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Kisscut (Grant County) [Mass Market Paperback]

Karin Slaughter
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31 Oct 2003 Grant County
Saturday night dates at the skating rink have been a tradition in the small southern town of Heartsdale for as long as anyone can remember. But when a teenage quarrel explodes into a deadly shoot-out, Sara Linton - the town's paediatrician and medical examiner - finds herself entangled in a terrible tragedy. What seemed at first to be a terrible but individual catastrophe proves to have wider implications. The autopsy reveals evidence of long-term abuse, of ritualistic self-mutilation, but when Sara and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver start to investigate, they are frustrated at every turn. The children surrounding the victim close ranks. The families turn their backs. But when a young girl is abducted, it becomes clear that the first death is linked to an even more brutal crime, one far more shocking than anyone could have imagined. And unless Sara and Jeffrey can uncover the deadly secrets the children hide, it's going to happen again...
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (31 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060534044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060534042
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.8 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,930,225 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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Kisscut is a reminder that Karin Slaughter has--with just one previous novel--built a reputation as one of the most powerful and astringent thriller writers at work today. In fact, Slaughter's work represents a development of the Southern Gothic strain, and like so many of her illustrious predecessors, she is adept at exploring the darker reaches of the human psyche. As her last book, Blindsighted, sold over 25,000 copies, it would seem that many of us have become Slaughter aficionados.

Kisscut begins with a particularly explosive opening. In the car park of a skating rink in the small southern town of Heartsdale, chief of police Jeffrey Tolliver witnesses a teenage girl pointing a gun at a man. But the detective, there for a date with his ex-wife Sara (the town's medical examiner and paediatrician), is obliged to shoot the girl to save the boy's life. The subsequent autopsy brings to light a gallery of horrors, and as Tolliver and Sara undertake a particularly difficult investigation, they are met with a wall of silence.

Slaughter is now routinely compared to Thomas Harris, and the comparisons are not far-fetched. We're used to unflinching forensic detail these days (courtesy of such writers as Kathy Reichs and Patricia Cornwell), but Slaughter is adept at unsettling the reader in a whole host of ways, not least through her recurrent suggestion that the patina of normality sustaining her characters is very thin indeed. Jeffrey and Sara's faltering relationship is richly drawn, though we find reduced attention given to their private problems as the novel progresses and the focus shifts more to the author's polished and consummate handling of the tortuous plot. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


'This is crime fiction at its finest.' -- Michael Connelly

'With Blindsighted, Karin Slaughter left a great many thriller writers looking anxiously over their shoulders. With Kisscut, she leaves most of them behind.' -- John Connolly

'brilliant plotting and subtle characterisation make or a gruesomly gripping read' -- Woman and Home, February, 2003

'even at its most horrific you won't be able to put it down' -- The Good Book Guide, February, 2003

'it's not pleasant, but it sure is powerful' -- The Daily Mirror, 1st February, 2003

‘Don’t read this alone. Don’t read this after dark. But do read it.’ -- The Mirror

‘Grips like a vice from the first page’ -- Val McDermid --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Only read this book if you like a police procedural of the darkest and most explicit sort.
A shocking discovery during the post mortem that follows a teenage shooting launches an investigation that uncovers a murky world of paedophile rings, infanticide, child trafficking, mutilation, incest, torture, rape and porn. It's all plot, there's no time for subtleties or character development, but the story is told clearly and efficiently, and there are plenty of shocks, twists and races against time to keep you on your toes.
It's a grim and relentless tale, which is what I expected from this author, but was it really necessary for her to pile it on quite so thickly? As if all the unpleasant details of this particular case weren't enough, she also makes us re-live crimes from a previous book as a policewoman tries to come to terms not only with her own kidnap and rape, but also her blind sister's murder. It's all a question of taste, of course, but this seemed a bit of a gratuitous wallow to me - and isn't there a bit too much going on in this small southern town (where everyone knows everyone else yet no-one notices a thing) to be entirely credible?
And when the wrongdoers in a book are absolute monsters, cold and evil beyond belief, I really need a warm and sympathetic protagonist to redress the balance and act as the story's moral centre. Not a superhero, just someone to identify with and bring a touch of humanity and normality to the proceedings. Unfortunately Dr Sara Linton and her police chief ex-husband were too lightweight to do the job for me: I found I didn't care about either of them very much.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make way for a new crime star! 6 Oct 2003
I bought this book without many expectations of reading anything too new but once I picked it up I couldn't put it down! It has definitly put a new lease of life into the crime/thriller genre! Disturbing in parts I don't recommend you read it if you are easily upset, but if you are a true crime fan then this is a definite read. I won't give away any plot lines as so many do in some of these reviews all you need to know is in the synopsis. There are references to her first book-Blindsighted-but it is not necessary for you to have read that first as I hadn't and still thouroughly enjoyed this one. As I said if you are a fan of this genre than this one is a must! I read it in just a couple of days and can't wait to read the next book!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not for the faint-hearted 12 Jan 2005
I'm still not sure where I stand on this book. I commend the writing- it is gripping, fast- paced and well researched- but the subject matter was harrowing. It's all a matter of personal taste of course; I am not easily shocked but there were times I had to put the book down. I was left feeling rather raw and sad, knowing that Slaughter must have had to do research into the evil,horrific little world the story is centred upon. Parts of it made me want to cry knowing that somewhere, now, it could be happening. Having said all that, if you are willing to see the black- hearted side of humanity it is a compelling read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read 4 Dec 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I very much enjoyed the first book in the Grant County series, even though I didn't think it contained a big mystery.

