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Broken : a novel
Karin Slaughter
Adult Fiction SLAUGHT

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Summary:   Karin Slaughter’s internationally bestselling novels are as notable for their vivid portraits of lives shadowed by loss and heartbreak as they are for their dramatic criminal investigations. Her latest offering features the return of her most compelling characters and introduces memorable new ones in a tale of corruption, murder, and confrontation that will leave more than one life . . .    When Special Agent Will Trent arrives in Grant County, he finds a police department determined to protect its own and far too many unanswered questions about a prisoner’s death. He doesn’t understand why Officer Lena Adams is hiding secrets from him. He doesn’t understand her role in the death of Grant County’s popular police chief. He doesn’t understand why that man’s widow, Dr. Sara Linton, needs him now more than ever to help her crack this case. While the police force investigates the murder of a young woman pulled from a frigid lake, Trent investigates the police force, putting pressure on Adams just when she’s already about to crack. Caught between two complicated and determined women, trying to understand Linton’s passionate distrust of Adams, the facts surrounding Chief Tolliver’s death, and the complexities of this insular town, Trent will unleash a case filled with explosive secrets-and encounter a thin blue line that could be murderous if crossed. Spellbinding and keenly paced, Broken is Karin Slaughter at her best. Here is an unforgettable story of raw emotions, dangerous assumptions, the deadly and layered game of betrayal, and a man’s determination to expose the most painful of human truths-no matter how deeply they’re hidden . . . or how devastating. From the Hardcover edition.


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

Will Trent
Male
Dyslexic
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
Female
Worked with Sara's husband who died on duty; investigating the murder of a female college student.
Police detective



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