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A Faint Cold Fear: A Novel | [Karin Slaughter]

A Faint Cold Fear: A Novel

Sara Linton, medical examiner in the small town of Heartsdale, Georgia, is called out to an apparent suicide on the local college campus. The mutilated body provides little in the way of clues, and the college authorities are eager to avoid a scandal, but for Sara and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, things don't add up.
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Publisher's Summary

This is the third pulse-pounding novel in the Grant County series from New York Times best-selling author Karin Slaughter.

Sara Linton, medical examiner in the small town of Heartsdale, Georgia, is called out to an apparent suicide on the local college campus. The mutilated body provides little in the way of clues, and the college authorities are eager to avoid a scandal, but for Sara and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, things don't add up.

Two more suspicious suicides follow, and a young woman is brutally attacked. For Sara, the violence strikes far too close to home. And as Jeffrey pursues the sadistic killer, he discovers that ex-police detective Lena Adams, now a security guard on campus, may be in possession of crucial information. But, bruised and angered by her expulsion from the force, Lena seems to be barely capable of protecting herself, let alone saving the next victim.

©2003 Karin Slaughter; (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Romantic Times Award Winner - Best Contemporary Mystery, 2003

"Coldly captivating....with a satisfyingly chilling ending." (Publishers Weekly)
"Dana Ivey does a superb job....The story is not without graphic description. However, a complex plot and conclusion make this an interesting listen." (AudioFile)
"Slaughter knows how to ratchet up the psychological tension in a compelling plot with an unexpected twist....Chilling and addictive reading." (Booklist)

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    BRIAN farmers branch, TX, United States 02-20-14
    BRIAN farmers branch, TX, United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    Would you try another book from Karin Slaughter and/or Dana Ivey?

    yes


    If you’ve listened to books by Karin Slaughter before, how does this one compare?

    not accurate on the details


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    the narrator's voice did not vary enough by character


    Was A Faint Cold Fear worth the listening time?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    large problem with the second suicide victim, as the author confused rifle/shotgun bullet/shell. 20 and 12 gauges are shotguns, not rifles. Shotguns discharge shells loaded with shot. Rifles discharge bullets. made the rest of the story hard to listen to as I was constantly looking/listening for other gaffes.

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    Rod Kawana, Australia 11-06-13
    Rod Kawana, Australia 11-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    Have enjoyed the series. The narrator is easy to listen to. Overall it was enjoyable.

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    carole j. kerr crowley, texas United States 02-21-13
    carole j. kerr crowley, texas United States 02-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    Would you try another book from Karin Slaughter and/or Dana Ivey?

    I love the characters in this series but the abridged version is so chopped up I'm afraid I missed half the story. Will def be reading it as the story is excellent.


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    Jenny Orlando, FL, United States 07-19-11
    Jenny Orlando, FL, United States 07-19-11 Member Since 2008

    Addicted to audio books, I average 6 to 7 per month. I am never without my IPod even when I sleep LOL! Favorite author Lisa Gardner

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    "Not worth it"

    My third attempt at giving this author a fair chance, it will be my last. Started the books from the beginning, only hoping the writing would get better. It doesn't. This one was very frustrating. The storyline for Lena was ridiculous and the narrater is absolutely one of the worst I've listened to. Not worth the money or the time. Third strike you're out!

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