Indelible: A Grant County Thriller

Indelible: A Grant County Thriller

by Karin Slaughter

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Indelible: A Grant County Thriller by Karin Slaughter

Gillian Flynn says, "Karin Slaughter is simply one of the best thriller writers working today."

Two armed men enter the police station in tiny Heartsdale, Georgia, and open fire. When the shooting stops, an officer is dead, Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver is seriously wounded, and the survivors—including a class of grade-school children and medical examiner Sara Linton—are held hostage. In a tense standoff that could erupt at any moment into more bloodletting—with her ex-husband on the threshold of death—Sara must search for answers and an escape in the memories of a time at the start of their relationship when another brutal, shocking crime shattered their small-town world. Because the sins of the past have caught up with Sara and Jeffrey ... with a vengeance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062385420
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/25/2015
Series: Grant County Thrillers
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 68,308
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.30(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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Indelible
A Novel

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 ...

Indelible
A Novel
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Indelible: A Grant County Thriller 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 141 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too predictable. Too much fluff. Characters somehow don't quite seem dementional.
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Even though I would not call this my favorite of her books, (that is only because she is amazing and her other works are beyond belief awesome) it was still fantastic! I don't know how someone could give it a terrible review...maybe it was too much for them to understand?
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I liked the style of going from now to then...makes it a mystery of sort!
melamia More than 1 year ago
I've read Karin Slaughter and enjoyed her books. This one was ok. Can't rave about it. Glad I got it cheap.
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ERL1 More than 1 year ago
I never give up on reading a book once started. This was my first Karin Slaughter book and I kept going, thinking it had to get better. It didn't. The book just ran one, never made much sense (tell me again why he brought his girlfriend to his hometown on their way to the beach??). Just awful. I've crossed her off my list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Of course we have harriet klausner here to give her cliff nnote essay on the book ruining it and giving away the entire storyline for other readers. Please bn. Do something with this obnoxious plot spoiling poster and delete her plot spoiling posts.
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If fast food would be a stale dried beef stick believe a recall on doggy ones
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A strange combo of dramatic action coupled with a couppe chapters of mundane flashback character development. Tepeat ad infinitum, add in an old rape, kiddies in the cop shop, bad guys, a "granny", mix adequately and...dont read.
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I always start the beginning of slaughters books thinking its gonna take me awhile to finish and get to her always-juicy-ending because i dont have a lot of free time to read, but i finished this in three days because i could NOT PUT IT DOWN AS USUAL! I cant wait to read the next book to get more of jeffrey and sarahs relationship, same with Lena. We saw a new side of lena in this book that we'll probably never get to see again so that was awesome! I hope in the next one she turns her life around and loses the abusive boyfriend. I cant believe i actually liked him in a faint cold fear! I love her work and cant get enough. What a great writer she is. Keeps me guessing til the end!
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Her books draw the reader right into the plot. I have read several of her books, and I've enjoyed reading about the same characters as events in their lives change.
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