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Criminal (Will Trent #6)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  11,521 ratings  ·  1,316 reviews
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 ab...more
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Wendy Darling
3.5 stars I eagerly anticipate every single book by Karin Slaughter, and she's never let me down when it comes to Will Trent and Sara Linton--and after last year's fantastic Fallen, I was really excited to read her new book. Criminal is, however, my least favorite book by this author yet, and the first book in the Georgia series that I've rated less than 4 stars. After thoroughly enjoying each of the previous (12?) novels in this series, it's something of a shock to find myself with such mixed/n...more
Scott Archer
Slaughter needs to rethink the series going forward. I had many problems getting through this book.

1. The actual criminal plot takes forever to get moving. Too much of the first half is devoted to the ongoing personal sagas that are pretty much identical for each character as in earlier novels (e.g. Will's inability to articulate or share problems with Sarah, Will's dyslexia, Will's absurd attachment to his witch of an ex-wife). It's like a broken record. A good police thriller should at least...more
I have read Karins books from day one. I love the characters so much they feel like old friends.
In Criminal we discover a whole lot more about Will Trent, the circumstances of his birth who his parents are/were and more about his life as a small boy.....oh and some murders along the way. We also find out about his boss Amanda's early life in the police force where it was obvious women weren't welcome. Told in present and past (1974) time, this was, to me, yet again a wonderful piece of story tel...more
Dotti Elrick
I love this series and this author. This new book is no exception. It was amazing. In Criminal, we learn a lot about the parents of GBI Investigator Will Trent. And Will finally gets some of the answers he's been looking for. He learns a little more about the strange relationship he has with his boss Amanda Wagner.
This story is told in two parts. Two crimes that take place 30 years apart. Both involving Will and Amanda. Atlanta, 1975, women are not a welcome or wanted part of the Atlanta Police...more
Angela Risner
I love Karin Slaughter's books and her characters. I was excited to receive this book before the date of publication.

This book focuses on way too many storylines and characters:
1. We have Will Trent, who is still married to Angie, still in love with Sara, still in angst over his childhood.
2. We have Faith's mom, Evelyn Mitchell, and Amanda Wagner, Will's boos. Both are featured in present-day chapters as well as flashbacks to 1975.
3. We have five prostitutes who have disappeared or were murdere...more
I’ll admit I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand I think Karin Slaughter did a fantastic job and has surpassed herself by catapulting us back into the 1970ies and giving us a glimpse of the misogynistic world female police officers had to work in. There was so much prejudice, so much meanness coming from men towards females; it was an eye-opener, truly. On the other hand, I struggled with the fact that I didn’t recognize the tough old Amanda in that 25-year old plainclothes youn...more
Lelia Taylor
Dear Reader, if you’re looking for a cozy or even a soft-boiled mystery, this is not it. In the past, Karin Slaughter‘s work has been described as “captivating”, “gruesome”, “intense”, “engrossing”, “surprising”, “searing”, “challenging”, “compelling”, and all of those adjectives fit nicely with Criminal. There are few authors who can write with such intensity and sustain it throughout the story but this author can and does.

Shifting back and forth between the mid-1970′s and present day, we see t...more
V.R. Barkowski
Criminal is well written as are all of Karin Slaughter's books, but to call it part of the Will Trent Series is misleading.

We do get a good chunk of Will's backstory through the eyes of other characters, but little of it comes to us via Will. This is not Will's book, but Amanda Wagner's. And while I find Amanda a far more compelling character than Slaughter's other female protagonists, I read this series specifically for Will Trent's POV, and there is little of Will to be found here.

The book su...more

This is the seventh book in Karin Slaughter's Will Trent series*. Will Trent is an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. In typical modern crime fiction style he is a detective with "issues", although (just for a change of pace), Will's issues don't involve substance abuse. Instead, he suffers from the after-effects of a horrific childhood in foster care, while also dealing with severe dyslexia and a crazy-stalker estranged wife to whom he is bound by ties which reach back to the horri...more
I was afraid that "Criminal", being labeled an "epic spanning 40 years", might get mired in too much sentiment or even lapse into a 'novel with a cause' (women struggling in a mans world). What I got was another top-notch thriller from Karin Slaughter.

