Criminal by Karin Slaughter


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Slaughter seamlessly shifts between past and present, while her usual attentive eye for character and carefully metered violence is on full display
-Publishers Weekly



“[A] hold-on-to-your-hat, nail-biting story.”—The Washington Post
“Slaughter’s best yet, by far.”—Lee Child
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 his father was imprisoned for murder, this was Will’s home. It appears that the case that launched Amanda’s career forty years ago has suddenly come back to life—and it involves the long-held mystery of Will’s birth and parentage. Now 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.
Includes Karin Slaughter’s short story “Snatched” and a preview of the next Will Trent novel, Unseen

“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.”—Huffington Post
“A masterpiece of character, atmosphere and riveting suspense, Criminal is the most powerful and moving novel yet from one of the most gifted storytellers at work today.”—Chicago Daily Herald

About Karin Slaughter

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Karin Slaughter is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of thirteen thrillers, including Criminal, Fallen, Broken, Undone, Fractured, Beyond Reach, Triptych, Faithless, and the e-original short story, “Snatched.” She is a native of Georgia.
Published July 3, 2012 by Dell. 626 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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All: 10 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 2


Below average
Jun 15 2012

Slaughter, like the sage of Yoknapatawpha, is less concerned with the shape of individual novels than with her sprawling, multivolume saga as a whole.

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Publishers Weekly

May 28 2012

Slaughter seamlessly shifts between past and present, while her usual attentive eye for character and carefully metered violence is on full display

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Reviewed by Amber Vriesman on Jun 22 2012

Slaughter shifts between the past and the present, sliding through characters in a way that brings dimension to the mystery, bringing readers to the edge of their seat.

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Book Reporter

Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Jul 05 2012

...Slaughter slowly ties the past with the present in ways that can be discerned only gradually that makes this thriller the winner that it is.

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The Washington Post

Reviewed by Richard Lipez on Jul 16 2012

What raises Slaughter way above the sensational is her wonderful way with characters, especially her women.

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The Bookbag

Reviewed by Sue Magee

The plot is twisty and intricate with a curve ball right at the end which I certainly wasn't expecting...It's a book to make the time for - and to enjoy.

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Reviewed by Kay Dyer on Jul 22 2012

Slaughter is adept at mixing elements of horror as well as humor from the budding feminists in a tale that's full of suspense.

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Mysterious Reviews

Below average

What could have been one of the author's best in the series is heavily, almost fatally, bloated and weighed down

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Vibrant Nation

Reviewed by Lesa Holstine on Jul 30 2012

Criminal is a remarkable crime novel, one that should be read as a thriller that reminds us what life was like for those women who stepped out of the traditional roles for women.

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Reviewed by NATALIE CAVERNELIS on Oct 23 2012

Criminal is dark and grisly and speeds along at Slaughter’s usual thriller pace. I can’t wait for the next instalment

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