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Broken : a novel
Karin Slaughter
Adult Fiction SLAUGHT

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Natalie Ross brings an earnest performance to her reading of Slaughter's latest thriller, a sequel to 2009's Undone, a complex tale of murder and lies. Dr. Sara Linton reluctantly returns to Grant County, Ga., where her chief of police husband was killed, to spend Thanksgiving with her family. The last thing she wants is to become involved in the apparent murder of a young college student, but with the suicide of the prime suspect, the simple-minded Tommy Braham, Sara is soon deep into an investigation that isn't only about murder, but coverups and corruption in the police department as well. With the help of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's special agent Will Trent, Sara discovers a tangled web of deception and danger. Slaughter has built an superbly plotted story where nothing is as simple as it appears. Ross delivers the prose smoothly, nicely differentiating between the characters. Some decisions in the sound editing tend to be more distracting to the story than effective, but these are few and easily dismissed. A Delacorte hardcover (Reviews, May 24). (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Two of New York Times best-selling author Slaughter's (Undone; Fractured) literary worlds collide as she brings us Special Agent Will Trent (Triptych; Fractured) and Dr. Sara Linton from her Grant County series in one explosive, fast-paced murder mystery. A dead college student, enmity between local law enforcement and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and Sara's crippling memories combine to catapult readers through a quick-moving story that will keep them guessing until the end. VERDICT Move over, Catherine Coulter-Slaughter may be today's top female suspense writer. Avid mystery and law-enforcement thriller fans as well as those who loved her series characters will devour Slaughter's latest. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 3/1/10; library marketing.]-Colleen S. Harris, North Carolina State Univ. Lib., Raleigh (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Sara Linton
Returned home for Thanksgiving after being gone for three years; blames the police, especially Lena Adams, for the murder of her husband.

Will Trent
Grew up in an orphanage; suffered childhood abuse; suspicious of authority; travels to Sara's hometown to investigate the murder of a young female college student and the suspicious suicide of the local boy arrested for the crime.
Police special investigator

Lena Adams
Worked with Sara's husband who died on duty; investigating the murder of a female college student.
Police detective

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