by Karin Slaughter

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ISBN-13: 9780062021908
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/31/2011
Series: Grant County Series , #4
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 120 countries with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her eighteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant New York Times bestselling novels Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter. Slaughter is the founder of the Save the Libraries project—a nonprofit organization established to support libraries and library programming. A native of Georgia, Karin Slaughter lives in Atlanta. Her standalone novels The Good Daughter and Cop Town are in development for film and television.

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Chapter One

8:55 A.M.

"Well, look what the cat dragged in," Marla Simms bellowed, giving Sara a pointed look over her silver-rimmed bifocals. The secretary for the police station held a magazine in her arthritic hands, but she set it aside, indicating she had plenty of time to talk.

Sara forced some cheer into her voice, though she had purposefully timed her visit for Marla's coffee break. "Hey, Marla. How're you doing?"

The old woman stared for a beat, a tinge of disapproval putting a crease in her naturally down-turned lips. Sara forced herself not to squirm. Marla had taught the children's Sunday school class at the Primitive Baptist from the day they opened the front doors, and she could still put the fear of God into anyone in town who'd been born after 1952.

She kept her eyes locked on Sara. "Haven't seen you around here in a while."

"Hm," Sara offered, glancing over Marla's shoulder, trying to see into Jeffrey's office. His door was open but he was not behind his desk. The squad room was empty, which meant he was probably in the back. Sara knew she should just walk behind the counter and find him herself -- she had done it hundreds of times before -- but survivor's instinct kept her from crossing that bridge without first paying the troll.

Marla sat back in her chair, her arms folded. "Nice day out," she said, her tone still casual.

Sara glanced out the door at Main Street, where heat made the asphalt look wavy. The air this morning was humid enough to open every pore on her body. "Sure is."

"And don't you look pretty this morning," Marla continued, indicating the linen dress Sara had chosen after going through nearly every item of clothing in her closet. "What's the occasion?"

"Nothing special," Sara lied. Before she knew what she was doing, she started to fidget with her briefcase, shifting from one foot to the other like she was four instead of nearly forty.

A glimmer of victory flashed in the older woman's eyes. She drew out the silence a bit more before asking, "How's your mama and them?"

"Good," Sara answered, trying not to sound too circumspect. She wasn't naive enough to believe that her private life was no one else's business -- in a county as small as Grant, Sara could barely sneeze without the phone ringing from up the street with a helpful "Bless you" -- but she would be damned if she'd make it easy for them to gather their information.

"And your sister?"

Sara was about to respond when Brad Stephens saved her by tripping through the front door. The young patrolman caught himself before he fell flat on his face, but the momentum popped his hat off his head and onto the floor at Sara's feet. His gun belt and nightstick flopped under his arms like extra appendages. Behind him, a gaggle of prepubescent children squawked with laughter at his less-than-graceful entrance.

"Oh," Brad said, looking at Sara, then back to the kids, then at Sara again. He picked up his hat, brushing it off with more care than was warranted. She imagined he could not decide which was more embarrassing: eight 10-year-olds laughing at his clumsiness or his former pediatrician fighting an obvious smile of amusement.

Apparently, the latter was worse. He turned back to the group, his voice deeper than usual as if to assert some authority. "This, of course, is the station house, where we do business. Police business. Uh, and we're in the lobby now." Brad glanced at Sara. To call the area where they stood a lobby was a bit of a stretch. The room was barely ten feet by eight, with a cement block wall opposite the glass door at the entrance. A row of photographs showing various squads in the Grant County police force lined the wall to Sara's right, a large portrait in the center showing Mac Anders, the only police officer in the history of the force who had been killed in the line of duty.

Across from the portrait gallery, Marla stood sentry behind a tall beige laminate counter that separated visitors from the squad room. She was not a naturally short woman, but age had made her so by crooking her body into a nearly perfect question mark. Her glasses were usually halfway down the bridge of her nose, and Sara, who wore glasses to read, was always tempted to push them back up. Not that Sara would ever do such a thing. For all Marla knew about everybody and their neighbor -- and their dog -- in town, not much was known about her. She was a widow with no children. Her husband had died in the Second World War. She had always lived on Hemlock, which was two streets over from Sara's parents. She knitted and she taught Sunday school and worked full-time at the station answering phones and trying to make sense of the mountains of paperwork. These facts hardly offered great insight into Marla Simms. Still, Sara always thought there had to be more to the life of a woman who had lived some eighty-odd years, even if she'd lived all of them in the same house where she had been born.

