Published in the UK July 2014/ USA June 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.
To be published in the UK on 17/7/14.
A massive thanks to Dead Good Reads for sending me a proof copy!!! You made my day. I did not know how I would manage to wait until July, without dying of impatience.
I’ve been a huge fan of Karin Slaughter’s for absolutely years. I loved her Grant County books with Sara Linton and Jeffrey Tolliver. And Will Trent is one of my favourite all time characters. I adore the man. I thought the 1970s scenes in ‘Criminal’ were totally fascinating, and am so chuffed that Karin Slaughter decided to explore this further.
Cop Town is set in 1975 in Atlanta. We get two very different women, as leads; Kate Murphy, a widowed newbie police officer and Maggie Lawson, who comes from a family of cops. Kate is in her first week and Maggie has been on the job for years. This is an environment where sexism, racism and every sort of ism is prevalent and explicit. It is refreshing, in a weird sort of way and at the same time, brutal and cruel. Women are not really welcome, in the macho, patriarchal police force. Discrimination on account of race, gender and religion and class, are the norm. Kate is rather well-to-do, so there are class differences added to this complicated mix.
‘The Shooter’ is on the prowl in the city, targetting cops indiscriminately. The book starts with Jimmy Lawson carrying his shot and dying partner to Grant County hospital Accident and Emergency. Jimmy is Maggie’s brother. She soon finds herself drawn into the murder investigation and doing a spot of detective work, along with Kate. Who is ‘The Shooter’ and will Kate be able to last the week in the harsh police environment?
WOW!!! This book totally and completely exceeded my expectations. I knew it would be fantastic and it was. Strong female leads plus a gritty and exciting plot. I loved both Kate and Maggie, and was willing Kate to find her feet and bond with her partner. I was drawn into the dark world of 1970s Atlanta and didn’t want it to end. I wanted to go back in time and to be there. I wanted to slap the sexist police officers and stand up to the nasty bullying.
To anyone who hasn’t read a Karin Slaughter, you really should. She NEVER disappoints. This is an excellent introduction, if you are a complete newbie to Karin and her books.
I want more Kate and Maggie. Fingers crossed! (And more Will and Sara, of course).