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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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    A H 02-24-13
    A H 02-24-13

    Al

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    "Twists and turns"
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    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 02-12-13
    Linda 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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    Mary 02-03-13
    Mary 02-03-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Great story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, the story is compelling


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Evelyn, without her Amanda would never have had the courage to be all she could be.


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

    not sure about this one...


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was, for me, there was a little too much 'uneeded" detail when I was trying to get the picture of the scene.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 01-24-13
    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 01-24-13 Member Since 2012

    I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.

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    "Engrossing"

    If you've liked previous outings with Will Trent, you will love this trip!

    Slaughter demonstrates layered with style and substance not just volume. Her characters are relevant and her storyline line is tight.

    The performance was right on point as well. It is great when a performer can put you into the story without becoming part of it them self.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gabriela 01-24-13
    Gabriela 01-24-13
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    "Can't wait to read more from the author..."
    Where does Criminal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm new to audiobooks and so far this is at the top.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, I wanted to keep reading to find out every detail


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

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa 12-24-12
    Teresa 12-24-12 Member Since 2010

    I enjoy listening to great detective mysterie & also great thrillers. I enjoy books also by Vince Flynn, David Baldaci including assasins.

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    "GREAT SERIES!"
    Where does Criminal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    TOP 20


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    YES


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Amanda and Will as she explains their history.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    The author did a great job bringing the characters together. This was a great addition to the series. I am anxiously waiting the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny 12-07-12
    Jenny 12-07-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Could not stop listening"

    This is one of the best thrillers I have ever read. I really could not wait for my next chance to listen. Get this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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