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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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    Patricia Pleasant Gap, PA, United States 07-10-12
    Patricia Pleasant Gap, PA, United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Scary! I couldn't sleep for days!"
    What made the experience of listening to Criminal the most enjoyable?

    It was riviting and morbid. I love scary stories...the more gruesome the better. This was so horrific that I was afraid to finish it at one point. Of course I had to though!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The female cops! Thank God I live in the 21st Century!


    What does Kathleen Early bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is a good narrator. But I feel she could have done a bit more. Not bad though.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The birthing. UGH!


    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 08-07-12
    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2010

    I enjoy literary fiction with character depth and psychological exploration. I am in my 50s, work in psychology, and love the outdoors.

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    "Slow Getting Started..."

    This was my first Karin Slaughter book, so I did not know the characters. My guess is that if I had started with "book one" of the series, it might not have been so difficult for the first several hours. After getting the timelines sorted out and the "who's who" understood, the book became very interesting and engaging with an interesting plot and lots of suspense. Overall, it was good enough that I am now starting the entire series with book one. The reading was well done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Venatries 07-12-12 Member Since 2010

    There are few things better than a good story well told!

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    "It's So Much Better Than the Sample"

    I usually wait until I finish a book before rating/reviewing it but I thought I should let folks know that if you downloaded the free sample and were less than impressed (as I was), don???t let that dissuade you. I???m about two hours into the story and it???s riveting.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Ronda Snyder 07-15-12
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    "As usual - FABULOUS"

    I love this Karin Slaughter series. This has been my favorite book in the series to date. I don't want to give anything away but the way she went back to 1975 and present was so interesting because it gave us our first glimpse of tough as nails Amanda Wagner as she first started out on the police force. It was great to see what made her develop into the force of nature she is now. I wish I could say more but I don't want to give a thing away.

    If you have enjoyed the characters of Will Trent, Amanda Wagner, etc. before, this is A MUST READ !

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 09-27-14
    Susan Bartonville, TX 09-27-14 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "Will's beginning"

    This addition to the series was structured around Will Trent's boss, Amanda and when she was first promoted to detective. In the beginning of her career, in the 70's, she was faced with quite a battle, blazing a trail against the chauvinistic, boys club that made up her department. Her first big case was one that no one wanted and thought not to be much of a case at all, until she started connecting multiple, torturous murders of local prostitutes. The story line jumps back and forth from the 70's to current day, surrounding the old serial killer case and a new body with the exact same torturous markings. Amanda is thrown right back into the middle along with all of the nightmarish memories that accompanied the first gruesome case. The investigation gets very complicated, when confusing new evidence is made available through DNA technology. An interesting twist takes us back to Will's first bizarre encounter with Amanda and new information is revealed about his cryptic childhood that surprises everyone.

    The ending was very unexpected when a time old mystery is uncovered and solved. I'm glad that in this addition to the series, the story did not dwell on Will's ex (Angie), she wast peppered throughout but not prevalent. Kathleen Early did a good job narrating and kept the story moving along at a good pace.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Monroe, WA, United States 05-25-14
    Jennifer Monroe, WA, United States 05-25-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Story Lost in Mundane Detail"

    I don't write too many reviews on audible but I am an avid listener. I am persuaded to write a review here because I just couldn't keep listening to this book! I spent about two hours or so trying to see if the story would improve or get more interesting, but it did not.

    There are two parallel story lines, one in the present day featuring the protagonist Will Trent, a Georgia police officer, his new girlfriend, and his boss named Amanda.
    The other story line takes place in the 1970's and seems to be following a predator hunting prostitutes on the streets of Georgia, and a much younger Amanda as a new police officer.

    The only thing is neither one is interesting. The author seems to get so lost in mundane detail the storyline is lost. For example, Amanda in the 1970's storyline is sent with her female partner to investigate a possible rape in a slum, but so much prose are given to chatter in the station (meaningless), chatter between Amanda and her partner, details about what purse her partner has, her partner chattering about her husband, them sitting at a burger joint getting food and the excruciating detail of alka seltzer dissolving in a glass, how it bubbles, how it tastes, how it feels...... (stuff like this).

    Present day plot line also is so caught up in what the characters are thinking about things that have NOTHING to do with the plot that I honestly (even after hours of listening) am not sure what the main plot IS. And of course we have to be given in excruciating detail things like what a plaster wall is like when Will is knocking it down (we are not told why), but at least we know the feel and weight of the hammer, how his muscles feel as he swings, the way the plaster looks in each layer, the way it feels when it gives way, the way the air feels and smells as the plaster comes loose, the temperature in the building as the hours pass..... But we seem to be kept in the dark on what people's motivations are, or for pity sake WHY anything is happening.

    Bottom line listening to this book is like riding on someone's shoulder doing a "day in the life" ongoing narrative of every step taken, every bite of food, every random thought.... until the tedium drives you mad.

    Sorry I know that this is one in a popular series but I will never pick up a Karen Slaughter book again

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 05-16-14
    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 05-16-14 Member Since 2007
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    "An Unworthy Effort"

    How this book ever got past a publisher's review is beyond me. I realize this is an uncharitable review, but my purpose is to simply spare others. All of the charitable reviews for this book seem to come from women. So it may be a case of male negative bias, but my criticisms do not stem from the gender issues. This writer has taken on way too many characters in this story. I found myself needing a pre printed program of the names and their relationships to the story line. The flashbacks are often awkward, poorly placed and gimmicky. The story line is predictable and juvenile. I could go on, but it...as well as the read...would be a total waste of time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Mansfield 07-13-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Previous books in this series are only appetizers."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Criminal to be better than the print version?

    Yes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This was the BEST book of this series! MUST read the previous books to appreciate it and the story of Will Trent's life.


    What about Kathleen Early’s performance did you like?

    Yes, especially when she was speaking as Sarah.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Brought out many strong emotions.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to begin the final book in this series. Can't imagine it being as good as this one. That said, I will admit it was a little too "Gory" with the details of abuse.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-12-13
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-12-13 Member Since 2005

    A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...

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    "Not listening to this is a crime!"

    I had my reservations about this one, but boy am I glad I took the plunge. Criminal kept me up late for 2 nights!

    Fascinating work regarding what it was like for women and blacks to serve as police officers in the early 70s. The characters are engaging, smart, conflicted...

    The first experience in an autopsy had me believing I was there. Incredible writing.

    Equally great performance by Kathleen Early.

    Best of all was the mystery itself. I just can't see how this needs any improvement. Thank you Audible, Ms Slaughter and Ms Early!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Alesia 02-24-13
    Alesia 02-24-13

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    "Twists and turns"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is the story of what happened to Lucy Bennett and several other girls whose addictions got the best of them. It provides answers for Will Trent, one of the main characters and an agent with the GBI who is fairly conflicted throughout the book. Overall it's a sad story with an ending that resolves everything, but leaves one feeling somewhat disappointed. This was my first Karin Slaughter book, and I'm not sure I'll listen to another one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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