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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (23 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099553082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099553083
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,924 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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Karin Slaughter’s reputation grows apace, and Indelible sports all the customary fingerprints. Over the space of a handful of novels, the author has built a reputation as one of the key crime novelists at work today. What's her secret? In some ways, Slaughter’s work is a refining of the Southern Gothic idiom that has been the bedrock of so much atmospheric work in the past, but Slaughter’s way with the form is entirely her own, and despite the lashings of atmosphere, she never forgets that a crime novelist has to be rigorous in the arena of plotting--and that’s her strongest suit.

Medical examiner Sara Linton and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver take a trip from the pressures of Heartsdale (in the hope of straightening out their relationship), but a detour to Jeffrey’s hometown lands them in the most difficult case of their career.

Readers are probably growing weary of the inevitable comparison novels like Slaughter’s draw with those of Thomas Harris--and rightly so. But the trouble is, such comparisons are right on the nail for Slaughter. She may not quite have the older writer's authority, but she is undoubtedly skilled at creating a delicious, unsettling tension in the reader--as is very much the case in Indelible. And she’s careful, too, to ensure that the relationship between Sara Linton and Jeffrey Tolliver isn’t sidelined by the accelerating tension--that relationship is moved on considerably here. The fulsome praise on the jacket from such fellow scribes as John Connolly and Michael Connelly is more than professional courtesy here--they’re fully justified by the work on offer.--Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Indelible is a salutary reminder that Slaughter is one of the most riveting writers in the field today" (Sunday Express)

"Brilliantly chilling" (heat)

"Gripping . . . complex characters with credible relationships . . . keep[s] readers hooked right up to the end" (Publishers Weekly)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Nov. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Having read all the previous books in this series i was eagerly awaiting the fourth...and it was well worth it. Slaughter puts so much detail into her characters and story, plus she often refers to incidents in previous books which makes her novels that more believable!And the on going will they or wont they thing happening with Jeffrey and Sara just adds to the story!!!
Cant wait for Faithless the fifth book in the series to come out..... October 2005 feels a long time away!!!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Laura Counsell on 7 Sept. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Some people will find this book a disappointment after the first three novels in Karin Slaughter's Grant County series but it is essential reading if you have enjoyed the books so far. The writing in 'Blindsighted' and 'Kisscut' is so visceral and the events so shocking that even 'A Faint Cold Fear' seemed calmer in comparison and 'Indelible' seems more reserved still but what makes this installment so fascinating is the development of the relationship between Jeffrey & Sara. Sometimes one might wonder why someone so smart, funny and gorgeous would go for the equally attractive but adulterous and pig-headed Tolliver and 'Indelible' searches back in time to when they first started dating and the grim events surrounding their trip to Jeffrey's hometown.
I found the story a little weaker than the first three and certainly not as disturbing but there are few characters out there as believable and human as Dr Sara Linton (oh how I long for the days when Kay Scarpetta seemed so!) and delving into her past makes 'Indelible' a must for fans and new readers alike- if you like this you'll love the first three!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nautical on 26 May 2009
Format: Paperback
In this book karen Slaughter carries two plot lines, the current crime and the backround to the main characters and how they met. I agree with a previous reviewer that sometimes attention to detail is lacking but overall it is a well crafted story. I found it an interesting read and hard to put down, but a few days later when asked what it was about I couldn't remember hence 3 stars instead of 4. A great choice for a holiday or long plane journey and I will certainly read more from this author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jun. 2005
Format: Paperback
Karin Slaughter takes a slightly different approach from her previous Grant County novels, but it works. It is really interesting to delve into the history of Sara and Jeffrey and it left me wanting to know where they will go next, very much looking forward to Faithless!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 July 2005
Format: Paperback
Slaughter's first two books were eminently adequate; good, undemanding thrillers, yet not exactly peak of the art. Blindsighted was slightly slapdash, Kisscut was a little raw, and both had a tendency to rely too much on graphic gore, on an unnecessary exploitation of dead characters through their blood. It tried to pass for compassion but, as I say, it was just exploitation. Her most recent two have had a much better balance between plot and detail, and the characters are rightly taking centre stage. Thus, they've been superior, in terms of writing quality as well. There are still problems to be ironed out: to be honest, there's still too much graphic detail, and Slaughter doesn't know how to use it properly. In her hands, it's exploitive and you feel vaguely embarrassed on the corpse's behalf, and rather dirty yourself. Put very simply, it is never, ever necessary to know that fragments of a shooting-victim's ear are stuck to the bedside cabinet. Never.
For fans of the series, of Slaughter's three main characters, Indelible is a must. It's a great thriller, and there are plenty of surprises in store which will have all the more effect if you've already read the first three books. Slaughter crafts this double-novel very well indeed, and the dual stories (one in the present, one in the past which concerns Jeffery and Sara's trip back to Jeffery's home town) work so very well that they amply display the huge steps Slaughter's plotting ability has taken. Weaving two plots together is not easy, but Slaughter almost makes it look it.
Of course, Indelible could be better (this is true of almost every novel save a VERY rare few), but it's heartening to see such a talent developing in Slaughter.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs L G on 25 Oct. 2004
Format: Hardcover
I was sorry to come to the end of this book! A great author - very graphic (maybe sometimes too graphic, but then don't we like the "shock factor?"
Can't wait for her next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Aug. 2004
Format: Audio Cassette
There's nothing much more frightening than a hostage situation. Leave it to Karin Slaughter (who has been compared to Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs) to open her latest Grant County crime opus with a wide screen scene of blood and carnage.
Two men with guns ablaze have burst into the Georgia police station and shot one officer to death, wounding others. They've taken hostages, among them is Sara Linton, part-time pediatrician and medical examiner. She's come to the station for a conversation with her ex, Jeffrey Tolliver, who is now the police chief. There's no room for talk among in this bloodbath.
Slaughter then pulls a fast one and does a flashback to when Sara and Jeffrey first met, thus creating two story lines. On one hand you have the death struggle between the hostages and two apparently psychotic captors and the blossoming love affair between our two protagonists. A challenge for any reader, but not Broadway and TV actress Becky Ann Baker who segues beautifully between the young Sara and her physical attraction to Jeffrey despite his reputation, and the older, wiser Sara who finds herself in what might be a fatal countdown.
Suspenseful listening!
- Gail Cooke
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