Series: Will Trent #6
Author: Karin Slaughter
Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and Will is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda’s motivation until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before, when his father was imprisoned for murder, this was Will’s home. It appears that the case that launched Amanda’s career forty years ago has suddenly come back to life—and it involves the long-held mystery of Will’s birth and parentage. Now these two dauntless investigators will each need to face down demons from the past if they are to prevent an even greater terror from being unleashed.-Goodreads
Review: It's hard to keep a series fresh after awhile but Karin Slaughter doesn't have that problem here. In fact, 'Criminal' is my favorite book in the series to date. I LOVED IT. Will Trent is not your typical alpha-male type investigator. He's a damaged man with a tragic past and I'll admit, I didn't love him at first but he's grown on me throughout the series. But my favorites in these books are the side characters, particularly Will's partner Faith and his boss, Amanda. In this installment, Amanda and Evelyn (Faith's mother) are the standout characters in one timeline as we follow their careers in the mid-70s. I thought this storyline was absolute perfection. We learn so much about Evelyn and Amanda and it provides a lot of insight into Amanda's actions in present day. I almost teared up at one point! In the present day timeline, we follow Will as he tries to solve a case that may or may not involve his father.