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Karin Slaughter - Author

About the Author

Karin Slaughter is the No.1 internationally-bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including the Will Trent and Grant County series and the instant New York Times bestsellers Cop Town and Pretty Girls. There are more than thirty-five million copies of her books in print around the world. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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The Silent Wife is the 20th book by Karin Slaughter. Click here to read more about her latest book.

Featured books by Karin Slaughter

The Good Daughter

The Good Daughter

Author: Karin Slaughter Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/05/2018

Gosh, what a story this is, dramatic, powerful, and so incredibly addictive. The Good Daughter is a standalone novel from Karin Slaughter. 28 years ago, as murder tore apart their family in a small town in North Georgia, one girl fled while the other stayed behind; in 2017 another act of violence threatens the family once more. From the very first page my whole attention was captured and kept prisoner until I had reached the end, and even now my thoughts still pop and burn. We start in 1989, and within a short time I found my body tensing, I was almost in fight or flight mode myself. I couldn't stop reading, each sentence branded my minds eye, and I could clearly see the drama as it unfolded in front of me. This really is clever writing, dots start to join up, creating a sinuous, convincing storyline. Even if thoughts of suspicion are already present, the impact of what is to come still breaks with intensity. The Good Daughter is a breathtaking whammy of a read, pure escapism at its best, and I can highly recommend it!   

The Kept Woman

The Kept Woman

Author: Karin Slaughter Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2017

The latest novel in the Will Trent series from No. 1 bestselling author, Karin Slaughter. A body is discovered in an empty Atlanta warehouse. It's the body of an ex-cop, and from the moment Special Agent Will Trent walks in he knows this could be the most devastating case of his career. Bloody footprints leading away from the scene reveal that another victim - a woman - has left the scene and vanished into thin air. And, worst of all, the warehouse belongs to the city's biggest, most politically-connected, most high-profile athlete - a local hero protected by the world's most expensive lawyers. A local hero Will has spent the last six months investigating on a brutal rape charge. But for Will - and also for Dr Sara Linton, the GBI's newest medical examiner - the case is about to get even worse. Because an unexpected discovery at the scene reveals a personal link to Will's troubled past. The consequences will wreak havoc on his life and the lives of those he loves, those he works with, and those he pursues. But Sara's scene-of-the-crime diagnosis is that they only have a few hours to find the missing woman before she bleeds out...

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Pretty Girls A Novel

Pretty Girls A Novel

Author: Karin Slaughter Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/03/2016

The compelling new standalone novel from the Sunday Times Number 1 bestselling author of Unseen and Cop Town. With a missing girl in the news, Claire Scott can't help but be reminded of her sister, who disappeared twenty years ago in a mystery that was never solved. But when Claire begins to learn the truth about her sister, nothing will ever be the same.

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Cop Town

Cop Town

Author: Karin Slaughter Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/06/2015

Karin Slaughter is simply one of the best thriller writers working today, and Cop Town shows the author at the top of her game - relentless pacing, complex characters, and gritty realism, all set against the backdrop of a city on the edge. Slaughter's eye for detail and truth is unmatched...I'd follow her anywhere . (Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl). Atlanta, 1974. As a brutal killing and a furious manhunt rock the city, Kate Murphy wonders if her first day on the police force will also be her last. For life is anything but easy in the male-dominated world of the Atlanta Police Department, where even the other female cops have little mercy for the new girl. Kate isn't the only woman on the force who is finding things tough. Maggie Lawson followed her uncle and brother into the ranks to prove her worth in their cynical eyes. When Maggie and Kate become partners, and are sidelined in the search for the city's cop killer, their fury, pain, and pride finally reach boiling point. With the killer poised to strike again, will Kate and Maggie have the courage to pursue their own line of investigation? And are they prepared to risk everything as they venture into the city's darkest heart?

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Cop Town

Cop Town

Author: Karin Slaughter Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/11/2014

As a brutal killing and a furious manhunt rock the city, Kate Murphy wonders if her first day on the police force will also be her last. For life is anything but easy in the male-dominated world of the Atlanta Police Department, where even the other female cops have little mercy for the new girl. Kate isn't the only woman on the force who is finding things tough. Maggie Lawson followed her uncle and brother into the ranks to prove her worth in their cynical eyes. When Maggie and Kate become partners, and are sidelined in the search for the city's cop killer, their fury, pain, and pride finally reach boiling point. With the killer poised to strike again, will Kate and Maggie have the courage to pursue their own line of investigation? And are they prepared to risk everything as they venture into the city's darkest heart?

