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Criminal (Will Trent #6)

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  19,090 Ratings  ·  1,699 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
Nov 11, 2015 ♥Sharon♥ rated it it was amazing

I am not sure what else I can say about Will Trent. I love who he is.

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I should have been prepared for what was revealed in Criminal but I wasn’t. I shed tears for Will, felt anger towards Amanda and I really wanted to scratch out Angie’s eyes. Grrrr she makes me so angry.

There is so much that is revealed and a lot to process. I really had to pay attention.

The story is told between the past which is in the mid-70’s and the present. The past reveals things about Amanda and Evelyn and other’s tha
Mary Beth
Mar 28, 2016 Mary Beth rated it really liked it
I have read a lot of reviews and a lot of people said that this was their favorite book in the series. I will have to disagree on that. To me it was very slow. I do love Will Trent and he is my favorite character and the only reason I gave it 4 stars is because I really learned a lot more about Will Trent and loved this part of the story.

The story keeps going from the year 1975 to the present. It changes back and forth and if you didn't keep an eye on it, it could get a little confusing. We lear
When a college student goes missing and Amanda Wagner refuses to let Will Trent participate, ensuing events resurrect the case that launched her career and expose the roots of his parentage.

The story transitions between the present and 1974/1975. Whatever I previously thought about Amanda Wagner and Evelyn Mitchell was upended here. Their early obstacles faced as the first women in a police department run rampant with sexism and racism were daunting. The fact that they not only persevered but s
Scott Archer
Mar 13, 2013 Scott Archer rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-suspence
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
Sep 26, 2015 Mo rated it it was amazing

"You know how it is with men.
Sometimes it's criminal what a woman has to do."

This was hovering at a four star for most of the book due to the fact that I was not too keen on the 70's theme. But, it had to be done to get to the in's and out's of the matter. Will's background, Amanda and Evelyn's early years in the Police Force.

No one wanted Will, either. He'd spent most of his early life being checked in and out of the children's home like a dog-eared library book ...

This book has a dual pers
Mar 24, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-loved
Criminal by Karin Slaughter is a fabulous continuation in the Will Trent series the characters jump right out at you & the pace never misses a beat. I love this series & she never disappoints.

we also learn more about Will his birth & we also find more out about his uncle & father which blew me for 6.

Lucy Bennett was found dead in an apartment in Atlanta she was a drug addict & prostitute her pimp Juice gave her anything she wanted as long as she did her thing..

Her blood stain
Apr 18, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 22, 2015 Jean rated it really liked it
1975: The Vietnam War ended. Gerald Ford was President. Margaret Thatcher was chosen to lead the British Conservative Party. Jimmy Hoffa disappeared. Patty Hearst was one of America’s Most Wanted. Women and blacks in the Atlanta Police Department – and probably elsewhere in the US – had an uphill climb.

Criminal, the sixth novel in Karin Slaughter’s Will Trent series, is alternates between 1975 and present day Atlanta. In the unhurried double story line, Ms. Slaughter constructs two paths, brick
Morana Mazor
Feb 26, 2016 Morana Mazor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Rane", Karin Slaughter; Znanje

Onim čitaocima koji su se već upoznali sa romanima Karin Slaughter i sa njezinim agentom Willom Trentom (a vjerujem da ih je dosta) ova će knjiga dobro doći kako bi bolje shvatili pozadinu Willova lika i što ga to točno čini ovakvim kakav je danas.
A oni koji još ništa nisu čitali neće uopće pogriješiti, ako im upravo "Rane" budu prvi susret sa djelima ove autorice jer je ova priča cjelovita i potpuna i može se, bez ikakvih problema, čitati zasebno, nevezano za pr
Dec 29, 2015 Piper rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
Loved this one!! It took me forever to read it- but only due to personal circumstances. I may come back with a full review later. Right now though- I'm moving on to Unseen.
Dotti Elrick
Oct 21, 2016 Dotti Elrick rated it it was amazing
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
Freda Malone
Apr 24, 2015 Freda Malone rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
As we alternate chapters, the narrative is transitioning us between the 1974 and the present time.

