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4.00005826271186 out of 54.00005826271186 out of 54.00005826271186 out of 54.00005826271186 out of 54.00005826271186 out of 5 4.00 (5,664 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karin Slaughter Narrator: Kathleen Early Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Will Trent Series Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781482961942
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Karin Slaughter’s new thriller is an epic tale of love, loyalty, and murder that encompasses forty years, two chillingly similar murder cases, and a good man’s deepest secrets.

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 abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before­—when Will’s father was imprisoned for murder—this was his home…

Flash back nearly forty years: In the summer Will Trent was born, Amanda Wagner is taking her first steps in the boy’s club that is the Atlanta police department. One of her first cases is to investigate a brutal crime in one of the city’s worst neighborhoods. Amanda and her partner Evelyn are the only ones who seem to care if an arrest is ever made. Now the case that launched Amanda’s career has suddenly come back to life, and it is intertwined with the long-held mystery of Will’s birth and parentage.

Each will need to face down demons from the past if they are to prevent an even greater terror from being unleashed on Atlanta today.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Karin Slaughter’s best yet by far: All her signature strengths are amplified a hundredfold by the past explaining the present. Reading this book was like watching a great athlete having a career year.”

    Lee Child

  • “With every page of this story the tension mounts…If you have a hunger for a rich and fulfilling novel then you owe it to yourself to pick up Criminal…Slaughter at her most visceral and gut-wrenching best.”

    Huffington Post

  • “Karin Slaughter proves she’s one of the best crime novelists at work today with Criminal. [She] weaves a rich tapestry of complex characters with a compelling mystery. Readers will feel emotionally attached to these characters, and their journey will both delight and surprise even the jaded suspense fan.”

    Associated Press

  • “Fascinating…Slaughter delivers another riveting, pulse-pounding crime novel.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Slaughter’s tense fourth thriller to combine characters from her two crime series…seamlessly shifts between past and present.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A compelling and enjoyable listening experience. Confronted with a large cast of characters, Early manages to give each character a distinct voice without falling into caricature or cliché.”

    Publishers Weekly on the audiobook

  • “Special Agent Will Trent has to be one of the most fascinating suspense protagonists in recent memory…Criminal offers a look back at 1970s Southern culture (with all its gentility and warts), a dash of romance for its unlikely protagonist and a twist ending that few will see coming.”

    Bookpage

  • “Early’s composed delivery sets in stark relief the horrors inflicted upon the 1975 victims…Early’s best performance is her vocal time travel from the youthful, determined Amanda to the gruff GBI agent she becomes, a narrating feat that also applies to her circle of stalwart sisters. Tension is fine tuned, and characters are subtly shaded in.”

    AudioFile

  • “A jolting case that involves murders separated by forty years…explosive.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 11/17/2017

    " Amazing author and book! It’s a must hear in this series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 2/18/2014

    " I usually really enjoy this author's books. I found this one difficult to follow. The changes from past to present were often confusing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mirjam | 2/18/2014

    " I just love the writing style of this thriller. I was really drawn into it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karla Wieting | 2/5/2014

    " Because I hadn't read the previous few books in this series (only her earlier stuff), I got a bit lost in the beginning. I really enjoyed the flashbacks with Amanda and Evelyn but I remembered how much I didn't really like the Will Trent character and it's probably why I havent read many of the other novels. Even though he's had a tough life, etc, I think he's soft and needs to stand up for himself especially with his ex, Angie. He's a bit of a plodder and quite irritating. Having said that, after reading reviews of the previous novels, I may go back and read them just to fill in the blanks. I did like how the past and present collided and Slaughter did well with her research. I am just glad I wasn't a female police officer in the 1970s! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen V. | 1/12/2014

    " I liked the book although it took awhile for me to get the rhythm of the story. The jumps from present day to 1975 were a little hard to follow. It really got interesting at about the halfway point. Glad I stuck with it. There were a couple of interesting twists and surprises at the end. I would like to read more of Karin Slaughter's books. Took me less than two days to finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 1/7/2014

    " Like one long episode of CSI but set in the 70's before DNA analysis, and in current day. Very engrossing. Enjoyed it, but not one of my all-time favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 12/31/2013

    " Hard to put down; not hard to love!! Amazing story from the creative mind of Karin Slaughter who never ceases to amaze me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 12/29/2013

    " As good as the others. I really like this author a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 12/23/2013

    " As always, a fabulous read. So many answers this time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary-Lynn | 12/14/2013

    " I LOVED this book. 4.75 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Fox | 11/28/2013

    " It was great to read about Will Trent and his messed up family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 11/27/2013

    " I really loved the book, because we got to learn the history of Will and Amanda. It was a bit confusing, because it jumped back and forth between 1970 and present day and also because there were too many characters to keep track of. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amie | 10/17/2013

    " I'm a bit torn about this one. I loved it but a part of me wishes it had all been told in the past instead of skipping back and forth. That said, it was fascinating to see how some of the characters became who/what they are. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Norm Lionberger | 9/14/2013

    " This series only gets better. This installation finally sheds light on the how & why of relationships between Will, Amanda, etc. Great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janell Barney | 8/27/2013

    " I have really enjoyed every book I have read by this author. I liked going back in time to learn more about Amanda and Evelyn. This book answers a lot of questions about Amanda's relationship with Will. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monique | 6/21/2013

    " My first time reading this author and I was fascinated! I really enjoyed the history of women in the police force (why did I assume it was never WORSE for women in law enforcement?) and the backward and forward in time/storytelling from 1975 to the present. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 6/12/2013

    " Karin Slaughter does not disappoint AGAIN! FANTASTIC BOOK bringing Will and Amanda's past to the Present. I see them both in a whole new light! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elana | 5/21/2013

    " I found it a little slow moving at first but it was so good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanna | 12/25/2012

    " Hands down one of her best books so far. I couldn't put it down for a second! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey Macrow | 12/3/2012

    " Yet again another excellent book. One of those I couldn't put down. Interesting to see how it all began. When's the next instalment due? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesa | 11/5/2012

    " Twisted plot. Could not figure out how all the characters connected. Hope there is a sequel with some of the same characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosario | 9/17/2012

    " I really like this series and Will Trent. A different detective from the usual ones. Cannot wait for another book in this series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridget | 9/14/2012

    " Every time I read a new book by Karin Slaughter I think it's her best one yet. Well, it happened again. This book is really good, fleshing out a lot of characters in earlier books to the point that I want to reread the earlier books. "

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About the Author
Author Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of over a dozen thrillers, including the Will Trent and Grant County series. A longtime resident of Atlanta, she splits her time between the kitchen and the living room.

About the Narrator

Kathleen Early, a five-time winner of the Earphones Award for audiobook narration, is also a television, film, and stage actress. She studied at the University of Oklahoma, the Oxford School of Drama, and the Actors Theatre of Louisville before moving to New York City, where she understudied on Broadway and toured nationally. Her television credits include recurring roles on Miami Medical and Grey’s Anatomy.