Criminal (Will Trent Series #6)

Criminal (Will Trent Series #6)

by Karin Slaughter
Criminal (Will Trent Series #6)

Criminal (Will Trent Series #6)

by Karin Slaughter

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Forty years. Two chillingly similar cases. One good man’s deepest secrets. This “hold-on-to-your hat, nail-biting story” is an epic tale of love, loyalty, and murder from “one of the best crime novelists in America” (The Washington Post).

Criminal is [Karin] Slaughter at her most visceral and gut-wrenching best.”—HuffPost

WATCH WILL TRENT ON ABC • This edition includes the short story “Snatched” and an excerpt of Unseen, a Will Trent novel

Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and Will is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. 
Will cannot fathom why—until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage. Decades before, when his father was imprisoned for murder, this was Will’s home. It appears that the case that launched Amanda’s career forty years ago has suddenly come back to life—and it involves the long-held mystery of Will’s birth and parentage. Now these two dauntless investigators will each need to face down demons from the past if they are to prevent an even greater terror from being unleashed.
Now these two dauntless investigators must each face down demons from the past . . . or risk unleashing an even greater terror.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101887455
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/29/2016
Series: Will Trent Series
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 17,949
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

About The Author
Karin Slaughter is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of numerous thrillers, including Cop Town, Unseen, Criminal, Fallen, Broken, Undone, Fractured, Beyond Reach, Triptych, Faithless, and the e-original short stories “Snatched” and “Busted.” She is a native of Georgia.

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August 15, 1974

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Copyright © 2016 Karin Slaughter.
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What People are Saying About This

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“Dazzling . . . possibly [Slaughter’s] best novel to date.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“One of the best crime novelists at work today . . . Slaughter weaves a rich tapestry of complex characters with a compelling mystery. Readers will feel emotionally attached to these characters, and their journey will both delight and surprise even the jaded suspense fan.”—Associated Press
“This could be her best.”—USA Today
“Slaughter keeps on fulfilling and surpassing the promise of each of her books. . . . Criminal is full of surprises.”—Bookreporter
“Crime fiction at its finest.”—Michael Connelly
“Slaughter flawlessly executes a gripping crime novel. . . . Old devotees will be thrilled, and new readers will be hooked.”—Library Journal
“The book should be considered one of the best thrillers of the year.”—The Roanoke Times
“Slaughter delivers another riveting, pulse-pounding crime novel.”—Booklist

Reading Group Guide

1. This novel shifts its perspective, moving the action from the present day to the mid-70s.  Did you ever find yourself wishing you could stay in one era?
2.    Do you believe that modern women still have to deal with the misogynist attitudes that Amanda and Evelyn faced?  Did the female detectives face worse abuse because they were in a traditionally “macho” profession, i.e. the police?
3.    In the end, Amanda and Evelyn are only able to find the killer because they have the help of other women working in both the police department and in other city agencies.  Have you ever felt like you were in a situation in which you needed to have a group of friends watching out for your interests? 
4.    Another theme that runs through this novel is the theme of parenthood.  Several of the major characters have a parent continuing to have an extremely large impact on their lives:  the young Amanda lives under the shadow of her famous cop father, whereas Will Trent in the present has to deal with his abandonment as a child.  Did you feel that the contrast between these two experiences was an effective one?
5.    Was Amanda right to hide the truth from Will about his past?  Should she have tried harder to be a direct presence for him throughout his life, even if she had been unable to legally adopt him?
6.    Another theme of this book is race.  We see in the scenes set in the past that African Americans were very much marginalized in the police department, and that efforts to change this were just beginning.  Do you believe that this change has been completed now, or that black people still suffer the same kinds of discrimination today that they had to face forty years ago?
7.    Why do you think Angie did what she did at the end of the novel?  How do you think this is going to affect Will’s feelings about her?
8.    During Lucy’s captivity, she thinks about the fact that kidnap victims sometimes come to identify with their captors.  Do you think that Kitty’s marriage to Hank was related to her own captivity?

9.We’ve seen two sides of Amanda, as a young and insecure girl and as an older, self-assured woman.  What do you think of her as a person?  What do you think about Will in the end, as opposed to the beginning?  How do you think the events of the present have affected his relationship with Sara?

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