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Cop Town : a novel
2014
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Characters
Kate Murphy (Female), Police officer, One of the few woman on the police force; tries to defy her privileged background; searches for a cop killer
Maggie Lawson (Female), Police officer, Partner of Kate; helps search for a cop killer
Genre
Fiction
Mystery
Historical
Suspense
Topics
Serial killers
Murder
Manhunts
Search for truth
Female friendship
Cop killers
Policewomen
Pride
Racism
Misogyny
Setting
Atlanta, Georgia - South (U.S.)
Georgia - South (U.S.)
Time Period
1974 -- 20th century
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  Library Journal Review

Slaughter ("Will Trent" series) sets this stand-alone mystery in 1974 Atlanta. The setting is especially important to keep in mind as the novel explores not only a series of shootings of police officers but also racism, sexism, misogyny, homosexuality, and the politics of the time. New cop Kate Murphy's first day on the job is an initiation not just from the men but also involving the other women on the force, black and white. She's partnered with Maggie Lawson, who comes from a police family but is still not accepted into the brotherhood. When a fellow officer is killed, the old guard, led by Lawson's uncle, are out for revenge and aren't interested in any help from the female cops. The history lesson embedded in the thriller is well crafted, and Kathleen Early's reading balances the multiple worlds the author moves among. VERDICT Highly recommended. ["Slaughter's thriller is a superb, very gritty look at both a city and era in social and political flux. It's also a searing portrait of family ties and how our pasts can shape our futures, as well as a gripping procedural, with some genuinely terrifying moments," read the starred review of the Delacorte hc, LJ 6/15/14.]-Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Violent crime, police politics, and race relations all figure in this scintillating standalone set in 1970s Atlanta, from bestseller Slaughter (Martin Misunderstood). Maggie Lawson comes from a disjointed, emotionally disconnected family of law enforcement officers, and her time spent as an Atlanta PD cop has hardened her to many of the job's horrors. But when her brother, Jimmy, who's also a police officer, loses his partner to a notorious and elusive cop killer-only surviving the ordeal himself because the assassin's handgun jammed-Maggie decides she can't write this murder off as yet another day on the job. Determined to track down "the Shooter," she finds an unlikely partner in Kate Murphy, a stunningly beautiful widow and new recruit reassigned to Maggie's patrol. While the two women search for answers, Kate becomes the next potential victim in the demented Shooter's crosshairs. Slaughter does her usual fine job of exploring intriguingly troubled characters, though readers should be prepared for plenty of gore. Agent: Victoria Sanders, Victoria Sanders & Associates. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER <br> <br> 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.<br>  <br> 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.<br>  <br> 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.<br>  <br> 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.<br> <br> Praise for Cop Town <br>   <br> "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 <br>  <br> " 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 <br> <br> "Stunning . . . Karin Slaughter breaks new ground with this riveting story. If you haven't yet read her, this is the moment." --Michael Connelly<br> <br> "Compulsively readable . . . will have your heart racing." -- O: The Oprah Magazine <br>   <br> "Intense . . . engrossing . . . evocative . . . [Karin Slaughter's] first stand-alone novel [has] a gritty, action-packed plot and strong, believable characters." --Associated Press <br>   <br> "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) <br>   <br> "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) <br>   <br> "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 <br>
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