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Will Trent books in order: the complete series

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Karin Slaughter’s Will Trent series features Special Agent Will Trent, who teams up with partner Faith Mitchell to investigate a series of often brutal and bloody murders.

One of the best agents in the bureau, Will works in the Special Criminal Apprehension team in Atlanta, USA and his cases often involve uncovering secrets and lies in tight-knit communities.

If you enjoy plot twists and turns, gruesome crime fiction and edge-of-your-seat tension then this series by the New York Times bestselling author is for you. Here are the Will Trent books in order.

Karin Slaughter’s Will Trent books in order:

Triptych by Karin Slaughter

1. Triptych (2006)

When Atlanta police detective Michael Ormewood is called out to a murder scene at the notorious Grady Homes, he finds himself faced with one of the the most brutal killings of his career: Aleesha Monroe is found in the stairwell in a pool of her own blood, her body horribly mutilated.

As a one-off killing it’s shocking, but when it becomes clear that it’s just the latest in a series of similar attacks, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are called in, and Michael is forced into working with Special Agent Will Trent of the Criminal Apprehension Team – a man he instinctively dislikes.

Twenty-four hours later, the violence Michael sees around him every day explodes in his own back yard. And it seems the mystery behind Monroe’s death is inextricably entangled with a past that refuses to stay buried…

Fractured by Karin Slaughter

2. Fractured (2008)

When Atlanta housewife Abigail Campano comes home unexpectedly one afternoon, she walks into a nightmare. A broken window, a bloody footprint on the stairs and, most devastating of all, the horrifying sight of her teenage daughter lying dead on the landing, a man standing over her with a bloody knife. The struggle which follows changes Abigail’s life forever.

When the local police make a misjudgement which not only threatens the investigation but places a young girl’s life in danger, the case is handed over to Special Agent Will Trent of the Criminal Apprehension Team – paired with detective Faith Mitchell, a woman who resents him from their first meeting.

But in the relentless heat of a Georgia summer, Will and Faith realise that they must work together to find the brutal killer who has targeted one of Atlanta’s wealthiest, most privileged communities – before it’s too late…

Genesis by Karin Slaughter

3. Genesis (2009)

Three and a half years ago former Grant County medical examiner Sara Linton moved to Atlanta hoping to leave her tragic past behind her. Now working as a doctor in Atlanta’s Grady Hospital she is starting to piece her life together. But when a severely wounded young woman is brought in to the emergency room, she finds herself drawn back into a world of violence and terror. The woman has been hit by a car but, naked and brutalised, it’s clear that she has been the prey of a twisted mind.

When Special Agent Will Trent of the Criminal Investigation Team returns to the scene of the accident, he stumbles on a torture chamber buried deep beneath the earth. And this hidden house of horror reveals a ghastly truth – Sara’s patient is just the first victim of a sick, sadistic killer. Wrestling the case away from the local police chief, Will and his partner Faith Mitchell find themselves at the centre of a grisly murder hunt. And Sara, Will and Faith – each with their own wounds and their own secrets – are all that stand between a madman and his next crime…

Broken by Karin Slaughter

4. Broken (2010)

When the body of a young woman is discovered deep beneath the icy waters of Lake Grant, a note left under a rock by the shore points to suicide. But within minutes, it becomes clear that this is no suicide. It’s a brutal, cold-blooded murder.

All too soon, former Grant County medical examiner Sara Linton – home for Thanksgiving after a long absence – finds herself unwittingly drawn into the case. The chief suspect is desperate to see her, but when she arrives at the local police station she is met with a horrifying sight – he lies dead in his cell, the words ‘Not me’ scrawled across the walls.

Something about his confession doesn’t add up and, deeply suspicious of Lena Adams, the detective in charge, Sara immediately calls in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Shortly afterwards, Special Agent Will Trent is brought in from his vacation to investigate. But he is immediately confronted with a wall of silence. Grant County is a close-knit community with loyalties and ties that run deep. And the only person who can tell the truth about what really happened is dead…

Fallen by Karin Slaughter

5. Fallen (2011)

Special Agent Faith Mitchell returns home to a nightmare. Her baby daughter Emma has been locked outside, and there’s a trail of blood to the front door. Without waiting for back-up, Faith enters the house. Inside a man lies dead in a pool of blood. Most worrying of all, her mother is missing.

When the Atlanta police arrive, Faith has some difficult questions to answer. But she has some desperate questions of her own. What were the killers searching for? And where is her mother?

Suspended from duty, Faith turns to her work partner, Will Trent. Together he and Sara Linton must piece together the fragments of a brutal and complicated case, and catch a vicious murderer with only one thing on his mind: to keep on killing until the truth is finally revealed.

Criminal by Karin Slaughter

6. Criminal (2012)

A woman is found brutally murdered in a sordid Atlanta apartment. Her blood-soaked body bears a chilling similarity to a woman found dead almost 40 years earlier.

Soon Special Agent Will Trent finds himself returning to the home he grew up in, and a past that could hold the clue to the killings…

Unseen by Karin Slaughter

7. Unseen< (2013)/strong>

Special Agent Will Trent has something to hide. Something he doesn’t want Dr Sara Linton – the woman he loves – to find out. He’s gone undercover in Macon, Georgia and put his life at risk. And he knows Sara will never forgive him if she discovers the truth.

