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Cop Town by Karin Slaughter
  

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Winner of the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award 2015.

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. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

The CWA judges said: "The judges loved this fascinating story filled to the brim with rich and evocative period detail of Atlanta in 1974. The judges found the characters to be instantly real, engaging well-drawn and convincing helping the reader to be pulled through this dark and twisted story to the very end."

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Slaughter’s first non-series novel boasts an epic panoply of an entire town and police force riven by hatred and mistrust. 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. Furious when they are sidelined in the hunt for the killer, Kate and her new partner, Maggie, decide to follow their own agenda – with (inevitably) dangerous and unpredictable results.
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Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

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). Atlanta, 1974. 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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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

18th June 2015

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Karin Slaughter

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Publisher

Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone

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Paperback
512 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
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ISBN

9780099571377

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