Criminal by Karin Slaughter

Criminal (Will Trent, #6)

by Karin Slaughter

'One of the boldest thriller writers working today' TESS GERRITSEN
'Her characters, plot, and pacing are unrivalled' MICHAEL CONNELLY
The sixth Will Trent novel, from the #1 bestselling author.

A woman is found brutally murdered in a sordid Atlanta apartment.

But there's something strange about this particular slaying. Her blood-soaked body bears a chilling similarity to a woman found dead almost 40 years earlier. Could it be the work of a long-dormant serial killer?

Soon Special Agent Will Trent finds himself returning to the home he grew up in, and a past that could hold the clue to the killings...
Crime and thriller masters know there's nothing better than a little Slaughter:

'I'd follow her anywhere' GILLIAN FLYNN
'Passion, intensity, and humanity' LEE CHILD
'A writer of extraordinary talents' KATHY REICHS
'Fiction doesn't get any better than this' JEFFERY DEAVER
'A great writer at the peak of her powers' PETER JAMES
'Raw, powerful and utterly gripping' KATHRYN STOCKETT
'With heart and skill Karin Slaughter keeps you hooked from the first page until the last' CAMILLA LACKBERG
'Amongst the world's greatest and finest crime writers' YRSA SIGURDARDOTTIR

Reviewed by ibeforem on

5 of 5 stars

I am a big fan of Will Trent, and this one goes back to his well-hidden roots. We also learn more about Amanda, and why she is so invested in Will’s well-being. In fact, Amanda’s story is probably the more enlightening of the two. We already know that Will’s upbringing sucked, and that his father was a criminal. What we get that is more surprising is a softer side of Amanda. She’s relatively new on a police force that doesn’t yet know what to do with women who don’t spend all day typing. On top of that, her father is a major presence in her life, for better or worse. By making friends with other female officers and striking out on her own to investigate a case no one wants to acknowledge, she’s stepping way out of her comfort zone and possibly killing her budding career.

I like Karin Slaughter’s writing, though I haven’t yet picked up her Grant County series. Sara (from that series) is still in Will’s life, but she has some difficulty dealing with what the books revelations are doing to him. To her credit, she sticks with him, and to his credit, he lets her, despite his basest instincts.

One thing that is great about this book is the different atmospheres. With part of the book taking place in the present and part of it in the mid-70s, the story lines just felt different. The steamy, sweaty, disgusting heat of that Atlanta summer just jumped off the page.

Will remains one of my favorite lead detectives, and I look forward to seeing where he goes next.

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