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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Karin Slaughter, author of the bestselling Will Trent novels, is widely acclaimed as “one of the best crime novelists in America” (The Washington Post). Now she delivers her first stand-alone novel: an epic story of a city in the midst of seismic upheaval, a serial killer targeting cops, and a divided police force tasked with bringing a madman to justice.

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.

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"Violent crime, police politics, and race relations all figure in this scintillating standalone set in 1970s Atlanta, from bestseller Slaughter (Martin Misunderstood). Maggie Lawson comes from a disjointed, emotionally disconnected family of law enforcement officers, and her time spent as an Atlanta PD cop has hardened her to many of the job's horrors. But when her brother, Jimmy, who's also a police officer, loses his partner to a notorious and elusive cop killer — only surviving the ordeal himself because the assassin's handgun jammed — Maggie decides she can't write this murder off as yet another day on the job. Determined to track down 'the Shooter,' she finds an unlikely partner in Kate Murphy, a stunningly beautiful widow and new recruit reassigned to Maggie's patrol. While the two women search for answers, Kate becomes the next potential victim in the demented Shooter's crosshairs. Slaughter does her usual fine job of exploring intriguingly troubled characters, though readers should be prepared for plenty of gore. Agent: Victoria Sanders, Victoria Sanders & Associates. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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“Sly...compulsively readable...[one of] the summer’s best thrillers.” O: The Oprah Magazine

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“Intense...engrossing...evocative....[Karin Slaughter’s] first stand-alone novel [has] a gritty, action-packed plot and strong, believable characters.” Associated Press

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“Slaughter graphically exposes the rampant racism, homophobia, and misogyny of cop culture in the 1970s....Winning leads, the retro setting, and a riveting plot make this one of Slaughter’s best.” Booklist (starred review)

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“Superb...explosive....[Cop Town] is sure to win over readers new to Slaughter’s work while reminding old fans of her enormous talent.” Library Journal (starred review)

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“Evocative writing...amazing characters...with edge-of-your-seat suspense and a riveting plot....Slaughter’s first stand-alone book is a knockout.” RT Book Reviews

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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

About the Author

Karin Slaughter is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of fourteen thrillers, including Unseen, Criminal, Fallen, Broken, Undone, Fractured, Beyond Reach, Triptych, Faithless, and the e-original short stories “Snatched,” “Busted,” and “Go Deep.” She is a native of Georgia.

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vashtanerada10, April 9, 2015 (view all comments by vashtanerada10)
Brilliant and twisty and wonderful. Definitely one of my top favorite books by Karin Slaughter. Wonderfully crafted; I love how, even over just 400 pages, you don't have to sacrifice character or plot in a Slaughter book. Both elements have depth and detail and suspense which you don't always get from other authors (especially in this genre)
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Karen Rush, August 1, 2014 (view all comments by Karen Rush)
This story takes place in the tumultuous 70’s, a time of racism, discrimination, and homophobia. Karin Slaughter realistically paints a picture of the times. Women and black men have only recently been allowed onto the police force, but it is clear that different rules apply; they are not treated fairly. When privileged and attractive Kate Murphy joins the ranks, she faces harsh prejudices head-on. She pairs up with Maggie Lawson, a more seasoned cop who comes from a family line of (male) cops. Maggie is not spared; she has also been battling similar bias by the ‘men in blue’ who believe a woman’s place is in the home or out writing up traffic tickets. When a 5th cop is murdered, Kate and Maggie join forces and begin to investigate covertly from the men. This racially charged thriller takes off from there, it is gritty and at times pulse pounding. A very good mystery!
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kalireads, July 9, 2014 (view all comments by kalireads)
If there’s one thing I love in this world, it’s mystery fiction. Sometimes I need a good literary mystery, with headache and nightmare-inducing twists and turns. Sometimes, I crave something more straightforward. I picked up Karin Slaughter’s previous novel Criminal on one of these whims, hoping for an easy, enjoyable read. Criminal was part of Slaughter’s Will Trent series, and the story alternated between Will’s present storyline and the vivid, gritty life of his supervisor, Deputy Director Amanda Wagner, as she joined the police force in the 1970′s. Slaughter’s historical fiction stood out to me, as rookie cop Amanda Wagner dealt with rampant sexism on the police force and navigated some of Atlanta’s worst neighborhoods.

