Friday, August 24, 2012

CRIMINAL by Karin Slaughter Audio Edition

    A long-time resident of Atlanta Karin Slaughter brings both awareness and familiarity to her latest tense tale based in that city.  That story comes to frightening life as read by premier narrator Kathleen Early.  Note that this story is not for the faint of heart.  Slaughter is deft at describing violence and, while integral to the plot, it’s writ large.

    Once again the author is combining characters from previous books.  We again meet Will Trent, an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and GBI Deputy Director Amanda Wagner.  The tale segues smoothly between past and present.  Some 40 years ago when the Atlanta Police Department was rife with both sexism and racism we learn that Amanda and her partner worked diligently to find out what happened to two missing prostitutes, ignoring warnings from fellow detectives (male) to forget it.

    Today a college student goes missing.  When Amanda tells Will to back off that case he knows something’s going on, but what?  Turn back the years to when Will’s father was imprisoned for murder.  The summer Will is born is the same time that Amanda and her partner were investigating the case of the missing prostitutes.  In his early years Will had lived in an orphanage, which is where he and Amanda now meet.  Each is there for a very different reason.

    Slaughter has skillfully crafted what at first appears to be a rather complex plot, yet the story seamlessly unfolds, revealing much.  No spoilers here - you won’t be able to stop listening as Kathleen draws you into a web of murder, love and loyalty.

    - Gail Cooke

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