Karin Slaughter’s new novel is an epic tale of love, loyalty, and murder that
encompasses forty years, two chillingly similar murder cases, and a good man’s
Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau
of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind
him. Then a local college student goes missing, and Will is inexplicably kept
off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will
cannot fathom Amanda’s motivation until the two of them literally collide in an
abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades
before—when Will’s father was imprisoned for murder—this was his home. . .
Flash back nearly forty years. In the summer Will Trent was born,
Amanda Wagner is going to college, making Sunday dinners for her father, taking
her first steps in the boys’ club that is the Atlanta Police Department. One of
her first cases is to investigate a brutal crime in one of the city’s worst
neighborhoods. Amanda and her partner, Evelyn, are the only ones who seem to
care if an arrest is ever made.
Now the case that launched Amanda’s
career has suddenly come back to life, intertwined with the long-held mystery of
Will’s birth and parentage. And these two dauntless investigators will each need
to face down demons from the past if they are to prevent an even greater terror
from being unleashed.
A masterpiece of character, atmosphere, and
riveting suspense, Criminal is the most powerful and moving novel yet
from one of our most gifted storytellers at work today.