Criminal by Karin Slaughter is by far my favorite in the series and quite possibly my favourite of all her books to date. Slaughter proves once again just how skillful she is as a writer by creating a complex series of plots, which twist, turn, and come together in unexpected ways. The reader will learn a great deal more about the pasts of Will Trent and Amanda Wagner, life in the mid-70s as a female cop in the Atlanta Police Department, old cases, cover-ups and how things from the past are not always put to rest. Spanning 40 years and two separate crimes, Criminal will easily keep suspense/thriller fans reading long into the night. Criminal can be read independently of Slaughter’s previous books, however I strongly recommend starting from the beginning because her books are that good and it gives readers new to Slaughter’s works a chance to become attached to the characters, as I have become. Clearly, I highly recommend Criminal to all fans of suspense/thrillers.