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Unseen

Unseen

Author: Karin Slaughter Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/06/2014

This is the chilling new Will Trent thriller from the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author of Criminal. Special Agent Will Trent has something to hide. Something he doesn't want Dr Sara Linton - the woman he loves - to find out. He's gone undercover in Macon, Georgia and put his life at risk. And he knows Sara will never forgive him if she discovers the truth. But when a young patrolman is shot and left for dead Sara is forced to confront the past and a woman she hoped never to see again. And without even knowing it, she becomes involved in the same case Will is working on. Soon both of their lives are in danger.

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Criminal

Criminal

Author: Karin Slaughter Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/06/2013

THE NO.1 BESTSELLER. Special Agent Will Trent finds himself forced to confront his past. From the bestselling author of Fallen. A woman is found brutally murdered in a sordid Atlanta apartment. Her blood-soaked body bears a chilling similarity to a woman found dead almost 40 years earlier. Soon Special Agent Will Trent finds himself returning to the home he grew up in, and a past that could hold the clue to the killings...

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Other books by Karin Slaughter

Cleaning the Gold

Cleaning the Gold

Author: Karin Slaughter, Lee Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/04/2021

Get ready for a turbo-charged short read (80 pages) from two of the world's biggest thriller writers - Karin Slaughter and Lee Child. Jack Reacher and Will Trent Twice the action Twice the drama Double the trouble Will Trent is undercover at Fort Knox. His assignment: to investigate a twenty-two-year-old murder. His suspect's name: Jack Reacher. Jack Reacher is in Fort Knox on his own mission: to bring down a dangerous criminal ring operating at the heart of America's military. Except now Will Trent is on the scene. But there's a bigger conspiracy at play - one that neither the special agent nor the ex-military cop could have anticipated. And the only option is for Jack Reacher and Will Trent to team up and play nicely. If they can... Praise for Karin Slaughter: 'I'd follow her anywhere' Gillian Flynn 'A great writer at the peak of her powers' Peter James 'Her characters, plot, and pacing are unrivalled' Michael Connelly 'Big, dark, rich, satisfying, and bloody' Stuart MacBride 'Fiction doesn't get any better than this' Jeffery Deaver 'One of the boldest thriller writers working today' Tess Gerritsen 'A writer of extraordinary talents' Kathy Reichs Praise for Lee Child: 'These books are absolutely addictive' George R. R. Martin 'Great pace, drama, language' James Patterson 'Jack Reacher is today's James Bond' Ken Follett 'Nothing makes for a great weekend quite like quality time with Jack' Lisa Gardner 'The coolest continuing series character' Stephen King 'I always seize the latest Lee Child with pleasure' Philip Pullman 'I pick up Jack Reacher when I'm in the mood for someone big to solve my problems' Patricia Cornwell

The Silent Wife

The Silent Wife

Author: Karin Slaughter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/04/2021

The gripping No. 1 Sunday Times crime thriller She runs A woman runs alone in the woods. She convinces herself she's safe. He watches But a predator is watching from the shadows. Waiting for the perfect moment to attack. He waits They thought they caught him. But another victim has just been found. The hunt has only just begun. And the killer is ready to strike again... Praise for the Number One bestselling author: 'Passion, intensity, and humanity' Lee Child 'I'd follow her anywhere' Gillian Flynn 'One of the boldest thriller writers working today' Tess Gerritsen 'Her characters, plot, and pacing are unrivalled' Michael Connelly 'A writer of extraordinary talents' Kathy Reichs 'Fiction doesn't get any better than this' Jeffery Deaver 'A great writer at the peak of her powers' Peter James 'Karin Slaughter has - by far - the best name of all of us mystery novelists' James Patterson 'With heart and skill Karin Slaughter keeps you hooked from the first page until the last' Camilla Lackberg 'It's big, dark, rich, satisfying, and bloody - like a perfectly cooked steak' Stuart MacBride

Pieces of Her

Pieces of Her

Author: Karin Slaughter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/03/2019

