Karin Slaughter books in order
Karin Slaughter is an American crime writer and one of the most celebrated storytellers in the world.
Her books, published in 37 languages, have sold more than 35 million copies across the globe; debuting at #1 in Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
Karin won the 2015 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger award for her novel Cop Town which was adapted into a film. Other film and television adaptations include The Good Daughter and Pieces of Her.
Originally from Georgia, Karin currently lives in Atlanta.
- Like A Charm (2001)
- Martin Misunderstood (2008)
- The Unremarkable Heart (2011)
- Thorn in My Side (2011)
- Cold Cold Heart (2013)
- Cop Town (2014)
- Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes (2015)
- Pretty Girls (2015)
- Pieces of Her (2018)
- False Witness (2021)
- Girl, Forgotten (2022)
- The Good Daughter (2017)
- Last Breath (2008)
- Undone (2009)
- Broken (2010)
- Fallen (2011)
- Cleaning the Gold: A Jack Reacher and Will Trent Short Story (2019)
The Will Trent series
- Triptych (2006)
- Fractured (2008)
- Snatched (E-Book novella) (2012)
- Criminal (2012)
- Busted (E-Book novella) (2012)
- Unseen (2013)
- The Kept Woman (2016)
- The Last Widow (2019)
- The Silent Wife (2020)
The Grant County series
- Blindsighted (2001)
- Kisscut (2002)
- A Faint Cold Fear (2003)
- Indelible (2004)
- Faithless (2005)
- Beyond Reach (2007)
Detailed book overview
A book revolving around a shinny bracelet that accompanies misfortune to everyone who handles it, Like a Charm is the creation by the very best of US and UK crime writers.
From the nineteenth century when the bracelet is forged in Georgia, to Leeds during the world war; from a steam train across Europe to the violent backstreets of Scotland in the1980s, then present-day London, a Manhattan taxi, the Mojave Desert and then back to Georgia—each writer weaves a trilling story in the sixteen part novel characterized by murder, betrayal and intrigue.
The book is authored by Karin Slaughter, Denise Mina, Peter Moore Smith, John Connolly, Laura Lippman, Lee Child and others.
Working as a glorified accountant at Southern Toilet Supply and still living under the same roof as his grouchy mother, Martin Reed is the proverbial butt of everyone's jokes. Being a Mr Less-Than-Average in an average world, Martin has resigned to the world that he lives in—the school bullies now pick on him in the workplace, he is continually rejected by women and his supervisor is now his arch enemy.
When a co-worker is brutally murdered and her body abandoned in a ditch, the evidence overwhelming points to Martin, especially because he won't admit to having an alibi. The conspiracy against him takes a worse turn when a second victim is found in the company bathroom.
A stunning Detective Anther Albada is the only one who is sympathetic to him, but her doubts about his innocence continue to increase.
Could Martin be guilty? Or is he just misunderstood?
On audio-for the very first time, The Unremarkable Heart and Other Stories features the most provocative short story release yet by bestselling author Karin Slaughter.
In a sinister exploration of love, death, and the secrets we harbor, this exclusive audiobook contains previously published tales such as The Unremarkable Heart, The Blessing of Brokenness, Necessary Women, The Mean Time, Cold Cold Heart, and the previously unseen story The Truth About Pretty Girls.
It wasn’t just any night and the two of them certainly weren’t just any brothers.
The scene is an Atlanta bar. Music is booming and the dance floor is packed. The handsome brother goes ahead and picks up a girl, but when terrible deeds ensue out in the parking lot, what happens next can only be described in two words: vintage Slaughter.
From the first scene to the very last line, Thorn in My Side is as wicked as it is captivating.
First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes revenge.
Fifty-two-year-old Pam diligently played her role as a loyal wife to her now ex-husband John.
But when John, who dropped her cruelly, is diagnosed with an incurable illness about to claim his life, Pam sees an opportunity; an opportunity to settle the score.
In yet another gripping short story by international bestselling writer, Karin Slaughter, Pam will be looking to settle a score in a way that neither her children, nor her ex, not even the reader will see it coming.
