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Busted (The Will Trent Series)
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 25 June 2013
I have read many of Karin Slaughter's full length novels and spotted that she has some `straight to ebook' novella length stories available. I downloaded this and got stuck in straight away. Will Trent is a cop working under-cover but his policing instincts kick in when he's involved in a store robbery. This has all Karin Slaughter's trade-marks; an adrenaline inducing vehicle chase, a plot in which people are not what they seem to be on the surface, a dry wit. It's classic stuff and very enjoyable.

A big downside for me, though, was that Busted ended at 61% of the `book'. The rest was chapters from a forthcoming Will Trent novel. I feel used! This is cheap advertising and it doesn't work. I never read disembodied chapters. They spoil the book for me as I'm rarely looking for my next read and prepared to go straight on and buy it. I also will not buy any more of these short books as I don't wish to find the same disappointment and annoyance there too. It's not a strategy that works for me and I feel short-changed.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 3 June 2013
I love Will Trent and although I don't really like short stories would rather have a book I loved this. I could just imagine Will as the biker who loves ices. Read this on my kindle as this is something else I am getting used to as I really enjoy the feel of a book started it before I went to work and finished it when I came home just couldn't put it down.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Busted is a short story featuring Will Trent, by popular American author, Karin Slaughter. While waiting to buy a frozen coke on his way to an undercover job in Macon, Will somehow gets involved in a situation that attracts town, county and state police as well as bringing down upon him the wrath of his boss Amanda. Slaughter manages to pack quite a bit into this one: a gas station hold-up, some motorcycle stunt riding, missing cash, a possible hostage situation and a very nasty old woman. The readers certainly get their money's worth with this one, including a laugh-out-loud ending and a preview of the next Will Trent, Unseen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 June 2013
I bought this novella because the author sends me emails and I get sucked in. I wait for her books, usually 1 per year like other people wait for Christmas.
This is just a snippet from the world and by itself I am not sure how it would read. Perhaps pass a few minutes (its short) it is certainly engaging.
About 40 % is actually a clip from her next book due to be published very soon. Some may say this is cheeky. As a junky wow... (snorting sounds) it's gooood.
Often with authors who write in series there is a time when one gets sick of rehashed personality traits and relationships between the main characters. Karin knows how to play the long game with her characters and switch them up, leaves you gagging for more. I have read every one and am not close to finding them predictable as I have with other authors.
As I have said elsewhere start from the beginning. you could start with either series but to stay spoiler free you really need to have read the Grant county ones before you get to Undone or Genesis (same book) in the other series. before that the series can be read simultaneously.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 July 2013
Really disappointed, so short it could have been a magazine story. Would not recommend it, would rather pay for one of her full size stories.
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on 20 May 2013
Will Trent is no longer himself. Will Trent is a cold, hard convict. A cold, hard convict that likes a frozen drink every now and then (as you do)...

As we know, wherever Will goes trouble is soon to follow. While waiting for his Icee Will finds himself in the middle of an everyday (well everyday in a place as corrupt as New forest) armed robbery. 3 people are dead an it's up to Will, faith and Amanda to get to the bottom of it.

The only person left alive to interview is loveable "maw-maw".

"Ill tell you what I told Billie: Ain't nothing you can get from a man that you cant get better from a dog and a jar of peanut butter"

*SHUDDER*

The bad ass eighty something year old eventually realizes how important family is at a time like this...

I loved this novella just as much as her previous one and I've realized why. no Sarah Linton. I love the razor sharp detail of the autopsies but I just find her boring as a character. Busted is well paced and even delivers a few laughs. Well worth a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 2013
So sorry...really wanted to get into this book and I thought at times it might pick up....but no! The pace was good enough but just too unrealistic, predictable and too Americanised for my taste. So many parts needed expansion of the story, to make you feel you were part of the story...I just felt I was rushed and detached from it.....I did try!
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on 29 March 2014
As a woman who enjoys murder mystery thrillers such as those by Tess Gerritson, Nikki French and Kathy Reichs, I was looking for a new author to add to my range. However, this was too much of what I would call a man's book. Too much shootie bang bang. The female characters were almost non existent even though they were the senior officers. It really didn't have much of a story. It starts with an undercover police office at a service station buying an ice drink. Robbery starts, goes wrong, some dead, discover, undercover man discovers 'who did it', and that was that. I knew from the first chapter that I was not going to enjoy it but persevered as it was a short story. Didn't get the point about the undercover policeman, nothing about his story or background, just that he happened to be there.

Looks like Karin Slaughter is not going to be added to my future reading list.
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on 16 June 2013
I am a huge fan of Karin Slaughter and love Will Trent. This is another short story sandwiched between "Criminal" and the next proper novel, "Unseen". Will is central. Amanda and Faith, however, make disappointing cameos.

The pace is fast - especially the car/motorbike chase (I am not a fan of chase scenes in books if I'm honest) - and I felt myself skipping over the text rather than taking it in.

I think the identity of the perpetrator was supposed to come as a surprise. It didn't. Nor could I have ever got my head around the complex (but integral) family tree of the perpetrator unless I had got out my pen and paper and started drawing diagrams as and when the explanations came out.

In conclusion, it's OK but not great. Can't wait for Unseen.
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