Author: Karin Slaughter
Book Name: Triptych
Series: Will Trent
Rating: Really Good
Blurb: From Atlanta’s wealthiest suburbs to its stark inner-city housing projects, a killer has crossed the boundaries of wealth and race. And the people who are chasing him must cross those boundaries, too. Among them is Michael Ormewood, a veteran detective whose marriage is hanging by a thread–and whose arrogance and explosive temper are threatening his career. And Angie Polaski, a beautiful vice cop who was once Michael’ s lover before she became his enemy. But unbeknownst to both of them, another player has entered the game: a loser ex-con who has stumbled upon the killer’s trail in the most coincidental of ways–and who may be the key to breaking the case wide open.
Review: Following what appears to be something of a pattern in the crime drama genre, we get this story from a wide variety of perspectives. Interestingly, though, none from the victims. I was a bit surprised when I read the blurb that the person this series is named after wasn’t even mentioned. Probably because he isn’t the focus character in this book. Will is a part of it, but really kind of isn’t the star of the show.
I’ll say absolutely that I liked this and that I thought it was really good, but I did have a few issues. Sometimes having that many perspectives going on can be a bit too much. It is really easy to miss out on details when you are jumping all over the place. There were a couple of times that I thought I ran into errors with a couple of facts along the way, but they were pretty minor in the overall so I didn’t take the time to dig to be sure.
There were a couple of times where I was frustrated when a character meant to talk about something with another character that would have opened up the plot more, but then doesn’t get around to it. It is one way to write a story and build up the suspense, but it does sometimes take away from the story a bit if it is overused. This came close.
Since I’m not a cop, have never been a cop or ever known one or what procedures are in different situations, I don’t know this for a fact, but it sure does seem like there are quite a few places where fiction may be playing fast and loose with fact in this one. Same thing with the legal/trial procedure end of things. This is another thing that came pretty close to being just too much without ever actually crossing over that line into the ridiculous.
I didn’t feel as though Will got enough page time for a reader to get to know him as much as we probably should in the first book in a series. I think I was more emotionally connected to John and learned more about and understood most all of the other characters than I did Will. Hopefully that will be rectified in future books.
While I did have those few issues, and they were few, but they were just enough to keep this from getting a 5.