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Triptych (Will Trent #1)

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BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Karin Slaughter's Unseen.

From Atlanta’s wealthiest suburbs to its stark inner-city housing projects, a killer has crossed the boundaries of wealth and race. And the people who are chasing him must cross those boundaries, too. Among them is Michael Ormewood, a veteran detective whose marriage is hanging by a thread—and whose arr
ebook, 400 pages
Published August 15th 2006 by Delacorte Press (first published 2006)
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This, Triptych, is as close to man-fiction as a book written by a woman can get. But gosh, was it good?!!

I cried, I laughed, I gasped in surprise countless times. The story was totally engrossing. Karin Slaughter definitely knows what she's doing. But don't read it if graphic violence makes you cringe. Don't read it if you want to believe all inmates are the scum of the earth. Don't read it if you have manly bits and are particularly sensitive, I can't guarantee there won't be trauma. And if you
James Thane
Will Trent, an agent for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, is teamed with Atlanta detective Michael Ormewood to investigate a series of brutal crimes in which someone is killing women and cutting out their tongues.

Everyone in the book is damaged in some way. Oremwood has a troubled marriage and a child who is mentally challenged. Trent, who is severely dyslexic, had a very troubled childhood. His best friend, Angie Polaski, is a vice cop with a troubled past of her own. Added to the mix is J
Mark Stevens
There are plenty of good examples of cross-gender writers but certainly Karin Slaughter would be Exhibit No. 1. (This is my first by Karin Slaughter, but hard to imagine many female writers better writing today from a man's point of view.)

Here, she has multiple perspectives, both male and female, in this story involving murdered prostitutes, stolen identities, severed (bitten off) tongues, infidelity and personal entanglements.
The overall flavor is raw, in case that’s not already apparent. With
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Sean Peters
Although to me at first it was a struggle with this book it built to a fast and exciting end, with the last third of the book really good.

The struggle at first was following the 3-4 main characters through different years at the story went backward and forwards from 1985, 2005 then 2006.

But the main characters were being built as this was the first introduction to Will Trent, Angie's character was good, Johnny Shelley was good.

The villain of the book, was a very nasty person but you know quite e
Janie Johnson
Another first time read for me with this author Karin Slaughter. I actually started getting her books when I found this one on the sales rack at our local UBS. I had heard some positive things about the book and I finally decided to try it out. I have to say I am so glad I did. Triptych is the first book in the Will Trent series. And now I gotta say if this book is any inclination of the rest of the series, I will be one happy camper!

The premise of the story sold me when I first read the synopsi
You can become addicted to things other than drugs. Karin Slaughter is one of those things. I had read a review for her new book Unseen. In reading the reviews I discovered that this new book was the latest in a series and that one person suggested that you start with the first book in the series so that you would know all the characters. In some series each book can be read as a stand alone but with a reviewer saying that I decided to start at the beginning, which lead me to this book. I was no ...more
Jun 13, 2008 Marie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Excellent book !! I recommended this book to both my son and my best friend, and neither of them could put it down either. All the story lines within the book were so interesting that I could not wait to see what would happen next.
As a result of this book I became A huge fan of the author and went on to read every book that she wrote, in order. The rest of her books are more of a mystery series that stick with 2 main characters. This book stands alone (at least so far). Although I was also a hug
Um assassinato brutal acontece em Atlanta. A vítima, uma prostituta com cerca de 40 anos, aparece morta nas escadas que vão ter ao seu apartamento num bairro social. Uma característica que poderá juntar a outros casos de brutalidade é o facto de a vítima, Aleesha Monroe não ter língua, tendo sido arrancada à dentada. Além disso, Aleesha apresenta uma possível violação.
The book is written in third person, but we have different narrators throughout. It starts with Michael Ormewood whom I did not like. This is partly why I wasn’t sure whether I’d end up liking the book. I wanted to see things from Will Trent’s perspective, and I wasn’t really fond of Michael. Once Michael’s stint as narrator is over, it shifts between John Shelley, a “loser” ex-con, Will Trent, and Angie Polaski.

