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Karin Slaughter is a popular American novelist currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a crime thriller writer, with her books published in 35 languages. Karin Slaughter started her career as a crime journalist. She has been writing novels since 2001 and has since sold over 30 million copies of her novels.

She is best known for her fictional Grant County Series. The series debuted in 2001 with her first ever novel, Blindsighted, and 5 other top-sellers in the series. The final book in the series, published in 2007, is titled Beyond Reach. Grant County books are still popular and a favorite for many crime thriller readers. Karin Slaughter’s TripTych crime mystery of Will Trent Series has also made it to top charts in America and across Europe. A number of books in the two sequels are internationally considered some of the best in the genre.

Order of Grant County Series

1Blindsighted 2001Description / Buy
2Kisscut 2002Description / Buy
3A Faint Cold Fear 2003Description / Buy
4Indelible 2004Description / Buy
5Faithless 2005Description / Buy
6Beyond Reach / Skin Privilege 2007Description / Buy
7Genesis / Undone 2009Description / Buy
8Short Story (Short Story) ( With: Michael Koryta) 2017Description / Buy

Order of Will Trent Series

1Triptych 2006Description / Buy
2Fractured 2008Description / Buy
3Genesis / Undone 2009Description / Buy
4Broken 2010Description / Buy
5Fallen 2011Description / Buy
6Snatched (Short Story) 2012Description / Buy
7Criminal 2012Description / Buy
8Busted (Short Story) 2013Description / Buy
9Unseen 2013Description / Buy
10The Kept Woman 2016Description / Buy
11Cleaning the Gold (Short Story) ( With: Lee Child) 2019Description / Buy
12The Last Widow 2019Description / Buy
13The Silent Wife 2020Description / Buy

Order of Good Daughter Series

1Last Breath 2017Description / Buy
2The Good Daughter 2017Description / Buy

Order of Karin Slaughter Standalone Novels

1Martin Misunderstood (Short Story) 2008Description / Buy
2Cop Town 2014Description / Buy
3Pretty Girls 2015Description / Buy
4Pieces of Her 2018Description / Buy
5False Witness 2021Description / Buy

Order of Karin Slaughter Short Stories/Novellas

1Cold, Cold Heart (Short Story) 2006Description / Buy
2The Unremarkable Heart 2010Description / Buy
3Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy

Order of Georgia Series

1Genesis / Undone 2009Description / Buy
2Broken 2010Description / Buy
3Fallen 2011Description / Buy

Karin Slaughter Anthologies

1 Like a Charm2004Description / Buy
2 First Thrills2010Description / Buy
3 Mystery Writers of America Presents Vengeance2012Description / Buy
4 The Library Book2012Description / Buy
5 Mystery Writers of America Presents The Mystery Box2013Description / Buy
6 MatchUp2017Description / Buy
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Karin Slaughter was born in January 1971 in the American state of Georgia and spent two years studying at Georgia State, although did not graduate, instead ending up starting a sign business. It was after starting her sign business that Slaughter changed tack and went down the path of becoming an author, with her first novel, Blindsighted, being released in 2001.

Blindsighted, being Karin Slaughter’s first book, was also the first book to feature the fictional town of Heartsdale and, therefore, also the first to feature the fictional Grant County, which became the setting her first five books. Blindsighted features the characters Sara Linton, paediatrician and coroner, as well as her ex-husband and Chief of Police, Jeffrey Tolliver and Heartsdale’s sole female detective Lena Adams. The story of Blindsighted revolves around the death of a blind chemist whom Linton stumbles across while out for lunch. From there, the killer continues to strike and it’s down to Linton, Tolliver and Adams to catch them before they strike again. Blindsighted sets the trend for the Grant County series in that it deals a lot with pathology and forensics as well as criminal procedure, so for fans of that style of writing, it is perfect.

Will Trent was a later creation for Karin Slaughter, and he made his first appearance in the novel Triptych in 2006. Triptych deals with a murder in the city of Atlanta being investigated by Detective Michael Ormewood. During the course of the investigation, Detective Ormewood has to work with Special Agent Will Trent, who is called in to help with the case. Ormewood must work past his dislike of Trent to stop a series of murders from continuing, while also dealing with a history that doesn’t seem to go away.

