Book Review

by Karin Slaughter

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Procedural

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Slaughter's first stand-alone is a compelling, bleak tale about the intertwined fates of three men. Atlanta detective Michael Ormewood isn't thrilled about partnering with stoic Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Will Trent to solve a series of grisly prostitute murders. But when Michael's neighbor is killed, he must rely on Will to find out whether it's their serial murderer or a copycat killer.

Evidence points to John Shelley, a recently released convict. Imprisoned as a teenager, he served 20 brutal years for the murder of a classmate -- a murder that mirrors the current string of deaths and that John swears he didn't commit.

Slaughter delves deeply into their tragic personal lives. Michael has a
troubled marriage and a disabled
child; Will was an abused child, and state homes left him with severely
malnourished social skills; but John's possibly wrongful imprisonment is the most horrifying of all, rife with it-could-happen-to-you implications. The plotting and characterization are gripping and clever as always -- with a couple of
big twists in there for good measure -- but the overwhelming sense of tragedy leaves a depressing aftermath. (Aug., 390 pp., $25.00)

Reviewed By: Tara Gelsomino

Publisher: Delacorte

Published: August 2006

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4.5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.5 Stars
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Submitted by Robin in PA on July 3, 2010 - 8:36pm.

A prostitute has been raped and murdered. GBI Agent Will Trent notices the details of her death match that of two teenage girls in Northern Georgia. He joins Detective Michael Ormewood and Vice Cop Angie Polaski in working the case. But another person is also trying to solve the mystery. An ex-con who has stumbled onto the killer's trail may know who is behind the murders. But he is afraid to tell the police since the evidence is pointing straight at him.

Wow, this is one of the best thrillers that I've read all year. This is a very dark, gritty mystery with non-stop suspense. The story jumps between a 1985 murder of a young girl, and the 2006 murder of a prostitute. Slaughter creates well-drawn characters in a gripping story I could not put down. My rating: 5 Stars.