Friday, September 29, 2006



Karin Slaughter

Date: 30 September, 2003   —   $7.99   —   Book

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Fiction, Thriller

"Kisscut" is a term I was unfamiliar with, a description of a photography technique in which a slice is made in the photo, but not all the way through, so as to excise an element or replace it with another one. The goal of such a technique is to alter a photo with little or no sign of it having been done.

Or it could just be one character's term for the process. It was a little unclear.

Anyway, as with all of Slaughter's novels, this one drops you straight into the action. A confrontation at the town skating rink ends with a thirteen-year-old girl dead, shot by the Chief of Police, Jeffrey Tolliver, and a dead baby in the bathroom. The seemingly straightforward tale of love and betrayal soon spirals out of control as it becomes evident at the autopsy that there is no way possible for the girl to have given birth to the baby - so whose was it, and why did she take the actions that literally dared the police to shoot her?

And again, as with Slaughter's other novels, this is an extremely graphic work, this one dealing with various forms of abuse. Tread with caution.

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