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Fallen: A Novel (Will Trent) by Karin Slaughter

Reviewed by Allen Hott

FallenThis is a slightly older book (2011) but somehow I missed it. And now that I have read it I would like others to take the opportunity. Karin Slaughter can write and she really does in Fallen. It is quite a story about Faith Mitchell and her partner Will Trent. Slaughter has written several books about these two Georgia Bureau of Investigation police officers but this one really gets deep into their private lives. In doing so the reader gets to see how being a cop can often get a person’s private life mixed in with their daily jobs. Very interesting tale that keeps a reader’s interest all the way to the end even though there many, many, characters and many, many happenings.

The Good Daughter: A Novel by Karin Slaughter

Reviewed by Mark Moderson

The Good DaughterKarin Slaughter delivers another home run with The Good Daughter.

This fast paced mystery is a page turner that starts quickly introducing us to the Quinn family who suffer unimaginable violence. Flash forward 28 years and the family again is in the middle of violence in their hometown. You can’t help but want to root for Charlotte and Samantha Quinn as they battle back from the loss of their mother and the harm done to themselves.

Pretty Little Girls: A Novel by Karin Slaughter (Review #3)

Reviewed by Suzanne Odom

Pretty Little GirlsTwenty years ago a beloved, young woman disappeared without a trace, tearing her family apart. Julia Carroll’s vanishing has never been solved and after her father, Sam, tries in vain to find her he commits suicide. Her mother, Helen keeps her bedroom exactly how she left it in hopes that she will return home. Her two sisters, Lydia Delgado and Claire Scott, grieve in different ways and eventually become estranged from each other. Lydia turns into a drug addict, although she is clean now, and Claire is put on parole after physically harming a friend.

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The recent disappearance of another young girl brings up memories of their sister. Then tragedy strikes the family again. Claire’s wealthy husband, Paul, is brutally murdered after they celebrate the ending of her parole and removal of her ankle bracelet. She is devastated and tries to put her life back together after the unexpected death of her husband.

While using Paul’s computer to find some files for his work partner, she stumbles across some photos and videos. Photos and videos he has kept a secret from her. She finds very graphic and shocking pornography on his computer. She had no idea that he looked at this sort of thing. As she studies them closer, she believes that the girl in one of the videos is the missing girl. She takes the hard drive to the cop investigating her husband’s murder. He tells her it’s fake, but she has her doubts.

She soon discovers more horrific videos and pictures with Paul in them and sets out to discover why he has kept them. During this time she reconnects with her sister Lydia, and they begin to sift through the layers of everything that the fastidious Paul kept hidden for many years. Evidence is uncovered that could help solve the recent vanishing of the young girl and also lead to discovering what happened to Julia. What other horrifying things will the sisters learn about Paul Scott?

Karin Slaughter writes an excellent novel with lots of surprises and more twists and turns than a curvy road. She grips the reader with a great mystery and keeps them wanting to read more. I caution anyone who does not like to read explicit violence as some of the scenes are very graphic, but the book is definitely worth delving into.

A Faint Cold Fear (Grant County Mysteries) by Karin Slaughter (Review #2)

A Faint Cold Fear

Reviewed by Allen Hott

This time she takes us back to Grant County, Georgia for a go-round with Police chief Jeffrey Tolliver and his ex-wife, Sara Linton. Linton also happens to be the county medical examiner. But wherever Karin Slaughter takes her readers you can be assured there will also be ex-husbands/wives; gays; lesbians; mean parents, and killers of course!

In this one she has also brought along a slew of college students and professors with wives and girlfriends. And as is also usual she includes sex in various ways. Sometimes it is hard-core type (not too often) but for some reason it usually involves some types of bad “doings” to sexual parts of the body, both male and female.

Pretty Girls: A Novel by Karin Slaughter

Pretty Girls

Reviewed by Gina Metz

Claire and Lydia’s sister disappeared over twenty years ago. No trace of her has ever been found. The disappearance destroyed the family. Their parents divorced. Their father couldn’t give up hope and continued to follow every lead he could develop until he ultimately committed suicide.

Lydia became a wild child who delved into drugs and other reckless behavior. Claire being the youngest was ignored while her parents tried to come to grips with their loss. Later Claire marries and becomes the trophy wife of a millionaire in Atlanta. During Lydia’s drug years she has a massive falling out with Claire and their Mother and they have been estranged and haven’t spoken for all of these years.

Unseen by Karin Slaughter

Unseen

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Another of her Georgia cop stories and this one is moved out a bit from Atlanta as the storyline carries most of the action into the Macon area. That allows Will Trent, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent, to get deeply involved in the happenings. Will Trent also gets involved into other happenings as he becomes more deeply into the relationship with Sara Linton, the lady doctor at Grady Hospital that he recently became acquainted with.

But Will has also just been drawn into a case where one of his former partners and her husband were targeted for assassination by an unknown someone. Will was on the scene just minutes after the attack occurred as he was working undercover and had been hired as a lookout unbeknownst to him for the assassins.

Cop Town by Karin Slaughter (Review #2)

Cop Town

Reviewed by Cy Hilterman

Atlanta Georgia in the time period of 1974, a time when the city was still very much a segregated city, including the police department. If you were black you knew you had to look the other way if a white cop came near you. You didn’t dare talk to them or try to give them some case information. If you were white you knew you had the blacks in your hand and they would do almost anything you requested, preferably nothing. This was true on the street or in the police headquarters. The Lawson family had its share of cops. Maggie was one of them along with brother Jimmy. When Jimmie’s partner was shot and died in the hospital after Jimmy carrying him to the ER, they knew it had been the fifth cop killed over a short period of time. After this incident, Maggie, family, and friends were very worried about Jimmy since no one had seen him since the death of his partner.

Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

Cop Town

Reviewed by Patricia Reid

Kate Murphy is a young widow from a well-to-do family. Her husband was killed in the service and Kate has made the decision to join the Atlanta Police Force. Her first day on the job leaves her wondering if she has made an error in judgment and needs to rethink her decision.

Nothing is easy on the first day. The legs on her uniform are too long; her cap is too big and falls down in her face and her shoes fall off with every step. It seems the Atlanta PD could care less if the uniform fits the female officers. The male officers enjoy painting a penis on the women’s bathrooms and the colored women police officers have a separate dressing room divided by a curtain.

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.

A Faint Cold Fear by Karin Slaughter

A Faint Cold FearReviewed by Allen Hott

Suicides or murders? That is pretty much way that A Faint Cold Fear evolves as a small town police chief (Jeffrey Tolliver) and the medical examiner (Sara Linton) begin their investigations. A student at the local university is found dead next to a bridge on campus and is assumed to have leaped to his death. However while Tolliver and Linton are examining the scene Linton’s pregnant sister who had tagged along with Linton is attacked on a trail going through the nearby woods.

Tolliver and Linton were once married and though now divorced are quite friendly in their off duty hours. It is an on again off again arrangement and doesn’t prevent them from working together as an investigative team.

However this investigation really appears to be getting the best of them and all others concerned. Being a small town many ties that bind are familial and these tend to always bring in other complexities. There are also natural feuds between the different factions as the story moves along.

Members of the college staff are both directly and indirectly involved in many of the happenings. These happenings include another couple of deaths again somewhat clouded as to whether they are suicides or murders.

Lena Adams, a former member of Tolliver’s police force, who now works on the college campus security force, is often on the scene. She appears sometimes to be an investigator and at other times she appears to be a suspect. Part of her problem stems from having been abducted and raped in the recent past. People in the town are sympathetic to her feelings but also somewhat concerned about her current activities.