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Karin Slaughter
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23 Aug 2004 Grant County (Book 3)

Sara Linton, medical examiner in the small town of Heartsdale, is called out to an apparent suicide on the local college campus. The mutilated body provides little in the way of clues - and the college authorities are keen to avoid a scandal - but for Sara and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, things don't add up.

Two more suspicious suicides follow, and a young woman is brutally attacked. For Sara, the violence strikes far too close to home. And as Jeffrey pursues the sadistic killer, he discovers that ex-police detective Lena Adams, now a security guard on campus, may be in possession of crucial information. But, bruised and angered by her expulsion from the force, Lena seems to be barely capable of protecting herself, let alone saving the next victim...

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; Open Market Ed edition (23 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099445328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099445326
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,493 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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A Faint Cold Fear shares many of the characters and preoccupations of Karin Slaughter's earlier books about small-town coroner Sara Linton; she is still caught up in a complicated relationship with her former lover, police chief Jeffery, and disapproval of his sometimes brutal methods. Lena, once Jeffery's most trusted employee, is now a security guard at the local college and coping no better with the murder of her sister and her own abduction and rape. This becomes relevant when Jeffery has to investigate a series of murders on campus and one of the main suspects is Lena's dangerous skinhead lover.

Slaughter perhaps relies a little too heavily on a number of continuing story lines, and has constantly to fill new readers in on these characters' personal stories so far. Her principal strength is an absolute ruthlessness with technical detail--she teases out the significance or otherwise of the numerous unpleasant features of, for example, the apparent suicide that is the first of a sequence of suspicious deaths.

These are powerful and effective books because they remind us that death, including murder, is never pretty and that those who deal with it have to develop a hardness that is not always sympathetic; at her best, Slaughter has a convincing emotional grittiness. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Another brilliant chilling tale from Slaughter" (Heat)

"Chilling crime writing" (OK!) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars campus fun! 3 Mar 2004
I couldn't wait for A FAINT COLD FEAR to be published, having romped through BLIGHTSIGHTED and KISSCUT. As usual, Karin Slaughter takes you through a rollercoaster ride of gruesome deaths and their post-mortems, but there was something missing with this one. I found the murderer's motivation was a little 2 dimensional whereas in BLIGHTSIGHTED and KISSCUT you were gasping for more!
However, saying that, I did enjoy this book. I was intrigued by Lena's relationship with Ethan, but frustrated with Lena's behaviour with Jeffrey. I admire Slaughter for what she has done with Tessa's character, she's not afraid of going to the dark places.
Having enjoyed many Scarpetta novels by Patricia Cornwell, I have enjoyed the Grant County series. I feel that they're filling the gap left between the releases of Scarpetta novels - especially at the rate at which Slaughter releases the novels in the UK. Can't wait for the next one!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Defends the need for new books 21 Oct 2007
By humanitysdarkerside VINE VOICE
I started this series with the book next in line "Indelible". By chance I found this one in the library. Boy was it ever worth the read.

My favorite character is Lena. She is one complicated lady. Her prior history sure makes life difficult for her and she makes a couple of really bad choices, the main one being Ethan. God, what a "horrible little man" he is.

Sara and Jeffrey's thing is OK, but kind of overdone. I can't put my finger on it, but when they go into their "our relationship" mode, I just want them to get over it.

The crime itself was exciting. What a messed up person. Real life probably wouldn't be any different.

The ending was excellent - probably the best part of the book. I love it when authors do stuff like that - fun, fun, fun.

