 70's and present day, where the murdered convicted in the original case is back out on the streets killing again. This is truly a "coming home" story, we learn how Amanda and Will's strange relationship started, where Will really came from, and who all the players were in his life. And it really makes you see Amanda in a whole new light. Add to Will's drama the fact that his "wife" won't really go away, and his fear of Sara knowing the whole truth of his life. Whew! What a ride, I was spellbound from the beginning. (She can really come up with some twisted methods to kill someone.) We learn a lot in this one, and I am amazed each and every time by Slaughters imagination, style, and ability to draw us into the story while still giving us plenty of surprises right up until the end. Love, Love, Loved it!!!

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