My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Karin Slaughter merges characters from her earlier novels in Broken, when Special Agent Will Trent is called to Grant County to investigate the suicide of a jailed murder suspect. The local cops have arrested young Tommy Braham for the killing of a local college student found in a lake, in what looks like a crime of passion. Tommy’s confessed, but slits his own wrists in his cell, and Dr. Sara Linton, former county medical examiner who is in town to visit her family, suspects that there’s more to this story than meets the eye. When Agent Trent arrives, he agrees with Dr. Linton, but the waters are muddied by Linton’s grudge against the arresting officer, Detective Lena Adams, whom Linton holds responsible for the death of her husband, the former police chief. When the first victim’s boyfriend is also found dead, in much the same manner, it becomes clear that Tommy Braham was indeed innocent. What follows are two tension filled days of grueling investigation, during which each of the major characters must confront his/her own weaknesses. Broken is a police procedural in which it is not always clear which are the good guys and which are the bad. But Slaughter does a creditable job in making all the motives clear.