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Criminal | [Karin Slaughter]

Criminal

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 he 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....
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Publisher's Summary

Karin Slaughter's new thriller is an epic tale of love, loyalty, and murder that encompasses 40 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 he 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 40 years. In the summer Will Trent was born, Amanda Wagner is taking her first steps in the boy's 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, and it is intertwined with the long-held mystery of Will's birth and parentage. And they will each need to face down demons from the past if they are to prevent an even greater terror from being unleashed on Atlanta today.

©2012 Karin Slaugher (P)2012 AudioGO

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    N. Casper Minneapolis, MN 07-16-12
    N. Casper Minneapolis, MN 07-16-12 Member Since 2005

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    What disappointed you about Criminal?

    Gripping? Heart Pounding? Edge of your Seat? Where? It is a bunch of boring, and frustrating, flashbacks to the 70's. Yes, I realize that the 70's were difficult for women in the police departments but an other male police almost raping a female officer? Officers not responding to backup calls and instead calling you honey and telling you to take care of it? In one scene, the woman officer doesn't shoot a man as he is attempting to rape her partner because "me and my husband don't want a loaded gun in our house" tee hee. The book is just not believable for me.


    What was most disappointing about Karin Slaughter’s story?

    I just could not believe the story. Yes, fiction, but at least make it realistic.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MickeyMarie 05-25-13
    MickeyMarie 05-25-13 Member Since 2003

    I read so I can write

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    "I really hated to see it end"

    I have one word for this series FANTASTIC!

    This book was a perfect finish from one of the best mystery series I have listened to.
    Throughout the entire series the characters played perfect parts in really well written stories.

    This goes on my list of books to listen to again.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    M. Thurman Canton, GA 05-16-13
    M. Thurman Canton, GA 05-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Criminal to be better than the print version?

    I have no idea. I did not read the print version. I did not love the narrator. Every character sounded the same. I kept having to hit the rewind to learn who was talking.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Criminal?

    This was a thriller and not for the mild at heart or weak stomached. Some of the details of crimes committed by the villain gave me pause. I was shocked. I had only read one previous book by this author, so was shocked that it was so graphic in details of some disturbing events.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kathleen Early?

    Johanna Parker. She is so great with different characters and accents.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Nature or Nurture: The Killer Bloodline


    Any additional comments?

    I am still new to this author. I like her historical facts and details. I have to say I like the female characters best, especially Faith and the old ladies, including Amanda. Will Trent is a little soft for my favorite type of male protagonists. I need him to grow a pair.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim 10-04-12
    Jim 10-04-12
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If I had not paid for this book, I would have stopped listening long before the end. Somehow, after having put out some of my money for it, I felt compelled to stick it out and listen to the end.

    Plodding is the best word to descibe my take on this book. Plodding and boring. At times it almost felt like the author was intentionally stretching things out, filling up space on blank pages by babbling on endlessly with mindless details that added nothing to the plot or the characters.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Karin Slaughter again?

    probably not


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sherri L. Mendenhall 10-03-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Awful!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Quality writing


    Any additional comments?

    The constant overly graphic detail of drug use and drugs and drug litter was unnecessary and so prolific that in the first three chapters it consumed nearly half of the story.

    Need s a warning label as far as Im concerned!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Harry 09-12-12
    Harry 09-12-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Terrible book"
    What would have made Criminal better?

    The plot was stupid, and it was so wordy. I cannot believe I listened to the entire book.


    What was most disappointing about Karin Slaughter’s story?

    No interesting plot twists. Boring book. Just a bunch of yapping between characters. And why would everyone in the book vomit when they see a dead person. What a cliche!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jack GAINESVILLE, FL, United States 07-15-12
    Jack GAINESVILLE, FL, United States 07-15-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Really, really Awful"
    What would have made Criminal better?

    The thing that was missing in this book was a plot. If there had been some kind of coherent story it might have been better.


    What was most disappointing about Karin Slaughter’s story?

    It was so very, very dull and boring.


    Did Kathleen Early do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The story was so dull I did not care about the characters.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger, disappointment disgust


    Any additional comments?

    Really, really awful. Listened for three hours and don't know what the plot is (assuming there is a plot). Just really, really dull. I kept trying to listen to more hoping it would get better. Never did.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
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