People who read Ms. Slaughter's books regularly have been drawn not only to her tension filled mysteries, but to her characters Will Trent, Faith Mitchell and Amanda Wagner. In "Criminal", Slaughter does an impeccable job of weaving both plot and p...more

"Sometimes it's criminal what a woman has to do", July 3, 2012
By Jim Munchel

This review is from: Criminal (Hardcover)
The title of my review was taken from the novel CRIMINAL by Karin Slaughter.
A literary tree was planted in her first thriller BLINDSIGHTED with the tangled roots of Sara Linton, small-town pediatrician and her ex husband Jeffrey Tolliver, sherriff of Heartsdale, Georgia.
The twisted branches grew strong with the likes of Jeff's friend Lena Adams and an assortment of diseased ch...more

Criminal by Karin Slaughter is by far my favorite in the series and quite possibly my favourite of all her books to date. Slaughter proves once again just how skillful she is as a writer by creating a complex series of plots, which twist, turn, and come together in unexpected ways. The reader will learn a great deal more about the pasts of Will Trent and Amanda Wagner, life in the mid-70s as a female cop in the Atlanta Police Department, old cases, cover-ups and how things from the past are not...more
First off I would like to say: This is a good book! So read it, especially when you have read the previous books in this series.
That said I found this book one of the lesser ones of the series. That's not a shame, because the other books are great. But it is a slight pity. The last book was very great and I enjoyed reading it to the last page and from that moment on I couldn't wait for a new part of the story of Will Trent and Sara Linton.

Unfortunately this book did not exceed my expectations or...more
Atlanta, 1974: Amanda Wagner and Evelyn Mitchell are young, female police officers in a man’s world. A step up from secretaries, they are assigned to sex crimes and rarely see a serious case. When they are sent to Techwood Homes in the projects to speak to a rape victim, they find themselves in a world populated with drug users, prostitutes and the poor, a far cry from the white, middle class homes that Amanda is used to visiting. They are already suspicious of why they were sent out there, so w...more
Jul 02, 2012 Lise rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: keeper
Karin Slaughter has been sharing her incredibly tortured hero, Will Trent, for a number of books now. She does it so masterfully that I literally squirm with discomfort at his tormented childhood and the misery of his adulthood. That misery is compounded by the desperate love-hate relationship with his wife, Angie. The last title saw Will give up Angie for Dr. Sara - the former medical examiner and now ER doctor who has her own torments, but compared to Angie lives a life of near paradise. Will'...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

Wow, oh, wow, oh, wow!! Not since Karin's first book have I been so taken with one of her books. This is a good series, that kind of went down a bit in the middle to 3s & 4s for me, then last book, Fallen, raised the bar back up to a 5 and here with Criminal, Slaughter has outdone herself. This is probably the most disturbing crime (or MO) a serial killer has ever performed that I have read in fiction. I'm actually afraid to check online to see if there...more
Luanne Ollivier
I was hooked on Karin Slaughter's writing from the first book, Blindsighted. The first six books were set in Grant County and featured the local sheriff and his wife, the local coroner. They're excellent crime/mystery books, with great plots and wonderful characters. In fact, it is the characters themselves that draw me back, over and over again.

Things move in real time in Slaughter's books. Her writing has segued to focus on another character from the Grant County books - Georgia Bureau of Inve...more
Michael Sherer
Criminally Good.

My expectations rise exponentially when I pick up a book by a best-selling author I haven’t read before. And like a lot of readers, I get comfortable with authors I like and often find it difficult to read someone new. But several months ago, I risked a nominal amount of money on SNATCHED, a novella by Karin Slaughter, and I was hooked.

However, SNATCHED was so good that my expectations rose even higher when I got one of her latest books, CRIMINAL. It may sound strange coming from...more

In her latest installment of the "Will Trent" series the past meets the present when the case of a missing college student takes Amanda Wagner back almost 40 years to her first homicide investigation.

The year is 1975. Amanda is 25 years old, a college student and new member of the sex crimes division of the Atlanta PD. When a prostitute is murdered and several go missing, she teams up with Evelyn Mitchell to investigate. Through sheer determination and intelligence they begin to assemble the pie...more
So I am finding Karin Slaughter's Will Trent series highly addictive. Even more impressive, they are tightly plotted, well-written crime novels. Slaughter is incredibly clever. The plot often turns on just a phrase.

Of course, the only problem with this latest novel is that the story of Will trent's life has become so convoluted and complicated that it's almost farcical. Almost. If the novel wasn't so good, then Slaughter probably wouldn't get away with it. What's also impressive is that all thes...more
Jen at Reading Lark
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I have been reading and loving Karin Slaughter's books from the very first one, and I really think this is one of the very best that she has written. Criminal took a while to get going, but once it did I found myself glued to my seat, flipping pages over as fast as I could.

