Series: Will Trent #2
Narrator: Phil Gigante
Published by Brilliance Audio on July 29, 2008
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Length: 12 hours, 50 minutes
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With its gracious homes and tree-lined streets, Ansley Park is one of Atlanta’s most desirable neighborhoods. But in one gleaming mansion, in a teenager’s lavish bedroom, a girl has been savagely murdered. And in the hallway, her horrified mother stands amid shattered glass, having killed her daughter’s attacker with her bare hands.
Detective Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is here only to do a political favor; the murder site belongs to the Atlanta police. But Trent soon sees something that the cops are missing, something in the trail of blood, in a matrix of forensic evidence, and in the eyes of the shell-shocked mother. Within minutes, Trent is taking over the case—and adding another one to it. He is sure that another teenage girl is missing, and that a killer is on the loose.
Armed with only fleeting clues, teamed with a female cop who has her own personal reasons for hating him, Trent has enemies all around him—and a gnawing feeling that this case, which started in the best of homes, is cutting quick and deep through the ruins of perfect lives broken wide-open: where human demons emerge with a vengeance.
Abigail Campano comes home and interrupts what appears to be an intruder who’s apparently murdered her daughter. What transpires next is shocking and extraordinary. The Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) and Agent Will Trent are ultimately called in when the case extends beyond the reach of the Atlanta Police Department (APD). He’s paired with APD Detective Faith Miller to coordinate the efforts of the two law enforcement groups and for the additional help.
What I loved about the story
Faith makes her debut in the story and I loved how her working relationship with Will evolved from nowhere to respect and grudging admiration. They made a great team, especially given Will’s secret dyslexia. I’m looking forward to seeing more of them as a team.
The case was extremely intriguing, taking some interesting and shocking twists and turns, some bordering on the macabre. The investigation was solid, showing the best of Will and his vulnerabilities. His relationship with fiancée Angie is a hot mess and it will be interesting to see where that goes.
Phil Gigante, one of my favorite narrators, provides a really good performance with perfect timing and character distinctions.
The bottom line
I really loved the odd connections between many of the characters. Atlanta is a big city where everyone seems to know everybody’s history on some level. It’s a southern thing that’s well represented in the story. Slaughter is a master at weaving mystery, suspense and police procedurals with outstanding character development and this is a fine representation. I can’t wait to start the next book.
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