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Cop Town by Karin Slaughter
  

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Atlanta 1974 and two female cops join forces, one old hand, one brand new. This excellent thriller certainly makes you think about the prejudices of the time and how much attitudes have changed. This stand-alone, part social history, part gripping crime tale, brilliantly written with an effortlessly flowing plot is powerful, tense, at times very brutal, making for uncomfortable reading, but also very thought-provoking. It takes place over a period of eight days. The squad was predominantly male with a lot of bad cops, men returned from Vietnam and still suffering from the effects of the horrors of war. Full of hate, anger and an abiding intolerance against race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, they are mostly very unlikeable, obnoxious and brutal characters. This makes for a terrific read.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. This is a more ambitious novel than any Slaughter has previously written, but has she pulled off the new challenges she has set herself? In Atlanta in 1974, a savage murder is followed by a major manhunt and tyro cop Kate Murphy wonders if she’ll survive her first day on the job. This is a male-dominated world, and female officers are not taken seriously. Kate and a new partner, Maggie, become furious when they are sidelined in the hunt for the killer. They decide to follow their own agenda – with, inevitably, dangerous and unpredictable results. Karin Slaughter’s first non-series novel boasts an epic panoply of an entire town and police force riven by hatred and mistrust.
~ Barry Forshaw

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Synopsis

Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

As a brutal killing and a furious manhunt rock the city, Kate Murphy wonders if her first day on the police force will also be her last. For life is anything but easy in the male-dominated world of the Atlanta Police Department, where even the other female cops have little mercy for the new girl. Kate isn't the only woman on the force who is finding things tough. Maggie Lawson followed her uncle and brother into the ranks to prove her worth in their cynical eyes. When Maggie and Kate become partners, and are sidelined in the search for the city's cop killer, their fury, pain, and pride finally reach boiling point. With the killer poised to strike again, will Kate and Maggie have the courage to pursue their own line of investigation? And are they prepared to risk everything as they venture into the city's darkest heart?


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Reviews

'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, author of GONE GIRL

'Much more than a thriller ... Karin Slaughter's unforgettable female characters, and stunning evocation of time and place, make Cop Town one of the most powerful and moving reads of recent memory ... A masterpiece.'

- Kathryn Stockett, author of THE HELP

'Stunning ... In Karin Slaughter's first stand-alone novel, she breaks new ground with this riveting story of two young police officers trying to stop a serial killer targeting cops. Her characters, plot and pacing are unrivaled among thriller writers and if you haven't yet read her, this is the moment.'

-Michael Connelly

'Vivid, gritty and taut, this terrific whodunit keeps you guessing.'

-Sunday Mirror

'Karin Slaughter has long been comfortably ahead of the pack in the field of powerful and disturbing crime fiction but Cop Town shows a broadening of reach: it is a more ambitious novel than any she has previously written. Her achievement here is such that many fans will be happy to see her continuing to devote her attention to similar standalone novels.'

-Financial Times

About the Author

Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter is the No.1 internationally-bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including the Will Trent and Grant County series and the instant New York Times bestsellers Cop Town and Pretty Girls. There are more than thirty-five million copies of her books in print around the world. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

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Thriller / Suspense
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9781780892269

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