Will Trent / Atlanta #2
This is the second book in the Will Trent / Atlanta series as well as the seventeenth book in my challenge for the year.
Georgia Bruea of Investigation Special Agent Will Trent is called to a crime scene because political strings were pulled. The Atlanta Police Department has it sorted – or so it was thought. A young girl was brutally raped and murdered in a lovely upmarket area. A mother returned home and strangled the attacker of her child. That is what the scene says, but when Will Trent enters, the deceased girl’s father, Paul Campano, hurriedly points out that the dead girl is not his daughter. Will and Paul go way back, all the way to the state care, and Paul still does not trust Will.
The case is hurriedly wrested from the Atlanta Police Department. Time was wasted while one girl was missing and another lay dead. The focus on the investigation shifts drastically. Will’s boss, Amanda Wagner, partners him with Atlanta PD detective Faith Mitchell, who has her own personal bone to pick with Will, and will not make working together a simple matter. Will, on the other hand, is totally confused as to why Faith despises him, why Amanda is such an enigmatic bitch, and still struggles to understand his relationship/engagement with Angie Polaski.
Will struggles intensely with his reading disorder and loses a lot of faith in himself, all the while he is dealing with his issues on his own. Has his dyslexia screwed up the case? Will they find Emma Campano alive, or find her at all? Time is running out, and no leads are giving in the case, no matter how much they look, try or squeeze for information, nothing seems forthcoming.
She really is an amazing writer, and another great story was delivered. Learning more about Will Trent is worth it, though it is so sad to hear it all, and how it has shaped him. The story was fast paced, never a dull moment or a lull in the pages. Will’s insistence that his dyslexia makes him a retard is very sad, and his inability to ask for any help makes it all the worse for him. Angie Polaski again returns to the pages, and again I still cannot like her, though I feel for her and the things that she went through. A great read that I would highly recommend, Karin Slaughter has proven once again that she is a vastly talented writer that is not to be remembered only for her Grant County series alone.