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In Broken, author Karin Slaughter returns to Grant County, where Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Will Trent is assigned to look into an unusual death. Sara Linton, ex-Grant County coroner and current Atlanta physician, is home for the Thanksgiving holiday, one she'd rather skip in order to avoid painful memories of her deceased husband, police chief Jeffery. Will sets out to get to the bottom of the murder and the subsequent suspicious suicide of the confessed killer while in police custody. As Will, with Sara's reluctant help, begins to unravel the mystery, it becomes apparent that something is very wrong in Grant County, particularly with the police department Jeffery used to head.
Slaughter keeps up the tension throughout, making Broken a riveting story, and, as always, pushes her characters repeatedly to the edge. Be prepared to read this one straight through.
Synopses & Reviews
Karin Slaughter’s internationally bestselling novels are as notable for their vivid portraits of lives shadowed by loss and heartbreak as they are for their dramatic criminal investigations. Her latest offering features the return of her most compelling characters and introduces memorable new ones in a tale of corruption, murder, and confrontation that will leave more than one life . . .
When Special Agent Will Trent arrives in Grant County, he finds a police department determined to protect its own and far too many unanswered questions about a prisoner’s death. He doesn’t understand why Officer Lena Adams is hiding secrets from him. He doesn’t understand her role in the death of Grant County’s popular police chief. He doesn’t understand why that man’s widow, Dr. Sara Linton, needs him now more than ever to help her crack this case.
While the police force investigates the murder of a young woman pulled from a frigid lake, Trent investigates the police force, putting pressure on Adams just when she’s already about to crack. Caught between two complicated and determined women, trying to understand Linton’s passionate distrust of Adams, the facts surrounding Chief Tolliver’s death, and the complexities of this insular town, Trent will unleash a case filled with explosive secrets—and encounter a thin blue line that could be murderous if crossed.
Spellbinding and keenly paced, Broken is Karin Slaughter at her best. Here is an unforgettable story of raw emotions, dangerous assumptions, the deadly and layered game of betrayal, and a man’s determination to expose the most painful of human truths—no matter how deeply they’re hidden . . . or how devastating.
"Slaughter brings her Grant County and Atlanta characters together for a second time (after Undone) in this superb thriller. When Dr. Sara Linton returns home to Grant County, Ga., for Thanksgiving, she hopes to steer clear of the police, especially Det. Lena Adams, whom she blames for the murder of her husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver. Yet when college student Allison Spooner is found dead in a lake and a local boy, Tommy Braham, is arrested for the murder, Sara reluctantly agrees to consult. The investigation soon spirals out of control after Tommy dies in custody. When Sara calls in Georgia Bureau of Investigation special agent Will Trent from Atlanta to take over the case, the local police greet Will's arrival with suspicion. Will must weigh Sara's personal vendetta against Detective Adams with the facts of the case, which grow more confusing the deeper he digs into the small county's secrets. Slaughter keeps the emotional tension high throughout. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
When Special Agent Will Trent arrives in Grant County, he finds a police department determined to protect its own and far too many unanswered questions about a prisoner's death. As he investigates, Trent will unleash a case filled with explosive secrets--and encounter a thin blue line that could be murderous if crossed.
"With suicides the victim is the murderer." Lena Adams and Will Trent in Grant County investigate a murder staged to look like a suicide. This is a case that may push them to the breaking point.
About the Author
Karin Slaughter is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of ten thrillers, including Undone, Beyond Reach, Triptych, and Faithless. She is a native of Georgia.
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