Wednesday 20 September 2017

Slaughter by name . . . Karin does it again

Karin Slaughter possesses one of the most apt surnames possible for the creator of some of the goriest serial killers in the genre and, with more than 30 million books in print, consistently tops The New York Times bestsellers' list with her gripping novels featuring Georgia Bureau of Investigation Agent Will Trent and his lover, the pediatrician and coroner Dr Sara Linton.

In this, the seventh featuring the duo, Will Trent is in Macon having morphed into Bill Black, a scary ex-con who rides a Harley Davidson and emanates violence. He's on an undercover mission involving drug lords that is so dangerous Sara cannot be told of the risks he's taking.

But, when Sara's stepson Jared, a young patrolman, is shot and left for dead in his own house, she heads for Macon, blaming Jared's wife Lena, a detective herself and a magnet for trouble.

Without knowing it, both Bill and Sara soon become enmeshed in the same case with danger on every side as loyalties shift and a conspiracy of both sides of the law threatens their relationship and their lives.

As intricately plotted and exciting a yarn as anything Slaughter has delivered to date.

Myles McWeeney

Irish Independent

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