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Barbara Mitchell
I've been reading Karin Slaughter's books and enjoying them forever it seems. Her newest, Criminal, is one that I found a little difficult to get into, but once I was caught up in the story I couldn't put it down. The characters are so well depicted that I simply had to find out both their background and what was going to happen in the present day. The story is set in Atlanta.

The background story is covered in sections from 1975 when women cops were a new phenomenon, and as such suffered endless
It amazes me that Karin Slaughter is so funny and upbeat in person and when she writes her newsletter, but her books are so dark! I wonder what made her write in this style and if she's ever thought about writing a funny book. Not that I'm complaining! I loved this, as I loved all the others. I really liked how the past and present stories intertwined and how the reader gets some back story on Amanda and Will. Even though you could kind of see where it was going, there were still some good twist ...more
As always Karin Slaughter does a superb job of writing crime fiction that kept me immobile while reading it. I find that I zip through them in a day or so.

In this she moves between the present and 1975 as supporting characters Amanda Wagner and Evelyn Mitchell step into the spotlight during their early days in the Atlanta Police Department.

Slaughter moves between that 1975 case involving the disappearance of several prostitutes and a new case that echoes that one. Along the way there are major r
Loved Slaughter's story telling expertise. Loved learning about Amanda. Loved seeing Will's history. BUT let's be clear it really pissed me off to have a Will Trent novel where he was little more than a side character and was acting out of character at that. I want more about Will Trent. 4.75/5 stars
Karin Slaughter takes us back to Will Trent's birth. We learn a lot about his mother and father. Met an early Amanda and also learned about Atlanta in 1975. What a tough life women had there. Good book all around!
A great book. Answers a lot of questions about Will's history.
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