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by Jennifer Woodward,Karin Slaughter

eBook Fallen download ISBN: 1445012618
Author: Jennifer Woodward,Karin Slaughter
Publisher: Isis Audio Books; Unabridged edition edition (September 1, 2011)
Language: English
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Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Thrillers and Suspense

It is the work of a master of the thriller at the top of her game, and a whirlwind of unrelenting suspense.

Triptych fractured undone broken fallen. Karin Slaughter is one of the best crime novelists in America. The Washington Post . Crime fiction at its finest. Slaughter writes with a razor. New York Times bestselling author Karin Slaughter is acclaimed for her novels of heart-stopping suspense, edge-of-your-seat intrigue, and richly imagined characters. And when Slaughter created detective Will Trent she broke the mold.

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There's no police training stronger than a cop's instinct. It is the work of a master of the thriller at the top of her game, and a whirlwind of unrelenting suspense.

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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. This is Slaughter's best book to date, and readers unfamiliar with her work will find this one a perfect place to begin. 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.

Karin Slaughter is an American crime writer. She is also the 2015 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger winner for novel Cop Town

On an ordinary spring day, Special Agent Faith Mitchell of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation returns home to a nightmare. Expecting to find her mother minding her daughter Emma, she is horrified to discover Emma locked in the shed and a trail of blood to the front door. The house has been torn apart and a man lies dead in a pool of blood. She stumbles across two more intruders, and within minutes they too are shot dead. And when the Atlanta police force turns up, Faith has some difficult questions to answer. But she has some desperate questions of her own. With Faith suspended from duty, Will, together with the help of Dr Sara Linton, must piece together the fragments of a brutal and complicated case – and catch a deeply troubled and vicious murderer.
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In the latter part of 2017 I ran across a dated list [SERIAL KILLER NOVELS: 10 OF THE BEST] posted on Britain's Crime Fiction Silence Of The Lambs By Thomas Harris was prominently featured as 1. on the reviewer's list. I selected three titles penned by authors who were unfamiliar to me. Two of the three novels were simply outstanding, and the third one, not so much.

But I digress... Karin Slaughter's Best-Selling Book CRIMINAL was slotted into 3. on the aforementioned selection "10 OF THE BEST". I was familiar with Karin Slaughter's novels and had listened to a number of her unabridged books on CD a few years back when my job dictated that I drive extensively throughout the state. I remembered her Special Agent Will Trent from the GBI, and recalled how much I thoroughly enjoyed her work. I decided to start at the beginning of her series which featured Will Trent, and read CRIMINAL only after I had refreshed my memory.

I began my much needed refresher course with the literary masterpiece TRIPTYCH, and then eagerly devoured the subsequent Will Trent Books ( FRACTURED, UNDONE, BROKEN, and FALLEN) prior to tackling the criminally captivating tour de force that was christened CRIMINAL.

It is my opinion that this novel was an incredibly ambitious undertaking and that it is deservedly the pinnacle of the Will Trent Series. The vast number of loyal readers who have followed the lives of her fictional characters will likely relish this special novel like no other, since it provides a long-anticipated, fulfilling, and yet thrilling back story into (particularly) our beloved flawed Will, his cold-blooded boss Amanda, and Faith's tough-as-nails mother Evelyn.
It is inevitable that the author would need to use a writing technique that would share the past with us readers in addition to exposing us to real or present time.

Flashbacks were deployed to brilliantly accomplish both goals, and for fans of her Will Trent Books, this doling out dollops of the past alternating with dishing out details of what was occurring in present day served to begin as a page-turner but morphed into an unputdownable book. It is worthwhile to note that Amanda and Evelyn's back story yield a shocking glimpse into the very real prejudices that female police officers faced in the 1970's.

This best-selling novel nor the incredible talent behind the book need no accolades from this loyal fan. I initially thought that I was going to be patient while I read all five books that preceded this one. But you know what? It was the most enjoyable reading experience I have had in literally years. I just finished reading the incredible thriller UNSEEN but I thought before I dive into another book I should leave a few notes of praise about the incomparable CRIMINAL.

