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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Century
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846052057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846056727
  • ASIN: 1846056721
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 752,994 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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With such tense novels as Blindsighted and Kisscut, Karin Slaughter has firmly positioned herself as one of the most capable exponents of the crime novel at work today – and certainly one of the most disturbing (a skill the author is clearly proud of). What's more, she ensures that each new book is subtly different from its predecessor, as her latest, Broken, demonstrates, with its innovative, edgy mix of tried and trusted elements. We are introduced once again to former Grant County medical examiner Sara Linton, proving that the Jacobean taste for bloodshed and mystery is alive and well in contemporary USA.

A woman's corpse is discovered in the waters of Lake Grant, and a note is found which seems to point to suicide – but Sara Linton has never been a woman to settle for obvious solutions. The principal suspect in the case has requested – desperately -- to be able to speak to Sara -- but when she turns up at his cell in the local police station, the suspect, Tommy Braham (whom she had known as a boy), is unable to speak to her. Tommy is dead; he has been savagely beaten, and his wrists have been cut. Scrawled in blood on the cell wall is a poignant message: ‘Not me’. Sara, personally involved now, is distrustful of Lena Adams the detective in charge, so she gets in touch with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and asks (as she has done before) for the help of Special Agent Will Trent (Karin Slaughter readers will be well aware of the intriguing relationship between these two). The duo begins to suspect that a murderer enjoys the covert protection of the close-mouthed inhabitants of Grant County, who have fashioned a skein of non-communication. But, as the Bard observed, murder will out...

With so many writers tackling uncompromising material such as this (and Slaughter is nothing if not uncompromising), there is clearly a danger of over-familiarity for readers. But it’s a measure of the author’s skill that such notions are firmly banished, and Slaughter’s customary position at the top of the bestseller charts is well earned. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Addictive. . . Slaughter is a terrific writer, and she keeps the emotional tension high throughout."--"The Atlanta Journal-Constitution""This chilling mystery is just begging to be read in one sitting."--"Cosmopolitan" "Move over, Catherine Coulter--Slaughter may be today's top female suspense writer."--"Library Journal" (starred review)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J.Flood on 6 Mar. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The body of a young woman is found close to the shore of a lake. At first it looks like suicide, there is even a note left, with 'I Want It Over' written on it. However, on examining the body, it appears that the women has been murdered. A young, local man is brought in for questioning, but is later found dead in his cell.

This book got off to a great start, and was enjoyable for the first few hundred pages. I find the characters of Sara Linton, Will Trent, Lena Adams all interesting and engaging. Added the that the story is for the most part real southern 'whodunnit'. However, as the story progressed, I felt the plot became a bit slow moving, and had lost its initial 'buzz'. Overall, I thought the book was fairly good, but could have been cut by at least fifty pages, without affecting the storyline.
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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful By C. Edwards on 25 July 2010
Format: Hardcover
I love crime and spend a long time looking for new authors and yet managed to overlook Karin, now fondly referred to as Slasher in our home. Reading the blurb always left me feeling that there was something about her characters, even the 'good guys' that seemed a bit seedy, very American and even mean. Then I came accross a copy of one of the Grant County series on a charity stall. I was going through a dry spell and so had little option but to read it... or God forbid read nothing. I was gripped before I even knew I was, reading at lenghty sittings and immediately I had finished I was torn then, should I go back to the beginning of the series to find out how things had started or get the next one to see how things were going to go?
Hence 'Don't start here', I eneded up redaing ahead and then back. Karin has a way of making me anguishingly annoyed at her 'heroes' whilst at the same time loving them and wanting the best for them, often in vain.

There is an honesty in her characters, who feel like real people and who drive the narrative rollercoaster on a background, albeit a prominent one, of some horrific and chilling crimes. This book is no exception but I can't give any details because I am afraid to give anything away.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lizzie Hayes on 12 Nov. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Set in South Georgia, this is not a comforting tale. The discovery of the body of a young woman in the icy waters of Lake Grant is a first taken for a suicide, but Detective Lena Adams quickly comes to believe that it is in fact murder. Her boss Frank Wallace wants it to be suicide, but in the short time since Frank had taken over from Lena's mentor Jeffrey, things had slipped alarmingly. Lena is disenchanted with her job and her life. Then Frank gives Lena the news that Medical Examiner Sara Linton is back visiting for Thanksgiving.

There is much history between the two women and when the main suspect in the murder of Allison Spooner asks to see Sara she unwillingly becomes involved in the case.

Whilst this is a good mystery, I didn't really care for any of the characters, but it is a good story, well plotted with plenty of surprises.
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Lizzie Hayes
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By janetmarx on 22 Mar. 2012
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I have just finished, with difficulty, a Patricia Cornwell book - the wildly improbable plots are such a disappointment, and she used to be so good. And I've gone right off Lee Childs stuff, Jack Reacher is such an impossible superman, he can outfight any man on the planet. If I ever met anyone like that in real life I bet I'd be bored to death, just as long as he didn't batter me to death first! So it was a huge relief to sink back into a Karin Slaughter book - that's what a thriller should be like.

Her characters are real life people who get tired, confused and frightened - just like the rest of us, but still manage to find their way through to the solution anyway. The relationship between Sara and Will is totally engaging and more interesting to me than the plot details. This the third one of hers I've read so there are plenty more to keep me going.

The only other writer that I've read recently, that I can reccomend, is Ian Okell his latest 'Charlie Chaplin's Uncle' keeps up his usual high standard.
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44 of 52 people found the following review helpful By D. P. Mankin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 July 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is the third novel featuring the interesting and rather quirky investigator Will Trent. The dynamics between him and Karin Slaughter's long-term character, Sara Linton, form the core of the novel and are a testament to the author's ability to develop strong characters. The plot is multi-layered and keeps you turning the pages. You know some of the answers but only enough to keep you guessing about what the final denouement will reveal. The pace of the story builds nicely as the story reaches its climax. Karin Slaughter's skills as a novelist and story-teller are as strong as ever. Looking for a beach read or going on a long flight? Put this at the top of your pile - you won't regret it. Crime writing at is best.
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Format: Kindle Edition
A well paced murder / mystery story, with a lot of character depth - and the characters are central to the way the story develops: the plot is well thought out and realistic but takes it's direction from the conflict between the protagonists. The writer makes a lot of POV switches, not an easy thing to do effectively but she does it with considerable skill and with no loss in pace. She did use the technique to spring some surprises on the reader, which I didn't really like (I prefer to see things worked out by the main character, not revealed, but that's just me), and I found it hard to build a rapport with the characters. (Which one should I be sympathizing with?).

Still, I have to admit that the structure worked very well in keeping up the tension, and in spite of all the reveals, the identity of the murderer was kept hidden to the end. Overall then, a very effective and well written story - all the more impressive since it's part of a series which I haven't read. There were many references to the considerable amount of background, but never-the-less this worked perfectly well as a stand-alone novel.

However, I'm only giving this four stars due to an unfortunate factual error. In the investigation, Agent Trent uses a Kastle-Meyer test on an apparent blood stain. With a negative result. The text informs us that the KM is a test for human blood, and later on it's suggested that the apparent blood stain came from a dog. This is a significant part of the plot development. The problem is, it's wrong. KM gives a positive reaction to any blood, human or animal (and can give false positives to other substances). I know this from personal experience and a brief on-line search confirmed it. Of course, for many people this would only be a minor point and not worth mentioning. But to me, it's disappointing to see writing of this quality let down by a failure in research, especially as the information is so easy to find.
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