Here is the official blurb for the book, courtesy of Goodreads:
Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is 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 Amanda’s motivation until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before—when Will’s father was imprisoned for murder—this was his home. . . . Flash back nearly forty years. In the summer Will Trent was born, Amanda Wagner is going to college, making Sunday dinners for her father, taking her first steps in the boys’ club that is the Atlanta Police Department. One of her first cases is to investigate a brutal crime in one of the city’s worst neighborhoods. Amanda and her partner, Evelyn, are the only ones who seem to care if an arrest is ever made. Now the case that launched Amanda’s career has suddenly come back to life, intertwined with the long-held mystery of Will’s birth and parentage. And these two dauntless investigators will each need to face down demons from the past if they are to prevent an even greater terror from being unleashed.
I am about a third of the way through listening to the audiobook, and I am totally hooked! I love all of the Will Trent books. I think that he is such an interesting, brilliant, damaged character. I am very invested in how his life turns out, to the point that I was talking to (OK, yelling at) his wife Angie in the last AudioGo book, Fallen. This book literally picks up right where Fallen left off, with Will about to start a new relationship with Doctor Sarah Linton. But what is even more rewarding is hearing how Amanda Wagner, Will's boss, and Evelyn Mitchell, his partner Faith's mother, got started in their careers in law enforcement. Let's just say that the Amanda of 40 years ago is NOT the Amanda of today. I can't wait to hear more about her tranformation as I finish "reading" Criminal. And the crime they are investigating is a sad one; throw away women-prostitutes and addicts-who are ruthlessly killed, and no one in the sexist police force of 1974 seems to care. I already have some ideas about the connection between these women and Will Trent, but one of the great things about Karin Slaughter is that she keeps you guessing, so I'll just have to wait and see if I was right.
The audiobook, by AudioGo, is very well done. The narrator's voice is pleasant ans expressive, and she does both the male and female characters justice. But then, you can discover that for yourself if you listen to this excerpt from Chapter One (warning: the first chapter details the graphic story of one woman's slide into addiction and prostitution, and is not always easy to listen to)
Criminal-Chapter One, Part 3
If you like what you heard, and want to hear more of the first chapter, you can visit the other blogs on the tour, listed below.
Monday, July 9: Literate Housewife (http://literatehousewife.com/
Tuesday, July 10: Teresa’s Reading Corner (http://teresasreadingcorner.
Thursday, July 12: Book Addict Reviews (http://bookaddictreviews.
Friday, July 13: In Real Life (http://www.erin-faye.com/)
Monday, July 16: Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog (http://www.
Tuesday, July 17: You’ve GOTTA Read This! (http://sandynawrot.blogspot.
Wednesday, July 18: Alison’s Book Marks (http://www.alisonsbookmarks.
Thursday, July 19: Jen’s Book Thoughts (http://www.jensbookthoughts.