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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 ...
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Overview

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.

Praise for Cop Town
 
“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
 
Cop Town proves Karin Slaughter is one of America’s best writers. . . . She pulls her readers into a twisted tale of mystery and keeps them fascinated from start to finish.”The Huffington Post

“Stunning . . . Karin Slaughter breaks new ground with this riveting story. If you haven’t yet read her, this is the moment.”—Michael Connelly

“Compulsively readable . . . will have your heart racing.”O: The Oprah Magazine
 
“Intense . . . engrossing . . . evocative . . . [Karin Slaughter’s] first stand-alone novel [has] a gritty, action-packed plot and strong, believable characters.”—Associated Press
 
“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)
 
“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)
 
“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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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
★ 06/15/2014
Gender politics and race relations are front and center in this explosive thriller. It's 1974 Atlanta, and another policeman has been shot by the man they're calling the Shooter, yet his partner, Jimmy Lawson, is left physically unharmed but devastated. Jimmy's sister Maggie, also a cop, is convinced that something is off about Jimmy's version of events, but getting anyone to listen to her suspicions would only prove futile. After all, women weren't very welcome on the police force in 1974 and they certainly didn't investigate serious crimes. When she's partnered with Kate Murphy, whose pampered background couldn't be more different from Maggie's solid blue-collar roots, events begin to escalate, and Kate and Maggie must put everything on the line to stop a ferocious killer. VERDICT Slaughter's first stand-alone thriller is a superb, very gritty look at both a city and era in social and political flux. It's also a searing portrait of family ties and how our pasts can shape our futures, as well as a gripping procedural, with some genuinely terrifying moments. Kate and Maggie are wonderful creations, and this title is sure to win over readers new to Slaughter's work while reminding old fans of her enormous talent. [See Prepub Alert, 1/6/14; Slaughter Q&A, LJ 4/15/14, p. 24.—Ed.]—Kristin Centorcelli, Denton, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345547514
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/24/2014
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,474
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Karin Slaughter
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    Karin Slaughter always delivers suspenseful and creative novels.

    Karin Slaughter always delivers suspenseful and creative novels. Cop Town is no exception.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

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    Very thought-provoking and suspenseful. I was on the edge of my

    Very thought-provoking and suspenseful. I was on the edge of my seat.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2014

    WOW!!!

    I have been reading Ms. Slaughter's works for years. I have fallen hard for all of the characters in the Grant County/Will Trent series. She has such a talent for developing characters. I was curious to see how well that would work in a stand-alone book.

    I could not have been happier with this book. What a ride! The characters are amazingly developed. Ms. Slaughter has given us much more than a great mystery/thriller (though it is truely that also). She has really given us a peek into what life was like in the 70's in Atlanta. Racial tensions were high and some people were full of so much hate for ANYONE different (i.e. homosexuals, jewish people, blacks, etc.). There were police who abused their power for what they believed to be the Greater Good. Women were treated horibly on the job. Slaughter has captured this atmosphere thoroughly, and given us characters that we simultaneously like and dislike. Even the good guys have flaws.

    If you have never read any of Ms. Slaughter's work, this is a great place to start. I must warn you though, you will be hooked. If by chance you are and wish to read any more from her, I might suggest you start with the Grant County series and then on to the Will Trent Series, as she finds a way to weave the two story lines together that is beautiful.

    To the most wonderful Karin Slaughter: Thank you, thank you for another sleepless night. Another I could not put down. LOVED IT! Please keep them coming, for as long as you are writing, I will be buying!

    -- SPeeD

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    I always tell my friends that they need to start reading Karin S

    I always tell my friends that they need to start reading Karin Slaughter's books.  Cop Town happens to not be part of her series, so it's a great place to jump in if you're still on the sidelines.  All of her books are fantastic..

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    I think this book is one of Karin Slaughter's best.  We all know

    I think this book is one of Karin Slaughter's best.  We all know that thriller writers have different skill levels.  Some are good at plotting and some are good at characters, but it's very rare to have an author where both are at 100%.   I have read every one of Slaughter's books and I every time I finish one I always say the same thing: this is the best one yet.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    Great!

    Loved it

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2014

    love her

    loved your last book,read it in one day could not put it down!!!!! please write more of your cop town.Also could you write them faster thank you in advance Thomas yakemovic

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    It's rare to be transported so completely and immediately into a

    It's rare to be transported so completely and immediately into a story. Must read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2014

    Cop Town takes place in the 1970s, a familiar territory for thos

    Cop Town takes place in the 1970s, a familiar territory for those who read Slaughter's Criminal.  While that book was in the Will Trent series and featured familiar characters, Cop Town is a standalone novel and has Kate Murphy, a rookie cop on her first day, and Maggie Lawson, a woman from a family of cops (who think she should be a waitress and get married instead of being a cop)  I was really struck by how fast this book goes.  I was so immersed in the story that I didn't notice how many hours had passed, but it's time I would give up again and again.  I hope this isn't the last we see of these amazing women (and men!)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2014

    Donna

    worst book of hers I've ever read and I've read them all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2014

    Not quite there

    This one was extremely dark and not the really good novel that I expected, sadly. Oh well, you cannot hit a home run every time you come to bat! There's always the next time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2014