By the way, CRIMINAL does not disappoint as a "serial killer thriller" but it is less about the hunt for a psychopathic sadistic killer's tracks, than it is about his initial capture by two unlikely heroes, and how society was both negatively and yes, positively effected by the killer's base acts of cruelty while on this earth.
One final note, and it is not a criticism per se. In general, I am not a big fan of flashbacks as a technique in fiction, especially when the technique is used continuously throughout the novel. Having said that, I am a big Bull Riding Fan, love the PBR. If the bull leaving the chute does anything to change the momentum---"hip" himself coming out, stumbles, etc. then the cowboy is entitled to a re-ride. Flashbacks have the potential to alter the momentum of the story, give it a disjointed feel, annoy the reader. This is especially true if the reader is not committed to absorbing and attempting to incorporate the material into the story line. Diverging roads ultimately meet in meaningful and satisfying ways, that is if you have a master of the game like Slaughter at the helm.

Here's what I think, and since I would rate this book 10 stars I certainly won't be taking one of my allotted 5 stars away! I am not positive that this novel is rock solid as a standalone book. If you are a fan of the Will Trent novels, then CRIMINAL is so solid that it could withstand the elements since prehistoric times. Just a thought.
What I love about this book in the series are the very different female characters that Karin Slaughter is developing with each new book. In Fallen, Faith Mitchell is the primary focus of the story. Faith is Will Trent's partner. She is also the daughter of the captain involved in an investigation of bad cops that Will headed awhile ago. Evelyn Mitchell is the best friend of Will's boss, Amanda Wagner.

What I like most about Slaughter's Will Trent series (and Grant County series) is that every character has a troubled or damaged past. They all have a mountain of issues to resolve. Some characters work tirelessly to improve the way they deal with their past and decisions for the future. Some, Angie in this series, can't get past their history and continually make bad choices that hurt others.

The crime and the police procedural are captivating and challenging, for me anyway, to solve. Many horrible criminals are vicious and scary. Will is becoming one of my favorite characters. I love how he is committed to his job. His dyslexia adds a unique character trait to this character.

The mystery and the characters' development are well done. The story keeps me turning the pages from beginning to end. I worry about how Angie is going to ruin Will and Sara's relationship, but again, it adds to the need to find out what happens next. I love participating in the buddy read. The insight I gain from the other members adds tremendously to my enjoyment of the series. I recommend this series to any mystery fan. However, it works better if Grant County series is read first.
Overall a good story with well developed characters and a good number of memorable well developed scenes.

Its definitely worth the read, and the story pulls you into the characters.

The Good:

+ The attention to detail and accuracy in terms of all things medical, police procedure, and even automotive is excellent.

+ Some beautiful phrases I loved, e.g. "her breathing was soft and familiar, like tissues being pulled from a box". Loved that.

+ The Sara, Faith, Amanda, and Will characters are pitch perfect and most of the minor characters are as well (Roz).

+ Opening scene, chapter one, is fantastic, the fear and panic is palpable.

Some gripes:

Some sloppy fact checking, some 2D characters, a few contrived plot elements and plot holes, some characters telling the story, and the ending could be stronger.

Some fact checking was missed:

1) A brownie box camera would never be used as a crime-scene camera, a 4x5 Wee Gee Speed Graphic with a flash would be the correct tool.

2) The darkroom would be in the basement of the house, not in a closet. You need lots of running water and lots of counter space, cannot see how a 1940s era Atlanta house is going to have all that in a closet.

3) Today, this old lady would not have shot/developed/printed a black and white photo of Evelyn's friend. She would have a digital camera because you cannot get film for a box (or other) camera anymore, and its a lot of work to make black and white photos. Of course the camera at the window would also be digital and modern. (Even if she used her police-issue 4x5 Graflex, if she could get film, telephoto lenses were rare).

4) For a kidnapping it would be the FBI and not the APD waiting by the phone.

5) Would GBI agents really 'check their guns' to interview a gang boss? I don't think so.

6) Does the GBI yell "Police" or "GBI"? Not sure.

7) Chapter 18: how could you really gather that much cash? I don't think a bank branch would be able to give you $200K in cash...they don't keep that much on hand. I would assume some use of counterfeit currency would be used instead?

8) Chapter 18: there could not be blood everywhere when she entered the house. It would have had to be cleaned up, or there would be flies and/or her first response would be to vomit. If it were still there, it would now be dried blood.

Some Plot Holes:

If she's in danger, instead of cops guarding her house for the impromptu reunion, why not go stay in a hotel? She's a GBI agent who can take care of herself.

Why does Zeke come into town at all? And why does he stay with his sister, just to annoy her and mess up her relationships?

Some characters are 2D:

Both Zeke and Angie feel forced and flat and Madam Ling-Ling and Roger Ling...their gang is the Yellow Rebels? seriously? An Asian gang is not going to call themselves a racist slur.