The year is 1947: the place Atlanta, Georgia. A heinous murder has been committed, resulting in an intense manhunt by the city’s police department. Kate Murphy can’t help but wonder if her first day on the job will also be her last. She is from a privileged background but is determined to make her own way through wearing a badge and wielding a gun.
Kate however isn’t alone, as Maggie Lawson—from a family with a rich police history—followed her uncle and brother into the ranks to prove her worth in their cynical eyes.
But when Kate and her new partner are sent out on an unrelenting manhunt for a cop killer, their fury, pain and pride finally reaches its boiling point.
With a killer almost certain to strike again, the two women will risk everything in their pursuit.
A beautiful young girl was walking down the street when suddenly…
Julia Carroll is familiar with far too many stories that start that way. Beautiful, smart and a nineteen-year-old college freshman, she should be having the best time of her young adult life. But instead, she is frightened to death.
Why? Because girls are disappearing.
Beatrice Oliver, a fellow student, is missing. A homeless woman by the name Mona-No-Name is also missing. The both of them are taken off the street. The both of them are gone without a trace.
Julia is adamant to unearth the motives behind the mysterious disappearances. And she doesn't want to be next…
Claire and Lydia haven’t spoken since their teenage sister, Julia, disappeared without a trace more than twenty years ago. Now, their lives couldn’t be more different. Claire is the elegant trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire while Lydia is a single mother who dates an ex-con and is barely managing to make ends meet.
But neither of the sisters has ever recovered from the terror and heartbreak of their shared loss—an old wound that is ripped open when Claire's husband is murdered.
Could the disappearance of a teenage girl and the killing of a middle-aged man be connected, despite the two events occurring nearly a quarter-century apart?
Forming an uncomfortable alliance, the surviving sisters look to memories from the past in a bid to find the truth, uncovering buried secrets that destroyed their family many years ago.
Andrea Cooper is convinced that she knows everything about her mother Laura. I mean we all know our mothers, don’t we?
All that however changes one Saturday afternoon when a benign trip to the mall explodes into despicable violence. For nearly three decades, Laura has managed to hide her previous identity, but now, her secret has been exposed.
Lying in the hospital twenty-four hours later is Laura; shot by an invader who has spent thirty long years tracking her down—trying to find out what she knows.
Andrea now finds herself on a desperate mission to expose the hidden secrets of her mother’s past—for if she doesn’t, then neither of them may have a future.
AN ORDINARY LIFE…
Leigh Collier has worked hard to build what looks like a normal life. She’s an up-and-coming defense attorney at a prestigious law firm in Atlanta, would do anything for her sixteen-year-old daughter Maddy, and is managing to successfully co-parent through a pandemic after an amicable separation from her husband Walter.
HIDES A DEVASTATING PAST...
But Leigh’s ordinary life masks a childhood no one should have to endure … a childhood tarnished by secrets, broken by betrayal, and ultimately destroyed by a brutal act of violence.
BUT NOW THE PAST IS CATCHING UP…
On a Sunday night at her daughter’s school play, she gets a call from one of the firm's partners who wants Leigh to come on board to defend a wealthy man accused of multiple counts of rape. Though wary of the case, it becomes apparent she doesn't have much choice if she wants to keep her job. They're scheduled to go to trial in one week. When she meets the accused face-to-face, she realizes that it’s no coincidence that he’s specifically asked for her to represent him. She knows him. And he knows her. More to the point, he may know what happened over twenty years ago, and why Leigh has spent two decades avoiding her past.
AND TIME IS RUNNING OUT…
Suddenly she has a lot more to lose than this case. The only person who can help is her younger, estranged sister Callie—the last person Leigh would ever want to drag into this after all they’ve been through. But with the life-shattering truth in danger of being revealed, she has no choice...
A small town hides a big secret…
Who killed Emily Vaughn?
A girl with a secret…
Longbill Beach, 1982. Emily Vaughn gets ready for the prom. For an athlete, who is smart, pretty and well-liked, this night should be the highlight of her high school career. But Emily has a secret. And by the end of the evening, that secret will be silenced forever.
