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    Review of A FAINT COLD FEAR by Karin Slaughter (see her website)

    William Morrow, September 2003

    Suicide is running rampant at the Grant Institute of Technology. But after three suspicious suicides in a row as well as a near-fatal stabbing, Grant County medical examiner Sara Linton has a score to settle. If there's a multiple murderer stalking the college, she and her ex-husband, Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver, will bring him or her to justice--even as the Linton Family struggles through its own crisis.

    Add to this emotional mix the troubles of former detective Lena Adams, now a college security guard, who is sinking deeper into the myre of her own embattled psyche and acting out against Jeffrey, her former boss, whom she blames for her misfortunes.

    In this third installment of the Grant County series, author Karin Slaughter has created a tense page-turner that at times portrays such raw emotions that it's uncomfortable to read. But the crimes are so fascinating, so intricate, and the research so accurate that read it I did, with a vengeance. These characters are starting to feel like my own family. And when my nose wasn't in the book, I was talking about the characters as if they were real people.

    As with the previous title, KISSCUT (see our review), this book is recommended for those with strong stomachs. Fans of Patricia Cornwell should enjoy it.

    See more reviews of novels by Karin Slaughter.

    Four Stars

    Reviewed 12/31/03

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