Delacorte. Jul. 2013. 400p. ISBN 9780345539472. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780345539489. F
OrangeReviewStarIn the seventh novel (after Criminal) to feature Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Will Trent, we find him working undercover as an ex-con trying to infiltrate a drug and sex trafficking ring in order to get to the ultimate prize: a powerful and elusive man called Big Whitey who has expanded business in the Macon area. Meanwhile, an attack on Det. Lena Adams and her husband has left him gravely injured and may have something to do with a recent raid, led by Lena, that went horribly wrong. As Will navigates this particularly brutal world of drug dealers and pimps, he must also balance his job with his still tentative romance with Dr. Sara Linton, who becomes inexorably involved in the case.
VERDICT The grim reality of human trafficking and the drug trade in the South is explored in this superb and emotionally wrenching thriller, and the despicable nature of the crimes being investigated only serves to enhance Will's innate goodness and humanity. Current series fans will be delighted, and newcomers to Slaughter's work will find a new obsession. [See Prepub Alert, 2/15/13; tie-in to Slaughter's Save the Libraries events.]

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