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The Kept Woman:

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A New York Times Bestseller

An Entertainment Weekly Pick

A 2016 Los Angeles Times Pick for Holiday Books Gift Guide

A Pop Sugar Pick of Books to Binge on before The Girl on the Train Movie

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for September 2016

An October 2016 Indie Next List Pick 

A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

It’s the most dangerous case of Will Trent’s career. He knows this from the moment he sets foot in the abandoned Atlanta warehouse where a body lies on the floor—the body of an ex-cop. Bloody footprints leading away from the scene reveal that another victim, evidently a woman, was carried away … and has vanished into thin air. And, worst of all, the warehouse belongs to the city’s biggest and most high-profile athlete—a local hero protected by the world’s most expensive lawyers. A hero married to Will’s ex-wife. A hero whom Will’s superiors at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have spent the last six months investigating for rape.

But for Will—and also for Sara Linton, the GBI’s newest medical examiner—the case is about to get even worse. Because an unexpected discovery at the scene reveals a personal link to Will’s troubled past … and the consequences will wreak havoc on his life and the lives of those he loves, those he works with, and those he pursues.

Relentlessly suspenseful and furiously paced, peopled with characters who leap from the page, The Kept Woman marks Karin Slaughter’s triumphant return to her most popular series.

Editorial Reviews

“Will Trent is back, and narrator Kathleen Early delivers the Georgia investigator and series regulars with every one of Karin Slaughter’s convoluted plot twists and emotional complexities in place…Early is especially effective in the lengthy flashback explaining the events that occurred in the week before the murder. As she keeps the characters real and the tension high, she never misses the nuances packed into this clever, gripping mystery.”


“One of her most engrossing thrillers yet.”

Huffington Post

“This is a page-turner, of course, but it’s also a multilayered exploration of choices and consequences and the lasting effects of damage done.”

Library Journal (starred review)

“This is prime Slaughter, must-read fare for thriller fans.”

Booklist (starred review)

“An intense look at the nature of loss and control, and how love can taint both.”

Publishers Weekly

“After two intense stand-alones Slaughter brings back the regulars whose personal problems are just as dark, urgent, and potentially violent as those of the criminals they investigate…A matchless series in which, just as in grand opera, nothing ordinary ever happens.”

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Author Biography

Karin Slaughter is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of over a dozen thrillers, including the Will Trent and Grant County series. A longtime resident of Atlanta, she splits her time between the kitchen and the living room.

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Kathleen Early is a television, film, and stage actress, as well as an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. She studied at the University of Oklahoma, the Oxford School of Drama, and the Actors Theatre of Louisville before moving to New York City, where she understudied on Broadway and toured nationally. Her television credits include recurring roles on Miami Medical and Grey’s Anatomy.

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