Triptych (Will Trent Series #1)

Triptych (Will Trent Series #1)

by Karin Slaughter


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From Atlanta’s wealthiest suburbs to its stark inner-city housing projects, a killer has crossed the boundaries of wealth and race. And the people who are chasing him must cross those boundaries, too. Among them is Michael Ormewood, a veteran detective whose marriage is hanging by a thread—and whose arrogance and explosive temper are threatening his career. And Angie Polaski, a beautiful vice cop who was once Michael’s lover before she became his enemy. But unbeknownst to both of them, another player has entered the game: a loser ex-con who has stumbled upon the killer’s trail in the most coincidental of ways—and who may be the key to breaking the case wide open.

In this gritty, gripping firecracker of a novel, the author of the bestselling Grant County, Georgia, series breaks thrilling new ground, weaving together the threads of a complex, multilayered story with the skill of a master craftsman. Packed with body-bending switchbacks, searing psychological suspense and human emotions, Triptych ratchets up the tension one revelation at a time as it races to a shattering and unforgettable climax.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385339469
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/15/2006
Series: Will Trent Series , #1
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Karin Slaughter is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of numerous thrillers, including Cop Town, Unseen, Criminal, Fallen, Broken, Undone, Fractured, Beyond Reach, Triptych, Faithless, and the e-original short stories “Snatched” and “Busted.” She is a native of Georgia.