This was a masterclass in plotting. Slaughter wove together two brilliant investigations, spaced 40 years apart and kept both bubbling along. The narrativ...more
Aug 06, 2012 Kay rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
I was so disappointed in this novel. Enjoying all the others in the series, I really can't figure out why this one was so hard to keep my mind on the plot. Perhaps it was more on Amanda's story than Wills or maybe it was going back and forth from the 70's to present [this never bothers me on other books] or perhaps I'm just tired of reading about the main character discovering details on a death or secret of some family member! After all, that's seems to be the storyline of every book I've read...more
Holly McIntyre
Slaughter's best book yet! I spent the 4th of July day off reading the book in one long sitting! The back and forth between 1975 and the present can be a little confusing if you miss the date on the chapter heading, but is worth it for the back story on Amanda and Will. I enjoyed the fast-paced suspense of both timelines. I have two picky objections: 1) as someone who was a young adult Southern female in 1975, I found the depiction of the young Amanda's life somewhat anachronistic -- more 50s-is...more
A masterpiece? Slaughter's best book so far?? Are you kidding me? I haven't read anything more indiferrent. I tried very hard to go on with this particular book and that because i paid 20 euros. The characters were annoying, especially the women agents and the plot very very common.... i love good crime stories and when there is out there one Dennis Lehane,Pelekanos etc... i find it criminally insulting for K. Slaghter to give us books like this one.

Goodbye Will, goodbye Karin, you're not for me...more
This addition to the series was structured around Will Trent's boss, Amanda, when she was first promoted to detective. In the beginning of her career, in the 70's, she was faced with quite a battle, blazing a trail against the chauvinistic, boys club that made up her department. Her first big case was one that no one wanted and thought not to be much of a case at all, until she started connecting multiple, torturous murders of local prostitutes. The story line jumps back and forth from the 70's...more
Judy Collins
Karin Slaughter, the queen of Atlanta crime thrillers delivers, CRIMINAL, another 5-Star gripping, suspense novel with the sixth installment in the Will Trent series. (right up there in same category as COP TOWN, another 5 star winner "must read!

CRIMINAL hooked me from page one to the end, Will Trent (love him) of the GA Bureau of Investigation is in a new relationship with Dr. Sara Linton, (former Grant County Medical Examiner from Broken, 2010) when there is an abduction of a 19- yr old col...more
ilovebakedgoods (Teresa)
I really liked this story. It was fascinating to read about how female cops were treated in the 70s. Actually, it was enlightening to read about how women in general were treated. I did not realize that a woman couldn't get a loan without a husband or father's co-signature. What a crock! The way the male cops treated the women in this book was sickening. The way women in general have been treated in history is sickening, for that matter. Same goes for minority races. I just can't fathom being so...more
Karin Slaughter is a writer with a real talent if that is the right word for vividly capturing the horror of violence men inflict on women both in the headline crimes but also in the more casual workplace bullying. This gives some of her writing a depth and emptional punch that is esceptional at any level and especially given the norms of the genre. Unlike Kate Atkinson, this is unfortunately is not enhanced with equally well rounded characters, and intelligent plotting, so reading her books is...more
Paul Pessolano
“Criminal” by Karin Slaughter, published by Delacorte Press.

Category – Mystery/Thriller

The last several books by Karin have moved the location from Grant County, a rural Georgia suburb to the inner city of downtown Atlanta.

“Criminal” spans 40 years and traces the lives of Will Trent and Amanda Wagner. Will, now a detective with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, is haunted by his past life. His mother had an addiction and his father was a murderer of the worst sort.

Amanda is a deputy director...more
Mal Warwick
Surprises galore in this beautifully crafted novel of crime and punishment in Atlanta

In every one of Karin Slaughter’s previous novels of murder and mayhem in the Deep South, Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) officer Will Trent and his boss, Amanda Wagner, GBI’s deputy commander, were characters shrouded in mystery, their actions frequently difficult to understand. In Criminal, Slaughter rips off the shrouds. This is an unusually suspenseful, affecting, and, in the end, deeply satisfying sto...more
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Slaughter was born in a small southern Georgia community, and now resides in Atlanta. She is widely credited with first coining the term "inv...more
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