Brad continued his tour of the station, pointing to the large, open room behind Marla. "Back there's where the detectives and patrol officers like myself conduct their business ... calls and whatnot. Talking to witnesses, writing reports, typing stuff into the computer, and, uh ..." His voice trailed off as he finally noticed he was losing his audience. Most of the children could barely see over the counter. Even if they could, thirty empty desks spread out in rows of five with various sizes of filing cabinets between them were hardly attention grabbing. Sara imagined the kids were wishing they had stayed in school today ...

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Indelible 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
elaynecm51 More than 1 year ago
I started reading Karin Slaughter's themed books because I liked the characters of Dr. Sara Linton and Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver. I like to buy 2 or 3 books from a series so that I have the next one ready when I finish the first one. I do this because I can't wait to read on and see what is going on with my characters. Karin Slaughter writes in a fashion that makes easy reading but always keeps your interest. I especially enjoyed Indelible as it touches on the minor characters also. I highly recommend you start reading the Grant County series from the first book to the most recent. I guarantee you will enjoy them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have just read all of Karin Slaughters books and have loved all but this one.She is an excellent writer with characters you take turns really liking and not liking them at all. The brutal xplicit sex scenes have been necessary to he plot in previous books How ever in Indelible. I had the feeling that the sex scene between Lucy and Jeffrey in the truck in this book was for pornographic value only and added nothing to the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another over-the-top, ridiculous story from a vastly overrated author. In every Slaughter book a homosexual is either (a) the bad guy (b) murdered. And *every* major female character has been raped. You can almost imagine the author rewriting scenes to make them more, more, MORE shocking. I found the story absurd and way too long. In flashback, Jeffrey hates his hometown, never goes there, yet swerves there on whim on a so-called Florida vacation with Sarah. In real time, JUST at the moment that a shootout of this hicksville, no-wheres police station is about to go down, Sarah happens to be there. Adding to the 'drama,' a bunch of 7-yr olds are getting a tour. Why not throw in a grandmother to get shot...? Oh, wait -- she did. These characters are the most unlikeable collection assembled in a series that I know of. Low-class in their heart of hearts. If you're into debasement, this is the book for you. If you're into an intelligent thriller, keep moving.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Couldn't get into this book as much of it seemed contrived. Taking a side trip to Alabama to stay overnight with an alcoholic mother instead of going to the beach doesn't make sense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recieved this book. After reading about 15 pages of it, i found myself bored, and not interested in the simple and uneventfull. If you are interested in boring dull books, i would recomend it to you. But if you like something that is a bit mor upbeat and more fascinating i wouldnt suggest reading it
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a great scenario with the acute development of the hostage situation early on. If the objective of going back in time to tell prior stories is to keep the readers turning the pages then this tactic is simply annoying. What went on in the past is a stretch to what is happening now. The way the author gets us back is even more unreal. Jeffrey, one of the protagonist, has repeatedly mentioned how he hates the town, how much he 's ashamed of it, then it makes no sense at all to go back out of the blue. A huge problem there as to the approach of writing about the past. Additionally, there is nothing likable about the guy. He's a player. And for Sara to fall for him only serves to further cement the common belief or myth that women like bad boys. Keeping in mind, she's a physician. What does she see in him? Aside from the great sex, nothing. Then there is not much to explain their divorce. Whatever that conflict was, at the end, we are to simply believe they are back together again. That's just not real! The storyline isn't very original. Similar plots and themes have been employed by other authors such Richard North Patterson with much more intensity and believable writing. Nonetheless, it was an ok read. Just not as good as others.
Heptonj on LibraryThing 8 months ago
What a masterpiece! This is one of the best books of its genre I have read. The characters have been developed superbly and the changes from present to past make this an intriguing read and Jeffrey and Saras' story comes brilliantly together right at the end. Keep them coming please!
hamiltonpam on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I thought there were characters & pieces of this book that could have been left out. I wish they would have told the story in segments instead of jumping back and forth. Lost the connection.
