Karin Slaughter’s Six Favorite Detectives

Karin Slaughter’s Six Favorite Detectives

When a crime occurs, which literary detective do you want on the case? We have to say, we’re fans of Special Agent Will Trent, who stars in a thrilling series of mysteries by Karin Slaughter. The eighth installment, The Kept Woman, takes Will to a warehouse owned by a famous athlete, where a dead body has been found. Bloody footprints indicate that a second victim, a woman, has escaped. Can Will find her before she succumbs to her wounds? In honor of the book’s release, Slaughter shared with us a few of her own favorite detectives in fiction.


Detective Inspector Jack Caffery

Series detective is featured in: The Jack Caffery series by Mo Hayder

Greatest strength:  He can work the most gruesome crimes without flinching.

Biggest weakness:  See above. Does this make him creepy?


Detective Inspector Louise Rick

Series detective is featured in: The Louise Rick series by Sara Blaedel

Greatest strength: Her loyal nature drives her to see each case through to the end.

Biggest weakness: She will do anything for her son, Jonas.


Detective Inspector Alex Morrow

Series detective is featured in: The Alex Morrow series by Denise Mina

Greatest strength: She’s complex and downright compelling.

Biggest weakness: Doughnuts


Private Investigator V.I. Warshawski aka Vic

Series detective is featured in: The V.I. Warshawski series by Sara Paretsky

Greatest strength: She’s a badass who loves dogs and always fights on the side of good.

Biggest weakness: What’s wrong with cats?  


Boy Detective Encyclopedia Brown

Series detective is featured in: The Encyclopedia Brown series by Donald J. Sobol

Greatest strength: He has extraordinary powers of deduction.

Biggest weakness: He doesn’t give Sally Kimball enough credit.


Detective D.D. Warren

Series detective is featured in: The D.D. Warren series by Lisa Gardner

Greatest strength: She never backs down.

Biggest weakness: She never backs down.

Karin Slaughter is the #1 internationally bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including the Will Trent and Grant County series and the instant New York Times bestselling standalones, Cop Town and Pretty Girls. There are more than 35 million copies of her books in print around the world.


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