By Karin Slaughter
(Dell, Mass Market Paperback, 9780440242932, 608pp.)
Publication Date: July 29, 2008
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In a stifling hospital room in a small Georgia town, Detective Lena Adams sits, silent and angry—the only suspect in a horrific murder. Soon, a hundred miles away, Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver will get the call that his young detective has been arrested. And Jeffrey’s wife, pediatrician and medical examiner Sara Linton, has troubles of her own and little patience for Lena or her dramas. Fighting a heartbreaking malpractice suit, Sara cannot guess that within days she herself will be at the center of a bizarre and murderous case.
For Lena has fled back to the place where she grew up hard, careening back through the shadows of her past and into a shocking underground world of bigotry and rage. And now only Jeffrey and Sara can free Lena from the web of lies and brutality that has trapped her—as this powerhouse of a novel races toward its shattering climax…and a final, unforgettable twist.
A native of Georgia, Karin Slaughter is the #1 internationally bestselling author of Fractured, Triptych, Faithless, A Faint Cold Fear, which was named an International Book-of-the-Month Club selection, Indelible, Kisscut, and Blindsighted; she contributed to and edited Like a Charm.
“Bone-chilling.... Expertly shifting back and forth in both time and point of view, Slaughter builds the suspense to a perfect crescendo.”—Publishers Weekly, starred
“Offers both wrenching emotional highs and lows and a gripping plot.... A shocker of an ending.”—Booklist
“Powerful and complex…Slaughter gradually unspools her fascinating story, all the way up to its shocking conclusion.” —Chicago Sun-Times
“Karin Slaughter writes with a razor.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Slaughter will have you on the edge of your seat.” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer