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Superb Short Story.
on 21 May 2013
Karin Slaughter has written a thoroughly gripping and enthralling short story packed to the hilt with action and intrigue. Agent Will Trent is undercover in a new assignment. He has a fake identity as Bill Black, an ex-con, on his way to meet his parole officer in Atlanta, Georgia, as part of his assignment. He stops at a gas station-cum-convenience store in Forest Lake, 'a dog of a city', for a frozen coke parking his powerful motorbike outside. All hell lets loose as he becomes incidentally embroiled in a botched armed robbery that throws all his Bureau's well-layed plans into chaos.
The author skillfully draws her characters into a web of conspiracy that throw up so many twists, red-herrings, deceit and conjecture as to perplex not only the law authorities but also the reader as to who is really who and what their relationships and motives are. Interwoven are episodes of thrilling motorbike-car chases, crashes, hostage threats and shootings that gather momentum and tension as the narrative progresses. The mesh of activity and puzzles that keep the suspense right to the final page are gradually unravelled. The ultimate revelation of the plot is masterful. An absorbing and marvellously entertaining story that is cleverly constructed as expected from Ms Slaughter. An introduction to her forthcoming novel, 'Unseen', is an appendage.