Not bad. I was hoping this would be the continuation of the relationship between Will and Faith, and on the that note I was sadly disappointed. It does fill in a lot of Will's background, which was good, if not a little contrived with the flipping back and forth from present to past. Karin is a great writer, but in my opinion, she does need to get a bit better with past and present so it is not so confusing. The story is intense and exciting as it allows us a peek into Will's childhood and who his father was, as well as telling us why he became an orphan. His relatinship with Amanda and her ties to his past and the orphanage are revealed in all its darkness, yet I still wish she would have delved more into the ongoing relationship with his partner Faith who he was at odds with in the previous book of these characters. The addition of a girlfriend was a welcome change for Will and of course added in the complications that his ex-wife brings into it, with her no nonsense entrances and bold attitude towards both. All in all not bad Karin, not bad at all....Continua
When a long-running series reaches a point that a look back is in order, and that is exactly what takes place in this novel. In “Criminal,” we learn more about Will Trent and Amanda Wagner, his mentor in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. In a remarkably written novel, alternating between the past and the present, the story about their relationship unfolds.
It is a tale of two people whose lives are intertwined. First is a look at the year 1974, as Amanda fights prejudice against women in Atlanta’s police force, then at present-day results. We see Amanda’s struggles to solve her first case against all odds. And watch as Will comes to terms with his birth and upbringing, such as it was.
All the while, the depths of the early times in the south, its existing prejudices and atmosphere, are graphically described. The scope of the novel is broad, but the characters and plot are tightly drawn. The novel is a absorbing look at the sexual politics in pre-female-lib times, while relating a riveting crime story. Highly recommended....Continua