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The first Will Trent novel, from the No. 1 Bestseller.

When Atlanta police detective Michael Ormewood is called out to a murder scene at the notorious Grady Homes, he finds himself faced with one of the the most brutal killings of his career: Aleesha Monroe is found in the stairwell in a pool of her own blood, her body horribly mutilated.

As a one-off killing it's shocking, but when it becomes clear that it's just the latest in a series of similar attacks, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are called in, and Michael is forced into working with Special Agent Will Trent of the Criminal Apprehension Team - a man he instinctively dislikes.

Twenty-four hours later, the violence Michael sees around him every day explodes in his own back yard. And it seems the mystery behind Monroe's death is inextricably entangled with a past that refuses to stay buried ...

Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2006
ISBN: 9780099481836
Branch Call Number: F SLA NVD


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Dec 18, 2016

(The first book in the Will Trent series)

May 24, 2016

Will Trent is a dyslexic Georgia state agent. John Shelley is a convicted sex offender just released on parole after serving his sentence for killing a high school classmate. There are several young female victims whose tongues have been either cut off or bitten off. Various detectives on both the state and local level are working the cases. Will’s love interest is a vice detective, which is to say, she dresses as a prostitute and catches johns who proposition her. All the major characters are seriously flawed. There you have the elements of this well-written mystery.

This is the first Karin Slaughter book I’ve read, and I see why she’s popular. The story was complex enough to be interesting and she didn’t revel in the gore and sadism, at least not for a long time. It was well-paced. It was a best-seller. Still, I do not plan to read any more books by her. The whole story was too dark and depressing. None of the characters were likeable. The ending was particularly unsatisfying. John, we learn early on, is innocent (of the killing for which he was convicted, although not totally innocent by any means). So when the real killer is finally confronted in the final scenes we are inundated with sadism and depravity so over-the-top as to be ridiculous. It would be disgusting if it weren’t so unbelievable as to be almost meaningless. Those squeamish about torture scenes should stay away. The final scene with a certain relative of John’s made absolutely no sense legally or in any other way.

Mar 20, 2016

I started this book, read about 50 pages and abandoned it.
To be fair, it is well-written and incisive, but, it is very gritty, nasty and cringe-worthy; the characters are not sympathetic, I don't feel drawn in to care about what happens at all.

Apr 22, 2013

One of Karin's best. I really enjoyed it. 9 of 10 for me.

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