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Criminal by Karin Slaughter

Will Trent, an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, finds himself at the heart of a murder mystery alongside his supervisor Amanda Wagner.

Buried in the Deep South, the story starts in the 1970s when prejudice is rife – man versus woman, black versus white, cop versus criminal.

Out of the hate-filled housing projects comes a murderer so vile that his imprisonment causes all those touched by him to breathe a collective sigh of relief. That is until Trent finds himself tangled up in the case, as the crimes of the past are revisited in the present.

Trent must unravel the tale behind the murders and also come to terms with his own part in the whole unsavoury business.

Karin Slaughter has carved a career out of thriller writing and her prolific sales have seen her a consistent performer on the best-seller lists for more than a decade. With Criminal, she has brought to life a murderer whose depravities will test even the hardest of hearts.

Rating: 8/10