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Fallen

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Fallen

Will Trent Series, Book 5
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "A complex, gripping and deadly serious novel that reflects anew Slaughter's abundant talent."--The Washington Post "An amazing effort . . . This is [Karin] Slaughter's...More
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "A complex, gripping and deadly serious novel that reflects anew Slaughter's abundant talent."--The Washington Post "An amazing effort . . . This is [Karin] Slaughter's...More
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  • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    "A complex, gripping and deadly serious novel that reflects anew Slaughter's abundant talent."--The Washington Post

    "An amazing effort . . . This is [Karin] Slaughter's best book to date, and readers unfamiliar with her work will find this one a perfect place to begin."--Associated Press

    There's no police training stronger than a cop's instinct. Faith Mitchell's mother isn't answering her phone. Her front door is open. There's a bloodstain above the knob. Everything Faith learned in the academy goes out the window when she charges into her mother's house, gun drawn. She sees a man dead in the laundry room, a hostage situation in the bedroom. What she doesn't see is her mother. When the hostage situation turns deadly, Faith is left with too many questions. She'll need the help of her partner, Will Trent, and trauma doctor Sara Linton to get some answers. But Faith isn't just a cop anymore, she's a witness--and a suspect. To find her mother, Faith will have to cross the thin blue line and bring the truth to light--or bury it forever.

    BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Karin Slaughter's Criminal.

    "An absolute master . . . Slaughter creates some wonderfully complex and mature female characters, a distinctive achievement in the world of thrillers."--Chicago Tribune

    "Slaughter has always known how to pace the suspense in her stellar crime novels, but she really outdoes herself here. . . . [She] reveals the heart and soul of her characters within a highly choreographed, unrelentingly suspenseful plot."--Booklist (starred review)

 
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    SATURDAY
    CHAPTER ONE
    Faith Mitchell dumped the contents of her purse onto the passenger seat of her Mini, trying to find something to eat. Except for a furry piece of gum and a peanut of dubious origin, there was nothing remotely edible. She thought about the box of nutrition bars in her kitchen pantry, and her stomach made a noise that sounded like a rusty hinge groaning open.
    The computer seminar she'd attended this morning was supposed to last three hours, but that had stretched into four and a half thanks to the jackass ion the front row who kept asking pointless questions. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation trained its agents more often than any other agency in the region. Statistics and data on criminal activities were constantly being drummed into their heads. They had to be up -to -date on all of the latest technology. They had to qualify at the range twice a year. They ran mock raids and active shooter simulations that were so intense that for weeks after, Faith couldn't go to the bathroom in the middle of the night without checking shadows in doorways. Usually, she appreciated the agency's thoroughness. Today, all she could think about was her four-month- old baby, and the promise Faith had made to her mother that she would be back no later than noon.

    The clock on the dash read ten after one o'clock when she started the car. Faith mumbled a curse as she pulled out of the parking lot in front of the Panthersville Road headquarters. She used Bluetooth to dial her mother's number. The car speakers gave back a static-y silence. Faith hung up and dialed again. This time, she got a busy signal.
    Faith tapped her finger on the steering wheel as she listened to the bleating. Her mother had voicemail. Everybody had voicemail. Faith couldn't remember the last time she'd heard a busy signal on the telephone. She had almost forgotten the sound. There was probably a crossed wire somewhere at the phone company. She hung up and tried the number a third time.
    Still busy.

    Faith steered with one hand as she checked her Blackberry for an email from her mother. Before Evelyn Mitchell retired, she had been a cop for just shy of four decades. You could say a lot about the Atlanta force, but you couldn't claim they were behind the times. Evelyn had carried a cell phone back when they were more like purses you strapped around your shoulder. She'd learned how to use email before her daughter had. She'd carried a Blackberry BlackBerry for almost fifteen years.

    But, she hadn't sent a message today.

    Faith checked her cell phone voicemail. She had a saved message from her dentist's office about making an appointment to get her teeth cleaned, but there was nothing new. She tried her phone at home, thinking maybe her mother had gone there to pick up something for the baby. Faith's house was just down the road from Evelyn's. Maybe Emma had run out of diapers. Maybe she'd needed another bottle. Faith listened to the phone ring at her house, then heard her own voice answer, telling callers to leave a message.

    She ended the call. Without thinking, she glanced into the back seat. Emma's empty car seat was there. She could see the pink liner sticking out over the top of the plastic.
    "Idiot," Faith whispered to herself. She dialed her mother's cell phone number. She held her breath as she counted through three rings. Evelyn's voicemail picked up.

    Faith had to clear her throat before she could speak. She was aware of a tremor in her tone. "Mom, I'm on my way home. I guess you took Em...

About the Author-
  • Karin Slaughter is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of eleven thrillers, including Broken, Undone, Fractured, Beyond Reach, Triptych, and Faithless. She is a native of Georgia.

Reviews-
  • Associated Press "An amazing effort. This is Slaughter's best book to date, and readers unfamiliar with her work will find this one a perfect place to begin."
  • The Washington Post "The first 16 pages of Karin Slaughter's new novel are a master class in suspense....Fallen, Slaughter's 11th novel in 11 years, shows again that she is in the first rank of today's crime novelists. Her story is expertly written, exhaustively researched, steeped in police lore, deeply rooted in the author's native Georgia and exceedingly violent. Slaughter has a rare ability to balance violence with a compassionate view of her complex and all-too-human characters. She's a supremely tough-minded novelist who often writes with exceptional sensitivity.....Fallen is a complex, gripping and deadly serious novel that reflects anew Slaughter's abundant talent. If you haven't read her, you should."
  • Tucson Citizen "Karin Slaughter has written a novel that is complex, unsettling, and with one of the meatiest suspense plots of the summer."
  • Romantic Times Book Review "Slaughter just keeps getting better!"
  • Huffington Post "Her talent is the equivalent of an Edgar Allan Poe or a Nathaniel Hawthorne....You can't dismiss the growth of Slaughter's talent. She has always been a good writer but of late she has become an exemplary storyteller, weaving her words with skill and intelligence. Fallen is a prime example of her talent....Sometime in the future, college classes will be devoted to Slaughter's books and her writing skills will be dissected. She will be recognized as one of the great talents of the 21st century and will hold an honored place in the realm of world literature."
  • Booklist (starred) "Slaughter has always known how to pace the suspense in her stellar crime novels, but she really outdoes herself here....In what might be her best effort yet, Slaughter reveals the heart and soul of her characters within a highly choreographed, unrelentingly suspenseful plot."
  • Bookreporter "Karin has set a high bar with each of her books--and she delivers....Once you close it, you will need time to think about the story as you finally exhale."
  • Publishers Weekly "Gripping....a thriller sure to please Slaughter's many fans."
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune "Slaughter's thrillers are always exciting, but it's her compelling characters that really make them page-turners."
  • The Washington Post "Karin Slaughter is one of the best crime novelists in America."
  • Michael Connelly "Crime fiction at its finest."
  • The Plain Dealer "Slaughter writes like a razor . . . better than Cornwell can ever hope to be."
  • The Seattle Post-Intelligencer "Slaughter will have you on the edge of your seat."
  • Tess Gerritsen "One of the boldest thriller writers working today."
  • Library Journal (starred review) "Move over, Catherine Coulter--Slaughter may be today's top female suspense writer."
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