The gripping standalone thriller from Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author Karin Slaughter, soon to be a Netflix series A terrifying act of violence... It takes a split second for your life to change forever. And for Andrea Oliver that split second is a mass shooting in her local mall. A woman whose life is built on a lie... But this shocking act is only the start. Because then, as the bodies fall around them, Andy's mother Laura takes a step forward into the line of fire. A fight for survival... Hours later, Laura is in hospital, her face splashed over the newspapers. But the danger has only just begun. Now Andy must embark on a desperate race against time to uncover the secrets of her mother's past before any more blood is shed... Praise for the Number One bestselling author: 'Passion, intensity, and humanity' Lee Child 'I'd follow her anywhere' Gillian Flynn 'One of the boldest thriller writers working today' Tess Gerritsen 'Her characters, plot, and pacing are unrivalled' Michael Connelly 'A writer of extraordinary talents' Kathy Reichs 'Fiction doesn't get any better than this' Jeffery Deaver 'A great writer at the peak of her powers' Peter James 'Karin Slaughter has - by far - the best name of all of us mystery novelists' James Patterson 'With heart and skill Karin Slaughter keeps you hooked from the first page until the last' Camilla Lackberg 'It's big, dark, rich, satisfying, and bloody - like a perfectly cooked steak' Stuart MacBride

Pieces of Her

Pieces of Her

Author: Karin Slaughter Format: eBook Release Date: 21/08/2018

The #1 internationally bestselling author returns with an electrifying novel of devastating secrets and hidden lives that probes the fraught relationship between daughters and mothers and the lengths we go to protect those we love.What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all?Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows Laura has spent nearly her whole life in the small beachside town of Belle Isle, Georgia; she knows Laura's never wanted anything more than to lead a quiet, normal life in this conventional community; she knows Laura's a kind and beloved speech pathologist who helps others; she knows Laura's never kept a secret in her life. Andrea knows that Laura is everything she isn't-confident, settled, sure of herself. Feeling listless, with no direction, Andrea, unlike Laura, struggles to find her way.But Andrea's certainty is upended when a visit to the mall is shattered by an act of horrifying violence that reveals a completely different side of Laura-a cool woman who calmly faces down a murderer. It turns out that before Andrea's mother was Laura, she was someone completely different. For nearly thirty years she's been hiding from the woman she once was, lying low in the hope that no one would ever find her. But now she's been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again.The assailant was a mentally troubled, teenaged scion of Georgia law enforcement royalty, and now the police want answers about what really happened in those terrifying moments at the mall. Though she's being scrutinized at every level of the criminal justice system and her innocence is on the line, Laura refuses to speak to anyone, including her own daughter. She pushes Andrea away, insisting it's time for her to stand alone and make a life for herself.To save her mother, Andrea embarks on a desperate journey following the breadcrumb trail of her mother's past. Andrea knows that if she can't uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for her mother ... or her.Filled with intriguing turns, surprising revelations, and a compelling cast of characters, Pieces of Her is Slaughter's most electrifying, provocative, and suspenseful novel yet.

Pieces of Her

Pieces of Her

Author: Karin Slaughter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2018

The gripping standalone thriller from Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author Karin Slaughter, soon to be a Netflix series A terrifying act of violence... It takes a split second for your life to change forever. And for Andrea Oliver that split second is a mass shooting in her local mall. A woman whose life is built on a lie... But this shocking act is only the start. Because then, as the bodies fall around them, Andy's mother Laura takes a step forward into the line of fire. A fight for survival... Hours later, Laura is in hospital, her face splashed over the newspapers. But the danger has only just begun. Now Andy must embark on a desperate race against time to uncover the secrets of her mother's past before any more blood is shed... Praise for the Number One bestselling author: 'Passion, intensity, and humanity' Lee Child 'I'd follow her anywhere' Gillian Flynn 'One of the boldest thriller writers working today' Tess Gerritsen 'Her characters, plot, and pacing are unrivalled' Michael Connelly 'A writer of extraordinary talents' Kathy Reichs 'Fiction doesn't get any better than this' Jeffery Deaver 'A great writer at the peak of her powers' Peter James 'Karin Slaughter has - by far - the best name of all of us mystery novelists' James Patterson 'With heart and skill Karin Slaughter keeps you hooked from the first page until the last' Camilla Lackberg 'It's big, dark, rich, satisfying, and bloody - like a perfectly cooked steak' Stuart MacBride

Short Story

Short Story

Author: Karin Slaughter, Michael Kortya Format: eBook Release Date: 06/07/2018

An original short story from iconic thriller collection Match Up, edited by Lee Child, featuring a never-before-seen pairing between bestsellers Karin Slaughter and Michael Koryta and their best-loved characters Jeffery Tolliver and cop duo Joe Pritchard and Lincoln Perry.It's 1993 and Jeffrey Tolliver is a young Birmingham cop, taking a long weekend in Georgia that is about to go horribly wrong. While Tolliver finds himself in jail on suspicion of murder, veteran cop Joe Pritchard and partner Lincoln Perry have been asked by the DEA to track down a drug dealer, last spotted in a small town in Georgia . . .For more exciting short story pairings, don't miss all eleven short stories in Match Up!

