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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (23 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099553104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099553106
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,406 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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"Without doubt an accomplished, compelling and complex tale, with page-turning power aplenty" (Daily Express)

"An explosive thriller with plenty of twists - this is criminally spectacular" (OK!)

"Triptych is structured and paced brilliantly; the tension is unceasing throughout" (The Times)

"Gripping, gruesome and definitely not for the faint-hearted" (Woman & Home)

"Queen-elect of forensic mysteries" (Guardian)

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The first Will Trent novel, from the No. 1 Bestseller.

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By daveg on 15 Aug. 2006
Format: Hardcover
In this stand-alone novel, Karin Slaughter throws a wider net plotwise by setting her story in the big city of Atlanta, but still maintains close, almost claustrophobic focus on her well-drawn characters. While some readers may see certain similarities between some of the new characters and those from the always excellent Grant County novels, there are some fine original creations here.

Slaughter also manages to throw in at least two huge surprises into the story, but importantly those twists WORK! There's no cheating, or Harlan Coben-esque "A-ha, gotcha!" writing - just plot points that come totally out of left field. One in particular has you reading back to an earlier scene that seemed so innocuous at the time, where you really appreciate the narrative sleight-of-hand that Slaughter pulls off perfectly.

A slight flaw that I almost feel guilty taking a star away for - the denoument is very familiar, almost a cliche in thriller writing. However, the fact that you care about the characters in peril mostly makes up for this, and Slaughter does manage to ring a lot of suspense out of these climactic scenes.

All in all, a fantastic thriller that shows that Karin Slaughter is one of the best crime writers around at the moment, whether writing about the eventful Grant County or not. A must-buy!
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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Michael Watson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Jun. 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a stand-alone story not in any way connected to the Grant County series - and thank goodness for that! After 'Faithless' I was feeling that Karin Slaughter had run out of steam or that perhaps her characters had! Fortunately, she has tried her hand at another batch of people and it really works.

This is a story not so much filled with twists and turns more so filled with carefully rounded bends and curves. The reader is lulled into believing one thing when gradually it dawns that the belief is way off line. There are three main male characters and a host of lesser female ones but it is the male leads who create the confusion in the reader's mind. The story is very well crafted, very well written. I'm not sure whether the survivors are coming back for another follow-up so it would spoil the anticpation to reveal who they are but, even if they don't, Karin Slaughter has shown that a stand-alone story is more than a match for the has-beens of Grant County. Excellent.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Lola Creole on 7 Aug. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I feel there is not much more I can write about Triptych as the previous reviewer was spot on when he said this book is excellent. It is rare for me to be so utterly moved by a story that parts of it reduced me to tears and other parts caused my heart to race in anticipation. To me, Triptych is an exquisite gift of a read. Perfection. Be warned though. Take the phone off the hook and find somewhere comfy to curl up in. For once you start reading this you will be gripped until the very end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Claire Rowley on 21 Feb. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Having read all of the Grant County books and enjoying them all I was keen to read Karins latest offering. Any doubts I had that it would not meet the high standards set by her previous books were gone as soon as I started to read it. This book is BRILLIANT!!! I absolutely loved it and struggled to put it down. It's definitely one of those rare books where you can't wait for the ending but are disappointed when you finish it because you didn't want it to end! This is a must read whether you've read Karins earlier books or not. If you haven't yet discovered what a great writer she is, read this book first and then make sure you read the Grant County series. You won't be disappointed.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By F. V. J. Platt on 11 Oct. 2006
Format: Hardcover
An excellent twist and turn page turner, not until you are almost half way through the book do you start to even glimpse the full picture.

The first few chapters read like a standard crime who dunnit police novel and then suddenly you turn a page and seem to start a whole new novel. Gradually it starts to come together and at first you think no..I must have this wrong. A little gory in places, disturbing virtually all the way through, not only through the imagery but also through the fact that your sympathy seems to lie with the wrong person and you can't help yourself.

The only criticism I would have is that with a few of the characters, we are offered very small glimpses into their past lives that made me think that I had skipped a Slaughter book somewhere, but no this is a stand alone novel. Hopefully Slaughter is setting us up for a new series, delving into the characters a little more!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ilovebooks on 5 July 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I love karin slaughters books and I have yet to read a bad one, however the reason this gets 3 stars is due to some areas of the plot. While it is a good introduction to Grant County and Will Trent, there are a lot of areas which I found unnecessary and too graphic (no I am not easily scared - after all I am a paramedic!) to digest. I did find this hard to get into and continue reading and certain descriptive information left me feeling nauseous and unwilling to continue. Luckily I kept with it as it is still a good book, but just not to Karins usual flawless standards.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jules on 22 May 2007
Format: Paperback
As a confirmed fan of the Grant County series of books I was optimistic that this stand alone book by Karin Slaugher would be good. It's not good it's fantastic!

It's the story of three great characters - Michael Ormewood an Atlanta Detective, Will Trent a Special Investigator and John Shelley an ex-con, sent down for murder and now out on parole.

It's a gritty and unrelenting read that gradually entwines the three characters into a climax that is both shocking and unexpected. There are clues that you can pick up as the story builds but it's a page turner in the truest sense - you really want to see if your suspicions about what you think is happening are correct.

Whilst I still can't wait for the next Sara Linton / Jeffery Tolliver book, I definitely think that Will Trent deserves another outing some time soon.

If you're a fan of Karin Slaughter, I guarantee you won't be disappointed by this book
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