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Karin Slaughter
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3 Oct 2002 Grant County (Book 1)

The sleepy town of Heartsdale, Georgia, is jolted into panic when Sara Linton, paediatrician and medical examiner, finds Sibyl Adams dead in the local diner. As well as being viciously raped, Sibyl has been cut: two deep knife wounds form a lethal cross over her stomach. But it's only once Sara starts to perform the post-mortem that the full extent of the killer's brutality becomes clear.

Police chief Jeffrey Tolliver - Sara's ex-husband - is in charge of the investigation, and when a second victim is found, crucified, only a few days later, both Jeffrey and Sara have to face the fact that Sibyl's murder wasn't a one-off attack. What they're dealing with is a seasoned sexual predator. A violent serial killer...

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (3 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099421771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099421771
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Karin Slaughter grew up in a small south Georgia town and has been writing short stories and novels since she was a child. She is the author of the international bestselling Grant County and Atlanta novels, the novella Martin Misunderstood. She is also the editor of Like A Charm, a collaboration of British and American crime fiction writers. She lives in Atlanta.

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"Don't read this alone. Don't read this after dark. But do read it" (Daily Mirror)

"This gripping debut novel, filled with unremittingly graphic forensic details, is likely to have Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs glancing nervously in their rearview mirrors because rookie Karin Slaughter is off the starting grid as quickly as Michael Schumacher and is closing on them fast" (Irish Independent)

"Chilling but thrilling" (OK!)

"Slaughter ... brings the story to a shattering climax" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Wildly readable... [Slaughter] has been compared to Thomas Harris and Patricia Cornwell, and for once the hype is justified ... deftly craf ted, damnably suspenseful and, in the end, deadly serious ... Slaughter 's plotting is brilliant, her suspense relentless" (Washington Post)

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The first Grant County novel, from the No. 1 Bestseller.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut 18 Mar 2007
I confess to deliberately avoiding Karin Slaughter and made the mistake of assuming she was another Patricia Cornwell/Kathy Reichs. How wrong I was!!!

This is a great debut novel with a much harder/gruesome edge to it than I was expecting. The writing style is very lucid and I found the characters intriguing. The perpetrator was also not obvious although subtle clues were there all along.

It is a good storyline with an element of realism about it, given the very gory descriptions, which draw you in.

I would certainly recommend this book.

The good thing about it is there are quite a few other Slaughter books that I can now buy with confidence!!!!!!!!
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb 25 Jun 2003
Its hard to write a review on this book that does it justice.
I made the mistake of reading Kisscut first and so I knew the basics of what had happened in this book. I have to say, however, that it didn't really spoil it that much.
If your into crime thrillers or are just exploring the genre then this is a great book to start with providing your not to squeamish.
For a first novel this firmly puts Karin Slaughter on the map. She builds her characters well and you take this with you to Kisscut. YOu find yourself entrapped in this novel that though gruesome and scary you just have to read on.
Sara Linton is a great character. I have read some reviews about the inaccuracy of the postmortems but come on what average reader is that worried about that as long as they are close enough and make you understand. We don't want to be blinded by scientific terminology.
My recommendation is read this book. You will read it quickly and it will leave you wanting more....I've just pre ordered her new one....what does that tell you?
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Debut 14 July 2006
Blindsighted is the first of five novels (so far) set in Grant County, Georgia and involving paediatrician and medical examiner Sara Linton, ex-husband and local police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, and his rookie assistant Detective Lena Adams. In this highly promising debut from Karin Slaughter, we are presented with a vicious and sickly murder of a young blind woman and its resulting investigation, followed up with further homicides, which together take us into the minds if not souls of the leading characters and in so doing often delve deeply into their very troubled pasts.

Having only read one Slaughter novel before this one (Faithless, the fifth in the series) and liking it, I was looking forward to finding out how this series started out, particularly given that most reviewers suggest that this debut is the best of the five. In the end I would say that it is probably marginally better than Faithless but to be honest it's really a case of 'more of the same'. Again I found the most interesting character to be Lena Adams because of the three she clearly has the most coiled-up energy and for me the most interesting secrets. Sara Linton, it emerges, has plenty to hide herself, in a kind of past life, but she has contained it rather better and her personality comes over as being slightly bland. Amid the highly-detailed descriptions of the gore and post-mortems, there is comprehensive character examination which probably provides the strongest backbone to this tale, with all of the skeletons in each of their emotional wardrobes described and developed with sensitivity and realism.

I don't think it really breaks any new ground in particular, at least not in the dramatic sense, but for anyone who likes murder mysteries with blood spattered across most of the pages, and an authentic degree of characterisation analysis, then this tale is unlikely to disappoint.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Sybil is found murdered in the bathroom of a small town local diner in Grant County, USA by Sarah, the town coroner & paediatrician. Sarah's ex-husband Jeffery is the police chief and he heads up the investigation to find the murderer.
Firstly I must warn the reader that book includes quite a lot of very detailed and agressive language. There is quite a bit of violence, the murder of Sybil is particularly violent in its nature and the details of the injuries and sex attack are quite explicit. I have to say that I found the whole agressive attitude and violence a bit much for me. The atmosphere and tension throughout the book has a very agressive feel which I found uncomfortable. Other people may not have such a problem with this aspect of the book and may find that the description and tense and violent atmosphere brings the details to life.
The actual plot itself was going along quite reasonably, following the detectives investigation whilst having a side thread concerning Sarah and Jeffery's relationship and how this affected their working partnership. Then an event in Sarah's past comes to light, she tells Jeffery about it and he heads off on a vigilante mission which has no relevence to the current investigation. However, it turns out that, quite out of the blue, this event (I am not telling so as not to cause too many spoilers) which happened 12 years previously in a city 4 hours drive away is connected. What a wonderful coincidence that Sarah decided to tell Jeffery about this at just the right time to help with the investigation! It was an enormous leap for Jeffery to have made and it was a leap too far for me as a reader. It made the whole investiagtion quite farcical and unbelievable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really good plot with some really good characters
This book had me hooked from page 1. Really good plot with some really good characters. It kept me guessing until the end.
Published 1 day ago by Miss C L Marshall
3.0 out of 5 stars I've not read Slaughter before and I don't think I ...
I've not read Slaughter before and I don't think I will bother with another of hers - a bit too gory for me.
Published 5 days ago by D. Bragg
4.0 out of 5 stars This author was recommended to me by a friend - I will certainly ...
This author was recommended to me by a friend - I will certainly be reading more of the same. Very gripping right from chapter one - could not put it down until I had finished it.
Published 5 days ago by Fran
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read- must be one of her
Have read all her other books but missed this one earlier. Excellent read- must be one of her best
Published 6 days ago by Jen
5.0 out of 5 stars she knows her field
goodness this woman knows here trade. I work within the field so I know she knows what she is talking about. I do like accuracy.
Published 12 days ago by Dorothea
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thoroughly enjoy reading Karin Slaughter books
Published 18 days ago by Pauline Carless
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
This is the first time I've read any of Karin Slaughters books and I will certainly be reading more. If you like Tess Gerritson you will enjoy this.
Published 26 days ago by Kathleen Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
To gruesome for me
Published 27 days ago by Eileen Bell
4.0 out of 5 stars Blindsighted
Karin Slaughter one of crime's best writer enjoyed the book
Published 1 month ago by M. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Extremely addictive!
Published 1 month ago by Claire Louise Jennison
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