Karin Slaughter was born and raised in a small Georgia town in the American South. The author of eleven bestselling novels, Slaughter, a passionate supporter of libraries, has spearheaded the Save the Libraries campaign in America (www.savethelibraries.com) and advocates that everyone 'should fight for libraries as we do for our freedom'. She has donated all income from her short story Thorn in My Side to both the American and British library systems. For her twelfth novel, Criminal, Slaughter exhaustively researched both the racial and gender politics of the Atlanta police department and American society in the 1970s resulting in a deeply personal exploration of her hometown and her country during a period of enormous social change. To find out more about Karin Slaughter, visit her website www.karinslaughter.com, or catch up with her on www.facebook.com/AuthorKarinSlaughter.