Published: May 28, 2013
Detective Will Trent is standing in a Georgia convenience store, waiting on an obstinate Icee frozen drink machine. To the surveillance cameras and bored staff of the Lil’ Dixie Gas-n-Go, however, Will appears to be someone very different—the menacing ex-con Bill Black. Going undercover as Bill, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent is about to infiltrate the most corrupt town in the most corrupt county in the new American South. But first: his Icee.
Everything changes in one horrific instant, as all hell breaks loose at the Lil’ Dixie. A cop is shot. A bag of cash goes flying across the floor. A young woman disappears while a killer takes off in a battered pick-up truck. Within seconds, Will is in pursuit.
This is a short novella which leads up to the novel Unseen, which I read in September of 2013 and don’t know how I missed this one.
Poor Will Trent, in the wrong place at the wrong time, and all because of an Coke flavored Icee!
If you are familiar with the Keystone Cops, that’s what part of this story felt like. There was chaos, chasing a hold up man in a beat up pick-up down the Interstate, finding out that an 84-year-old grandmotherly woman lied about everything ad finally getting the bad guys put where they belong. That’s really all I can say without giving away too much.
If you’ve never read or listened to anything by author, Karin Slaughter, you should really give this a try. It is short and you’ll get a sample of her writing style. It will not disappoint.