1974: In the blistering heat of an Atlanta summer, a killer prowls the street, searching for the weak, the vulnerable and the lost.
40 years later, a young woman is found brutally murdered in a sordid high-rise apartment. The specifics of her death are detailed and macabre, but for Special Agent Will Trent they are startingly familiar, and can only mean one thing.
Desperate to deny this might be happening to him, he is forced to return to the home he grew up in, to the grimy crime-ridden streets, to a childhood he has spent the best part of his adult life trying to avoid.
As the body count rises, and the tension on the inner-city streets starts to simmer, Will becomes convinced that the clue to the killings now, and in 1974, may lie in his own past; a past that he hates yet feels responsible for.
And that the killer is much, much closer to him than anyone thought possible.
Karin Slaughter was born and raised in a small Georgia town in the American South. The author of eleven bestselling novels, Slaughter, a passionate supporter of libraries, has spearheaded the Save the Libraries campaign in America and advocates that everyone 'should fight for libraries as we do for our freedom'. She has donated all income from her short story Thorn in My Side to both the American and British library systems. For her twelfth novel, Criminal, Slaughter exhaustively researched both the racial and gender politics of the Atlanta police department and American society in the 1970s resulting in a deeply personal exploration of her hometown and her country during a period of enormous social change. To find out more about Karin Slaughter, visit her website , or catch up with her on
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Atlanta, GA, US