Cop Town

Cop Town

Book rating: 04 Hardback

By (author) Karin Slaughter

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  • Publisher: Delacorte Press
  • Format: Hardback | 402 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 236mm x 38mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 24 June 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0345547497
  • ISBN 13: 9780345547491
  • Sales rank: 178,441

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"NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER Karin Slaughter, author of the bestselling Will Trent novels, is widely acclaimed as "one of the best crime novelists in America" ("The Washington Post"). Now she delivers her first stand-alone novel: an epic story of a city in the midst of seismic upheaval, a serial killer targeting cops, and a divided police force tasked with bringing a madman to justice. Atlanta, 1974: As a brutal murder and a furious manhunt rock the city's police department, Kate Murphy wonders if her first day on the job will also be her last. She's determined to defy her privileged background by making her own way--wearing a badge and carrying a gun. But for a beautiful young woman, life will be anything but easy in the macho world of the Atlanta PD, where even the female cops have little mercy for rookies. It's also the worst day possible to start given that a beloved cop has been gunned down, his brothers in blue are out for blood, and the city is on the edge of war. Kate isn't the only woman on the force who's feeling the heat. Maggie Lawson followed her uncle and brother into the ranks to prove her worth in their cynical eyes. When she and Kate, her new partner, are pushed out of the citywide search for a cop killer, their fury, pain, and pride finally reach the boiling point. With a killer poised to strike again, they will pursue their own line of investigation, risking everything as they venture into the city's darkest heart. Relentlessly paced, acutely observed, wickedly funny, and often heartbreaking, "Cop Town" is Karin Slaughter's most powerful novel yet--a tour de force of storytelling from our foremost master of character, atmosphere, and suspense. Praise for "Cop Town" " " "Karin Slaughter is simply one of the best thriller writers working today, and "Cop Town "shows the author at the top of her game--relentless pacing, complex characters, and gritty realism, all set against the backdrop of a city on the edge. Slaughter's eye for detail and truth is unmatched. . . . I'd follow her anywhere."--Gillian Flynn ""Cop Town "proves Karin Slaughter is one of America's best writers. . . . She pulls her readers into a twisted tale of mystery and keeps them fascinated from start to finish."--"The Huffington Post" "Stunning . . . Karin Slaughter breaks new ground with this riveting story. If you haven't yet read her, this is the moment."--Michael Connelly "Compulsively readable . . . will have your heart racing."--"O: The Oprah Magazine" " " "Intense . . . engrossing . . . evocative . . . [Karin Slaughter's] first stand-alone novel [has] a gritty, action-packed plot and strong, believable characters."--Associated Press "Slaughter graphically exposes the rampant racism, homophobia, and misogyny of cop culture in the 1970s. . . . Winning leads, the retro setting, and a riveting plot make this one of Slaughter's best."--"Booklist "(starred review) "Superb . . . explosive . . . ["Cop Town"] is sure to win over readers new to Slaughter's work while reminding old fans of her enormous talent."--"Library Journal "(starred review) "Evocative writing . . . amazing characters . . . with edge-of-your-seat suspense and a riveting plot . . . Slaughter's first stand-alone book is a knockout."--"RT Book Reviews"

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Karin Slaughter is the "New York Times" and #1 internationally bestselling author of fourteen thrillers, including "Unseen, Criminal, Fallen, Broken, Undone, Fractured, Beyond Reach, Triptych, ""Faithless, "and the e-original short stories "Snatched," "Busted," and "Go Deep." She is a native of Georgia.

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By Nicola Mansfield 10 Sep 2014 4

This is Slaughter's first stand-alone novel and I have read all of her other books from the series. This is a difficult book for me to rate and review. It was a good story but so very different from her others and just not what I would expect from a "Karin Slaughter" thriller. In her "Acknowledgements" at the back of the book I think the author herself sums up what is different and unexpected to her fans about this book when she calls out to "Mo Hayder: I am sorry so few people die horribly in this one. Next time." Really that call out should have been to her entire fan-base. Slaughter is a good writer and this is a good cop story, technically a serial killer case, though with an execution-style M.O.; it's an entertaining case and wowed me with the reveal of the killer. I liked the characters and enjoyed the look back at the 1970s world of policing with the rampant sexism and racism. However, if Slaughter's name hadn't been on the book I doubt I would have read it; I'm not usually into police crime novels. I like the dark, gritty serial killer cases where "people die horribly" and that's what I expect from Slaughter. So I'm certainly acknowledging that this is a good, well-written story that I did enjoy and I won't deny the book its due but as a Slaughter fan I must say I am disappointed that she presented us with a book that is less stellar than her serial killer genre thrillers (namely all her other novels).

By Marianne Vincent 06 Jul 2014 5

Cop Town is the first full-length stand-alone novel by popular American author, Karin Slaughter. Despite some changes in laws, policies and attitudes, the Atlanta Police Force in 1974 was still overwhelmingly rife with racism and sexism. It is against this background that young police patrolwoman Maggie Lawson and new recruit Kate Murphy, excluded by the boys, launch their own investigation into the murder of an Atlanta patrolman, Don Wesley. The fact that he was partnered with her brother Jimmy, at the time, gives Maggie some intriguing clues about the case, but also complicates matters. Remarkably Kate, too, stumbles on a source of information about the shooting. As they try to determine if this incident is part of the recent spate of cop killings by The Shooter, they find themselves venturing into Colored Town and visiting a very different type of club; they encounter hookers and pimps, gays and transvestites. The Shooter calls himself Fox, and it seems Fox is stalking Kate, but just who is Fox? The events of this fast-moving, action-packed novel take place over just a few days. Slaughter's totally credible plot has quite a few twists and a heart-stopping climax. Her two main characters are multi-dimensional and engaging: Maggie tries to be a tough gal but cannot ignore her feelings for her brother; Kate turns out to be a surprisingly gutsy woman possessing hidden steel within. Slaughter's extensive research is apparent on every page and the attitudes and values of the times are expertly depicted. As well as exploring racism and sexism, Slaughter touches on the Holocaust, the Vietnam War, the emergence of the gay culture, sexual harassment, rape and the independence of women. As Maggie succinctly sums up: "The entire world gave men the responsibility for everything in it except for their dicks". Slaughter's sizeable Dutch fanbase will appreciate the inclusion of some delightful Dutch characters and dialogue. Readers should be prepared for quite a bit of violence, but also lots of snappy dialogue, plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and even a bit of hot sex. Fans will, no doubt, be hoping for more of Maggie and Kate (and perhaps Gail and Jimmy and Rick too). Once again, Slaughter does not disappoint: this is a brilliant read.

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Praise for the crime fiction of Karin Slaughter "Karin Slaughter is one of the best crime novelists in America."--"The Washington Post" "Crime fiction at its finest."--Michael Connelly "An absolute master."--"Chicago Tribune" "Slaughter writes with a razor. . . . Better than Cornwell can ever hope to be."--"The Plain Dealer" "Slaughter will have you on the edge of your seat."--"Seattle Post-Intelligencer" "One of the boldest thriller writers working today."--Tess Gerritsen "Will both delight and surprise even the jaded suspense fan."--Associated Press