08.09.2010 - Karin Slaughter

The thriller genre is booming. Nowadays, one out of four books read is a thriller. Karin Slaughter is one of the authors primarily responsible for that fact. Her thrillers have been translated into 23 languages, and she has sold two million copies in The Netherlands alone!

Considering women are the main victims of violence, it is interesting that women should also be the primary readers of thrillers. Slaughter is an author who describes violence from a woman’s perspective. In her books, violent bursts are neither tough nor glamorous, but rather, chilly and ruthless. Her main characters are not one-dimensional victims, but damaged people who are at the same time strong and independent survivors. Slaughter’s books are not only compelling page-turners, but also ruthlessly investigate the psychology of abuse.

A ‘new Slaughter’ is always eagerly awaited. This July the wait was over: her new novel Broken appeared, featuring the familiar characters Sara Linton – pathologist – and dyslexic Detective Will Trent. Broken shot, as could be expected, straight to number 1 in the bestseller lists. To celebrate her new book, Karin Slaughter will be a guest at BorderKitchen on 8 September. She’ll be interviewed by Wim Brands (VPRO).

Please note: This BorderKitchen takes place at a different location. It will be held at: Pulchri, Lange Voorhout 15, The Hague. Start: 20.00 hrs.

‘Crime novels reflect their time and place, and good crime novels do it well. Mine are sometimes dirty, certainly, but not gratuitous. I describe the reality: there is violence.’ – Karin Slaughter

‘Karin Slaughter deserves all the praise she gets for her razor-sharp plotting and forensic detail. But for me the hook is in her characters and relationships. They are right on the mark. This is crime fiction at its finest.’ –  Michael Connelly