These have their role to play to move the story along, but they don't feel real. Some story elements feel contrived and implausible. If a drug mule flew from Sweden, now he's puttering around midtown somewhere...that seems illogical. And the value of the drugs in his stomach is not a large amount, so the whole gang is not going to care all that much.

I don't see the motivation to kill Boyd. An awful lot of cost/effort to make a GBI agent feel uncomfortable. And if he's on death row, why seems implausible.

The whole backstory about her brother getting beat up over Faith being an unwed mother--seems way over the top. While the neighbors might talk, this took place in Atlanta in 1970s, not rural GA in 1935--I don't think so much scorn and shame would happen. Unwed mothers happen, but shopping in another part of town? That seems over dramatic.

Her brother is cartoonishly a jerk, that seemed too heavy least please kill him in the end, that way the reader gets some relief.

And Angie, while obviously a flawed person, also seems unrealistic. Give her some shred of humanity or at least kill her off, again, think of the reader.

And Dr. Dale, I'm sorry, he seems like Goofy MD, and don't see his fit in the story. Make the other guy be at least slightly likable to give Will a little competition and to create more internal conflict for Sara. Her choices are Dr McGoofy or the tall-muscular-shy Will Trent...duh, which one to pick?

Madam Ling Ling in her secret lair with her pet dog is an overdone meme. And the Texicanos led by Ortiz. These all seem a bit 2D to me.

Some plot points miss the turn a bit. Somehow Will, a GBI agent, does not carry his cell phone or gun when he goes for pizza? (Thus Amanda has to pick him up). How did Amanda even know where he was? And then why is he walking this poor wounded dog out to the pizza place? There are some of these moving-the-story along incidents that made me grit my teeth a bit. Last sentence of chapter 12 made me cringe: while I realize Zeke is a jerk, this should have been said without using the 'r' word.

And chapter six..while we need to sew together the plot points, it's too long and dense, it should have been broken into two chapters. First its all Sara, then it's all one long recap of the case files for all the players in the story....its structured well, balancing dialogue, action, and story, but it makes the reader feel trapped in their apartment, and these two characters who are really hot for each other just eat eggs and read a bunch of case files. Build some sexual tension at least...

Chapter 13: Roger Ling is like the most talkative prisoner ever met, he seems to know the life history of every character of the story. He almost feels like he's read the book and he's writing an Amazon plot summary. He seems like Will Trent's best friend as he gives a much-too-long information dump. A drug mule taking a trip to Sweden would be a minor transaction, cannot see that would be something the boss would know or care about. If it were a cargo-container full of drugs, yes, but the stomach only holds so much. The reader does not need every nuance of each character and their case file spelled out. And dialogue-wise, Roger goes from street-thug to college professor...he speaks too clearly.


Chapter one started brilliantly then fizzled at the end.

It feels like the action in the back yard was was just bam, he's dead, and the cops show up. While some scenes had all sorts of self reflection and deep thoughts, this was like, pow, it's done. Faith looks up and there is Leo Donnelly and poof, all the energy and tension drains from the scene.

How does everybody know there are not more bad guys with guns, what if the baby is not safe, what if for a second she's not sure?

Chapter one starts simply brilliantly, the buildup of tension is exquisite, the action is thrilling, but then it's just over, like the roller coaster had one hill, and it's done. It goes from shots fired to "Emma needs her mom" in four seconds and all the bad guys are either dead or gone.

Chapter 18-20: Without writing spoilers: this part blows up the story for me. First of all, they meet at the scene of the crime? Why? That makes no sense for either party. And both parties of this transaction walk in with the goods? That's not how it works. Unless what the other party wants is hidden away somewhere, then the one with more guns can control the situation. What would stop them from being surrounded and arrested right there? Or just shoot everybody and take the money. And she just walks in?

Logically why not kidnap another person at the same time, let's say a very young one, to guarantee that the one collecting the money can walk out alive? And what bad guy does not have a 'backup bad guy' watching his back, or maybe making more complications or flying-lead-things for those watching this from a distance? While there was a bit of a Star Wars twist to it, I think that so much more could have gone so much more wrong.

Ending: could have done more with it. Just villain loses, the end.

There should have been more complications--it seems sorta rushed. There was a lot of action but once the main characters were all in the same room, then ending would seem fairly predictable. Could have done more to put hero in peril, her family in peril. Maybe knock-off her obnoxious brother? Or take other family members for a wild-ride? Or make Jeremy or Angie the one who set it all up...

All of the above is my opinion, I could be wrong.