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Criminal by Karin Slaughter

Criminal by Karin SlaughterReviewed by Allen Hott

A very involved story as Karin Slaughter delves back deep into the history of the Atlanta Police Department. Though what she writes is fiction many parts of the story could in fact have been drawn from real life events.

Criminal moves from 1974 to present day Atlanta as it traces the happenings that occur to a group of prostitutes and also to several police women who though not officially on a case do everything in their power to solve that case. Those happenings took place in 1974 but Slaughter ties them into a great story line that moves into today’s Atlanta.

There appears to be a person who has a decided desire to rid the Atlanta area of prostitutes. The way he goes about it is definitely the way of a psychotic killer. Because of the area in which the ladies of the night operate very few people have much interest in them or their disappearances. Even the cops appear to be uninterested in the cases.

However two young women police officers get involved (even though they were not supposed to be) and work very diligently to get to the bottom of the case. One of these women, Deputy Director Amanda Walker, is also the main character in the present day police work in Atlanta.

Amanda has always been very leery of several of the police officers who have moved up in the force. She is especially wary of the ties that they seem to have had over the years with a particular law firm and one particular lawyer. Read the rest of this entry »

Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter

BlindsightedReviewed by Julie Moderson

Karin Slaughter tells an amazing story and keeps you guessing until the very end as to who the killer is and why the killer kills. She gets to you on the first page and you never want to stop reading until the very end and you still want more.

The stars of this book are the police chief Jeffrey Tolliver and his ex-wife the town pediatrician and coroner Sara Linton. Their on again and off romance is just enough to keep us happy. The book starts with a horrible murder of a young college professor in a small town in Georgia. During the autopsy Sara discovers what a twisted person they are dealing with. The murderer is a psychopath who will strike again and Chief Tolliver needs to solve this case in a hurry. The only female detective is Lena Adams and she is the identical twin sister to the young professor that was murdered and she wants to find the killer more than anyone but will she be able to keep her emotions at bay. Read the rest of this entry »

Indelible by Karin Slaughter

IndelibleReviewed by Julie Moderson

This is the first book by Karin Slaughter that I have read and I will definitely be reading more. Slaughter is wonderful at telling a story that will have you not wanting to put the book down; you are sucked into the book and are fascinated with the characters. I believe this is part of a series and I did not have any problem following the story. I can’t wait to go back and read the earlier books to find out more about Jeffrey Tolliver and Sara Linton.

The book starts with two young men going into the police station in Heartsdale, Georgia where they open fire with some high-powered weapons and wearing bulletproof vests when the smoke clears one officer is dead and the Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver is seriously injured. A class of young children has the misfortune of being on a tour of the police station when the shooting happened. The children are terrified and one of the officers tries to keep them calm and out of harms way. Sara Linton is a pediatrician and the town medical examiner; her ex-husband is the injured police chief. She searches for answers by looking at their past and tries to figure a way out so she can save her ex-husband. Read the rest of this entry »

Broken by Karin Slaughter

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Broken by Karin SlaughterQuite a story about a small town in Georgia and all of the troubles that manage to get intertwined in the lives of the inhabitants. Originally it focuses on the murder of a young girl whose body is dumped into a nearby lake. But as the story evolves more and more twisted events are brought into play by the author.

When Frank Wallace, the local police chief, and his main deputy begin investigating the death of the girl their suspicions are drawn to another youngster in the town. They find Tommy Braham, a slightly retarded boy, in the dead girl’s garage apartment. In the ensuing chase Frank is wounded, as is another of his deputies. Lena Addams, his second in command, takes command, apprehends and jails Tommy.

However after the arrest Lena begins having deep concerns about the way that the whole episode went down. She not only replays the scene in her mind but she also realizes that once more Frank had been drinking or “nipping” all the way up to the chase itself. She has seen more and more of this and other strange quirks in his behavior recently. Although she believes that Tommy committed the crime she is unsure about the way that he is being handled.

About the same time Sara Linton who was married to the former police chief comes back into town to visit her parents for Thanksgiving. Sara had worked as a part time medical examiner along with running her children’s clinic in the town but left it all behind when her police chief husband was killed. Sara has a deep hatred for Lena because she feels the deputy was at fault in the action when Sara’s husband was killed. Read the rest of this entry »

Broken by Karin Slaughter

Reviewed by Cy Hilterman

Broken by Karin SlaughterHaving read Karin slaughter’s books before and thoroughly enjoying them, “Broken” was even better! Allison Spooner stayed at college during the holidays. She was having a rough time from a room that barely heated, a car that smoked, a boyfriend that she felt had left her, and to top it all off the weather in south Georgia was cold, so she disgustedly took a walk around Lake Grant near the college. She really didn’t think of anything else but her “crappy” life as she plodded through the mud, tripped over the tree roots and fallen branches, sometimes falling down. One time when she fell she was pushed into the water and held down as she was brought back to reality. Someone was trying to kill her and they succeeded.

At 3:00 in the morning Lena Adams phone awake her. She knew it couldn’t be anything good at that hour. It wasn’t! She traveled in the rainy, misty, foggy weather to the site where the lake was being searched for a body. When she arrived all the various agencies were there to assist in all the work created by a missing, then found, body chained to two concrete blocks in the lake. What they thought was a suicide now was a murder. The small town inexperienced police force led by interim chief Frank Wallace had been fractured with the death of their police chief, Jeffrey Tolliver, several years previous and seemed to work against each other instead of cooperating. Everything Jeffrey had set up and had running smooth became a Keystone Cops force. Lena got along fairly well with Frank.

Sara Linton now lived in the Atlanta area. She and Jeffrey had been as one and she had been lost without him. She had taken a job in Grant County as a part time coroner while buying out the local clinic. When she lost Jeffery, she left the area with a bad taste in her mouth towards the entire area, especially officer Lena Adams, who she blamed for Jeffery’s death. Now Sara had come back to Grant County to visit her family for four days. It was hard seeing all her connections with Jeffrey. Read the rest of this entry »