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Kisscut: A Novel | [Karin Slaughter]

Kisscut: A Novel

What seemed at first to be a horrific individual catastrophe proves to have wider implications. The autopsy reveals evidence of long-term abuse, of ritualistic self-mutilation, but when Sara and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver start to investigate, they are frustrated at every turn.
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Publisher's Summary

Saturday night dates at the skating rink have been a tradition in the small southern town of Heartsdale for as long as anyone can remember; but when a teenage quarrel explodes into a deadly shoot-out, Sara Linton, the town's pediatrician and medical examiner, finds herself entangled in a terrible tragedy.

What seemed at first to be a horrific individual catastrophe proves to have wider implications. The autopsy reveals evidence of long-term abuse, of ritualistic self-mutilation, but when Sara and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver start to investigate, they are frustrated at every turn.

The children surrounding the victim close ranks. The families turn their backs. Then a young girl is abducted, and it becomes clear that the first death is linked to an even more brutal crime, one far more shocking than anyone could have imagined. Meanwhile, detective Lena Adams, still recovering from her sister's death and her own brutal attack, finds herself drawn to a young man who might hold the answers. But unless Lena, Sara, and Jeffrey can uncover the deadly secrets the children hide, it's going to happen again.

©2002 Karin Slaughter; (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The undertone of violence is pervasive, even at quiet moments...amplifying Slaughter's equation of intimacy with menace and placing her squarely in the ranks of Cornwell and Reichs" (Publishers Weekly)
"With the same graphic detail found in her first novel and in those by Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs, Slaughter has again written a fast-paced thriller for those not faint of heart." (Library Journal)
"This is just the ticket for readers who like their crime fiction on the dark side." (Booklist)

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    Sharon 109 Suzane Victoria TX 77901 05-29-12
    Sharon 109 Suzane Victoria TX 77901 05-29-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Great read, I can't put her books down."
    What made the experience of listening to Kisscut the most enjoyable?

    very exciting book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chief Toliver, seems very smart


    What about Patricia Kalember’s performance did you like?

    well done


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend all of Karin's books. They are very exciting and I love the feeling of not wanting to put a book down because you want to know what happens next. That doesn't happen very often.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Miami, FL, USA 01-17-05
    Kathy Miami, FL, USA 01-17-05 Member Since 2002
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    "CAUTION!"

    While this author's imagination is a nice change from "the killer did unimaginable things" and leaving it at that, the topic to this particular book (child rape/exploitation/porn), its treatment, and the unresolved finale was too much for me. A topic such as this need closure, not possible continued revisitation. And the villan seems to "leap tall buildings in a single bound." The author lost one reader w/ this one and its handling.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Potomac, MD, USA 10-11-04
    Daniel Potomac, MD, USA 10-11-04
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    "Old Timer"

    This book set a record for loosing and confusing me; about three minutes. Whether the remainder of the book rehabilitates its horrid opening, I can not comment. I will leave that to others.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    goodiebythesea sunny st.pete 01-21-08
    goodiebythesea sunny st.pete 01-21-08 Member Since 2004

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    "disappointing"

    Heroines should never be wimpy,emotional on the job or think it alright to become emotionally vulnerable to a teenage boy. My heroines need grit and substance. I could not even finish the book as I was gagging on the interaction between a grown, supposedly professional woman of the law and a sly troubled child!! Sorry Karin Slaughter but I shall not be reading any of your books again for awhile.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patsy Bluebell, UT, United States 09-03-13
    Patsy Bluebell, UT, United States 09-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I love Karin Slaughter books.. I give most all of them so far a 5 star rating but with this book it is either unfinished or ended bad. No information if they caught the bad guy (or gal) in this case.. No information on Mark? Did he die or just stay in the hospital? What happened to the kids? Did they break up the ring? very confusing..


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