The first book in Karin Slaughter's #1 bestselling GRANT COUNTY series.
‘One of the boldest thriller writers working today’ TESS GERRITSEN
‘Her characters, plot, and pacing are unrivalled’ MICHAEL CONNELLY
She was found in the local diner. Brutally murdered. Ritually mutilated.
And she won't be the last.
The sleepy town of Heartsdale, Georgia, is jolted into panic when Sara Linton, paediatrician and medical examiner, finds Sibyl Adams dead in the local diner. As well as being viciously raped, Sibyl has been cut: two deep knife wounds form a lethal cross over her stomach. But it's only once Sara starts to perform the post-mortem that the full extent of the killer's brutality becomes clear.
Police chief Jeffrey Tolliver - Sara's ex-husband - is in charge of the investigation, and when a second victim is found, crucified, only a few days later, both Jeffrey and Sara have to face the fact that Sibyl's murder wasn't a one-off attack. What they're dealing with is a seasoned sexual predator. A violent serial killer...
Crime and thriller masters know there’s nothing better than a little Slaughter:
‘I’d follow her anywhere’ GILLIAN FLYNN
‘Passion, intensity, and humanity’ LEE CHILD
‘A writer of extraordinary talents’ KATHY REICHS
‘Fiction doesn't get any better than this’ JEFFERY DEAVER
‘A great writer at the peak of her powers’ PETER JAMES
‘Raw, powerful and utterly gripping’ KATHRYN STOCKETT
‘With heart and skill Karin Slaughter keeps you hooked from the first page until the last’ CAMILLA LACKBERG
‘Amongst the world‘s greatest and finest crime writers’ YRSA SIGURÐARDÓTTIR
"Don't read this alone. Don't read this after dark. But do read it"
"This gripping debut novel, filled with unremittingly graphic forensic details, is likely to have Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs glancing nervously in their rearview mirrors because rookie Karin Slaughter is off the starting grid as quickly as Michael Schumacher and is closing on them fast"
"Chilling but thrilling"
"Slaughter ... brings the story to a shattering climax"
"Wildly readable... [Slaughter] has been compared to Thomas Harris and Patricia Cornwell, and for once the hype is justified ... deftly craf ted, damnably suspenseful and, in the end, deadly serious ... Slaughter 's plotting is brilliant, her suspense relentless"