There were threads woven throughout this plot that intertwined in the most interesti
Sue Coletta
Triptych is a fantastic read. I gave it five stars for many reasons. The characters-- Karin Slaughter did an incredible job of writing three-dimensional, likable characters who were easy to relate to. The story line grabbed me from the beginning and never let go. The way the author dragged out the suspenseful scenes, really built up the tension and had me on the edge of my seat. The climax was truly a back and forth of not knowing what would transpire next. The title is brilliant. To really deci ...more
Tríptico. . . tríptico. . .
Penso que me deixei influenciar pelas opiniões positivas que vi e estava à espera de uma leitura empolgante e que me fizesse avançar na leitura rapidamente e entusiasmada.
É um bom livro, mas. . . não é surpreendente.
É um bom policial mas, já li melhores. . .
É um 3,5*.

O início até foi aborrecido para mim, até chegar à página 180, por aí, não estava mesmo a achar nada de especial, mas foi aí que houve uma reviravolta. . . a única para mim, mas, por sinal, muito muito boa
Paulo Pires
Brilhante e viciante

«tríptico - substantivo masculino
1. Quadro sobre três panos, dois dos quais se dobram sobre o do meio.(...)»

"tríptico", in Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa

Soberbo ... uma só palavra que diz tanto deste livro.

Nos livros que li da autora, repara-se numa tendência para os mesmos versarem sobre violência sobre mulheres, e ao que tenho percebido das entrevistas que vi é de facto uma opção dos seus livros.

O livro é contado sobre três pontos de vista, que se complementam e
I will first start with the title of the book. This is the first time I remember when I look up a title in the dictionary. My digital Collins says:
triptych [ˈtrɪptɪk:]
n 1. a set of three pictures or panels, usually hinged so that the two wing panels fold over the larger central one: often used as an altarpiece
2. a set of three hinged writing tablets
From Greek triptukhos, from tri- + ptux plate.

One of the story's characters has a triptych on her mantelpiece. When the two side panels fold over
Monique Bos
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Stephanie (the nerdy princess)
The many reviews that praise the thriller TRIPTYCH by Karin Slaughter must be based, I think, on the second half of the book. (You may disagree. More on that later.) If so, then the praise is justified. But a book review should be based on a book’s entirety, and Slaughter paints a picture of characters and background for almost 200 pages before she gets to the suspense. She risks losing readers after page 50. But if you stick with it, it not only gets better; it gets great.

TRIPTYCH is the first
Ana T.
I'm here trying to write a review of this book that I just read in one sitting, a whole afternoon for 557 pages, and one word keeps coming to mind - wow!!! I've been wanting to read Triptych ever since I finished Skin Privilege and found out that the next book in the Grant County series would include characters from the Will Trent series (there are only two books in this series of which Triptych is the first book). I don't know exactly what I was expecting but this story just blown me away. It h ...more
Sometimes I wonder how is it that such poorly written book can take 1st place on bestsellers' list....
This was the first (and most likely the last) book I have read by Karin Slaughter. I needed a quick read for a weekend-long conference, to kill time in between sessions...this seemed like a good "page-turner" according to the reviews.
The plot is absolutely predictable. Ten pages in, I already knew how the book would end. The dialogue is poor, descriptions are repetitive, annoying and sometimes
4.5 Stars

Well-written and engrossing story with captivating characters. The descriptions of abuse, rape and murder are particularly graphic and gruesome, so be forewarned that this may be a difficult read if this type of writing bothers you.

The shifting narrative perspective makes it easy to identify with each of the characters from the veteran police detective with a troubled marriage and a disabled child to the GBI agent who suffered both mental and physical torture in his past and hi
Estou a gostar cada vez mais das apostas da TopSeller e esta não foi excepção! Karin, brinda-nos com brilhantes e ousadas descrições das mortes que nos leva a querer mais e mais.
Nesta narrativa acompanhamos o ponto de vista de três investigadores: Angie Polaski, Michael Ormewood e Will Trent.

