Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Review: Triptych by Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter is another of my favorite mystery writers. I just started reading her books this year and have, as of last night, read them all! Her original series is the Grant County series (Sara Linton/Jeffrey Tolliver). You can read my thoughts about those books starting here.

In September I read and reviewed here her latest book, Fractured. It was actually the second book in a new series for her. She calls it the Atlanta series. As I am a serial reader, the fact that I skipped a book in the series freaked me out! LOL But I can now say I've read all in the series!

Triptych is the first book in the Atlanta series. We get introduced to Detective Michael Ornewood, Detective Leo Donnelly, GBI Agent Will Trent and GBI Boss Amanda Wagner.

Summary: In the city of Atlanta, women are dying–at the hands of a killer who signs his work with a single, chilling act of mutilation. Leaving behind enough evidence to fuel a frenzied police hunt, this cunning madman is bringing together dozens of lives, crossing the boundaries of wealth and race. And the people who are chasing him must cross those boundaries too. Among them is Michael Ormewood, a veteran detective whose marriage is hanging by a thread–and whose arrogance and explosive temper are threatening his career. And Angie Polaski, a beautiful vice cop who was once Michael’s lover before she became his enemy.

But another player has entered the game: a loser ex-con who has stumbled upon the killer’s trail in the most coincidental of ways–someone who may be the key to breaking the case wide open….

As usual, Karin Slaughter makes the story come alive. I was a part of the story. I did not have any clue who was doing what until she wanted me to. And then I wasn't sure that the 'good guys' would figure it out before they got killed!

And I learned something new - what Triptych means. You'll have to read the book to find out how it relates.

It was fun trying to remember the characters from Fractured and the 'next' of the story. Fun - not really - my memory is like a sieve! I barely remembered the characters names! LOL

If you are a mystery reader and haven't read any Karin Slaughter, now is the time! Start with Triptych and you will not be disappointed!

Rating: 5/5 stars


Anonymous said...

I need to look for the Atlanta series. I love mysteries and I love books that are set in places that are familiar to me. Thanks for the review!

jaime said...

I read this earlier this year, and I loved it! It was my first Karin Slaughter book, and I definitely plan to read more. I thought it was like a great big puzzle you had to put together.

monnibo said...

Oo I already know what triptych means (due to art class) but now I'm curious to learn how it relates!

Anonymous said...

I have yet to try a book by this author...I really should since almost everyone but me hasn'!

Shana said...

Michele - Am I remembering correctly that you're a big Karin Slaughter fan? It's always nice to be able to rate a book 5/5!


Lenore said...

I haven't read her yet, but I keep hearing great things, so it's time I do!