It is nice to check in with Sara again here, while the book's opening is terrific.

That pace keeps up through most of the story with plenty of twists and an excellent ending I won't spoil.

I'm looking forward to the third.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well done! 11 Oct 2003
By Claire, Lulu VINE VOICE
Kisscut is the second book of Karin Slaughters with the first being Blindsighted. This book once again has the same detectives and characters as the first however a totally different story line. She creates her characters in such a way that you can feel that you are there with Sarah and Jeffrey solving the latest crime. I wont give away the story other than to say that it is crimes of teenagers. Excellent reading material!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow she's hooked me! 6 Nov 2003
I started to read karin slaughter's books as a stop gap in between books by another author, but boy am i glad that i picked her books to read! I am totally hooked! it is easy to place yourself in the book with the characters,to hope and pray that they find who it is and why it happened! but at the same time you don't want it to end!I would recommend to all.If you don't read her books you will be missing out big time!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little too much wallowing and not enough action 15 April 2012
I like Karin Slaughter and her creations, and I like he way that she can twist them and the story line about unexpectedly so you never really know where you are. But having read some of her later books first I found this one something of a disappointment.
She fails to give depth to even the central characters, although her scenes between Sara's family are perfect and
totally uncontrived (?)She has many light touches like that and it is masterful. Which is all the more dismaying when she veers offf and turns up a load of cardboard cut-outs to look at. For example the boy who was going to be shot in the opening chapter of the book - neither he nor his family are developed into real people - instead they remain as vapid wraiths, incapable of explaining their existence. How much more chilling their existence would have been had they but taken the stage as more than puppets.

She also makes far too much milage over the same two issues - Sara's willingness to forgive Jeffrey and to live with him again, and Leah's ability or not to deal at some level with her rape ordeal. To keep making something of both these issues at the same level all the time is dishonest. And she DOES go on! Move on or put up!

She does much better with later books so maybe some lessons werelearnt here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars kisscut
very interesting book keeps you hooked from the min u start reading it. i would recormend this book if u loved the 1st grant country book
Published 8 days ago by Sam Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty and shocking, which is what we want from Karin
This book is not for the faint hearted, but one of the best Karin Slaughter books I have read !!!
Published 3 months ago by Mel Harper
5.0 out of 5 stars Kisscut
Excellent read as usual, never want to put the book down as I get so engrossed from the very start till finish
Published 3 months ago by Val
5.0 out of 5 stars gripping read
A complex and interesting story although by no means easy to read. I couldn't put it down though as the twists and turns and character development was excellent.
Published 4 months ago by Rebecca Wilkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Gruesome at times but brilliant as ever
Following this story was mind blowing at times. Although you never want to imagine this happening to anyone it makes you think how many people suffer or go through this without... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dorinda Gibbons
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence personified.
This book is amazing, but extremely hard to read because of its subject. The story tears your heart out and I cried for Mark and Lacey and especially for the girl Slick had to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by mand237
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Only recently discovered Karin Slaughter, cannot wait to read the other Grant County books, and follow the characters as they progress.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs J Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars gripping story
Abridged version, at times story line can be harrowing, a difficult subject matter for many, the eventual outcome was not as expected or wanted, story line will keep listener... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Peter Joiner
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of a wonderful story
There is nothing to dislike about Karen Slaughter and her wonderful story telling and also her very accurate crime story.
Published 6 months ago by Pippa21
2.0 out of 5 stars First Karin Slaughter Book i've been bored Reading.
This book for me just did not deliver. It was a biography mostly about the characters than and actual crime thriller, started getting interested in it at about chapter 9 but still... Read more
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