Faithless is the fifth novel in the Grant County, Georgia series by author Karin Slaughter. It was originally published in hardback in It was a #1 The Times . Praise. “Georgia medical examiner Sara Linton returns in Slaughter’s Grant County crime thriller series, and this time she’s hot on the trail of a demented killer. A chilling discovery in an unmarked grave leads Grant County Medical Examiner Dr. Sara Linton and Detective Lena Adams to an evangelical.
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Now Slaughter fuses her unmatched grasp of forensic science and a mastery of complex relationships in a riveting tale of faith, doubt, and murder. The victim was buried alive in the Georgia woods—then killed in a horrifying fashion. When Sara Linton and Jeffrey Tolliver stumble upon the body, both become consumed with finding out who killed the pretty, impeccably dressed young woman. And for Sara and Jeffrey, a harrowing journey begins, one that will test their own turbulent slaughted and draw dozens of lives into the case.
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Lena Adams is one of them. A Grant County detective for years, she has her own reasons for being drawn to this case and a fierce drive to see justice done. For these three people, who have each seen the darkest side of human nature, the body of the murdered girl is but the first in a series of shocking and sordid revelations. Now, as Jeffrey and Sara narrow the field of suspects, they must confront their own doubts and indiscretions, while Lena Adams sees herself reflected in the frightened eyes of a battered woman who may be the key figure in the case.
As Faithless builds to a stunning and unforgettable climax, Karin Slaughter masterfully brings together slaghter of interlocking lives, family secrets, and hidden passions with one astounding truth: New York Times bestseller Karin Slaughter brings back her two most fascinating slaugghter complex characters—medical examiner Sara Linton and her ex-husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver—in a heart-pounding tale of faith, doubt, and murder… The victim was buried alive in the Georgia woods—then killed in a horrifying fashion.
When Sara Linton and Jeffrey Tolliver stumble upon the body, both become consumed with finding out who killed the pretty young woman. For them, a harrowing journey begins, one that will test their own turbulent relationship and draw dozens of life into the case.
For as Jeffrey and Sara move further down a trail of shocking surprises and hidden passions, neither is prepared for the most stunning discovery of all: From the Paperback edition.
Her novels smolder with reality. Faithless is noteworthy for many reasons, not the least of which is ongoing rehabilitation of the relationship between Sara Linton and JeffreyTolliver. When you were first developing your series, had you planned on them eventually taking some tentative steps toward reconciliation?
This krin when the really hard stuff starts happening. Faithless, the fifth and latest of your Grant County series, deals with a number of controversial topics, including fundamentalist religion, abortion, and domestic abuse. We were extremely impressed with the evenhandedness with which you approached these topics and the manner in which your primary characters approached these issues.
What was the impetus behind constructing the plot of Faithless around these topics? The challenge for me was to not paint these issues in black and white.
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I want to know about the gray. One of the more subtle but very interesting elements of Faithless are the budgetary problems which Jeffery Tolliver deals with while attempting to enforce the law in Grant County.
What made you choose to highlight this in Faithless? Money has always been an issue in law enforcement because as a society, we seem much more invested in punishment than in prevention. That being said, I find it more interesting as a reader when an actual person solves a crime as opposed to a computer.
I like to know what the characters are thinking so when they puzzle it out, it makes sense. Lena is another Grant County character we enjoy reading about.
One gets the sense that personally and professionally she needs a lot of work, yet she has the potential for improvement. Do you have any plans or intent to feature her more prominently in a future work? In Skin Privilegethe next Grant County book, she goes back to Reese with her uncle Hank and we get to see her in a very different way. Sometimes you root for her and sometimes you want to slap her upside the head. When you begin a new novel do you already have an idea of what you will continue from previous books, or do these stories unfold as you write?
Generally, I plan the character relationships out three books at a time. I actually think Faithless is a good one to start with.
You have said that you believe secondary characters “add to the fabric of the story. To date, which of your secondary characters is your personal favorite, and why? Also, old man Burgess at the cleaners is named after a friend of mine and I have great fun giving him new age-related ailments with each story.
You have mentioned in interviews and on your website the importance of being realistic without moving into sensationalism when there is violence in your novels. How difficult is it to achieve this balance? The balance is getting easier as I write more books. I really do think this ability is like a muscle that you can train and make stronger.
I want to honor that, and I want to be responsible to myself and what I set out to do in the series, which is to use the violence as a springboard to talk about issues that are important to women: You have had a great deal of international success with your Grant County series congratulations on being 1 in London and Ireland!
What elements of your Grant County novels do you feel have the most appeal to the world audience? You have stated that you need to know the title of your work-in-progress before you can begin actually writing the book. How long does it take for you to think of a title? I tend to think of one-word titles that help convey the purpose of the book.
Kisscut is a good example, because it really plays out in the story. I consider the title a fulcrum that helps pry the story from my brain. You began writing stories as a child. Do you recall what types of stories you wrote and read at that age? Did you see writing as a hobby, or did you know this was the work you wanted to do at that age? The best advice I can give anyone who wants to write is that they need to read as much and as often as they can—and not just the genre in which they wish to write.
Your next planned novel, Triptych, is a stand-alone work, but we understand that you then plan to return to Grant County. Do you have several future Grant County novels already outlined, or do you wait until you are actually ready to begin a new work before you plot it out?
There might be one in between those—it just depends on which story interests me the most.
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Are you willing to share a little bit about Triptych a June release? I can talk about the setting, which is very urban and gritty-Atlanta, my home town.
The characters are a bit rougher in some ways, but I think that makes them interesting. Buy the Audiobook Download: Apple Audible downpour eMusic audiobooks. About Faithless New York Times bestseller Karin Slaughter brings back her two most fascinating and complex characters—medical examiner Sara Linton and her ex-husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver—in a heart-pounding tale of faith, doubt, and murder… The victim was buried alive in the Georgia woods—then killed in a horrifying fashion.
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