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Blindsighted (Grant County
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Karin Slaughter is one of the world's most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 36 languages, with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her sixteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant New York Times bestselling novel Pretty Girls. A native of Georgia, Karin currently lives in Atlanta. Her Will Trent series, Grant County series, and standalone novel Cop Town are all in development for film and television.

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This debut novel's title refers to the extreme dilation of the pupils that results in the inability to see through open eyesone of the symptoms of belladonna ingestion. It also refers to authorities in a small Georgia town who must track down a serial killer who uses the drug to control his victims as he rapes and tortures them before the kill. As Sara Linton, the town's pediatrician and coroner, and Jeffrey Tolliver, chief of police and Sara's ex-husband, work furiously to find the killer, they realize that they must also face the secrets of their pasts, secrets to which they had turned a blind eye for many years. Only then can they see the killer in their midst. This is an extremely mature first novel, with well-developed characters and a finely tuned plot; it also has a creepy killer and enough gory details to satisfy any Thomas Harris fan. The slightly too-neat ending paves the way for a sequel, which is already planned for 2002. Recommended for all public library thriller collections.Rebecca House Stankowski, Purdue Univ. Calumet Lib., Hammond, IN Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Billed as "Thomas Harris Meets Patricia Cornwell" and heralded by much advance hoopla in industry magazines, this long-anticipated launching of a scheduled three-book series featuring an attractive Georgia university town pediatrician-coroner marks the debut of a promising young author, but ultimately disappoints, partly due to overly-exorbitant pre-publishing claims. As Dr. Sara Linton leaves her pediatric clinic to meet her 33-year-old younger sister for lunch at a campus eatery, she receives a postcard picturing Atlanta's Emory University, where she interned. The enigmatic biblical message reads, "Why hast thou forsaken me?" At the diner, she goes to the restroom and discovers a young blind university professor who has been raped and brutally slashed with a knife. Too late to save her, Sara calls her ex-husband police chief, who, coincidentally, employs the victim's twin sister, Lena, as a detective. The trail quickly leads to a missing co-ed, and suspicion falls upon her druggie boyfriend. The co-ed is found raped, heavily drugged with belladonna and stretched out nude as if crucified on the hood of Sara's car in the hospital parking lot. Soon after, Lena is abducted by the killer. Fighting her attraction to her ex, Sara begins to suspect the rape-murders are tied to her own rape in the Emory parking lot 12 years ago. At the end, little suspense remains. Sara Linton is no Kay Scarpetta and her villain is a mere shadow of the complex, chilling Hannibal Lecter, but forgiving inept, trivia-cluttered dialogue and manifest lack of firsthand fluency in the medical arena the offbeat characters and setting are engaging enough to leave readers awaiting a sequel. (Sept. 17) Forecast: The hype including a blurb from George Pelecanos plus major advertising and a 5-city author tour should sell this early on, but the uneven execution may weaken demand for Slaughter's next book. Blindsighted is an alternate selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club, the Doubleday Book Club and the Mystery Guild, and foreign rights have been sold in Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Denmark and Norway. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

