A tall, quiet, thoughtful man in a suit walked into my life last year. He’s as brilliant as he is flawed, and Karin Slaughter’s Will Trent quickly became one of my favorite crime fighters.And with an 89% clearance rate, Will is a force of crime fighting nature.

Will is an investigator with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation based in Atlanta, although in BROKEN he ventures to Grant County. Will has a complicated back story, and his relationships are far from simple…but he has a true gift, one that is almost supernatural, when it comes to unraveling the intricacies of murder.

I continue to be overwhelmed by the kindness of authors who are good enough to make their characters available to answer a few questions, and Karin was certainly no exception. Enjoy!

What’s the most challenging situation you’ve ever faced as an investigator?

Cases involving children are the most difficult for me, but I think that’s true of any investigator.

If you weren’t an investigator, what would you like to be?

I’ve always thought I’d make a good pilot. I got into the cockpit of a small plane once and it took a while to get used to having my knees in my line-of-site, but that’d be a small price to pay.

Is there anywhere in the world you would especially like to visit?

The Netherlands looks like a nice country, and their language isn’t rooted in anything logical, so I think I’d blend in well.

You’re a tall, good-looking guy. Do you think that helps you in most investigations?

Well, I’ll give you tall, but I don’t know about the other. I think what helps me in most investigations is I’m determined to do everything I can to make sure the case is solved. But, again, that’s what most good investigators do.

Have you ever had a case where it created more problems than it solved?

It goes back to those cases involving kids. Even when you manage to take a child out of a bad situation, you know in your heart that putting them in state care isn’t the ideal life for them. It’s never good to be forced to choose between the lesser of two evils.

What’s your favorite band or song?

I’ve been enjoying listening to Red Molly lately. I didn’t know I was a little bit country. Most of my musical tastes lean toward heavy guitars and drums.

Do you listen to audiobooks? If so, what kind of stories do you like?

I prefer to read books, but I enjoy the occasional audio. I think the best book I’ve ever listened to is Annie Proulx’s Accordion Crimes.

Remember, Karin Slaughter’s new book, FALLEN, is out on June 21. I’ve heard great things about it already!