Slaughter then combined her two worlds, involving Will Trent in the Grant County series of novels, starting with the book Undone. Undone brings the character of Sara Linton from the Grant County series into the world of Will Trent in Atlanta, Georgia. Will, along with his partner, Faith Mitchell, uncover a sadistic killer and along with the help of Sara Linton, must stop this killer before the list of victims grows even further.


Karin Slaughter has won several awards throughout her career as a writer and journalist. Blindsighted was nominated for the Best Thriller Debut in the Dagger Awards. In 2003, she received The Reviewer’s Award for “A Faint Cold Fear” from the Romantic Times. Pretty Girls also won the People’s Choice Awards in the Crime and Mystery Category, 2015 Edition. In addition, Beyond Reach and Fractured have each won the Silver Fingerprint Award in The Netherlands for Best Foreign Thriller. It is also important to note that Karin Slaughter won many other awards as a journalist.


Despite being best sellers, no Grant County Series books were turned into novels. A TV deal was announced for the Will Trent Book series beginning with Triptych unfortunately nothing has came of it yet.


The following three books mark the best writings of Karin slaughter:

Blindsighted: This remains one of Karin Slaughter’s greatest novels. It was nominated for a number of awards during its first year and became an international best seller. This novel earned Karin a nomination for the Best Debut Thriller in the dagger awards back in 2001. The book has been published in over 30 different languages. This chilling thriller is set mainly around Sara Linton ( town coroner and pediatrician ), Jeffrey Tolliver (her second-time husband and police boss) and Lena Adams( Jeffrey’s subordinate). A college professor is found harshly butchered in the local restaurant. When Sara completes the autopsy is when the horrific work of the killer is realized. Her husband, Jeffrey, leads the investigations which turn more mysterious when a few days later, another woman is found crucified. Apparently, a secret from Sara’s past could either unmask the killer or end her own life. She has the key to the whole mystery. The reader is left in unbelievable suspense whether Sara will risk her life to facilitate the investigations or otherwise.

Triptych: This book was published in 2006 and is the first publication of Will Trent Series. It is a favorite novel of most readers of Karin’s readers. Karin Slaughter continues to prove her authority and talent in the thriller and crime novel genres. In this book, everything is set in Atlanta. Women are dying in the hands of a serial killer who signs off by brilliantly mutilating his victims. More worryingly, the killer leaves just enough evidence to fuel investigations. The frenzied hunt brings together a detective, Michael Ormewood, and a beautiful cop, Angie Polosk. The two were lovers now turned enemies. Michael is now in a troubled marriage. The two officers are not able to piece up the evidence. Surprisingly, an ex-convict coincidentally stumbles upon the psychopath’s trail. He holds the key between the men on uniform and the killer and the suspense is unbearable!

Pretty Girls: This book is part of Karin Slaughter’s other works consisting of single novels and short stories and therefore not part of Will Trent or Grant County. This engaging and thrilling novel was published in 2015. During a news hour, a missing girl appears in the news as a news item. Claire Scott, married to Paul, cannot fight the thought of the mysterious disappearance Julia, her sister. She becomes obsessed with finding the truth about the unsolved case dating back to 20 years. As the truth unfolds, nothing remains the same.

Karin Slaughter F.A.Q.

Q: Is Karin Slaughter her real name?

A: Yes, it honestly is. Her foray into crime fiction is merely coincidental.

Q: Is Karin Slaughter related to Enos Slaughter?

A: Yes, Karin Slaughter is related to the Baseball Hall-of-Famer Enos Slaughter. In fact, Enos Slaughter was the great-uncle of Karin Slaughter.

Q: Is Karin Slaughter related to Frank Slaughter?

A: No, the author Frank Slaughter is not, in any way, related to the Karin Slaughter. Much like the name being apt for her writing, this is just a happy coincidence.

When Does The Next Karin Slaughter book come out?

Karin Slaughter doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is False Witness and was released on July, 27th 2021.


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  1. Have read all of the Will Trent books and some of the Grant County books. I might be 80 years old but I am a huge fan. Keep up the good work and looking forward to the new one.

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