An unsolved murder…
Forty years later, Emily’s murder remains a mystery. Her tight-knit group of friends closed ranks; her respected, wealthy family retreated inwards; the small town moved on from her grisly attack. But all that’s about to change.
One final chance to uncover a killer…
US Marshal Andrea Oliver arrives in Longbill Beach on her first assignment: to protect a judge receiving death threats. But, in reality, Andrea is there to find justice for Emily. The killer is still out there—and Andrea must discover the truth before she gets silenced, too…
Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind…
Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's blissful small-town family life was shredded apart by a terrible ambush on their family home.
The attack left their mother dead while their father–an infamous defense attorney in Pikeville– was beyond shattered. The family was never the same again; consumed by secrets from that dreadful night.
Nearly three decades later, Charlie has gone on to become a lawyer, following in her father's footsteps.
Her nightmare however begins when an unspoken violence strikes Pikeville again. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but the case floods her with memories of a frightening past she spent long trying to suppress.
And with it comes the shocking truth about the events that destroyed her family twenty-eight years ago.
Charlie Quinn’s childhood came to a sudden and explosive end when she was only thirteen years old. Two men—holding a grudge against her father who was a lawyer—forced their way into her home, leaving her world shattered for the rest of her life.
Now a lawyer herself, Charlie has sworn to defend those who have no one else to turn to. So when Flora Faulkner, a motherless teen, pleads for help, Charlie is reminded of events from her own past, and as such vows to help her. But the brilliant student is in far deeper trouble than Charlie initially thought.
How far can Charlie go to protect her client? Does she even believe everything she is being told?
Protecting someone always comes at a cost.
When Sara Linton’s patient is found in the backwoods of suburban Atlanta, detective Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation spends little time waiting for his boss’s approval, as he dives in head first with the investigation.
Having single-handedly exposed a secret house of terror buried beneath the earth, he makes an appalling discovery—another victim.
Wresting the case away from the local police chief, Will and his partner, Faith Mitchell—a woman with dark secrets of her own—are summoned to a related investigation of an upscale young mother who has been snatched.
In Undone, Karin Slaughter brings together the three unforgettable characters from the New York Times bestselling novels Faithless and Fractured; in an epic book where a killer’s torture chamber may have been found, but the killer is still at work!
When Special Agent Will Trent arrives in Grant County, he is startled by the many unanswered questions about a prisoner’s death. He doesn’t understand why Officer Lena Adams is being too secretive. He doesn’t understand what role she may have played role in the death of Grant County’s popular police chief. He can’t seem to understand why Dr. Sara Linton, the man’s widow, desperately wants him on the case.
Whereas the police force investigates the killing of a young woman whose body is pulled from a freezing lake, Trent on the other hand investigates the police force.
Caught between two complicated and determined women in Adams and Linton, Trent will unleash a case filled with dreadful secrets; one with a fine line that could prove murderous if crossed.
When her mother isn’t answering her phone, her front door is open with a stain of blood above the knob, and her infant daughter is hidden in a shed behind the house, Faith Mitchell’s cop instinct quickly kicks in.
Forgetting everything she was taught at the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, she draws her gun and charges into her mother’s house.
There, she sees a man lying dead in the laundry room, and there is a hostage situation in the bedroom.
“You know what we’re here for. Hand it over, and we’ll let her go.”
When the hostage situation turns deadly, she seeks for the help of her partner, Will Trent. But the both of them will need the help of trauma doctor Sara Linton.
Things nonetheless get complicated when Faith is no longer a witness, but also a suspect…
Will Trent is on an undercover mission at Fort Knox to investigate a murder that took place twenty-two-years ago. The name of the suspect in this particular case is Jack Reacher.
Jack Reacher is also in Fort Knox, albeit on a mission to defeat a murderous criminal ring operating at the nerve centre of America’s military. The only problem is that Will Trent is also there hunting him down.
When an unexpected conspiracy however unfolds, Jack Reacher and Will Trent are forced to join forces and defeat a common enemy.
