Will Trent

Criminal: A Novel

A Novel

Publisher: Delacorte Press

A masterpiece of character, atmosphere, and riveting suspense, Karin Slaughter’s new novel is an epic tale of love, loyalty, and murder that encompasses forty years, two chillingly similar murder cases, and a good man’s deepest secrets.
Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation who’s 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. The origins of the answer lies forty years earlier, the year Will was born, at a time when Amanda Wagner took her first steps in the boys’ club that is the Atlanta Police Department. Now the case that launched Amanda’s career has suddenly come back to life, and it is intertwined with the long-held mystery of Will’s birth and parentage. And they will each need to face down demons from the past if they are to prevent an even greater terror from being unleashed.
Praise for Karin Slaughter
“Slaughter’s plotting is brilliant, her suspense relentless.”—The Washington Post
“Slaughter will have you on the edge of your seat.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“Crime fiction at its finest.”—Michael Connelly



August 15, 1974


A cinnamon brown Oldsmobile Cutlass crawled up Edgewood Avenue, the windows lowered, the driver hunched down in his seat. The lights from the console showed narrow, beady eyes tracing along the line of girls standing under the street sign. Jane. Mary. Lydia. The car...
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Praise for Criminal
“Karin Slaughter’s best yet by far: All her signature strengths are amplified a hundredfold by the past explaining the present. Reading this book was like watching a great athlete having a career year.”—Lee Child
“Fascinating . . . Slaughter delivers another riveting, pulse-pounding crime novel.”—Booklist (starred review)

“With every page of this story the tension mounts . . . If you have a hunger for a rich and fulfilling novel then you owe it to yourself to pick up Criminal. . . . Slaughter at her most visceral and gut-wrenching best.”—The Huffington Post

“Slaughter’s tense fourth thriller to combine characters from her two crime series . . . seamlessly shifts between past and present.”—Publishers Weekly

“A jolting case that involves murders separated by 40 years . . . explosive.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Karin Slaughter prove she's one of the best crime novelists at work today with Criminal. [She] 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

“They don’t call Slaughter 'the thinking woman’s thriller writer' for nothing—her pacing assumes you can keep up.”—BookRiot

“Special Agent Will Trent has to be one of the most fascinating suspense protagonists in recent memory . . . Criminal offers a look back at 1970s Southern culture (with all its gentility and warts), a dash of romance for its unlikely protagonist and a twist ending that few will see coming.”—Bookpage


“Karin Slaughter is one of the best crime novelists in America.”—The Washington Post

“Crime fiction at its finest.”—Michael Connelly

“An absolute master.”—Chicago Tribune

“Slaughter writes with a razor. . . . Better than Cornwell can ever hope to be.”—The Plain Dealer

“Slaughter will have you on the edge of your seat.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“One of the boldest thriller writers working today.”—Tess Gerritsen 

“Move over, Catherine Coulter—Slaughter may be today’s top female suspense writer.”—Library Journal (starred review)

From the Hardcover edition.