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Triptych 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 138 reviews.
Opal_Sun More than 1 year ago
This is the second Karin Slaughter book I've read, and I loved it. I usually read James Patterson, but I like this just as much. The characters are real. You feel their grief. Don't want to spoil anything at all. When things come together, it's neat.
Vicious-reader More than 1 year ago
The way Slaughter jumps from character to character giving you their different perspectives each time is genius!! You are left with your jaw on the floor when the pieces are put together. Outstanding!! Will be adding this series to my collection for sure!
Marijke More than 1 year ago
I 'ABSOLUTELY' could not put this book down. It is a MUST read. If you enjoy twisted thrillers. Made me want to read ALL Karen Slaughters others books. Which I have. This one is my favorite. I cannot wait for her next book. She writes so you cannot put the book down from the first page to the last.
Imnotstinky More than 1 year ago
Must be me, but I did not think this book was all that, it was good, just not all that good....
Guest More than 1 year ago
I usually read a book in 2 or 3 days, but so far I have been reading on this for 4 nights and am only 1/2 way through. For some reason I just can't get into this book like I have her other books. I don't know if it is because she skips around so much from past to present or from charater to character or what. To me, this isn't one of her best. I should have saved my money on this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mutilated female bodies are turning up all over Atlanta. Atlanta is known for its history of rape and crime but some ¿sicko¿ is creating havoc that is sending the Atlanta Police and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in circles as they attempt to solve the puzzles this maniac leaves and still stay sane with their normally uncooperative inter-department methods. Grady Homes is a section of Atlanta that is deeply infested with slums and contains much of the areas crime. Prostitutes are everywhere, some giving freebies to the police so they can maintain their business. On the sixth floor of one of the buildings in Grady lies a young woman dead, cut up badly, raped, her tongue ripped off, and her body discarded on the stairs for all to view. The police arrived, conducted their investigation, making their nasty comments about the body and the buildings, and the girls that are being killed doing their prostitution. Detective Michael Ormewood arrived after the original police who had found the body. Michael was one of the cops that liked to partake of the free women in the area. GBI Detective Will Trent, a completely different type of cop, worked with Michael on the investigation. Back in 1985 Mary Alice Finney had been found in the same condition as the girls in the Grady Homes section had been found in present time mutilated, raped, and cut in many areas of their bodies. The same two detectives had worked that case. John Shelley had been arrested for that murder and was convicted and sent to prison. He had a terrible time in prison being a young man that the other guys loved to force themselves on. They made Shelley¿s insides look like hamburger through their constant raping of him. Prison was not kind to Shelley who insisted he was not guilty of killing Mary Alice Finney. In 2005 Shelley was released and found a world changed so much that he did not know how he could ever fit. Work for ex-cons was laborious, sparse, and paid little, which is why he ended up in a car wash doing such menial work. Located in a poor area loaded with prostitutes and working with some fellow workers, some ex-cons too, that would not let him forget his past, Shelley plodded on and got nixed up with Angie, one of the prostitutes who actually was an undercover cop. He did not know that fact so John worked her to get information in his search for someone connected with the killing he was accused of years ago. Karin Slaughter takes the reader on a trip through prison, recuperation from prison (if there is such a thing), and the rough life led by many in such desolate areas of crime in Atlanta. The story contains love, both true and untrue, and you get the feelings with the words used that you are in the middle of this story trying to figure out who is the mutilator, the killer, the good guys or the bad guys. Granted, Slaughter does not give anything away as you read until you get very deep in the book. A very enjoyable brutal mystery-murder story. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent. Rarely do I read a suspense story that surprises me. TripTych did. It would be worth reading twice!
Ptcake More than 1 year ago
A great book that grabs you from page one and holds onto to you until the last page! The characters are real and powerful and the story line is terrifyingly real. A must read for anyone who loves a good mystery!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
just an all around great read
shorty35 More than 1 year ago
This book was a great read,good storyline,good characters and it keeps you engrossed till the end.
angelgirl More than 1 year ago
I just haven't been able to get into this book like I have the others. Usually it only takes me about 3 days to read a book but for some reason I just can't get into this one. Hopefully the ending is worth the wait. I love all of her other books, but this one is not as interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Triptych is a fascinating, intense book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The beginning of the book started like an ordinary novel, then clips of newspapers from the past link to the present. The way things connected amazed me, it was pure genious! I absolutely loved this book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book started out slow, but overall it was really good. I loved how she switched stories everytime you thought you were getting close to solving the murders another problem arose and another conflict became involved. I loved the twists and turns and how three different stories had so much in common but yet they were so different, but in the end, it was all tied together, no loose ends. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading murder stories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book. Karen Slaughter has ventured out into a new realm of writing that's more than exciting. I really had a hard time putting this book down to do other things. Her style in this book is riveting, compelling the reader not to stop because of the suspense and the desire to see what¿s going to happen next. The title was so appropriate in that her story line really was a ¿Triptych¿ with the multi-facets of her characters , each one being laid out in the story like a piece of artwork, very pleasing to look at in your minds eye. The only part that left me feeling suspended and wanting more was the ending. The reader was left to finish the conclusion mentally, but the way she ended each scene with each character there was only one logical conclusion. I would have liked for her to embellish just a little more to make each scene a little more complete. All in all, the book is a strong 5 points. You won¿t regret reading or buying the book to re-read it again. It's a keeper!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am on page 70 so far and the story has been very gritty and at times graphic. I enjoy Karin Slaughter's in-your-face approach to storytelling. I can't wait to finish and find out what happens!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book. It is great! Big twist to the whole story. I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!! I've read Slaughter's entire collection of both the Grant County & the Will Trent series, & I loved every single page! This book keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time! You literally ache for the characters and feel what they feel in the story. Slaughter is such a magnificent writer & gifted story teller. You will thoroughly enjoy this book and both of her series collection. Must read for sure!! ?????????????????