Will they however be able to play nicely?
The Will Trent series
In Atlanta, a killer has crossed the boundaries of wealth and race, striking terror from the wealthiest of suburbs to the stark inner-city housing projects.
Among those after the killer is Michael Ormewood, a veteran detective whose marriage hangs by a thread, and is a man whose career is threatened by his arrogance and combustible temperament. Angie Polaski, an attractive vice cop and an ex-lover-cum-enemy to Michael, is also after the killer.
Unknown to both of them however, an ex-con stumbles upon the killer’s trail in the most unexpected of ways—and could provide answers that would lead to a groundbreaking discovery in the investigation.
Ansley Park is one of the most sought after neighborhoods in Atlanta. But a teenage girl has been brutally murdered in one lavish mansion, and her mother stands petrified in the hallway—having killed her daughter’s attacker with her bare hands.
When Detective Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation joins the investigation to do a political favor, he makes a shocking observation from the forensic evidence.
Within moment of taking over the case from the Atlanta police, Trent is convinced that another teenage girl is missing, and that a killer is on the loose.
Teaming up with a female cop who loathes him and with enemies at his every turn, Trent certainly has his work cut out in a place where human demons emerge with a vengeance.
Special Agent Will Trent, while on assignment at Atlanta's busy airport, is forced to make a split-second decision. But did he make the right choice?
Known for her astute plotting and her indelible ability to put the reader right at the heart of the crime, international bestselling writer Karin Slaughter, presents an enthralling story that will grip you like a vice.
The short story thriller gives readers an insight into the opening chapters of the novel Criminal.
When a local college student goes missing, Will Trent is without explanation kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. The brilliant Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent fails to comprehend what motivated Amanda’s decision, until the two of them stumble upon each other in an abandoned orphanage; each drawn there for a different reason.
As the case that propelled Amanda’s career suddenly comes back to life— albeit interlaced with the long standing mystery of Will’s birth and ancestry— the two fearless investigators will need each other now more than ever, as they face down demons from the past.
FBI Special Agent, Will Trent, is en route to Macon to conduct an undercover assignment when he inadvertently becomes involved in a violent robbery at a gas station.
Known for her astute plotting and her indelible ability to put the reader right at the heart of the crime, international bestselling writer, Karin Slaughter, treats readers to a compelling short story that will grip you from the very start.
Will Trent, an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, works on a case that will have him posing as Bill Black—a feared ex-con who rides a motorcycle and trails an air of violence wherever he goes around Macon, Georgia.
The cover seems to be working as Will catches the eye of a wiry little drug dealer who he reckons could be a useful ally. But the undercover comes at a cost, as it cuts him off from the support of the love of his life Sara Linton; opening a window for his demons to catch up with him.
Not knowing where or why Will has left, Sara heads to Macon to look into the shooting of her stepson, Jared, who she suspects was gunned down by his troubled wife Lena—a problematic detective.
Enraged, Sara unknowingly finds herself involved in the same case that Will is working on; unaware of the danger that swirls around them.
When Will Trent, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent, is summoned to investigate a murder at an abandoned construction site, the case becomes more volatile when the dead man is identified as a former cop.
Carrying out investigations on the body, Sara Linton—the GBI’s new medical examiner and Will’s soul mate—discovers that the extensive blood loss didn't belong to the corpse, but rather a second victim who is a woman.
But new findings soon link Will’s troubled past to the case; with dire consequences that will wreak havoc for Will, his colleagues, friends, family…even the suspects.
A CDC scientist is abducted by mysterious assailants in a shopping center parking lot one sweltering summer night, with the authorities desperate to rescue the missing doctor.
A month later, devastating explosions rocks one of the busiest and most significant neighborhoods in Atlanta; the location of the FBI headquarters, Emory University, two major hospitals, and the CDC.
Sara Linton, a medical examiner, and her partner Will Trent, an investigator with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, rush to the scene, only to find themselves at the centre of a dangerous conspiracy threatening to destroy the lives of innocent civilians.
And when Sara is abducted, Will Trent will stop at nothing to save the woman and the country that he loves.
