“ Genre: Humour / Author: Karin Slaughter / Kindle Edition / 75 Pages / Book is published 2012-05-14 by Cornerstone Digital „
I'm a huge fan of Karin Slaughter's work, I've read all of her novels but i wasn't sure how she won't fit her normal genius into the confines of a short story. As it turns out, the 50p i spent for this ebook (This is a straight to digital story) was a complete bargain and here's why:
Will Trent, an agent for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, is on toilet duty in the male toilets of a busy Atlanta airport, in a hilarious situation of hiding out in a cubicle. He's been assigned there by his tough as nails boss, Amanda Wagner, as his hair is slightly over the length that the bureau allows and he refuses to get it cut (His sort of girlfriend likes it long) so his been assigned to catching men in the process of male/male hookups (Something that happens a lot in male airport toilets apparently!). Whilst hiding out, Will overhears a man being overly aggressive to a very young girl who needs the toilet. To Will something doesn't quite make sense, that it's more than a tired parent taking it out on their child, and so the chase and the story begins. For those who read Karin Slaughter novels, if you need to know where this fits in with the timeline it would come after 'fallen' but is completely a stand alone story. As it's a short story it is a quick read 9Took me a few hours) but that's a good thing as it is difficult to put down.
Warning: If you haven't read any of the other novels and are planning to there is a slight spoiler as to who his sort of girlfriend is but is one of them obvious things and won't really ruin the novels for you.
The story centres around Will Trent, a character Slaughter introduced several novels back in her Georgia Bureau of Investigation Atlanta series. The complexity of the character, provided in the other novels, is not present in this book which means that the story can quite easily stand alone without you having to read the other novels but may leave you wanting to know more about him as he is the type of character that you can very easily get attached to. If you enjoy will Trent in this story i really would recommend reading the other novels. For those who have already read Slaughter's other work, you don't lose anything by the loss of characterisation, yes there's not really any development of character but the story does not lack because of it. It mealy reconfirms what a great character Will Trent is. Amanda Wagner, Will's boss, and Faith Mitchell, his partner, also show up in the story at times but they are bit players mostly, as are the new characters introduced. The bad guy (There's always a bad guy so technically not a spoiler) is very well written, you'll want to punch him.
Slaughter manages to bring the suspense and intelligence that she has in her novels into a short story, the writting is brilliant and it always keeps you guessing. Starting with The Grant County series (which has the most shocking ending) based around the character Sara Linton, she then moved on to The Will Trent/Atlanta series and then (Being the genius that she is) brought both together in The Georgia series. 13 novels in total 9including two unrelated to any series), Slaughter has sold over 30 million copies of her books, has won numerous awards and is published in 32 languages. If you have never read any of her work this is a great opportunity to do so, if nothing else it will only cost you 50p.
As an extra, the ebook also contains the first chapter to Slaughter's next novel, 'Criminal', which will be released in July 2012. Is always nice to get extras.
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 405 KB
Print Length: 75 pages
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (14 May 2012)
Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
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