    Cop Town is the first full-length stand-alone novel by popular A

    Cop Town is the first full-length stand-alone novel by popular American author, Karin Slaughter. Despite some changes in laws, policies and attitudes, the Atlanta Police Force in 1974 was still overwhelmingly rife with racism and sexism. It is against this background that young police patrolwoman Maggie Lawson and new recruit Kate Murphy, excluded by the boys, launch their own investigation into the murder of an Atlanta patrolman, Don Wesley. The fact that he was partnered with her brother Jimmy, at the time, gives Maggie some intriguing clues about the case, but also complicates matters. Remarkably Kate, too, stumbles on a source of information about the shooting. As they try to determine if this incident is part of the recent spate of cop killings by The Shooter, they find themselves venturing into Colored Town and visiting a very different type of club; they encounter hookers and pimps, gays and transvestites. The Shooter calls himself Fox, and it seems Fox is stalking Kate, but just who is Fox? The events of this fast-moving, action-packed novel take place over just a few days. Slaughter’s totally credible plot has quite a few twists and a heart-stopping climax. Her two main characters are multi-dimensional and engaging: Maggie tries to be a tough gal but cannot ignore her feelings for her brother; Kate turns out to be a surprisingly gutsy woman possessing hidden steel within. Slaughter’s extensive research is apparent on every page and the attitudes and values of the times are expertly depicted. As well as exploring racism and sexism, Slaughter touches on the Holocaust, the Vietnam War, the emergence of the gay culture, sexual harassment, rape and the independence of women. As Maggie succinctly sums up: “The entire world gave men the responsibility for everything in it except for their dicks”. Slaughter’s sizeable Dutch fanbase will appreciate the inclusion of some delightful Dutch characters and dialogue. Readers should be prepared for quite a bit of violence, but also lots of snappy dialogue, plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and even a bit of hot sex. Fans will, no doubt, be hoping for more of Maggie and Kate (and perhaps Gail and Jimmy and Rick too). Once again, Slaughter does not disappoint: this is a brilliant read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2014

    Unbelievable....

    Every time I read a Karin Slaughter book I am blown away. It always amazes me that one person can be so inbcredibly talened. This book is amazing, truly.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2014

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    Everyone has that handful of authors ... the ones that are a sur

    Everyone has that handful of authors ... the ones that are a sure thing. You know if you pick up one of their novels that you're in for a great read and you don't give it a second thought. Karin Slaughter is one of those authors for me. My mom branched out one time and read one of her novels and then when she suggested it to me, I was hooked. I used to be one of those readers who stuck to the basics: James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks, John Grisham, and Stephen King. These four authors were in my circle of trust and I NEVER read outside the circle. I was too afraid that if I picked up another author, I will have wasted my time on a bad book. I was foolish. All of those reading years, wasted on safe authors!! Well, Slaughter was really my first time betraying my circle. It was so worth it. Karin Slaughter is amazing. Her Grant County series is one of my all-time favorites. She has such a way with words and it completely draws you in. I have re-read that series alone probably ten times and I enjoyed what I've read of the Will Trent series also.

    Which makes what I'm about to say so much more difficult. I didn't like this one at all. I tried connecting with Cop Town and it just didn't happen. It was well written, don't get me wrong. But it failed to grab me like all of her other novels. Maybe it was because it was set in the 70's and that decade is just completely foreign to me. That sounds weird since I was born in 1980 but I've had similar issues with reading other novels from that time period.

    First of all, it wasn't a bad book. It was just as well written as her previous novels. It was just as well edited, thought out and researched. I found it kind entirely too easy to put down. Cop Town just didn't blow my skirt up. And I wanted to love this book. Who am I kidding, when I saw that Slaughter had a new novel out, it was like my unborn child ... I loved it before I had seen it. But the stork dropped this baby in an ugly tree before it reached its destination.

    Remember, this is just my take on it ... you'll probably love it like most of the people who have read it so far. It's highly rated and a ton of authors that I love have really enjoyed it. So I'm probably out of my mind and temporarily delusional ... so give it a shot and prove me wrong!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2014

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    Bold, Gritty

    In true solid mystery/thriller form, Cop Town by Karin Slaughter proves this author is still at the top of her game! A killer is on the loose and his targets are police officers. Want to feel like you are on the payroll, on the case and part of this manhunt, sit back, let go of reality and enter into the dark world of Atlanta’s finest, circa 1970, while they track the monster that is tracking some of their own. Two female officers, as different as night and day feel the urgency to find this monster before he strikes down another valuable officer. Is he zeroing in on female officers? Hasn’t their journey to the force been filled with enough potholes to trip them up? What will Maggie and Kate uncover? Will it prevent another murder?

    Karin Slaughter probably knows police work as well as the most seasoned officer through her due diligence when creating another gripping and gritty novel. Building up to the race to the finish, Ms. Slaughter skillfully sets the stage, gives her characters complete authenticity and even shows a glimpse into main character, Maggie’s family life. Once the world is colored in, and feels vivid and alive, the pace ramps up several notches and the twists and turns begin. Not afraid to write with strong, bold strokes, Ms. Slaughter has done it, again!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    I am a staunch Will Trent fan but I have to say I'm loving Phili

    I am a staunch Will Trent fan but I have to say I'm loving Philip Van Zandt.  Karin has a knack for writing about men that women can fall in love with.  Not to leave out Kate and Maggie!  They are all great characters.  The contrast between Kate and Maggie's life, and the upper and lower classes, and the social and political issues, are all bound together in a great read.  Well done!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2014

    ~~~RECEIVED FOR HONEST REVIEW~~~ Fast paced thrill. What one

    ~~~RECEIVED FOR HONEST REVIEW~~~


    Fast paced thrill. What one couldn't think possible. Killer on the lose. One who will step out and put it all on the line just to track the one they all are looking for. Well written and will keep you glued from start to finish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2014

    Great read

    Hard to put cop town down

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  • Posted October 3, 2014

    Good Story

    I have loved all of Karin's books and was hooked from the start. This book, however, I didn't feel was as interesting as her former books. That may have been because of the era it was written in. Don't get me wrong, it's still a good book with an amazing story...I just didn't find it as good as her previous books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2014

    Wavebreak

    She limps up first to an abandoned pier and watches out on the sea. Then she limps to next res.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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