Featured Author: Karin Slaughter

Photo of Karin SlaughterBestselling author Karin Slaughter is a master storyteller read around the world. Her high-stakes thrillers grab you by your face, pull you in from the first word, and won’t let you go until you turn the final page. Her newest book, The Last Widow, returns to her popular characters Will Trent and Sara Linton after a three-year hiatus.

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In The Last Widow, expect more pulse-pounding action that won’t let you go. Goodreads reviewer Sandy said:

book cover The Last WidowI’ll begin by offering a bit of advice. Don’t open this with the idea of just getting a few chapters under your belt. Prepare. Find a quiet spot, break out the emergency reading kit (snacks, beverages, blankie, heart rate monitor, etc.) & get comfortable. Because this author doesn’t so much gently lead you into the story as throw you off a speeding train. In the ebook version we have our first kidnapping at 2%. Then she gives you a bit of a break, holding off til 8% for the second one. At this point you might start digging around for a seatbelt.”

Other Work

Slaughter has been publishing bestselling mystery thrillers since 2001. She’s published in 120 countries, and her 19 novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar nominated Cop Town and the instant New York Times bestselling novels Pretty Girls, The Good Daughter and Pieces of Her. She’s known for strong characters, high stakes, and narratives written with empathy and insight. It’s about the story, not just about the twists or the emotional roller coaster (though you’ll find plenty of those, too).

If you like James Patterson, Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen, Kathy Reichs or Michael Connelly, you’ve got to check out Slaughter. Speaking of Lee Child, he and Slaughter recently collaborated on a short novel Cleaning the Gold, which brings together their two legendary characters Jack Reacher and Will Trent. It’s available on Hoopla, which means no waiting on hold, you can check it out and read it right now.

Before long you’ll see Slaughter’s work on big and little screens. Pieces of Her is soon to be an eight-part Netflix adaptation directed by Lesli Linka Glatter (Mad Men). Cop Town and The Good Daughter are also in development for film or TV.

Slaughter loves libraries! She is the founder of the Save the Libraries project—a nonprofit organization established to support libraries and library programming.

“I owe my career to the librarians who gave me great books to read,” Slaughter said.

Awww, my heart!

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Miranda Ericsson

Miranda is your Readers Librarian. She loves to talk books, and to connect readers with their next great reads. Her favorite reads are poetry, literary fiction, and speculative science fiction, and she's passionate about promoting literature written by Kansas authors. She works with library programs that support and engage writers in our community, so ask her for more information about the Local Writers Workshop and Great Writers Right Here author fair. Miranda also facilitates TALK book discussions, co-leads the BookBites book discussion group, and serves as a member of the library's 2Book Topeka team.