Last Breath

Last Breath

Author: Karin Slaughter Format: eBook Release Date: 05/07/2018

Protecting someone always comes at a cost. At the age of thirteen, Charlie Quinn's childhood came to an abrupt and devastating end. Two men, with a grudge against her lawyer father, broke into her home and after that shocking night, Charlie's world was never the same. Now a lawyer herself, Charlie has made it her mission to defend those with no one else to turn to. So when Flora Faulkner, a motherless teen, begs for help, Charlie is reminded of her own past, and is powerless to say no. But honour-student Flora is in far deeper trouble than Charlie could ever have anticipated. Soon she must ask herself: how far should she go to protect her client? And can she truly believe everything she is being told?

Last Breath

Last Breath

Author: Karin Slaughter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2017

A stunning novella from the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author of the Will Trent and Grant County series. Protecting someone always comes at a cost. At the age of thirteen, Charlie Quinn's childhood came to an abrupt and devastating end. Two men, with a grudge against her lawyer father, broke into her home - and after that shocking night, Charlie's world was never the same. Now a lawyer herself, Charlie has made it her mission to defend those with no one else to turn to. So when Flora Faulkner, a motherless teen, begs for help, Charlie is reminded of her own past, and is powerless to say no. But honour-student Flora is in far deeper trouble than Charlie could ever have anticipated. Soon she must ask herself: how far should she go to protect her client? And can she truly believe everything she is being told? The stunning prequel to Karin Slaughter's standalone novel The Good Daughter

Good Daughter

Good Daughter

Author: Karin Slaughter Format: eBook Release Date: 08/08/2017

The stunning new novel from the international #1 bestselling author-a searing, spellbinding blend of cold-case thriller and psychological suspense.Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind ...Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father-Pikeville's notorious defense attorney-devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.Twenty-eight years later, Charlie has followed in her father's footsteps to become a lawyer herself-the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again-and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized-Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it's a case that unleashes the terrible memories she's spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won't stay buried forever ...Packed with twists and turns, brimming with emotion and heart, The Good Daughter is fiction at its most thrilling.

Good Daughter: The gripping new bestselling thriller from a No. 1 author

Good Daughter: The gripping new bestselling thriller from a No. 1 author

Author: Karin Slaughter Format: eBook Release Date: 13/07/2017

The stunning new standalone, with a chilling edge of psychological suspense, from the No.1 bestselling author of the Will Trent and Grant County series.One ran. One stayed. But who is...the good daughter?Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's childhoods were destroyed by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father - a notorious defence attorney - devastated. And it left the family consumed by secrets from that shocking night.Twenty-eight years later, Charlie has followed in her father's footsteps to become a lawyer. But when violence comes to their home town again, the case triggers memories she's desperately tried to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime which destroyed her family won't stay buried for ever...

Last Breath

Last Breath

Author: Karin Slaughter Format: eBook Release Date: 11/07/2017

The fantastic prequel to The Good Daughter, the stunning new standalone from the #1 bestselling author of the Will Trent and Grant County seriesProtecting someone always comes at a cost.At the age of thirteen, Charlie Quinn's childhood came to an abrupt and devastating end. Two men, with a grudge against her lawyer father, broke into Charlie's home-and after that shocking night, her world was never the same.Now a lawyer herself, Charlie has made it her mission to defend those with no one else to turn to. So when Flora Faulkner, a motherless teen, begs for help, Charlie is reminded of her own past, and is powerless to say no.But honor student Flora is in far deeper trouble than Charlie could ever have anticipated. Soon she must ask herself: How far should she go to protect her client? And can she truly believe everything she is being told?

Last Breath: A Novella

Last Breath: A Novella

Author: Karin Slaughter Format: eBook Release Date: 16/05/2017

The fantastic prequel to THE GOOD DAUGHTER, the stunning new standalone from the No. 1 bestselling author of the Will Trent and Grant County series.Protecting someone always comes at a cost.At the age of thirteen, Charlie Quinn's childhood came to an abrupt and devastating end. Two men, with a grudge against her lawyer father, broke into her home - and after that shocking night, Charlie's world was never the same.Now a lawyer herself, Charlie has made it her mission to defend those with no one else to turn to. So when Flora Faulkner, a motherless teen, begs for help, Charlie is reminded of her own past, and is powerless to say no.But honour-student Flora is in far deeper trouble than Charlie could ever have anticipated. Soon she must ask herself: how far should she go to protect her client? And can she truly believe everything she is being told?