So you can imagine my excitement when I learned about Cop Town, Slaughter’s first stand alone novel, focusing entirely on women of Atlanta’s police force in the 1970′s. Amanda Wagner’s part of the story stood out to me in Criminal, and it definitely left me wanting more from that time period. It seems as if this is the world Slaughter is meant to explore and uncover: an “old boy” network in which the old boys are all haunted by various wars, a culture in which heavy drinking seems required to make it on the job, a police force where male cops aren’t your peers but cat-calling, leering father figures who won’t take you seriously.

In Cop Town, smart, observant Maggie Lawson works in this type of environment, and she reluctantly takes Kate Murphy under her wing as she flails both literally and figuratively, in a uniform that is much too large for her. Someone is shooting Atlanta cops, killing them execution-style in the back of the head, and Maggie and Kate take it upon themselves to look for what the rest of the force, drunk and stuck in their own ways of thinking, can’t or won’t see.

There’s some discussion of the accuracy of all the racism and sexism portrayed in these books. Could the police force have really been that horrible for the first few women on the force, in big cities like Atlanta? In both Criminal and Cop Town Slaughter notes at the end of the novels her attention to accuracy and historical facts in research. But the books are, of course, fiction. I think this is why the work Voice of Witness is doing, and the concept of oral history/personal narrative in general, is so important. I would love to see Karin Slaughter tell the stories of some of the first women on police forces in America, as they relayed those experiences to her.

The larger thing to remember when reading Cop Town, however, is that this isn’t meant to be a textbook. This is a mystery. This will be a book you can’t wait to pick up, a book your heart beats a bit faster when you read, a book you feel a bit disoriented when you look up from because you were so lost inside its pages. Putting these protagonists in an unbelievably hostile work environment heightens the tension from all sides. There is a shooter on the loose of the streets of Atlanta, yes, but there are enemies everywhere else these young women turn.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345547491
Author:
Slaughter, Karin
Publisher:
Delacorte Press
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Series:
Will Trent
Publication Date:
20140624
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.55 x 6.42 x 1.51 in 1.4 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Violent crime, police politics, and race relations all figure in this scintillating standalone set in 1970s Atlanta, from bestseller Slaughter (Martin Misunderstood). Maggie Lawson comes from a disjointed, emotionally disconnected family of law enforcement officers, and her time spent as an Atlanta PD cop has hardened her to many of the job's horrors. But when her brother, Jimmy, who's also a police officer, loses his partner to a notorious and elusive cop killer — only surviving the ordeal himself because the assassin's handgun jammed — Maggie decides she can't write this murder off as yet another day on the job. Determined to track down 'the Shooter,' she finds an unlikely partner in Kate Murphy, a stunningly beautiful widow and new recruit reassigned to Maggie's patrol. While the two women search for answers, Kate becomes the next potential victim in the demented Shooter's crosshairs. Slaughter does her usual fine job of exploring intriguingly troubled characters, though readers should be prepared for plenty of gore. Agent: Victoria Sanders, Victoria Sanders & Associates. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , “Sly...compulsively readable...[one of] the summer’s best thrillers.”
"Review" by , “Intense...engrossing...evocative....[Karin Slaughter’s] first stand-alone novel [has] a gritty, action-packed plot and strong, believable characters.”
"Review" by , “Slaughter graphically exposes the rampant racism, homophobia, and misogyny of cop culture in the 1970s....Winning leads, the retro setting, and a riveting plot make this one of Slaughter’s best.”
"Review" by , “Superb...explosive....[Cop Town] is sure to win over readers new to Slaughter’s work while reminding old fans of her enormous talent.”
"Review" by , “Evocative writing...amazing characters...with edge-of-your-seat suspense and a riveting plot....Slaughter’s first stand-alone book is a knockout.”
"Review" by , “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.”
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