RavenswoodPublishing on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Karin Slaughter is the absolute best crime/mystery writer I have come across in this day and age. Her novels will simply astound you with their heart-racing moments and intrigue. Every time I pick one of her novels up I cannot stop reading until I'm done and I still find myself begging for more. She's a writer with no fear! She wields her instruments like a knife ready to dig in deep and take you by surprise at every turn!
debavp on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Another good one from Slaughter. This was a bit different in both style and substance, but it gives the background of Sara and Jeffrey, in the midst of a horrendous situation. While it was nice to finally learn the how and why, it still left questions unanswered and maybe that's a good thing.
melydia on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I would like to start by sharing something that I didn't learn until the author's note at the very end of the book: this is a sequel. I imagine much of my confusion regarding the plot of this novel can be attributed to that fact. In short, Sara the pediatrician and her ex-husband Jeffrey the police chief are held hostage by a couple of gunmen who raid the police station. Much of the book is spent in flashbacks to the early 1990s when Jeffrey took his then-girlfriend Sara to his tiny backwater hometown in Alabama, where they witness more dirty laundry in one day than most people accumulate in an entire lifetime. People die, secrets are revealed, bodies are found. Lena, the only female cop on Jeffrey's present-day force, is part of the rescue detail and has vague issues of her own that are presumably covered in the previous book. It's a pretty good story, if a wee bit predictable. I got a little tired of waiting for the characters to get around to actually talking to each other instead of running off and looking pensive again, but if everyone were forthcoming and honest there wouldn't be nearly as much drama. While this book was a nice diversion on its own, I would have preferred to have known about (and read) its predecessors first.
Darrol on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Needed a different mood to really like this book. A couple (if not more) implausibilities: They would have kept shooting until all were dead; they would have never gone to his hometown; no one would have looked in the cave?
kingsportlibrary on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A hostage situation results when two men enter the police station, shooting a police officer and wounding others. Story has flashbacks of the meeting and romance of Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver and medical examiner Sara Linton. A can't put down mystery that shows it is not always a good thing to return home.
Molleo on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Karin Slaughter is such a great author, but this book I didn't enjoy as much as her others.
eejjennings on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Figured I should read a book by this author since she's so popular. Glad I did, but I don't feel the need to read any more.
emhromp2 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Again, a decent thriller by Slaughter. Very clever of her to intertwine past and present like this. I like knowing a bit about Jeffrey's past. Of course, it's deep and troublesome :D and it makes the series more interesting! It won't be long before I grab part five of the series. Slaughter writes addictive stories!
golfjr on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I have to admit this is the first book I've read by the author, so I had no background on the characters of Grant County. Apparently there are 3 previous stories which introduce them and give you greater regard for them. This book is rather poorly written and the characters don't stand within the context of the book itself. No character is particularly interesting or sympathetic. All seem unwise and secretive to the point of stupidity. The construction of the novel flipping between the past and the present is not an uncommon device and handled in a very ordinary way of alternating chapters. The sense of weaving two stories together through the memories of one participant is not very successful. I am reminded of the late night talk shows where we find ourselves laughing along with Letterman or Carson because we like him, not because he is being uproareously funny. The same is true here, this book does not stand on its own. Hopefully it is better when you read the earlier books.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book is a departure from Slaughter's previous books. There is no gruesome crime scene in this story at all. Instead we delve into the past of the main characters and a fabulous story enfolds. The plot switches between the present where the Grant Country police station has been infiltrated and hostages taken, including Sara and Jeffrey, and the past where crimes of Jeffrey's childhood are brought to the surface when he takes Sara to his hometown just after they first started dating. This was a fabulous read and so different from her other books, yet just as good. Slaughter is definitely among my favourite authors. I can't wait for the next book.
NWADEL on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Just started reading it, Aug 8, 2007 and it starts out with a "bang" (no pun intended!) Great read so far.Finished, enjoyed it very much, would read others by this author.
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Lny11 More than 1 year ago
At first the novel had too much going on at one time but once you get past the back and forth it gets better.
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