Author: Karin Slaughter
Publisher: Delacorte Press (June 21, 2011)
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: AudioGO; Unabridged edition
(June 17, 2011)
Why do I have so much publishing info for this particular book? Because the Dew reviewed a book as never before - an audio book! I have never received one before and it was a very interesting task - somewhat daunting at first as I discovered there were 11 CDs involved. But with Atlanta traffic being as it is, leaving me trapped in the car a lot, I was game.
Descriptive from the Press Release:
There’s no police training stronger than a cop’s instinct. Faith Mitchell’s mother isn’t answering her phone. Her front door is open. There’s a bloodstain above the knob. Her infant daughter is hidden in a shed behind the house. All that the Georgia Bureau of Investigations taught Faith Mitchell goes out the window when she charges into her mother’s house, gun drawn. She sees a man dead in the laundry room. She sees a hostage situation in the bedroom. What she doesn’t see is her mother. . . .
Karin writes great procedural crime thrillers and this one didn't let me down.
What follows is a lot of action, a lot of tense adrenaline filled moments, and as humans are want to do, for some reason in the middle of it all they can always find the time to have a crisis of faith......or a moment of lustful longing for another human.
This is a great summer read on the beach....or audio book on that long drive to get there!
Short Q & A with Karin:
Q) The South is almost as much a character in your books as your leads. What is it about the South or Georgia specifically that makes it such a rich backdrop for a novel? What do you think is important to include about the culture and the people when you write your novels that signifies their Southern existence? Is it merely familiarity, being a native yourself? Or is there something unique to this region that you think you would embrace even if you’d grown up elsewhere.
A) Every writer is a regional writer. The people of Ray Bradbury’s Mars, aren’t that different from the people of Bradbury’s hometown of Waukegan, Illinois. When I write about South Georgia, I’m really writing about the folks I grew up with, the characters my family talked about over the dinner table. Being southern is a peculiar condition. We have a rich and distinct history that goes past the Civil War and sets us apart from other states. I think one thing that makes the south so rich in story telling is the oral tradition. My grandparents grew up very poor. Going to a movie or buying a radio to listen to programs was a luxury beyond their reach. So, they told each other stories at night. When I sit down at my computer to write a book, I feel that history like a wind at my back.
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