by Karin Slaughter
My rating: 4 stars
Publication Date: June 24, 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Adult Mystery/Thriller
Print Length: 417 pages
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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
Cop Town by Karen Slaughter
My Rating: 4 Stars
In true solid mystery/thriller form, Cop Town by Karin Slaughter proves this author is still at the top of her game! A killer is on the loose and his targets are police officers. Want to feel like you are on the payroll, on the case and part of this manhunt, sit back, let go of reality and enter into the dark world of Atlanta’s finest, circa 1970, while they track the monster that is tracking some of their own. Two female officers, as different as night and day feel the urgency to find this monster before he strikes down another valuable officer. Is he zeroing in on female officers? Hasn’t their journey to the force been filled with enough potholes to trip them up? What will Maggie and Kate uncover? Will it prevent another murder?
Karin Slaughter probably knows police work as well as the most seasoned officer through her due diligence when creating another gripping and gritty novel. Building up to the race to the finish, Ms. Slaughter skillfully sets the stage, gives her characters complete authenticity and even shows a glimpse into main character, Maggie’s family life. Once the world is colored in, and feels vivid and alive, the pace ramps up several notches and the twists and turns begin. Not afraid to write with strong, bold strokes
I received an ARC edition from Delacorte in exchange for my honest review.