Go get this book or borrow it or anything. Just read it. You might even enjoy it yourself.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 19 Oct 2003
By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Every decade or so writers come along who smash themselves a niche in the bestseller lists (often, some say, regardless of quality). In the 70’s, it was Stephen King, the late eighties John Grisham, the early nineties Patricia Cornwell, and the late nineties saw James Patterson burst to huge almost unimaginable mega-bestsellerdom. Karin Slaughter (only with the right marketing, of course) could possibly be the first name of the 20th century to be added to that list, whether she really deserves it or not. A Faint Cold Fear though, certainly, displays a growing maturity to Slaughter’s work that is pleasing indeed to behold. Gone is the slightly slapdash plotting of Blindsighted, gone is the stark rawness of Kisscut, and even the quality of the writing itself continues to improve bit-by-bit.
It begins with a suicide. A college student is dead, having leaped from a bridge on campus. At first, nothing seems very out of the ordinary to medical examiner Sara Linton, but then someone suffers a horrific attack, and the whole affair is cast in a new disturbing light. Two more suspicious suicides follow, but nothing seems to point anywhere specific at all. There are vague leads pointing to drugs, possibly jealousy, maybe even racial hatred, but nothing very strong or concrete. However, it quickly becomes apparent that Lena Adams – ex-police detective and now part of the college security team – may hold crucial information. But, bruised and bitter from her expulsion from the force, Lena is still very much damaged by the events which led up to her downfall, and even if she were keen to co-operate with Chief of police Jeffery Tolliver, it is clear that she may not even be capable, in herself, of doing so.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Read 9 Oct 2007
By J.Flood
This is the third novel in the Grant County series. The plot in this one, revolves around the investigation of a number of apparent suicides, in the local university campus.

I felt the storyline was pretty good, if not quite unputdownable. There is quite a bit of a 'whodunnit' about it. I thought the the books main characters of Sara Linton, and Jeffrey Tolliver, along with Lena Adams were quite believeable. The dialogue between them was good, as well. The book is certainly worth a read, if you are interested in the thriller genre.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A faint cold disappointment 18 Nov 2003
A great fan of "Kisscut" and "Blindsighted", I ended this book with a "... so what...?" rather than the "Wow!" of the other two novels. It had neither the power nor the punch of the earlier books. I figured out early on who the killer was, and I found the characters rather formulaic, 2-dimensional and undeveloped. Ethan, for example, could have been very interesting - but what a lot of loose ends were left about him! (I don't want to say too much for people who haven't read the book but I imagine that when I say "sat in van while girl was attacked" and "tattoos" you might know what I mean.) As for the ending - I was confuddled because I thought that particular murder had been confessed to, and found it frustrating. Usually the motive behind the murders are deeper, and this time they're not, which I felt cheated the reader - and some of them were unexplained.
I also found it hard to like the characters in this book. How Sara can be so nice to the woman who bonked her husband is beyond me, and rather than a bit of healthy vengeance her passivity is irritating. I found myself disliking Lena INTENSELY, even though I felt sorry for her after what had happened to her. Her behaviour was bizarre and not explained. These are people I warmed to in the previous novels, so I'm not sure what happened here - but they weren't developed properly and I found myself pulling faces at them.
Slaughter is working on the next Grant County novel, and it will definitely be on my reading list - but on the strength of her previous novels, not this one.
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Published 17 days ago by Mr. Frederick Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I love karin slaughter, this is the second time I have read this series! excellent read,keeps attention all the way through! now for the next one :)
Published 1 month ago by sara
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love this book!
I am a big fan of Karin's books, and this was well up with the rest! Her plot's seem to draw you in. All her book's are of the same high standard. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr John Robinson
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Fantastic book. Blood, gore, suspense, etc. True Karin Slaughter. Can't say anymore without giving game away.Buy it and read it.
Published 2 months ago by Fred
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Thought Boeing at start but that last paragraph wow just made me rethink everything about the characters and their personalities
Published 2 months ago by Katie Sharp
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as gripping
Not the usual Karin Slaughter page turner. Enjoyable all the same. Too many characters for my liking. A little confusing.
Published 3 months ago by D. L. Hine
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series
Just love the way Karin Slaughter writes, her characters are so flawed and real. Can't get enough of her books!
Published 3 months ago by Christine Whyatt
5.0 out of 5 stars Saga of Grant county
Abridged version. A lot of action throughout, multi killings apparently related, a lot of personal tragedy for the players, surprising little twist at the end.
Published 3 months ago by Peter Joiner
5.0 out of 5 stars another good read!,
All Karin's book are that good I find them extremely hard to put down!!

Keep 'em coming please!! I have read them all over again.
Published 5 months ago by digger 47
4.0 out of 5 stars Chilling thriller
Another chilling read. Perfect depiction by the author of the intricacies of a forensic pathologist at work. Read more
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