Angie Pulaski, who has grown up in the foster care system, appears to be heartless and without morals. She has abandoned her husband, Will Trent, for over a year this time and he has begun a relationship with Sara Linton, a medical examiner in his department at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. However, a fellow investigator, Dale Harding has been murdered in Marcus Rippy’s half-constructed night club and Angie’s blood is everywhere. Marcus Rippy is a NBA superstar who has just gotten away with rape when Will could not get past Rippy’s collection of lawyers and perjurers to get the case convicted. This, combined with his uncontrollable desire to find out if Angie is dead or alive, is fuel for Will to pursue this case through the many twists and turns. Unknown daughters, more rapes, spousal abuse, creepy stalking: it’s got it all! Another thriller homerun for Slaughter.— From Bunny's Books
“The Kept Woman features Georgia detective Will Trent in a compelling mystery involving a superstar sports figure, his wife, and a rape. The athlete had already been cleared of the rape allegations when a dead man is found in a building he is making into a high-end club with other wealthy investors. At the scene, blood is found that doesn't match that of the dead man, indicating that there is a second victim - a woman - in dire trouble. Another suspenseful tour de force from Slaughter.”
— Barbara Kelly (W), Kelly's Books to Go, South Portland, ME
The Skimm Reads calls it "a thriller that's part True Detective, part The Girl On the Train. All parts gripping."
Husbands and wives. Mothers and daughters. The past and the future.
Secrets bind them. And secrets can destroy them.
The author of Pretty Girls returns with an electrifying, emotionally complex thriller that plunges its fascinating protagonist into the darkest depths of a mystery that just might destroy him.
With the discovery of a murder at an abandoned construction site, Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is brought in on a case that becomes much more dangerous when the dead man is identified as an ex-cop.
Studying the body, Sara Linton--the GBI's newest medical examiner and Will's lover--realizes that the extensive blood loss didn't belong to the corpse. Sure enough, bloody footprints leading away from the scene indicate there is another victim--a woman--who has vanished . . . and who will die soon if she isn't found.
Will is already compromised, because the site belongs to the city's most popular citizen: a wealthy, powerful, and politically connected athlete protected by the world's most expensive lawyers--a man who's already gotten away with rape, despite Will's exhaustive efforts to put him away.
But the worst is yet to come. Evidence soon links Will's troubled past to the case . . . and the consequences will tear through his life with the force of a tornado, wreaking havoc for Will and everyone around him, including his colleagues, family, friends--and even the suspects he pursues.
Relentlessly suspenseful and furiously paced, peopled with conflicted, fallible characters who leap from the page, The Kept Woman is a seamless blend of twisty police procedural and ingenious psychological thriller -- a searing, unforgettable novel of love, loss, and redemption.