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Criminal (Will Trent #6)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  14,795 ratings  ·  1,474 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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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
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

"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
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
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
Jean Coldwell
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
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
Freda Malone
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
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
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
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
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

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
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

"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

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
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
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
Janie Johnson
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
I feel as though I need to add a little note to the start of each of my Will Trent reviews, telling people that I read Karin Slaughter’s books in completely the wrong order. I do not simply mean reading Will Trent before the Grant Country series, but also in the order I read the Will Trent books. Due to this the chronology of events was completely messed up on my behalf.

Having basically worked backwards in my reading of the Will Trent books it is safe to say this was the one I was most looking f
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
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
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

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
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
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
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Overall Rating: 5.00
Story Rating: 5.00
Character Rating: 5.00

Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)

First thought when finished: That ending was just about perfect! That is exactly how I like my thrillers to end: one last turn right after you think you have it all figured out!

What I thought of the case: In Criminal Karin Slaughter leverages probably one of my least favorite plot tricks but makes it work in a way that blew me away: dual time lines (present and past). In
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
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