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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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    Maria 04-06-13
    Maria 04-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    ""SO ENGROSSING""

    This was my first Karin Slaughter novel, but it will not be my last.

    After reading some of the comments about now dark the storyline was and how the reader didn't deliver on the southern accents, I almost didn't listen to this one.

    However this book had me so engrossed that I didn't even noticed the accent. If the book's content hadn't been dark and bleak, then the story would have fell short of being developed. The author has to show how horrible it is in prison. It was also her job to show you the deep depravity of a serial killer’s mind. That, after all is the basis of the story. Otherwise you would have has a fluff piece without depth.

    TripTych has mystery, suspense, and lots of drama. If I’m totally honest, there were parts of the story that made me whence and even had me saying, “that’s disgusting”.

    But in the end it was a helluva ride. And I'm glad I brought a ticket.


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    Amazon Customer Highland IN 03-06-13
    Amazon Customer Highland IN 03-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Really enjoyed this!"
    What made the experience of listening to Triptych the most enjoyable?

    I really enojyed ths story, the reader, and the lenght of the book.


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

    The plot was involved and kept me on my seat. I wasn't sure if I would like her writing style but I read a short story and thought I would chance it. I'm so glad I did!!


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

    No I have not listened to him before but it was a good fit.


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

    No, I did not have an extreme reaction.


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    Linda 02-15-13
    Linda 02-15-13 Member Since 2011

    Linda in Omaha

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    "Great murder mystery by Karen Slaughter"

    The first of Will Trent (Grant County), murder mysteries. A girl is brutally murdered and a 16 year old boy is convicted. After years in prison, he is paroled and moves back to his home town. Soon another young girl turns up dead, and John, the parolee, is suspected of causing the death. Much investigation and many twists and turns follow. This book keeps you in suspense and guessing until the end. Would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good murder mystery featuring a serial killer.

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    Florence Nightingale Chandler, AZ USA 10-23-12
    Florence Nightingale Chandler, AZ USA 10-23-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book, Great Narrator"

    This story was SO good and the narrator Michael Kramer read all of the parts so convincingly, that both he and the author Karen Slaughter are now two of my favorites. The story starts out pretty harsh and this is not a book you would want to listen to in the car with your children. But if you stick with it, I think you'll be glad you did. . . I know I was!

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    Victor 08-20-12
    Victor 08-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Meh..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The southern accents weren't that great - the narrator made every southern person sound like they were 65 years old instead of 34 or whatever age they were.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Karin Slaughter again?

    I dunno, maybe. I already purchased a book because it was on sale, but I'll listen to it when I don't have anything else to listen to.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I didn't like the southern accents.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really -


    Any additional comments?

    I think this book is a waste of time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heather OHIO, IL, United States 08-13-12
    Heather OHIO, IL, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Suspenseful, Alluring, Keeps wondering what's next"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Triptych to be better than the print version?

    Personally can't say if it is "better" in audio but I enjoy the depth that the narrator brings to the story. Won't have time to read if it wasn't audible, totally enjoyable.


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

    This plot keeps twisting and turning, the author has a wonderful way of pulling the past into the present and ties it all together well.


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

    Believe it or not, it's Angie.... he gives depth into what kind of person she is and the issues she struggles with.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Strength to Overcome the Past...


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoy the Will Trent series by Slaughter, discrepancies as to the order....I still have come back for more irregardless.

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    Loves to Listen Upland, CA 07-18-12
    Loves to Listen Upland, CA 07-18-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Didn't want this book to end"

    I loved this book! The story, the characters.....everything. I finished Triptych on my way home from work at 2AM and stayed up long enough to buy and download the next book in the series so I can listen to a little before I sleep. I can't wait to find out what Will Trent and Angie Polaski are up to in the next book. I'm not from the south but I found the reader's accent to be just fine!

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    L. Maranto 07-13-12
    L. Maranto 07-13-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story, annoying narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No. I listened to a bit of another recording of this book, which sounded much better, but it was abridged. I have never understood why anyone would buy an abridged book or audiobook. Just less for your money and if I liked it, then I would have to go back and read the unabridged version.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Annoying southern accents (I am a southerner and those are NOT accents I have ever heard except by actors). Women's voices are also annoying, fake sounding. An unconvincing female with an unconvincing accent equal convincingly awful!


    Any additional comments?

    Author very good. Excellent plot and characters. I plan to read or listen to at least some of the following boks in the Will Trent series, but not if they are narrated by Michael Kramer. He has a clear , easily understandable voice, and good diction, but should not attempt any accents with which he is not familiar. I now vow not to buy any audiobook without listening to a sample, particularly if the reviews of the narrator are negative.

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    Linda Liberty Lake, WA, United States 09-27-11
    Linda Liberty Lake, WA, United States 09-27-11 Member Since 2015
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    "What a listen!!"

    All I can say is wow .The characters are flawed, the writing is dark, the details intense and once you start listening you can't stop. If detective, thrillers are you genre, you will be enthralled!

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    Yates East Windsor, NJ, United States 08-07-11
    Yates East Windsor, NJ, United States 08-07-11 Member Since 2015
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    "My first time reading Ms. Slaughter"

    Wow, what a great story! I went from really being disgusted with this drug-addled loser to really rooting for him after he loses everything. When I found out that the only person who he felt a connection with, could honestly help him, I practically cheered out loud! The narration was really great too! Usually a man doing a female voice sounds so falsetto but Mr. Kramer is a pro!!!

    It may have been my first time with Ms. Slaughter but not my last!

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