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Thursday, 30 May 2019

Triptych - Karin Slaughter - Will Trent Book 1

Will Trent Book 1
Karin Slaughter
Delacorte Press
Penguin Random House Canada
ISBN 9780804180283
eISBN 9780440336235

I very much have mixed feelings about this book. I picked it up to read, after finishing Cleaning the Gold that was written with Lee Child as a Will Trent Jack Reacher mash up story. There was really something about Will Trent that really resonated with me, and I wanted to give his other stories a try. One of the first things I found out about Will Trent in this novel is that he has a form of dyslexia. As someone who has a dual form of dyslexia, diagnosed in grade two, I realized some of what I recognized in the character. The book was also highly addictive. It was very hard to put down.

But maybe it is my aging mind, or that I have daughter in their teens or entering their teens, but I found the book a hard read. I often talk with my children about certain movies that they should wait and watch when they are older because they do not need those images in heir minds. That is the way I felt about this book. The violence is so extreme, so brutal, and so pervasive, that at a couple of points I almost put the book down. I do really appreciate Will Trent, his skills, his abilities, and his overcoming his learning disability. I will likely give another of the stories a try but if the violence is on the level of this one, it will end up in my ‘did not finish pile’. But back o this story.

This story is one that spans over 20 years. The story is told in three parts, or three acts. And several of the chapters begin with clippings from newspaper articles about a murder that is central to the story. We do not realize the importance of these clipping or the possible scrap book they come from until much later. The story jumps back in forth in time a few times, telling events from the past and the current story as it plays out. It involves family, drugs, time in jail. And a psychopath. The murders are particularly gruesome and disturbing.

Another factor is the title. Triptych meaning of triptych is a) a picture or relief carving on three panels, typically hinged together side by side and used as an altarpiece. and b) a set of three associated artistic, literary, or musical works intended to be appreciated together. In the book it is described as “triptych, three canvases hinged together to make one image when it was open, another image when it was closed.” There is a different name for that though I do not recall from my art history classes 30 years ago. But the title works for the story and the three stories coming together.

This was an intense read. Parts of it were not easy to read. But the ways the story came together and wrapped up was an interesting surprise. I love the character of Will Trent and will give another of the novels a try. But as stated the level of violence was bit much for me. But very well written.

Books by Karin Slaughter:
Will Trent Books:

1.0 Triptych
2.0 Fractured
3.0 Undone
4.0 Broken
5.0 Fallen
5.5 Snatched
6.0 Criminal
6.5 Busted
7.0 Unseen
8.0 The Kept Woman
8.5 Cleaning the Gold with Lee Child
9.0 The Last Widow

Grant Country Series:
1.0 Blindsighted
2.0 Kisscut
3.0 A Faint Cold Fear
4.0 Indelible
5.0 Faithless
6.0 Beyond Reach

The Good Daughter Series:
0.5 Last Breath
1.0 The Good Daughter

Other Books:
Pretty Girls
Pieces of Her
Cop Town
Blond Hair, Blue Eyes
Thorn in My Side
Martin Misunderstood
Cold Cold Heart
The Unremakeable Heart and other Stories
The Blessing of Brokenness

Contributed to:
Like a Charm


Friday, 10 May 2019

Cleaning the Gold - Karin Slaughter and Lee Child - A Will Trent and Jack Reacher Story

Cleaning the Gold 
A Will Trent and Jack Reacher Story
Karin Slaughter
Lee Child 
Harper Collins
ISBN 9780008358938
eISBN 9781460712269
eISBN 9780008358945

I have become addicted to reading jack Reacher stories. I have read 12 over as many weeks. And I loved the last match up story I read with Reacher, Faking a Murderer with Kathy Reichs. So even though I had not read anything by Karin Slaughter prior to picking up this story on the day of it’s release, I was eagerly anticipating the story. With having jumped around in reading the Reacher novels. I have a good idea where this one falls both chronologically, but have no idea if or where it fits in the Will Trent story arc. 

This eBook has a letter to the readers from the authors. Five tight chapters. And then a sneak peak of Slaughter’s next novel. Slaughter and Child state:

“We’ve been friends for nearly two decades now – and also fans of each other’s writing. Over the years, our conversations have often turned to the topic of what our series characters, Jack Reacher and Will Trent, would do if they met in real life. Would Will arrest Reacher for taking out some vigilante justice on a bad guy? Would Reacher break Will’s face or throw him down a well? The challenge was finding a way for them to work together. Both men have strong moral compasses, but they each reach true north in very different ways. Finding a case that would bring them into each other’s orbit was a very long conversation that finally resulted in a plot that we were both excited to work out on the page.”

The story is very interesting, and for a Reacher story there is no fighting and no body count. Both Reacher and Trent are working at Fort Knox counting the gold bars. Trent is undercover with a fake name and background and is working on a cold case with Jack Reacher as his suspect. Reacher on the other hand was contacted by Frances L. Neagley by a unique method and comes in from his wandering to catch a particularly nasty character. But there is a lot more to the story than either man at first suspects, and soon the original cases they were working on looks like small potatoes, but in order to fund out why you will need to give the story a read. 

This was an excellently written collaboration between Slaughter and Child. The writing is tight. And we see a little more about Reacher moral compass and sense of right. And for me it was also an excellent introduction to Will Trent. If you are a fan of either Trent or Reacher, you owe it to yourself to read this story. And if you just love great short stories, I am sure it will entertain. So give it a try. The only downside is now I am trying to figure out how to fit Karin Slaughter’s books into my already Reacher sized ‘to be read pile’!

Will Trent Books by Karen Slaughter:
1.0 Triptych
2.0 Fractured
3.0 Undone (Genesis)
4.0 Broken
5.0 Fallen
5.5 Snatched
6.0 Criminal
6.5 Busted
7.0 Unseen
8.0 The Kept Woman
9.0 The Last Widow

Books by Lee Child:
Jack Reacher Books Publishing Order:

Killing Floor
Die Trying
The Visitor /Running Blind
Echo Burning
Without Fail
The Enemy
One Shot
The Hard Way
Bad Luck and Trouble
Nothing to Lose
Gone Tomorrow
61 Hours
Worth Dying For
The Affair
A Wanted Man
Never Go Back
Make Me
Night School
The Midnight Line
Past Tense
Blue Moon

Jack Reacher's Rules

Reacher Short Stories and Novella’s:
No Middle Name – Complete Collected Short Stories
Stories in No Middle Name Collection:
Too Much Time
Second Son
Deep Down
Guy Walks into A Bar
James Penney’s New Identity
High Heat
Everyone Talks
Not A Drill
Small Wars
Maybe They Have A Tradition

No Room At The Motel
The Picture of the Lonely Diner

Other Short Stories:
The Fourth Man
The Christmas Scorpion
Faking a Murderer with Kathy Reichs
Cleaning the Gold with Karin Slaughter
Good and Valuable Consideration with Joseph Finder

Other Books by Lee Child
The Hero