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Triptych | [Karin Slaughter]

Triptych

From Atlanta's wealthiest suburbs to its stark inner-city housing projects, a killer has crossed the boundaries of wealth and race. And the people who are chasing him must cross those boundaries, too. Among them is Michael Ormewood, a veteran detective whose marriage is hanging by a thread and whose arrogance and explosive temper are threatening his career. And Angie Polaski, a beautiful vice cop who was once Michael's lover before she became his enemy.
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From Atlanta's wealthiest suburbs to its stark inner-city housing projects, a killer has crossed the boundaries of wealth and race. And the people who are chasing him must cross those boundaries, too. Among them is Michael Ormewood, a veteran detective whose marriage is hanging by a thread and whose arrogance and explosive temper are threatening his career. And Angie Polaski, a beautiful vice cop who was once Michael's lover before she became his enemy. But unbeknownst to both of them, another player has entered the game: a loser ex-con who has stumbled upon the killer's trail in the most coincidental of ways and who may be the key to breaking the case wide open.

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

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    Cindy ELON, NC, United States 11-21-06
    Cindy ELON, NC, United States 11-21-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Really rough material"

    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.

    27 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-17-13
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-17-13 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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    "Remarkable Mystery, Storytelling by a Master!"

    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!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 09-25-07
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 09-25-07 Member Since 2006

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.

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    "Not for the meek of heart"

    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.

    23 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Pauline Norton WEBSTER, MA, US 11-05-06
    Pauline Norton WEBSTER, MA, US 11-05-06 Member Since 2003
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    "A winner. Entertaining and chilliing!!"

    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.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ronna 07-13-12
    Ronna 07-13-12
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    "Psychological introduction to SA Will Trent"

    "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!!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    andrew norfolk, VA, United States 03-07-07
    andrew norfolk, VA, United States 03-07-07 Member Since 2002
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    "simply WOW!"

    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!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    James 02-20-14
    James 02-20-14 Member Since 2012

    I loved reading about King Arthur and Knights of the round table when I was a wee lad. Now I am older and love Game of Thrones!

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    "Start where it begins, addictive!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The later books in the series get better. There is more details thrown in about the characters lives, the material is black as some say, but the books are pageturners, or the audible recordings make you want to continue to listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just the repore amongst the characters, Will Trent is a very likable, yet different kind of detective.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    Will Trent.


    Was Triptych worth the listening time?

    Yes... but as recommended to me; start out reading or listening to "Undone" and "Broken" first!


    Any additional comments?

    I am loving the Grant County/ Will Trent series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ranch Girl 01-30-14
    Ranch Girl 01-30-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Hard to Put Down!"

    This was a great suspense story with interesting characters and plot. The narration, while adequate, was not nearly as superb as many of the other audible books I have listened to. The writing was at times a bit repetitive, and there were some glitches in the logic of the story, but nothing excessive. Yes, there is gore and a dark twisted villain, but also characters I identified with and rooted for. As with most series, the author gives the lead character,WIll Trent, plenty of internal demons that he must combat. The story had just the right amount of suspense without putting me on adrenaline overload. The bottom line is that I was drawn into the story and didn't want to stop listening!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    PAR-TEE 07-28-13
    PAR-TEE 07-28-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Great Story, not much else to say..."

    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...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl COVENTRY, RI, United States 10-19-12
    Cheryl COVENTRY, RI, United States 10-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "SO ADDICTIVE!!!!"
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    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!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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