Karin Slaughter is one of a few authors whose novels I grab without a second thought. If she wrote it, I'm sure I'll like it. Her plots are always intriguing and she creates characters that are fascinating, either because they're so real or because they're so irredeemably evil.
This is the latest in the Will Trent series. He's an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and he is hopelessly in love with Dr. Sara Linton, now on the staff of an Atlanta hospital.
One character in this story is the mother of Linton's late husband. Nell is so real I swear I'd know her if I met her walking down the street, especially if she were talking. I do realize she's a product of Slaughter's fertile and quirky imagination, but . . . well, read the book to see what I mean.
Having said all that though, this isn't one of my favorite Slaughter books. Trent is working undercover among some of the worst criminals and idiots I've ever read about. Their nonchalance about torture and killing and unthinkable crimes against humanity are just too much for me. It's a testament to Slaughter's skill that I was sickened because I don't usually react so strongly.
Trent is supposed to be Bill Black, an ex-con being pursued for child support by a woman in Tennessee. He's working at a hospital in Macon. I was scared to death for him throughout. And he can't tell Sara a thing so she's very upset.
All troubles seem to originate with police detective Lena Adams and everyone blames her for what happens. I had a feeling who the leader of the criminals was but wasn't sure until it was proven. Meanwhile I was on tenterhooks until nearly the last page.
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