William Morrow, Hardcover, 9780060567101, 368pp.
Publication Date: August 1, 2004
The internationally bestselling author "squarely in the ranks of Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs" (Publishers Weekly) shows off her superb talent with this brilliantly conceived, skillfully executed tale of suspense.
In Karin Slaughter's exciting new thriller, an officer is shot point-blank in the Grant County police station and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver is wounded, setting off a terrifying hostage situation with medical examiner Sara Linton at the center. Working outside the station, Lena Adams, newly reinstated to the force, and Frank Wallace, Jeffrey's second in command, must try to piece together who the shooter is and how to rescue their friends before Jeffrey dies. For the sins of the past have caught up with Sara and Jeffrey -- with a vengeance ...
Deftly interweaving present and past, Slaughter -- dubbed "the new face of crime" by Book magazine -- offers another brilliant knife-edge tale of suspense that cements her place among the most outstanding practitioners of crime fiction today.
"Gripping.complex characters with credible relationships.Slaughter's tightly disciplined rhythm and occasional sly humor keep readers hooked right up to the end."
"Harrowing.Compelling.Solidly and uniquely plotted.Realistic and believable.Indelible again proves the superb indelible mark Slaughte is making on mystery fiction."
"Skillfully told in both the then and the now, and quite scary on both fronts."
-New York Daily News
"Well-crafted.Slaughter skillfully maintains the tension in the parallel stories."
"[Slaughter] has a bighearted way.and a knack for grisly detail."
"Lauded on two continents as the most significant new voice in American crime fiction."
-Daily Telegraph (Sydney, Australia)
"Amazingly, Slaughter manages between past and present stories while maintaining suspense in both."
"Gripping.complex characters with credible relationships.keep[s] readers hooked right up to the end."