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Indelible (2004)

by Karin Slaughter

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Series: Sara Linton (4), Grant County (4)

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This book is the fourth of the Grant County series, and I really recommend they be read in order. This one is different from the others, however, in that the story is split between a time early in Sara and Jeffrey's relationship and the present. A pair of young armed gunmen take over the police station, killing or injuring most of the officers. Were they looking for Jeffrey, and if so why? The characterizations remain true and the story riveting. I've enjoyed all four Grant County stories by Slaughter.
  wareagle78 | Jan 26, 2014 |
This was, like, half bottle episode, half clipshow. But I liked it. ( )
  KateBond | Sep 20, 2013 |
I admit to having mixed feelings about Indelible by Karin Slaughter. This is the fourth book in her Grant County series and this one delves into both Jeffrey’s past and the beginning stages of Sara and Jeffrey’s relationship. The story jumps back in forth from a present day hostage situation to the past. My main quibble is that it seems this author cannot help but give her characters rather sordid pasts. I found it difficult to believe that Sara, with her own difficult memories, would have stood by and accepted Jeffrey’s antics. Overall I felt the part of the book that was set in Jeffrey’s home town felt forced and the story didn’t seem to flow naturally,

Of course, that difficult past of Jeffrey’s was brought home to roost in the part of the book that was set in the present and I thought the whole hostage situation was well done, and suspenseful.

After now having read four books in this series I will definitely continue on with the series as I do, on the most part, want to see what these characters get up to. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Sep 7, 2013 |
After a couple of pages, this book moved right into a shootout in a small-town police department. It should have been good, but the hyper-focus on the women's lives wasn't the style I was looking for. Quit reading after a few chapters. ( )
  cherilove | May 5, 2013 |
Indelible starts off with a bang as a group of armed men storm a police station, kill a couple of people and take hostages. Instead of a story that is a seige and negotiation, much of the story is told in the form of flashback in a trip back home for Chief of Police Jeffrey Toliver and his ex-wife Sara as he introduced her to his family and the people he grew up with. The initial flashbacks were jarring becuase they completely removed the reader from the action. The flashback uncovered a sordid tale of statutory rape, homosexuality, suicide and murder. in the end, there are very few redeemable characters left in the novel. On the positive side, the long flashbacks directly relate to what is happening in the present, but also rob it of mystery and drama. What's left is a solid read, but nothing spectacular.
Carl Alves - author of Two For Eternity ( )
  Carl_Alves | Sep 9, 2012 |
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Medical examiner Sara Linton and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver make their fourth appearance in this riveting new back-and-forth thriller that grounds a brutal attack by two young men on the Grant County, Georgia police department in a twelve-year-old Alabama murder case that occurred while Sara and Jeffrey were just beginning their tumultuous romance. En route to a beach vacation shortly after they meet, the couple takes a detour to the small town where Jeffrey grew up and began his law enforcement career. But their carefree holiday is interrupted when his best friend from childhood, a fellow cop, is charged with murder after killing a man who broke into his house. Despite his subsequent confession, Jeffrey believes there’s more to the story than Robert is telling him, and when the skeleton of a young woman with whom both Robert and Tolliver were once involved is discovered in a secret cave only they knew about, and Robert admits to her murder too, Tolliver must again confront a past he thought he had long since put behind him.

Slaughter unravels a convoluted story deftly and smoothly as the action moves between those long-ago events and the siege of the police station by two young men who are determined to make Jeffrey pay for a crime they believe he committed. Threatening to kill whoever stands between them and their target--including eight children on a school field trip at the station house when the bloody siege begins--they execute a deputy they mistakenly believe is Tolliver. Skillfully blending past and present events and illuminating the equally convoluted relationship between Sara and Jeffrey (who have married and divorced in the intervening years) without interrupting the breathtaking pace of the action or dropping a beat, Slaughter takes this series to a new level of excellence. --Jane Adams

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Medical examiner Sara Linton finds herself at the center of a terrifying hostage crisis when as assailant shoots down a police officer and wounds sheriff Jeffrey Tolliver in the Grant County police station.

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