[REVIEW] Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

Posted 23 June, 2014 by DLWhite in Reviews, Writers Read 0 Comments

Cop Town Book Cover Cop Town
Karin Slaughter
Thriller, Mystery
Delacorte Press
June 24, 2014

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.

Anyone who knows me knows that I love a good Cop Show. I love legal thrillers, the Law and & Order of it all. I was thrilled to learn that Karin Slaughter had a new novel releasing, since I’ve recently become a fan of her gritty portrayal of Will Trent in her previous series. 
In a departure from her continuing Will Trent storyline, Karin Slaughter brings a compelling story set in historic Atlanta, 1974 and the investigation into the brutal murders of Atlanta Police Officers. 
Karin takes us back to a time when female police officer were new and novel– and they weren’t all that welcome; when Atlanta was succinctly divided between white areas and black areas and then there was rich, hoity toity Buckhead. 
The story is told between the POV of two female police officers. A near veteran at four years on the force, Maggie Lawson followed her Uncle Terry (a mean misogynistic drunken pig) and her brother Jimmy (at the outset a less volatile version of Terry, which he uses to protect a huge secret he needs to keep from his family and his fellow officers) onto the force. She’s partnered with new recruit Kate Murphy, who hails from Buckhead. A war widow who’s failed at three different secretarial jobs she’s too rich, too prim, too proper to make it out on the streets of Atlanta. 
Maggie and Kate are thrown straight into the hottest investigation rocking the police force when Jimmy witnesses the murder of his partner. Despite being ‘females’ and being told to ‘go back to parking tickets’ the two women team up and prove that women are as smart, as brave, as wiley as their male counterparts. 
Cop Town is a fast paced novel with a high level of suspense. Slaughter knows her stuff when it comes to a police procedural– from intense detail to thrilling action, Cop Town does not disappoint.

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