What book is ABC’s Will Trent based on? Exploration of Karin Slaughter’s acclaimed novel series

Will Trent is a highly anticipated and gripping procedural drama series that is set to make its arrival exclusively on the ABC network this Tuesday, January 3, 2023, at 10 PM ET/PT. The brand new ABC series was inspired by the Will Trent (Atlanta) serieswhich is a New York Times bestselling novel series by acclaimed writer Karin Slaughter.

Daniel T. Thomsen, Liz Heldens and Karin Slaughter all acted as writers for the upcoming ABC series, while Paul McGuigan and Howard Deutch served as directors on the first season of Will Trent.

Since the official trailer was released, there has been a growing interest in learning about Karin Slaughter’s book series, which inspired the ABC series.


All books inside Karin Slaughter is famous Will Trent (Atlanta) series

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Over the course of 12 NYT bestsellers – ten novels and two novellas – Karin Slaughter brought to life the character of Special Agent Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, his partner Faith Mitchell and Angie Polaski.

ABC’s latest procedural series isn’t based on any particular book in the series, but was inspired by the novel series as a whole. Below is a list of all 12 novels and novellas in the series, along with the year they were released:

  • Triptych (novel) – 2006
  • fractured (novel) – 2008
  • Canceled (novel) – 2009
  • Broken (novel) – 2010
  • Fallen (novel) – 2011
  • Ripped (ebook short story) – 2012
  • Criminal (novel) – 2012
  • Arrested (ebook short story) – 2013
  • Invisible (novel) – 2013
  • The guarded woman (novel) – 2016
  • The last widow (novel) – 2019
  • The silent wife (novel) – 2020

According to Showbiz CheatSheet, during a recent interview with Hollywood Outbreak, actor Ramón Rodríguez, who plays the lead role of Will Trent in the series, revealed how closely the series would follow the novel series. He said:

“Honestly, my process in terms of the book was really, in a way, listening to the book, seeing where all of this came from and where it was coming from, and then, watching the pilot, specifically when we started and every episode, so, in a way, it becomes its own thing, … Even though it’s inspired by this book, and we’re taking a lot from these books, I think, at the same time, these characters also start breathing on their own.”

The actor added:

“I met Karen [Slaughter]. When she came here to set, she was adorable and amazing, and I loved her books about her. So it was really cool to see her play something that I’m sure has been in her head for years with this show.”


Find out more details on the upcoming pilot episode of the series

The series will premiere its first episode on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at 10 p.m. Eastern Time on ABC. The official synopsis for the episode reads:

When a homicide investigation reveals there is more to the story than meets the eye, Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Special Agent Will Trent relies on his keen instincts and unique experience to uncover the truth. Along the way, he also reunites with a part of his past that helped shape him into the agent he is now.”

Besides Ramón Rodríguez as Will Trent, the promising main cast includes Erika Christensen as Angie Polaski, Jake McLaughlin as Michael Ormewood, Iantha Richardson as Faith Mitchell, Sonja Sohn as Amanda Wagner, and a few others. Actress Jennifer Morrison will guest star in the pilot episode.


look Will Trentwhich will air on ABC Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at 10 p.m. ET.

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