★★★★★ 5 Stars
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Series: Will Trent
Publication Date: August 16th, 2006
Publisher: Delacorte Press
This unpredictable, gut-slicer of a novel, I swear it fuels its cruelty on the reader’s horror. Triptych is a brave book – it bears no fear for the depths of human depravity it plucks apart. Nobody is what they appear to be – not on the surface, nor when you chance a glimpse into their heads. Whether a saint or monster, no one in this book wants to acknowledge the truth of themselves.
Triptych focuses on a triangle of characters whose lives have intersected through grand misfortune and a string of brutal, systematic murders – an ex-con, a morally ambiguous detective, and a vice cop – the bloody ties binding them meeting at the knot of an outsider detective, Will Trent.
The webs of character are this novel’s strong point – meticulously spun in blood and shame, an entity that’s impossible to pull away from. I liked Will and the ex-con, John Shelley, especially – both very real characters, and products of the injustice they spent their lives trying to right, though the way they go about it is far different. There is something to be said for a novel that can evoke equal sympathy and distaste for any character at any given moment.
Triptych is like an addictive candy you don’t know has a toxic center, but once you find it, it’s already too late to stop – it’s crafted well, but it shys not from malice.