But when a young patrolman is shot and left for dead Sara is forced to confront the past and a woman she hoped never to see again. And without even knowing it, she becomes involved in the same case Will is working on. Soon both of their lives are in danger.

The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

8. The Kept Woman (2016)

A body is discovered in an empty Atlanta warehouse. It’s the body of an ex-cop, and from the moment Special Agent Will Trent walks in he knows this could be the most devastating case of his career. Bloody footprints leading away from the scene reveal that another victim – a woman – has left the scene and vanished into thin air. And, worst of all, the warehouse belongs to the city’s biggest, most politically-connected, most high-profile athlete – a local hero protected by the world’s most expensive lawyers. A local hero Will has spent the last six months investigating on a brutal rape charge.

But for Will – and also for Dr Sara Linton, the GBI’s newest medical examiner – the case is about to get even worse. Because an unexpected discovery at the scene reveals a personal link to Will’s troubled past. The consequences will wreak havoc on his life and the lives of those he loves, those he works with, and those he pursues.

But Sara’s scene-of-the-crime diagnosis is that they only have a few hours to find the missing woman before she bleeds out…

The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter

9. The Last Widow (2019)

It begins with an abduction. The routine of a family shopping trip is shattered when Michelle Spivey is snatched as she leaves the mall with her young daughter. The police search for her, her partner pleads for her release, but in the end…they find nothing. It’s as if she disappeared into thin air.

A month later, on a sleepy Sunday afternoon, medical examiner Sara Linton is at lunch with her boyfriend Will Trent, an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. But the serenity of the summer’s day is broken by the wail of sirens.

Sara and Will are trained to help in an emergency. Their jobs – their vocations – mean that they run towards a crisis, not away from it. But on this one terrible day that instinct betrays them both. Within hours the situation has spiralled out of control; Sara is taken prisoner; Will is forced undercover. And the fallout will lead them into the Appalachian mountains, to the terrible truth about what really happened to Michelle, and to a remote compound where a radical group has murder in mind…

The Silent Wife by Karin Slaughter

10. The Silent Wife (2020)

A woman runs alone in the woods. She convinces herself she has no reason to be afraid, but she’s wrong. A predator is stalking the women of Grant County. He lingers in the shadows, until the time is just right to snatch his victim.

He waits. A decade later, the case has been closed. The killer is behind bars. But then another young woman is brutally attacked and left for dead, and the MO is identical.

He takes. Although the original trail has gone cold – memories have faded, witnesses have disappeared – agent Will Trent and forensic pathologist Sara Linton must re-open the cold case. But the clock is ticking, and the killer is determined to find his perfect silent wife…

After That Night by Karin Slaughter

11. After That Night (2023)

Fifteen years ago, Sara Linton’s life changed forever when a celebratory night out ended in a violent attack that tore her world apart. Since then, Sara has remade her life. A successful doctor, engaged to a man she loves, she has finally managed to leave the past behind her.

Until one evening, on call in the ER, everything changes. Sara battles to save a broken young woman who’s been brutally attacked. But as the investigation progresses, led by GBI Special Agent Will Trent, it becomes clear that Dani Cooper’s assault is uncannily linked to Sara’s.

And it seems the past isn’t going to stay buried forever…


Snatched by Karin Slaughter

Snatched – digital short story

On assignment at Atlanta’s busy airport Special Agent Will Trent is forced to make a split-second decision. But is it the right one?

Busted by Karin Slaughter

Busted – digital short story

Special Agent Will Trent is on his way to Macon for an undercover assignment when he unwittingly becomes involved in a violent robbery at a gas station.

There you have it – Karin Slaughter’s Will Trent books in order! How many have you read? Let us know in the comments below…

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    Loved all the books. Will Trent is a unique detective. Very disappointed in the tv series. Did the producers only read the notes on the book jackets?

    I agree with all comments above, love the Will Trent series

    I love the Will Trent series. It is different from any other detective stories that i have ever read. He is a great detective in spite of all of his challenges one of them being his dyslexia. It makes the books more interesting. I am glad that he and Sara have fallen in love. I hope they get married. Please keep on writing the Will Trent books.

    Read them all! Captivating, gripping plots, addictive characters. Always waiting for the next one. Hard to put these books down.

    I love that Sara and Will have fallen in love. The dynamics between the two really makes the discussion of cases so realistic. Just finished “Fallen”. Can’t wait to read the next one.

    Love Will Trent. Have read them all and can’t wait for more.

    Read 6 they are all a very good read. looking forward to reading the rest!

    I read criminal several years ago when I was a looking for something to read. I was so excited to get started with this book and looked for other things by the author. Now I have bought all of her books and rereading them in order. Just read the last widow great

    Just spent this hot summer reading Grant County Books, Will Trent Books and three Georgia Books. Loved them all and want more!

    Just come across this series. What a pulse pounding collection. Three left. Cant wait to see how it all ends. Tbc.

    I have read all of the Will Trent series. Loved them. Karin’s books are always a great read

    I have loved reading the Will Trent series. Hope there will be more to come.
    Karin’s books are a great read

    Love The Grant County Series. I even love the Will Trent Series even more. Please keep going with the series.

    I love your books and wonder if you will release any more Will Trent Series regards Robin

    Read all the Will Trent books….please please please write some more soon!

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