Karin Slaughter

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Karin Slaughter
Karin Slaughter 2012.jpg
Born (1971-01-06) January 6, 1971 (age 49)
Georgia, United States
OccupationNovelist, writer, author
GenreCrime Fiction, Mystery, Thriller,
Years active2001–present

Karin Slaughter (born January 6, 1971) is an American crime writer. The author of eighteen novels, Slaughter has sold more than 35 million copies of her books, which have been published in 37 languages[1] and have debuted at #1 in the United Kingdom, Germany, and The Netherlands.[2] Her first novel, Blindsighted (2001), was published in 27 languages[3] and made the Crime Writers' Association's Dagger Award shortlist for "Best Thriller Debut" of 2001.[4] She is also the 2015 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger winner for novel Cop Town.[5] Her novel, Pieces of Her, was published in 2018.[6] The novel will be adapted into a television series of the same name and it will be released on Netflix.


Slaughter is a library advocate and founded Save the Libraries, a non-profit organization that campaigns to support US public libraries.[7] The Save the Libraries fund has provided over $300,000 to the DeKalb County Public Library in Atlanta, Georgia.[8]

Publishing history[edit]

Characters from Slaughter's two main series, Grant County and Will Trent (Atlanta), were brought together in her novels Undone (2009), titled Genesis internationally, and Broken (2010). In these novels, Will Trent and Sara Linton work cases set in Atlanta and Grant County, respectively.

Grant County series (2001 to 2007)[edit]

Slaughter is best known for her Grant County series:

Set in the fictional town of Heartsdale, Georgia, (in the fictional Grant County) the narrative takes place from the perspective of three main characters: Sara Linton, the town's pediatrician and part-time coroner; Jeffrey Tolliver, Linton's husband and the chief of police; and his subordinate, detective Lena Adams.

Will Trent (Atlanta) series[edit]

The Will Trent series, which takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, features Georgia Bureau of Investigation special agent Will Trent and his partner Faith Mitchell. So far, Trent has appeared in Triptych, Fractured, Undone, Broken, Fallen, Criminal, the novella Snatched, Busted, Unseen, The Kept Woman, The Last Widow, and The Silent Wife.

Other works[edit]

Like a Charm is a short story anthology featuring several thriller authors, including Lee Child, Peter Robinson (novelist), John Connolly (author), and Laura Lippman.[9] Each story is linked by a charm bracelet that brings bad luck to its owners. The setting and time periods of each story vary greatly, ranging from 19th-century Georgia to wartime Leeds. Karin Slaughter wrote the first and last stories.

Martin Misunderstood is an original audio novella narrated by Wayne Knight.[10] Both the story and the narration were nominated for an Audie Award in 2009.[11]

The Unremarkable Heart won the Edgar Award for Best Short Story in 2013.[12]

Her book Pieces of Her reached number 2 on the New York Times Bestseller list, the week it was released in late August of 2018.[13] Pieces of Her was published through Harper Collins, and follows a young woman who learns about a hidden side of her mother Laura.[14] It is in the vein of a psychological thriller.[15] it was given a positive review by Publishers Weekly.[16] It was described positively by Kirkus Reviews too.[17]

In February 2019, it was announced that Netflix will be developing a television series based on Slaughter's novel Pieces of Her.[18][19]

Personal life[edit]

Slaughter was a contestant on an installment of ABC's Holey Moley which originally aired on June 4, 2020.[20]


Slaughter at BookExpo America in 2019

The Grant County series

  • Blindsighted (2001)
  • Kisscut (2002)
  • A Faint Cold Fear (2003)
  • Indelible (2004)
  • Faithless, (2005)
  • Beyond Reach (2007), Skin Privilege (UK title)

The Will Trent series

  • Triptych (2006)
  • Fractured (2008)
  • Undone (2009), Genesis (UK/Australia title)
  • Broken (2010)
  • Fallen (2011)
  • Snatched (2012, ebook novella)
  • Criminal (2012)
  • Busted (2013, ebook novella)
  • Unseen (2013)
  • The Kept Woman (2016) [21]
  • The Last Widow (2019)
  • The Silent Wife (2020)

Other books

  • Like A Charm (2004; editor)
  • Martin Misunderstood (2008)
  • Thorn in My Side (2011; ebook novella)
  • Cop Town (2014)
  • Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes (2015) (novella) (prequel to Pretty Girls)
  • Pretty Girls (2015)
  • Last Breath (2017) (novella) (prequel to The Good Daughter)
  • The Good Daughter (2017)
  • Pieces of Her (2018)
  • False Witness (2021)


  1. ^ "Karin Slaughter". HarperCollins Publishers: World-Leading Book Publisher. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  2. ^ "KARIN SLAUGHTER". Victoria Sanders and Associates. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  3. ^ "Languages — Karin Slaughter". Karin Slaughter. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  4. ^ "Blindsighted — The Crime Writers' Association". thecwa.co.uk. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  5. ^ "Cop Town — The Crime Writers' Association". thecwa.co.uk. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  6. ^ Lipez, Richard (August 16, 2018). "Shots ring out, and a daughter's world is forever changed in 'Pieces of Her'". The Washington Post.
  7. ^ "Save the Libraries - Karin Slaughter". www.savethelibraries.com. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  8. ^ "Bestselling author Karin Slaughter will visit Barr Memorial Library to sign copies of her newest book | fkgoldstandard.com". www.fkgoldstandard.com. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  9. ^ Slaughter, Karin. "Like A Charm". www.penguin.co.uk. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  10. ^ "Audio Book Review: Martin Misunderstood by Karin Slaughter, Author , read by Wayne Knight. BBC Audiobooks America $19.95 (, unabridged, two CDs, 2 hrs., $19.95 ISBN ) ISBN 978-1-60283-434-7". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  11. ^ "2009 Audie Awards® - APA". www.audiopub.org. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  12. ^ "Category List – Best Short Story | Edgars Database". theedgars.com. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  13. ^ "The New York Times Best Sellers".
  14. ^ "Pieces of Her - Karin Slaughter - Hardcover".
  15. ^ "Pieces of Her". Karin Slaughter.
  16. ^ "Fiction Book Review: Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter". Publishers Weekly.
  17. ^ "Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter". Kirkus Reviews.
  18. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Pedersen, Erik (February 5, 2019). "'Pieces Of Her': Netflix Orders Novel-Based Series From Lesli Linka Glatter, Charlotte Stoudt & Bruna Papandrea". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  19. ^ Perez, Lexy (April 13, 2019). "Karin Slaughter Talks Netflix 'Pieces of Her' Adaptation, Tackling #MeToo in Writing". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  20. ^ Ho, Rodney. "Atlanta best-selling author Karin Slaughter explains why she’s on ABC game show Holey Moley! June 4," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Retrieved June 5, 2020
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 1, 2015. Retrieved July 1, 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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