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- Listening Length: 12 hours and 6 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 31 July 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IXB1Z7K
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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)
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!
From the first couple of pages I was doubting whether this book would do it for me. It's set in Atalanta during the '70 where racism, inequality, human right abuse and intimidation were rife. The book focuses around rookie beat cop Kate Murphy who gets partnered with Maggie Lawson on her first day during one of the Atlanta Police Department's greatest manhunts for a cop killer known simply as "the Shooter". Together Maggie and Kate decide to search for the Shooter themselves after Maggie's brother and fellow officer disappears leaving a note claiming he was responsible for all the cop deaths. This is a very dark book with abuse littered throughout the pages. Maggie herself regularly finds herself at the receiving end of her a Uncle Terry's fists on an almost daily basis, despite him bring a detective and central figure in the Atlanta Police Force. Maggie's helplessness is almost palpable and I many times wished I could just reach into the pages and guide Maggie away from her abusive life. This is despite the fact that she's a tough beat cop but lacks the confidence to stand up to the bullies. Overall, it's a fantastic book with crudeness, gore and misery peppered throughout. My initial concerns were totally unfounded. Karin Slaughter is an amazing author irrespective of what she writes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love Karin Slaughter and have read and loved all her books but this one was rubbish in my eyes. Can't figure out her thinking behind this book and I struggled to get half way... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
It was a brilliant book you just didn't want to put it down,it was action all the time a brilliant book to read.Published 2 months ago by Unknown
I'm sure I'll get to enjoy the characters in books to follow but took most of the book to warm to themPublished 2 months ago by marje
The other one-stars are right...not a normal Karin Slaughter style or standard. Felt all wrong and was a tortuous read.Published 2 months ago by Matt W
I joined the police in the late 1970''s. As a female I can assure you that it was a racist and sexist organisation, a sort of Men's Club. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Miko