cal8769 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good mystery. Lots of twists for awhile but then became predictable. I would reccommend to any mystery lover.
mrtall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Triptych, by the aptly surnamed Karin Slaughter, is a serial killer-potboiler with pretensions to being something more. The plot is claustrophobic, and I don¿t mean this in a good way. Rather, the story ¿ a convicted-but-recently-released rapist/murderer seeks exoneration after serving two decades in the slammer; meanwhile, a series of similar crimes breaks out in Atlanta ¿ comprises a set of characters who are tied to each other at every turn. Every plot development further compresses the circle of possibilities until even the densest of the principals can no longer avoid the obvious. This 'everything is personal' approach means all of the crimes intimately affect each character. Some people must love this style of storytelling, because it¿s become so very, very common in crime fiction. I¿m heartily sick of it, myself. It leads to long, leaden passages setting up characters¿ backstories, especially assigning them highly unlikely personality quirks, and to cheap emotional tricks like making characters victims of abuse (spread on with a trowel here) in order to wring out some quick readerly sympathy.So what are we left with for characters here? There¿s just one actual character: jaded vice cop Angie comes across pretty well, although she too is exaggerated for effect. That I can live with. But the main male 'characters' are uniformly unbelievable bundles of characteristics ¿ Will, the dyslexic vulnerablesensitivecuddly Georgia Bureau of Investigations agent who¿s Angie¿s long-term snugglebunny; John, the childlike, innocent, and equally hugalicious ex-con; and our colossally boring bad guy, whom I won¿t name, but who never comes to life at all. Karin Slaughter is not a bad writer, but this effort has way too many flaws to recommend.
debavp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this after reading Blindsighted. This was a bit more graphic, but again, where the graphic sex and violence appear it is quite necessary and effective and doesn't last long. I think this would definitely be a great series as well, maybe not to see the main characters as they were, but see how these battered and bruised people fare in the future. This one has several OMG moments that you did not see coming.
LoriHedgpeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"TripTych" is my first book by Karin Slaughter, but if it is any indication of the types of books that Ms. Slaughter authors, it won't be the last. The basic plotline of "TripTych" could be formulaic (is a dead prostitute in Atlanta connected to a serial rapist/killer?) but thankfully it is not. The discovery of the prostitute in the first chapter is only the springboard to introduce us to a plethora of characters and a brutal murder from 20 years prior. While none of the primary characters are wholly sympathetic, they are gritty, original and real. Ms. Slaughter hooked me from the first chapter and reeled me in thru several days of reading thru my lunch hour and staying up, trying to read as much as I could before bed, looking forward eagerly to the next page. A huge plotline twist mid-book caught me by pleasant surprise and the story didn't let up until the very end. My only complaint about "TripTych" was the end - - it seemed a bit too tidy but perhaps that was simply due to the adrenaline rush the rest of the book throws at you. Overall, I found the book addictive and totally absorbing. I will be looking for other books by Ms. Slaughter my next trip to the library. Highly recommended.
mazda502001 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This really is an explosive thriller with plenty of twists. It's a long time since I've read one of her books but it didn't disappoint. A good read.Back Cover Blurb:When Atlanta police detective Michael Ormewood is called out to a murder scene at the notorious Grady Homes, he finds himself faced with one of the most brutal killings of his career: Aleesha Monroe is found in the stairwell in a pool of her own blood, her body horribly mutilated.As a one-off killing it's shocking, but when it becomes clear that this is the latest in a series of similar attacks, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is called in, and Michael is forced into working with Special Agent Will Trent of the Criminal Apprehension Team - a man he instinctively dislikes.Twenty-four hours later, the violence Michael sees around him every day explodes in his own back yard. And it seems the mystery behind Monroe's death is inextricably entangled with a past that refuses to stay buried....
tulikangaroo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm glad to have finally read the first Will Trent book to learn more about his beginnings. Another great story.
RavenswoodPublishing on LibraryThing More than 1 year 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!
nbmars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Americans seem to require/expect/need/like perverted sex and horrific mutilation in their crime mysteries. Karin Slaughter doesn¿t deviate from this pattern, but nevertheless manages to inject much more intelligence into her stories than the average American mystery writer. In particular, her chapters don¿t read as if they are designed for television segments interrupted by commercial breaks. Her twists and turns are clever and thrilling. Best of all, none of her characters are perfect: no ¿strong yet gentle¿ hero, no gorgeous, sexy, well-adjusted love interest. In Atlanta, someone is preying mostly on young teenaged girls, and mutilating them in a characteristic and bizarre manner. A group of flawed investigators is trying to catch the killer before he strikes again: Detective Michael Ormewood, former vice cop and former Gulf War veteran; Angie Polaski, vice cop who works undercover (albeit barely covered) as a prostitute; and Special Agent Will Trent from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation who records everything on tape to hide his dyslexia. An ex-con, John Shelley, gets involved as well. We also meet Michael¿s wife Gina, his neighbor Cynthia, John¿s sister Joyce, some of John¿s ex-prison mates, and Will¿s dog Betty.Slaughter¿s sympathy for the poor, the abused, and the victimized is a consistent theme in her books. In this passage, for example, Angie is thinking about the prostitutes with whom she works everyday: ¿No one was interested in getting to the root of the problem. Angie had spent the last six years getting to know these women. They all had the same stories of sexual abuse and neglect in their pasts; they all had run away from something. It didn¿t take a Harvard economist to figure out that it¿d be a hell of a lot cheaper spending money on helping keep kids safe when they were younger than it was to put them in jail when they were older. That was the American way, though. Spend a million dollars rescuing some kid who¿s fallen down a well, but God forbid you spend a hundred bucks up front to cap the well so the kid never falls down it in the first place.¿Slaughter¿s stimulating book will keep you both scared and entertained.