Fallen by Karin Slaughter

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Book Description

Release Date: October 16, 2012
There’s no police training stronger than a cop’s instinct. Faith Mitchell’s
mother isn’t answering her phone. Her front door is open. There’s a bloodstain
above the knob. Everything Faith learned in the academy goes out the window when
she charges into her mother’s house, gun drawn. She sees a man dead in the
laundry room, a hostage situation in the bedroom. What she doesn’t see is her
mother. When the hostage situation turns deadly, Faith is left with too many
questions. She’ll need the help of her partner, Will Trent, and trauma doctor
Sara Linton to get some answers. But Faith isn’t just a cop anymore, she’s a
witness—and a suspect. To find her mother, Faith will have to cross the thin
blue line and bring the truth to light—or bury it forever
Review –
Another excellent book by Karin Slaughter that grabs you by the throat in the first 16 pages and doesn’t let go.  If you’ve never read a book by this author, start here and get ready for the ride of your life.  I believe this to be her best so far.

Criminal (Will Trent #7) by Karin Slaughter

Book Description

Publication Date: July 3, 2012
 
Karin Slaughter’s new novel is an epic tale of love, loyalty, and murder that encompasses forty years, two chillingly similar murder cases, and a good man’s deepest secrets.
 
Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and Will is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda’s motivation until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before—when Will’s father was imprisoned for murder—this was his home. . . .
 
Flash back nearly forty years. In the summer Will Trent was born, Amanda Wagner is going to college, making Sunday dinners for her father, taking her first steps in the boys’ club that is the Atlanta Police Department. One of her first cases is to investigate a brutal crime in one of the city’s worst neighborhoods. Amanda and her partner, Evelyn, are the only ones who seem to care if an arrest is ever made.
 
Now the case that launched Amanda’s career has suddenly come back to life, intertwined with the long-held mystery of Will’s birth and parentage. And these two dauntless investigators will each need to face down demons from the past if they are to prevent an even greater terror from being unleashed.
 
A masterpiece of character, atmosphere, and riveting suspense, Criminal is the most powerful and moving novel yet from one of our most gifted storytellers at work today.
Review –
***** I rate this book 5  stars.  I had the audio version but I know the physical hard copy would have had me hooked just the same.  This  heart-stopping thriller combines characters from her (the author) two  crime series: The Will Trent Series and The Grant County Series.
Will Trent is one of my favorite fictional characters and we learn so much about him in the book and about the people around him and the story is like a roller coaster ride on a triple dose of steroids.  Action, Action and More Action.   Loved this book!!!! Can you tell????   If you’ve never read this author, Karin Slaughter,you should go TODAY and get a Will Trent book and a Grant County book and then get Criminal and you will be a fan for life.

Beyond Reach by Karin Slaughter

From Booklist

After producing last year’s stand-alone thriller TripTych, Slaughter returns with the sixth entry in the series that has propelled her onto best-seller lists. The Grant County novels, featuring pediatrician/medical examiner Sara Linton, her police chief husband, Jeffrey Tolliver, and Detective Lena Adams, combine suspenseful plots, gritty social realism, and graphic forensic detail. Here Lena returns to the poverty-stricken rural backwater where she was raised to check on her uncle Hank, the tactiturn reformed junkie who raised her after her mother died. What she finds is a town decimated by methamphetamine addiction (including her long sober uncle), with the drug dealing controlled by skinheads and abetted by a corrupt sheriff’s department. When she is forced to watch as her former childhood friend and neighbor, who has long battled addiction, is set on fire, she shuts down, convinced that her best recourse is to keep her mouth shut even as the local sheriff tries to get her to talk. That’s when Jeffrey gets the call that his detective has been arrested. He and Sara, who is drained from fighting a grueling medical malpractice suit, are immediately drawn into the investigation, which leads to surprising revelations about some of the town’s most upstanding citizens. In addition, Slaughter throws in a shocker of an ending that has serious implications for the future of the series. Slaughter’s latest page-turner offers both wrenching emotional highs and lows and a gripping plot, but what gives it emotional heft is its unwavering focus on the grim social ills of the rural South.
Review –
I really loved this story-it kept a fast pace and was a quick read,