Kept Woman

Kept Woman

Author: Karin Slaughter Format: eBook Release Date: 20/09/2016

It's the most dangerous case of Will Trent's career. He knows this from the moment he sets foot in the abandoned Atlanta warehouse where a body lies on the floor-the body of an ex-cop. Bloody footprints leading away from the scene reveal that another victim, evidently a woman, was carried away ... and has vanished into thin air. And, worst of all, the warehouse belongs to the city's biggest and most high-profile athlete-a local hero protected by the world's most expensive lawyers. A hero married to Will's ex-wife. A hero whom Will's superiors at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have spent the last six months investigating for rape.But for Will-and also for Sara Linton, the GBI's newest medical examiner-the case is about to get even worse. Because an unexpected discovery at the scene reveals a personal link to Will's troubled past ... and the consequences will wreak havoc on his life and the lives of those he loves, those he works with, and those he pursues.Relentlessly suspenseful and furiously paced, peopled with characters who leap from the page, The Kept Woman marks Karin Slaughter's triumphant return to her most popular series.

Cold, Cold Heart

Cold, Cold Heart

Author: Karin Slaughter Format: eBook Release Date: 23/08/2016

First comes love.Then comes marriage.Then comes revenge.In this sensational short story from the bestselling author of The Kept Woman and Pretty Girls, fifty-two-year-old Pam has done her utmost as a loyal wife to her now ex-husband John. He dropped her cruelly . . . but with a terminal illness about to claim his life, Pam now sees an opportunity to settle the score, in a way that no onenot their children, not her ex, and certainly not the readerwill see coming . . . Surprising, suspenseful, and diabolically clever, Cold, Cold Heart offers old fans and new readers alike a taste of the writer Gillian Flynn calls one of the finest crime novelists at work today.

The Kept Woman

The Kept Woman

Author: Karin Slaughter Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/07/2016

The latest novel in the Will Trent series from No. 1 bestselling author, Karin Slaughter. A body is discovered in an empty Atlanta warehouse. It's the body of an ex-cop, and from the moment Special Agent Will Trent walks in he knows this could be the most devastating case of his career. Bloody footprints leading away from the scene reveal that another victim - a woman - has left the scene and vanished into thin air. And, worst of all, the warehouse belongs to the city's biggest, most politically-connected, most high-profile athlete - a local hero protected by the world's most expensive lawyers. A local hero Will has spent the last six months investigating on a brutal rape charge. But for Will - and also for Dr Sara Linton, the GBI's newest medical examiner - the case is about to get even worse. Because an unexpected discovery at the scene reveals a personal link to Will's troubled past. The consequences will wreak havoc on his life and the lives of those he loves, those he works with, and those he pursues. But Sara's scene-of-the-crime diagnosis is that they only have a few hours to find the missing woman before she bleeds out . . .

Flores cortadas

Flores cortadas

Author: Karin Slaughter Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2016

Karin Slaughter, uma autora aclamada internacionalmente, regressa com um thriller psicologico sofisticado e arrepiante, onde se misturam segredos obscuros, vinganca fria e uma inesperada possibilidade de absolvicao. Apresenta-nos duas irmas que, depois de terem perdido o contacto, tem de unir forcas para desvelar a verdade a respeito das assombrosas tragedias que, separadas por vinte anos, destrocaram as suas vidas.Irmas. Desconhecidas. Sobreviventes.Passaram mais de duas decadas desde que Julia, a irma mais velha de Claire e de Lydia, desapareceu aos 19 anos, sem deixar rasto. Algum tempo depois, elas deixaram de se falar e seguiram caminhos opostos. Claire tinha-se convertido na esposa decorativa e ociosa de um milionario de Atlanta. Lydia, uma mae solteira, namorava com um ex-presidiario e esforcava-se por fazer com que o dinheiro chegasse ate ao fim do mes. No entanto, nenhuma delas recuperara do horror e da tristeza da tragedia partilhada. Uma ferida atroz, que se reabriu cruelmente quando o marido de Claire foi assassinado.O desaparecimento de uma jovem e o assassinato de um homem de meia-idade, separados quase por um quarto de seculo. Que relacao podia haver entre ambos? Depois de alcancar uma tregua precaria, as irmas sobreviventes olharam para o passado em busca da verdade, comecaram a desenterrar os segredos que destruiram a sua familia, a descobrir uma possibilidade de redencao e vinganca onde menos esperavam.Potente, perturbador e absorvente, repleto de personagens inesqueciveis e de reviravoltas assombrosas, Flores Cortadas e um thriller magistral, de uma das melhores escritoras de suspense do panorama literario atual.