Quanto às personagens estas são bastante palpáveis com as emoções à flor da pele e cheios de problemas de infância, o que nos leva a sentir compaixão por elas e devido a esta conexão lemos esta obra num fôle
Cátia Santos
Do melhor que tenho lido dentro do género! Deve ser uma das poucas vezes em que os adjetivos publicitários da capa ("tensão sufocante", "fascinante e compulsivo", "soberbo") não enganam!

Os amantes de policiais não podem deixar de o ler... os não amantes, também não! :) Não conhecia a autora, mas fiquei fã! Venham mais como este!

Um pequeno senão... uma ponta solta ou outra que penso que poderia ter ficado melhor explicada.

E acho que falhou a revisão da tradução, já que há várias gralhas ao longo
Gostei mas: o facto de nos ser dito, mais ou menos a meio do livro, quem fez o quê (e o resto do livro é passado a juntar peças que já conhecemos) tira interesse à história. Ainda assim, gostei de alguns pequenos twists que foram acontecendo e achei que a trama era forte o suficiente.

Tradução boa, mas demasiadas gralhas a provar que faltou fazer a revisão do texto. Sinto-me sempre um bocado enganada quando constato que comprei um livro nestas condições...
Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
I didn't think this book would do it for I'm addicted to the Grant county books. It was really good! Karin Slaughter is on her game!
Tríptico. . . tríptico. . .
Penso que me deixei influenciar pelas opiniões positivas que vi e estava à espera de uma leitura empolgante e que me fizesse avançar na leitura rapidamente e entusiasmada.
É um bom livro, mas. . . não é surpreendente.
É um bom policial mas, já li melhores. . .
É um 3,5*.

O início até foi aborrecido para mim, até chegar à página 180, por aí, não estava mesmo a achar nada de especial, mas foi aí que houve uma reviravolta. . . a única para mim, mas, por sinal, muito muito b
"TripTych" is my first book by Karin Slaughter, but if it is any indication of the types of books that Ms. Slaughter authors, it won't be the last.
The basic plotline of "TripTych" could be formulaic (is a dead prostitute in Atlanta connected to a serial rapist/killer?) but thankfully it is not. The discovery of the prostitute in the first chapter is only the springboard to introduce us to a plethora of characters and a brutal murder from 20 years prior. While none of the primary characters are
Donnell Bell
This is my first Karen Slaughter novel. To say I liked it would be false, to say I was compelled to read it and finish it, would be more in line with my thinking. There are no light moments in this book. It's gritty and violent but Slaughter's writing, her research well done and her storytelling and the way she keeps the reader guessing, amazing.

When I started the book I was confused, I thought I was following the hero--and didn't like what I was reading at all. Turns out I was following the ant
If you happen to like gritty, gory crime thrillers, this is the book for you. I've been slacking off in reading straight-up thrillers this year and since I've been meaning to try Karin Slaughter for what seems like forever, I picked this up at a bargain sale. Turned out to be a good decision. Holy crap am I ending 2013 on a good note with this! While it doesn't quite deliver on the mystery front, it's tightly written enough, with a hard look at the seedy underbelly of humanity and the ability to ...more
aPriL eVoLvEs
Intense and trashy! Dark miseries! Blood, brains and bones! Perfect! Ok, maybe not, but it's a good enough read, for those of us who enjoy our characters damaged and bad-boy. The characters are riveting, except for Will Trent, despite his top billing. He's the most rational, so there you are. The rest are car wrecks who somehow are still moving.

Atlanta Detective Michael Ormewood is the kind of police officer one hopes to never meet. He knows his job and he knows the streets of Atlanta, but he li
Inês Beato
Fantástica leitura! Permitiu-me a descoberta de uma autora que definitivamente irei continuar a acompanhar e um dos melhores policiais que li nos últimos tempos!
Personagens extremamente bem construídas, uma história contada a partir de vários pontos de vista e acção constante são os principais ingredientes de Triptych. Uma obra cativamente e muito bem conseguida, adorei!
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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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