CRIMINAL, the new novel from New York Times bestselling author Karin Slaughter, 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.
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Praise for Criminal:
"Karin Slaughter's best yet by far. All her signature strengths are amplified a hundredfold by the past explaining the present. Reading this book was like watching a great athlete having a career year."
—Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author of The Affair
"Slaughter's tense fourth thriller to combine characters from her two crime series...seamlessly shifts between past and present."
"A jolting case that involves murders separated by 40 years ... explosive."
"Fascinating...Slaughter delivers another riveting, pulse-pounding crime novel."
—Booklist (starred review)
"Karin Slaughter prove she's one of the best crime novelists at work today with "Criminal." [She] weaves a rich tapestry of complex characters with a compelling mystery. Readers will feel emotionally attached to these characters, and their journey will both delight and surprise even the jaded suspense fan."—Associated Press
"They don't call Slaughter "the thinking woman's thriller writer" for nothing--her pacing assumes you can keep up." —BookRiot
"Special Agent Will Trent has to be one of the most fascinating suspense protagonists in recent memory...Criminal offers a look back at 1970s Southern culture (with all its gentility and warts), a dash of romance for its unlikely protagonist and a twist ending that few will see coming." —Bookpage
"Surely the perfect book for summer, but it's hard to imagine a better or more satisfying read for any season. Not to be missed.... Slaughter has always been good, very good in fact. But there's something truly special, even seminal, in her latest effort." —The Providence Sunday Journal
"With every page of this story the tension mounts...If you have a hunger for a rich and fulfilling novel then you owe it to yourself to pick up Criminal...Slaughter at her most visceral and gut-wrenching best."
—The Huffington Post
"The kind of hold-on-to-your-hat, nail-biting story Slaughter has become world-famous for.... a satisfyingly complex tale spanning nearly four decades."—The Washington Post