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  • Hardcover: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (24 Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345547497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345547491
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 3.2 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (303 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 912,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"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)

"This is hardboiled crime fiction from the pen of an absolute master of the genre. The characters are credible, and the sexist, racist, homophobic world they inhabit is brilliantly and brutally drawn. The end hints at a returning series, and we’d definitely be back for more." (heat magazine)

"The plot, which describes the hunt for a killer, is enriched by the vivid portrait of the place and time. This is a gripping thriller with a feminist subtext, describing the foreign country that is the recent past." (Literary Review)

"Dark, atmospheric thriller." (Sun)

"Cop Town is a terrific read, fast-moving and witty, yet as grimly gritty as it gets, so not for the faint-hearted." (Irish Independent) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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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 --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 26 Jun 2014
Format: Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By blessed on 20 July 2014
Format: Hardcover
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Siobhan Riordan on 12 Aug 2014
Format: Hardcover
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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yorkshire Rose on 2 Aug 2014
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This was my first Karin Slaughter book and I have to say I really struggled with it. I had no idea what was going on at times for the first part of the book and really wanted to stop reading it. The only thing that kept me plodding on was the brilliant Kate Murphy and Maggie Lawson; I really liked them both,their relationship and eventual respect for each other.

I detested Maggie's uncle, Terry, and was gritting my teeth at how violent he was. The rest of the cops are bigots, racists and homophobes and I forgot how far we have come since the 1970's where women were expected to stay and home and not 'do the men's jobs'.

I was, for the most part, bored with the story and just wanted to limp to the finishing line to get it over and done with.

As Karin Slaughter is my friend's favourite author and I realise this is a stand alone thriller, I will start reading the other books she has written at some point, and not judge her on this alone.
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