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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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    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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    Patricia Pleasant Gap, PA, United States 07-10-12
    Patricia Pleasant Gap, PA, United States 07-10-12
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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!


    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Venatries Philadelphia, PA USA 07-12-12
    Kim Venatries Philadelphia, PA USA 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.

    11 of 15 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 !

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Mansfield Louisville, TN 07-13-13
    Denise Mansfield Louisville, TN 07-13-13 Member Since 2010

    sdmb27

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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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    Alesia South Jordan, UT, United States 02-24-13
    Alesia South Jordan, UT, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2010

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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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    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 02-22-13
    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 02-22-13 Member Since 2012

    Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!

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    "Awesome! I highly recommend!"
    If you could sum up Criminal in three words, what would they be?

    Scarey, intense and brutal...


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning about the beginnings of Trent.


    Have you listened to any of Kathleen Early’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Haven't listened to Early's other performances yet.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!!!!!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    If you start reading Karin Slaughter, start from the beginning so you will know the characters, they are all as awesome as this one and some even better!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristy WOODSTOCK, GA, United States 02-16-13
    Kristy WOODSTOCK, GA, United States 02-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "This is Book 6 in the Will Trent Series!"
    What did you love best about Criminal?

    Everything! This was the first time I had read a book by this author and did not realize it was the 6th in a series. I intend to go back and read the former books but I usually like to read them in order if I am following a character. Having said that, I loved the way the present ran into the past and how things were connected. This book goes into a lot of Will Trent's personal family history so it probably answers a lot of questions in the former books but it was a very enjoyable read.


    What other book might you compare Criminal to and why?

    Typical good vs. evil but variations along. Also, from a female's perspective and from a male's perspective. The characters were flawed at the beginning of the book but I really liked them so much more at the end and it explained a lot of each character's behavior. Can't think of any book I would compare this to but I will be reading more Karin Slaughter books.


    Which character – as performed by Kathleen Early – was your favorite?

    All of them. I guess I would say Lucy first because she was the first one who made an impression on me. Amanda Wagner seems so cold at first but I ended up liking her once I understood what had helped make her what she is today. Gotta admire her. Also, the love of the doctor for Will; she always stood by him. I had never read anything by this narrator before either and wasn't sure I would enjoy a female narrator but no disappointment there.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I had time I could have. I listed to it every opportunity I could.


    Any additional comments?

    Very nice surprise never having read anything by this author before. Catapulted her up on my list.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy J Tornado Alley OK 02-16-13
    Nancy J Tornado Alley OK 02-16-13 Member Since 2011

    Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover

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    "Best of the Will Trent Series (so far)"

    Karin Slaughter's books are always gripping and suspenseful, keeping you keyed up and turning pages, impatient to learn the final outcome. In "Criminal," the 6th in the Will Trent series, she follows the same pattern, but adds some interesting twists.

    This story is written at least half in flashback. It reveals the past history (in 1974/5) of the main characters and their relationships to each other. We learn why Will's boss, Amanda Wagner, keeps such a close, often intrusive, eye on Will, his career, and his life. And we discover more about the older women characters, who were friends and associates in the Atlanta Police Department in the 1970's, and their descendants who are now the officers of today.

    I am not fond of flashbacks in general, since they often distract from a story which could be better told in chronological order. This story flashes back and forth a number of times between 1974/5 and present day. I found this disconcerting and distracting at first. However, I soon adjusted to the jumps and found that the frequent short flashbacks increased the tension and suspense of the story.

    For a woman who was around and in the trenches back in the 70's, perhaps the best thing about this book is the stark, and accurate, depiction of the way women were perceived and treated during that time, especially in professional fields which were considered for men only. For those who were born after that time, this aspect of the book may seem entirely outrageous. For those who were there, the same aspect seems true, and still outrageous.

    A warning for those who havce never read a Slaughter book: these are dark books containing very graphic violence, language, and gore. But if you can bear those things, the stories are well worth your time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda United States 02-12-13
    Linda United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2011

    Linda in Omaha

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    "Great story full of suspense and plot twists."

    I love Karen Slaughter's writing, and this was no exception. When I read a review saying this was the 6th book featuring Will Trent, I immediately checked my library and found that I had most of the previous books. I ordered "Triptych" from Audible, as it was one I was missing. Ms. Slaughter knows how to keep the reader on the edge of their seat with books that are hard to put down. This was a really good story and the narrator did an excellent job. Would recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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