A young woman is viciously attacked and beaten within an inch of her life in present day Atlanta.
The investigation however goes cold, until a coincidental assignment leads GBI investigator Will Trent to the state penitentiary where a convict claims to recognize the MO.
The crime looks quite similar to the one that the prisoner was accused of committing eight years earlier.
A lot can however happens in such a long time, especially regarding memories, witnesses and evidence.
Nevertheless, Will Trent—with the help of medical examiner Sara Linton—endeavors to solve the initial case in order to uncover the truth.
Everything Will values however comes under threat when the past collides with the present.
The Grant County series
Shock waves are sent through a small Georgia town when a young college professor is found viciously murdered in the local diner. It's however not until the resident pediatrician and coroner Sara Linton carry out the autopsy that the full extent of the killer's aberrant work comes to light.
When Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver—Sara's ex-husband—leads the investigation, a chain of increasingly disturbing terror grows as another local woman is found crucified, only a matter of days later.
Jeffrey however has more than a fiendish murderer on his hands, as Lena Adams—the only female detective in the county and sister to the first victim—is baying for blood.
A secret from Sara’s past could lead to finding the serial killer…but not if the killer finds her first.
Skating dates on Saturday nights has always been a longstanding tradition in the small southern town of Heartsdale, until the day a teenage quarrel exploded into a fatal shoot-out. Now, medical examiner Sara Linton and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver find themselves entwined in a terrible tragedy.
But when a young girl is abducted, it becomes vivid that the first death is linked to an even more brutal crime.
Meanwhile, as Detective Lena Adams recovers from an astonishing personal loss, she finds herself drawn to a young man who might hold the key to finding the answers she so desperately seeks.
But death lurks in the shadows, and Lena, Sara and Jeffrey must race to uncover the truth before it’s too late.
Medical examiner Sara Linton and her ex-husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, find themselves investigating an apparent suicide in the local college campus. A terribly mutilated corpse doesn’t yield much by way of insight, but a mysterious trail of subsequent "suicides" points to a different kind of nightmare haunting the youth of Heartsdale, Georgia.
With the small town being gradually transformed into a killing ground, and the answers of the murderer's motive and identity possibly being held in the unsteady hands of former police detective and current campus security guard Lena Adams, the survival of future victims may depend on her.
But how can she protect future victims when she can barely protect herself?
When two armed men make their way through a police station in the tiny town of Heartsdale, Georgia, and open fire, the aftermath leaves an officer dead and Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver seriously wounded. Furthermore, a class of grade-school children and medical examiner Sara Linton are held hostage.
In a tense standoff that could at any moment culminate into more bloodshed, Sara—whose ex-husband is slowly bleeding to death—must deeply search for memories and answers, seeing as the sins of the past have caught up with her and her ex-husband with a touch of vengeance.
The victim was buried alive in the Georgia woods, then killed in devastating fashion.
So when Sara Linton and Jeffrey Tolliver find the body by chance, they both become consumed with uncovering the mystery behind the killing of the young, beautiful woman.
Their quest to find the killer however marks the beginning of an unsettling experience; one that will be a litmus test to their own turbulent relationship—drawing dozens of life into the case.
As Jeffrey and Sara discover a trail of appalling surprises and hidden passions, nothing prepares them for the identity of the killer: a person more evil and dangerous beyond their wildest imaginations.
In a small Georgia town, Detective Lena Adams sits quietly in an oppressive jail cell. She is angry and bruised at being the only suspect in a brutal murder that left the victim, a woman, burnt beyond recognition.
Hundreds of miles away, Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver finds out that his young detective has been arrested, but Jeffrey's wife, Sara Lindon—who is in the middle of a heartbreaking malpractice suit and struggling to pick up the pieces of a shattered career—has neither the time nor patience for Lena or her dramas.
But Lena's problems are far greater. The man who raised her is slowly drowning himself with drugs, while the man who deceived and assaulted her is reaching out from prison.
She's in desperate need of help, and only Jeffrey and Sara can free her from the brutal web of lies and betrayal.