the course of some fine, even brilliant, novels, Karin Slaughter
has explored a relationship triangle among Heartsdale, Georgia
police chief Jeffery Tolliver; medical examiner and pediatrician
Dr. Sara Linton, Jeffery's (now and again) wife; and detective Lena
Adams. Damaged by a rough and terrifying childhood, Lena has a
pattern of getting herself into jams, and Jeffery is called upon to
extricate her from most of them, often putting himself in danger.
The situation is one that Sara finds untenable, resulting not only
in tension between herself and Jeffery but open hostility between
Lena and Sara.
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