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Literature / Triptych

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"Tripytch" is a police procedural written by Georgian crime novelist Karin Slaughter. A killer is taking the lives of women in Atlanta. Many different people, including a troubled detective named Will Trent and an ex-con, are forced to band together to stop him. But some of those people working the case know more than they’re letting on.

This is the first book in Karin Slaughter's series starring Will Trent.

"Triptych" contains examples of:

  • Alone with the Psycho: Angie breaks into Detective Ormewood's house looking for evidence.
    • Also later, when Angie is kidnapped by the killer and locked in the cellar.
  • "L" Is for "Dyslexia": One of the main characters, Detective Will Trent, is seriously dyslexic and can barely read. He spends a great deal of energy trying to hide this from his superiors in the police department.
  • Miscarriage of Justice: John spent years in prison after being wrongly convicted at age sixteen of murdering his cousin, a crime. The real killer Michael Ormewood is not pleased to hear of his parole.
  • Rape as Backstory: Vice cop Angie Polaski grew up in abusive foster homes and has been raped multiple times. She was also sexually assaulted one night by fellow detective Michael Ormewood, the villain of the story.
  • Tongue Trauma: The killer bites out his victims' tongues.
  • Unreliable Narrator: The first part of the book is told from the point of view of Detective Michael Ormewood. He seems like a nice guy at first, a solid cop with a keen insight into the mind of the killer- until you realize just where his insight into the killer's mind comes from.
Michael: She's fifteen.