In this gritty, gripping firecracker of a novel, the author of the best-selling Grant County, Georgia, series breaks thrilling new ground, weaving together the threads of a complex, multilayered story with the skill of a master craftsman. Packed with body-bending switchbacks, searing psychological suspense and human emotions, Triptych ratchets up the tension one revelation at a time as it races to a shattering and unforgettable climax.
©2006 Karin Slaughter; (P)2006 Books on Tape
This one's not for the kids. I gave it 3 stars simply because the material was so black, it was hard to enjoy at times. Prison rapes, sadistic and mean killings, and a universe of emotionally warped people (both the good and the bad guys). This is one twisted world this book is set in. All that said, I enjoyed the story and the way it was told.
People have commented on the narrator. I agree, he's a poor choice for a book about Southerners, but I was able to get beyond that. My issues with this book were content-related.
Big mystery lover here! The picture is of my father who is suffering with dementia and my youngest daughter on her wedding day.
This is the first installment of the Will Trent series, but I started with books 7 & 8. It's just not necessary to read them in order. Still, Triptych is a masterfully spun tale of murder, rape and betrayal.
The first part of the story revolves around the investigation of a series of brutal murders of prostitutes as seen from the perspective of veteran Atlanta PD detective Michael Ormewood. Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Will Trent is brought in as a profiler. Officer Angela Polaski is working undercover in vice.
But in Hitchcockian form, Slaughter slowly reveals the same investigation from an entirely different perspective. This is one of best mysteries I've read... Really all 3 books I've read have been page turners. Her story telling is as deeply personal as it is riveting. I was drawn in to each character's story, something I find rare even in good mysteries.
Michael Kramer does a good job with narration and his accents are accurate, if a bit drawn out. His baritone voice tends to grind on me a bit. Nevertheless he does a fine job with every character.
I am new to Karin Slaughter's work, but so far she's hit 3 home runs with Triptych, Criminal and Unseen!
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.
I am a fan of John Sandford so I really enjoyed Karin Slaughter's efforts to create a character who oozes evil. What was lacking in the story was a countervailing character to balance the scales. Each of the "likeable" characters had numerous warts, so in the final analysis the listener would cheer more for the demise of evil than for the triumph of good. Michael Kramer's narration was adequate. I wouldn't be moved to listen to a book simply because he was narrating. Slaughter also chose to not tie up some loose ends at the story's conclusion. And I think the listener was told much more about Will's dyslexia than was really necessary for the plot to be successful. Still I give the book four stars because it held my interest from start to finish.
This is a great listen. Granted the southern accents were probably a bit overdone but i'm not southern so they were just an annoyance to me. The story itself is on the highest list of my favorites. If you liked Monkeewrench by PJ Tracy or books by Michael Connelly,John Katzenbach and Harlen Coben, this book is for you. I found this book exceeds her Sara Linton and Jeffrey Tolliver series. This was one listen I could not put down. I would recommend this one to anyone who likes a good thorough mystery.
"Will turned his back to her, looking at the painting over the mantel. It was a triptych , three canvases hinged together to
make one image when it was open, another image when it was closed. He had always assumed she liked the duplicity of the piece. It was just like Angie, one thing inside, another out. Just like Michael Ormewood, come to think of it. What a perfect pair." (p. 306- TRIPTYCH by Karen Slaughter)
In TRIPTYCH , Karin Slaughter creates a psychological mystery where nobody is who they seem to be at first glance. Outside Atlanta, Georgia, a black prostitute is brutally murdered and missing her tongue. Will and Michael are assigned to find her killer. They are aided by undercover cop, Angie, who works amongst the prostitutes.
Thirty -six year old John Shelley, has just been patrolled after serving twenty years for brutally murdering a fifteen year old girl and biting out her tongue. John is just trying to stay under the radar of any law officer, but he is looking really good as a repeat murderer. Interestingly though, someone has stolen John's identity while he was in jail. But instead of taking everything from John, his portfolio now consists of lots of money, and a home in Tennessee.
Slaughter deftly confuses everyone because no one wants to be who they are. They have been damaged and changed by their pasts. Who are the bad guys? How can the truth be discovered without causing more harm to themselves and others?
This TRIPTYCH of a mystery delves into the deep inner workings of the minds of all the main characters. Even when the reader thinks they know the answers, something else confuses the situation. This book introduces us intimately to Special Agent Will Trent who has just returned in Slaughter's new book, CRIMINAL, and I'm ready to start reading it NOW!!
My wife read the book, and I picked up her copy, read a few chapters and decided to give it a listen .... I liked it so much I bought a couple more of Ms. Slaughter's books, and I'll add Mr. Kramer to my list of favorite readers!
I can't add to all the superlatives that others have said about this audiobook. I can only say ditto to them and highly recommend this book!!! I will definitely read the next in the series...
This audiobook was AAAAHHHMMAAAZZZZINNNGGG!! I couldn't stop listening! I am getting my two monthly credits in a little over a week and I'm actually buying the second one (Fractured) because I can't wait that long! I 'read' this book in under a week, and it had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. If the rest of this series is even half as good as this first book, I'll be hooked on these for a while. You will not regret this book!!!
I am from the south and have to disagree with some of the previous reviews. I got so caught up in this story that I never even noticed the accent. I had read one other book of Slaughter's, enjoyed it and thought I would give this one a try. Based on how much I enjoyed this one I will be sure to listen to more work from this author.
This is a wonderful book and Karin Slaughter is a wonderful author. Now, with that out of the way, let me talk about the characters. This is my second book featuring Will and Angie whose 25-year love affair is both aggravating and truly moving. While they both grow and mature, it is hard to watch them take two steps forward and one step back. But they are detectives of the first order and a marvel to behold as they add and eliminate clues throughout the story, with the reader constantly wondering which of them will get to the evil-doer first.
Then, there is Jonathan and his sister, Joyce, both very good people to whom very bad things have happened. Their lives have been completely disrupted by the evil acts of others but, are they beyond repair?
And we cannot forget about the homicide detective. Michael is really the cog at the center of this wheel. He claims he wants to solve the mystery of the murdered little girls. Does he want the glory that will rain down on him if he manages to bring his suspect to justice? Or, does he have other, more personal, reasons for pursuing this suspect?
Karin Slaughter did something here that no other author has managed to do for a long, long time. She had me completely bumfuzzled from the very beginning and just when I thought I knew how the story was going to end, the author took an abrupt U-turn that left me hanging.
It was wonderful!
While I ultimately figured out who the real villain was, I had to wait until almost the end to ascertain his motives and discover who else was involved. But, there were a couple, "And then what happened?" and two "Why did (s)he do that?" left over at the very end that were never answered but balanced against the entirety of the book, the book wins.
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