A Novel (with bonus novella Snatched)
By Karin Slaughter
(Dell, Mass Market Paperback, 9780345528520, 624pp.)
Publication Date: January 29, 2013
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“[A] hold-on-to-your-hat, nail-biting story.”—The Washington Post
“Slaughter’s best yet, by far.”—Lee Child
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 his father was imprisoned for murder, this was Will’s home. It appears that the case that launched Amanda’s career forty years ago has suddenly come back to life—and it involves the long-held mystery of Will’s birth and parentage. Now these two dauntless investigators will each need to face down demons from the past if they are to prevent an even greater terror from being unleashed.
Includes Karin Slaughter’s short story “Snatched” and a preview of the next Will Trent novel, Unseen
“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.”—Huffington Post
“A masterpiece of character, atmosphere and riveting suspense, Criminal is the most powerful and moving novel yet from one of the most gifted storytellers at work today.”—Chicago Daily Herald
Karin Slaughter is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of thirteen thrillers, including Criminal, Fallen, Broken, Undone, Fractured, Beyond Reach, Triptych, Faithless, and the e-original short story, “Snatched.” She is a native of Georgia.
“Dazzling . . . possibly [Slaughter’s] best novel to date.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“One of the best crime novelists at work today . . . Slaughter 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
“This could be her best.”—USA Today
“Slaughter keeps on fulfilling and surpassing the promise of each of her books. . . . Criminal is full of surprises.”—Bookreporter
“Crime fiction at its finest.”—Michael Connelly
“Slaughter flawlessly executes a gripping crime novel. . . . Old devotees will be thrilled, and new readers will be hooked.”—Library Journal
“The book should be considered one of the best thrillers of the year.”—The Roanoke Times
“Slaughter delivers another riveting, pulse-pounding crime novel.”—Booklist (starred review)