Morrow, Aug 2004, 24.95, 360 pp.
Georgia pediatrician/medical examiner Sara Linton visits her former husband Grants County Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver at the station house when two thugs arrive with guns blazing. The duo precisely kills or wounds several cops and other people at the station house including visiting children on a class trip. The pair lays siege to the building with Jeffrey being the target of their attention.
Sara reflects back on her life with Jeffrey wondering who would want him dead. She thinks back to twelve years ago when they made an impromptu stop in his hometown of Sylacauga, Alabama in spite of his vows to never go there. Jeffrey's friend Robert a cop, who lived next door to Sara's then mother-in-law, apparently killed an intruder. The wife Jessie was bewildered and unable to provide information, but Sara knew that Jeffrey altered the crime scene and refused to explain or give her any information as if he was covering for a fellow blue knight. Thus a major clink in their relationship occurred as trust became an issue. Could that event caused today's episode?
This exciting tale actually occurs before BLINDSIGHTED and enables readers to see how the relationship between Sara and Jeffrey evolved the way it has. The storyline contains two subplots as the present crisis provides plenty of action, but also uses flashbacks to describe the pivotal incident in the lead couple's past. Though some minor questions nag such as why the side trip to Alabama while heading to Florida occured, Karin Slaughter writes a fast-paced thriller starring two wonderful lead characters who love one another, but both knows that is not enough.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner