A university student goes missing in Atlanta - but Amanda Wagner is determined to keep Will Trent off the case... why?
In the latest of her Sara Linton/Will Trent series, Slaughter excels herself with a story which is full of emotional depth. Set between the 1970s when Amanda and Evelyn Mitchell were young police detectives on a force which was endemically sexist and racist, and the present day, this is, in some ways, a very angry book - but also one which shows how far society has changed in the last fifty years. Then it was normal for police officers to be part of the Klan - now, there's an African-American president.
Most of all, though, this book plumbs the depths of Will's past - and, boy, is he put through it! I've never been particularly sold on saintly Sara Linton as a character, but think Will is one of the most interesting in contemporary crime fiction.
So this isn't a book to read as your first Slaughter as you do really need to have a sense of the histories between our characters. That said, some of the earlier books can be a bit schlocky, and this feels far more emotionally mature.
I bought the paperback in the US and that edition has a preview of the next book (Unseen) which, sadly, opens with a return to Lena Adams, a character from the earlier books who I could never really believe in. But if Slaughter manages to pull off something as good as this, I may well be persuaded to give it a try.