?Excellent . . . and a plot with enough twists and shocks to keep you turning the pages.?Peter Robinson, author of In a Dry Season ?Shockingly good . . . beautifully and believably rendered. Slaughter may very well be the next Thomas Harris.?Laura Lippman, author of The Sugar House ?What a terrifying book! Disturbing, original, haunting.?Ellen Conford ?Pitch perfect. Karin Slaughter is a new force to be reckoned with.?Steve Hamilton, author of A Cold Day in Paradise ?An unflinching suspense thriller . . . Blindsighted is a promising debut, and Karin Slaughter is a novelist to watch.?George P. Pelecanos, author of Right as Rain ?A debut of rare quality that grips like a vise from the first page.?Val McDermid, author of Place of Execution ?This is storytelling at its finest, written in perfect pitch. A scary, sure-fire winner.?John Westermann, author of Exit Wounds ?Blindsighted is everything a book should be, and Karin Slaughter is a significant new voice in American crime fiction.?Jane Haddam, author of True Believers ?Blindsighted is an extraordinary debut. Slaughter has created a ferociously taut and terrifying story.?Denise Mina, author of Garnethill and Exile ?Karin Slaughter's debut is taut, mean, nasty and bloody well written.?Stella Duffy, author of Beneath the Blonde ?Gruesome forensics, inventive plotting, strong/imperiled heroine . . . Perfect escapist fare.?Kirkus Reviews ?A very promising debut by a very talented writer. I recommend it highly.?Deadly Pleasures magazine ?Engaging...marks the debut of a promising young author.?Publishers Weekly ?Scary, shocking and perfectly suspenseful? Will propel the Georgia native right onto the ?must read? list for suspense fans.?BookPage?An accomplished first novel...[with] a riveting plot.?Booklist ?An extremely mature first novel, with well-developed characters and a finely tuned plot.?Library Journal "Scary, shocking and perfectly suspenseful. Will propel the Georgia native right onto the 'must read' list for suspense fans." -- BookPage A very promising debut by a very talented writer. I recommend it highly. --Deadly Pleasures magazine Pitch perfect. Karin Slaughter is a new force to be reckoned with. --Steve Hamilton, author of A Cold Day in Paradise Shockingly good . . . beautifully and believably rendered. Slaughter may very well be the next Thomas Harris. --Laura Lippman, author of The Sugar House What a terrifying book! Disturbing, original, haunting. --Ellen Conford An extremely mature first novel, with well-developed characters and a finely tuned plot. --Library Journal A debut of rare quality that grips like a vise from the first page. --Val McDermid, author of Place of Execution Karin Slaughter s debut is taut, mean, nasty and bloody well written. --Stella Duffy, author of Beneath the Blonde Scary, shocking and perfectly suspenseful Will propel the Georgia native right onto the must read list for suspense fans. --BookPage Blindsighted is everything a book should be, and Karin Slaughter is a significant new voice in American crime fiction. --Jane Haddam, author of True Believers Engaging...marks the debut of a promising young author. --Publishers Weekly This is storytelling at its finest, written in perfect pitch. A scary, sure-fire winner. --John Westermann, author of Exit Wounds Excellent . . . and a plot with enough twists and shocks to keep you turning the pages. --Peter Robinson, author of In a Dry Season Gruesome forensics, inventive plotting, strong/imperiled heroine . . . Perfect escapist fare. --Kirkus Reviews Blindsighted is an extraordinary debut. Slaughter has created a ferociously taut and terrifying story. --Denise Mina, author of Garnethill and Exile An accomplished first novel...[with] a riveting plot. --Booklist An unflinching suspense thriller . . . Blindsighted is a promising debut, and Karin Slaughter is a novelist to watch. --George P. Pelecanos, author of Right as Rain "An unflinching suspense thriller . . . Blindsighted is a promising debut, and Karin Slaughter is a novelist to watch."--George P. Pelecanos, author of Right as Rain "Shockingly good . . . beautifully and believably rendered. Slaughter may very well be the next Thomas Harris."--Laura Lippman, author of The Sugar House "A very promising debut by a very talented writer. I recommend it highly."--Deadly Pleasures magazine "Engaging...marks the debut of a promising young author."--Publishers Weekly "A debut of rare quality that grips like a vise from the first page."--Val McDermid, author of Place of Execution "What a terrifying book! Disturbing, original, haunting."--Ellen Conford "An accomplished first novel...[with] a riveting plot."--Booklist "An extremely mature first novel, with well-developed characters and a finely tuned plot."--Library Journal "Karin Slaughter's debut is taut, mean, nasty and bloody well written."--Stella Duffy, author of Beneath the Blonde "Excellent . . . and a plot with enough twists and shocks to keep you turning the pages."--Peter Robinson, author of In a Dry Season "Blindsighted is an extraordinary debut. Slaughter has created a ferociously taut and terrifying story."--Denise Mina, author of Garnethill and Exile "Gruesome forensics, inventive plotting, strong/imperiled heroine . . . Perfect escapist fare."--Kirkus Reviews "Pitch perfect. Karin Slaughter is a new force to be reckoned with."--Steve Hamilton, author of A Cold Day in Paradise "This is storytelling at its finest, written in perfect pitch. A scary, sure-fire winner."--John Westermann, author of Exit Wounds "Blindsighted is everything a book should be, and Karin Slaughter is a significant new voice in American crime fiction."--Jane Haddam, author of True Believers "Scary, shocking and perfectly suspenseful... Will propel the Georgia native right onto the 'must read' list for suspense fans."--BookPage

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