Large Print - 2006
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Troubled by a rocky marriage and the recent loss of his partner, Atlanta detective Michael Ormewood launches an investigation into the savage murder of a local woman, but for ex-con John Shelley, desperate to prove his innocence, the nightmare has just begun.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, c2006.
Edition: First large print edition
ISBN: 9780739326534
Characteristics: 580 pages (large print) :,illustrations ;,24 cm.


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Feb 08, 2021

Rather.. interminable. And none of the characters were interesting (Maybe Trent was) or likeable enough to really care what happened to them. I suppose it's more insight into how damaged we all are, but one simply reads the newspaper to see that.

Aug 11, 2020

Well written, smart, interesting characters, gory, and too long. Otherwise, a good read. Will Trent is a really interesting character; it'll be fun to see how the author develops him in future novels.

Nov 05, 2018

I almost didn't read this. I didn't want to read 300 pages about a central character who is at best a disgusting creep. I held on until I read the "King County Head Librarian mandated 100 page minimum" before giving up on a book--and I am so glad I did. Anything that I could tell you about this well-written, intelligent, complicated story would be a spoiler. The twists and turns and surprises make it an engaging and challenging adventure. Murder, betrayal, love--of several varieties, some just plain sick, hate, jealousy, devotion, lust, greed, revenge, friendship, a mother's devotion, pain of many kinds, and characters' backstories that are compelling and make them some of the most well developed "people" of the over 100 books I've read so far this year. Its a thick book, a took me two days of reading, but because I didn't want to stop, the time seemed to fly by.

Jun 19, 2018

1 Triptych
2 Fractured
3 Undone
4 Broken
5 Fallen
6 Criminal
7 Unseen
8 The Kept Woman

Dec 18, 2016

(The first book in the Will Trent series)

May 24, 2016

Will Trent is a dyslexic Georgia state agent. John Shelley is a convicted sex offender just released on parole after serving his sentence for killing a high school classmate. There are several young female victims whose tongues have been either cut off or bitten off. Various detectives on both the state and local level are working the cases. Will’s love interest is a vice detective, which is to say, she dresses as a prostitute and catches johns who proposition her. All the major characters are seriously flawed. There you have the elements of this well-written mystery.

This is the first Karin Slaughter book I’ve read, and I see why she’s popular. The story was complex enough to be interesting and she didn’t revel in the gore and sadism, at least not for a long time. It was well-paced. It was a best-seller. Still, I do not plan to read any more books by her. The whole story was too dark and depressing. None of the characters were likeable. The ending was particularly unsatisfying. John, we learn early on, is innocent (of the killing for which he was convicted, although not totally innocent by any means). So when the real killer is finally confronted in the final scenes we are inundated with sadism and depravity so over-the-top as to be ridiculous. It would be disgusting if it weren’t so unbelievable as to be almost meaningless. Those squeamish about torture scenes should stay away. The final scene with a certain relative of John’s made absolutely no sense legally or in any other way.

Mar 20, 2016

I started this book, read about 50 pages and abandoned it.
To be fair, it is well-written and incisive, but, it is very gritty, nasty and cringe-worthy; the characters are not sympathetic, I don't feel drawn in to care about what happens at all.

Apr 22, 2013

One of Karin's best. I really enjoyed it. 9 of 10 for me.

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