In 1974, the young Amanda Wagner and Evelyn Mitchell are a partners in the Atlanta Police Department. When they stumble over a case of missing prostitutes, later found dead in the most gruesome ways, they are determined to solve the case. During this time Amanda and Evelyn also face many obstacles surrounding the era and segregation of racism and gender minorities. There is a bundle of sexual haras
Angela Risner
Jul 02, 2012 Angela Risner rated it it was ok
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
Petra Miocic

Odnos roditelja i djece. Susret dvaju sasvim različitih genetskih kodova čijim se spajanjem, jednostavnom jednadžbom, dobiva onaj treći. Poseban, neovisan, svoj i drugačiji. A opet tako sličan i blizak kodovima iz kojih je nastao. Ponekad se, najčešće u najosjetljivijem adolescentnom razdoblju, u potrazi za samim sobom, nositelj proizvedenog koda svim silama trudi pokazati i održati svoju različitost, doživljavajući pritom svaku karakternu ili pojavnu slič
Mar 28, 2015 Marleen rated it really liked it
Shelves: karin-slaughter
This is a story with 2 time-lines. 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 young officer. She was so tentative, so doc ...more
Janie Johnson
Oct 23, 2015 Janie Johnson rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-challenge
I have really been enjoying the Will Trent series a lot this year, and have a goal of completing all the books that are out right now. This one is book 6 which means one to go. I was eager to get started on this but when I started reading it I was not all the sure that I was going to like this one like I had the last 5.

In this book we cover Amanda's career when it first gets started in the 1970's. It was a rough run for her and Evelyn both, lots of chauvinistic men who really disapprove of women
Sep 05, 2012 Rick rated it it was amazing
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
V.R. Barkowski
Feb 01, 2015 V.R. Barkowski rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
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
Mar 31, 2016 Robin rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense, 2016
When a college student disappears with no trace, Georgia Bureau of Investigations Detective Will Trent is surprised when his supervisor, Amanda Wagner, keeps him off of the case. Amanda has good reason to distance Will from this assignment. This case ties into the disappearance and murders of prostitutes in 1975. It was the case that began Amanda's forty year career in homicide.

This book moves between the present and 1975. I liked the story in the present because I love the characters of Will T
Lelia Taylor
Aug 09, 2012 Lelia Taylor rated it really liked it
Shelves: full-reviews
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
Jul 23, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction, kindle

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
May 14, 2013 Aileene rated it it was amazing
As expected, this installment is just way beyond epic!

Story is not just compelling but gripping at the same time.
It was told in chapters where it alternated from early seventies to present day. The switching of years was so effective that it led to connecting the dots which certainly had left me immobile and just simply glued myself to my e-reader to read and read and read and read and...well you get the picture :)

Highly recommended but comes with a warning: Highly and very addictive (too)!
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Jul 15, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Jul 19, 2012 Ellie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
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
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Jul 02, 2012 Lise rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 03, 2012 Jimmmunchel rated it it was amazing

"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
Jul 10, 2012 Wesley rated it liked it
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
Sep 22, 2015 Lisazj1 rated it really liked it
I have to admit, in some ways, this was a disappointment for a Karin Slaughter book. The dual timeline here, showing the past through Amanda's eyes and the present through Will's, didn't do this story the justice it deserved. I understand why the author did it this way, and really, there's nothing else I can think of that would have shown what she wanted us to see. But it did detract from the way her stories usually grab you by the throat and hold on insanely tight until the end. The POV change ...more
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Karin Slaughter is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of fifteen thrillers, including UNSEEN, CRIMINAL, FALLEN, BROKEN, UNDONE, FRACTURED, BEYOND REACH, TRIPTYCH, FAITHLESS, COP TOWN, and the e-original short stories “Snatched” and “Busted.”

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