Triptych by Karin Slaughter
Narrator: Michael Kramer
Series: Will Trent #1
on August 11, 2006
Length: 13 hours, 15 minutes
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In the city of Atlanta, women are dying—at the hands of a killer who signs his work with a single, chilling act of mutilation. Leaving behind enough evidence to fuel a frenzied police hunt, this cunning madman is bringing together dozens of lives, crossing 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 another player has entered the game: a loser ex-con who has stumbled upon the killer's trail in the most coincidental of ways—someone who may be the key to breaking the case wide open...
I have always wanted to read this author since Jonetta thinks so highly of her. I started with this Will Trent series because 2 of the books are being released new with the narrator used for the rest of the series. I believe Triptych is the only one with a male narrator.
We don’t see the “main” character, Will Trent, right away. Instead we see another cop, Michael, and get some of his perspectives. Later he works with Will, sort of. We also meet Angie, who worked with Michael when he was in vice and has known Will since childhood. The circular introductions to characters is a very seductive slide into the world building.
There are plenty of disturbing details here. The way young men are treated in prison is heart-breaking. The way cops and the justice system look at crimes where the murder victim is a prostitute or a young girl of color is missing giving them less attention. There are stereotypes about many of these prejudices but unfortunately they happen all too often.
The case is one of a serial killer of young teen girls. The story was rather twisty. I worried about the good guys / gals getting hurt and the bad guys getting away with their evils. We know the killer pretty soon but the cops take a bit longer to figure it out and even once they do, well, you have to have evidence. I loved this suspenseful, horrifying start in this world. I also want to read the Grant County series which is related.
With nearly all the main characters being male, I can see why this has a male narrator. The voices were all comfortable and well performed. I was able to listen at my usual 1.5x speed.
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