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Cop Town [Kindle Edition]

Karin Slaughter
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (346 customer reviews)

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Book Description

'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 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)

Book Description

The compelling stand alone novel from the Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author of Unseen and Criminal.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1487 KB
  • Print Length: 498 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0099571382
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (17 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846059992
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846059995
  • ASIN: B00G5SDC92
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (346 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,676 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Karin Slaughter grew up in a small south Georgia town and has been writing short stories and novels since she was a child. She is the author of the international bestselling Grant County and Atlanta novels, the novella Martin Misunderstood. She is also the editor of Like A Charm, a collaboration of British and American crime fiction writers. She lives in Atlanta.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
Atlanta, 1974: a police killer is loose on the streets of Atlanta - and three female officers have their own battles to fight...

This is a stand-alone novel from Slaughter set in the same geographical territory as her Sara Linton/Will Trent series but in a very different time. The flashback parts of Criminal showed us the battles fought by women in the 1960s to be taken seriously and this book makes that struggle central to the story.

It's now 1974 and this book is as much a social commentary as it is a gripping crime story. At its heart are Maggie who comes from a cop family, Kate who is the new girl, and Gail the raddled undercover officer. I liked the way this isn't an easy `female buddies' story: the tensions and divisions between these women add an air of authenticity to the story and make it far more interesting than it might have been in less skilful hands.

What is shocking is the institutionalised sexism, racism and homophobia that is socially acceptable: women routinely have their breasts and bodies fondled by their police colleagues as they walk through the workplace and know that there is no option but to put up and shut up. The quasi-apartheid which splits black and white officers crosses the gender divide so that the white female officers leave the locker room before the `coloured girls' take their place. That this is only 40 years ago is phenomenal, and Slaughter depicts it all with a cool and clinical eye which allows the facts of the story to speak for themselves.

So this is an engrossing crime story but what lifts it above the mass of crime out there is the intelligent depiction of a society on the brink of change. Slaughter has really matured as a writer - this is a fabulous read. Highly recommended.

(This review is from an ARC courtesy of the publisher)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the fainthearted! 20 July 2014
By blessed
It's man's man's man's world. A white man's world, that is. Atlanta, 1974. A cop killer is on the loose in a city that is rife with racism, sexism, anti-Semitism and homophobia. "Cop Town" follows rookie Kate Murphy in her first week on the job. She is partnered with Maggie Lawson, who followed her uncle and brother to the force and keeps trying to prove her worth to them. When the women are sidelined in the search for Atlanta's cop killer, they decide to pursue their own line of investigation...

Karin Slaughter did a marvellous job of portraying the atmosphere and zeitgeist of 1970s Atlanta. The in-your-face racism and sexism are abhorrent but at the same time a testament to the authenticity with which Slaughter writes.

The book contains very strong language. It was a little too much for my liking to be honest but I thought it added to the story and it actually fits the characters. It might not be everyone's cup of tea though so please be warned.

It's not only the language that keeps shocking. There are some rather violent scenes and a few unexpected twists, one of which had me startled while reading.

"Cop Town" is definitely not for the fainthearted! It's raw, brutal and angry, very angry. But it's also a page-turner and I literally couldn't put it down. If you like fast-paced, thrilling books, pick up "Cop Town" and you won’t be disappointed.

I should also mention the cover as images simply don’t do it any justice. The cover is a fabulous shiny silver, which I just love!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am a huge Karin Slaughter fan and was delighted there was a new book so eagerly downloaded it. I am wondering who wrote it because it lacks any of the qualities of her previous books. I am sure it reflects the real experiences of being a white female cop in that period but I got that in the first two chapters and found the theme of prejudice and chauvinism very repetitive. I didn't engage with the characters and had to make myself finish the book, an absolute first with me and a Karin Slaughter novel. Very disappointing.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sadly Disappointing 12 Aug. 2014
I am a Slaughter devotee. I buy her books the moment they are published, and the story always makes the cost of a hardback worth it. Her great skill is not only brilliant crime writing, but creating characters that you care about. But not here in this book. Whilst it is excellent in highlighting the obscenity of racism, sexism and homophobia in 70s Atlanta, it fails to create any kind of emotional connection to the characters. Please Ms Slaughter, return us to Will and Sara - I miss them and long to know what has happened in the lives of two of the best crime characters ever created. If you are new to Slaughter, please don't take this book as representative of her work; she is far more brilliant than this book demonstrates.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Kimscot
Format:Kindle Edition
I really wish she hadn't bothered....Touching on homophobia, racism and sexism. in the Police Force, does not the novel make..I have read every Karin Slaughter book and enjoyed them immensely but this one took a bit of doing..I wanted to discard it but thought it would improve as I ploughed my way further in..It didn't!!
The characters had no substance..The story was patchy and dare I say it, boring..
Like many of her peers, Miss Slaughter sought a little bit of diversity..And like many of her peers, she failed miserably...
I do not wonder why the price dropped considerably in such a short time..Free would have been appropriate..
Stick to what you know Karin..Another bomb like this and you'll slide rapidly down a very slippery slope.........
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Published 3 days ago by patrick bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
Great new characters, a story with a twist and a real page turner. Hopefully this will be the start of another great series.
Published 3 days ago by Sam
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite a good book but feel a bit let down for a ...
Quite a good book but feel a bit let down for a book by Karin Slaughter - I normally would give her books a five star but cannot with this one - I did enjoy it but have read... Read more
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Published 7 days ago by MRS DAWN R WILSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a hardcore Cagney and Lacey in Atlanta
If you like gritty seventies movies like Serpico or Dog Day Afternoon this is the book for you. Slaughter evokes the period wonderfully, blending social realism with gender... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Nobutdude
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not for me.
Published 11 days ago by NORMA BOYD
1.0 out of 5 stars Dear Oh Dear
Like many on here I like Karen Slaughter books but not this one I'm afraid.
I just didn't like the characters at all. Read more
Published 13 days ago by J. Mclaughlin
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
This book is based in the 70's but too sexist and too racist
therefore not for me ..
Published 16 days ago by Beevee
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Posting took a bit longer than expected otherwise good
Published 17 days ago by Mr E.
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