Saturday, March 12, 2011

Triptych by Karin Slaughter

Holy twists and turns Batman! Slaughter's first book in the Will Trent series will catch you off guard more than once.

Detective Michael Ormewood and Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Will Trent are working the case of a prostitute murdered in her apartment building with her tongue bitten off. This is now the third case in which a victim's tongue has been mutilated and it won't be the last when a fourth murder happens in Michael's own backyard.

Meanwhile, John Shelley, who was only sixteen at the time of his incarceration and has recently been released after doing time for the rape and murder of another teenager, Mary Alice Finney, has noticed some suspicious activity when he went to purchase a TV. Despite being in prison for 20 years, his credit report reveals a near perfect rating and home ownership in Tennessee. After tracing the P.O. Box used while he was in prison, John finds the man responsible for Mary Alice's death all those years ago.

I know my synopsis sounds convoluted, but the plot eventually converges in an unexpected way. Karin is a master of violence, suspense, and surprises in this heart-pounding thriller. Fans of Stieg Larsson's Lizbeth Salander series will enjoy the kick-ass protagonist, disturbing plot elements and mystery of Slaughter's Will Trent series.

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