Cop Town

Cop Town

by Karin Slaughter
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Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter, author of the New York Times 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 sidelined in 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 the crime fiction of Karin Slaughter

“Crime fiction at its finest.”—Michael Connelly

“An absolute master.”—Chicago Tribune

“Slaughter writes with a razor. . . . Better than Cornwell can ever hope to be.”—The Plain Dealer

“Slaughter will have you on the edge of your seat.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“One of the boldest thriller writers working today.”—Tess Gerritsen

“Will both delight and surprise even the jaded suspense fan.”—Associated Press

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345547491
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/24/2014
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

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

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Cop Town: A Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 111 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very thought-provoking and suspenseful. I was on the edge of my seat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Karin Slaughter always delivers suspenseful and creative novels. Cop Town is no exception.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a teenager during this era, grew up in the south in a town that was 63% black during that time and i can honestly say that the amount of violence, sexism and racism written in this book is greatly exaggerated! Very disappointed in this book!
LilMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
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!
Gillian Barnard More than 1 year ago
It's rare to be transported so completely and immediately into a story. Must read!
SpecialK3 More than 1 year ago
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!)
BooksnKisses More than 1 year ago
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 3 1/2 REVIEW:  Is it wrong to want to start opening fire on a whole bunch of characters? Because that is exactly how I felt just a few chapters into Cop Town. I really struggled with the setting of this story (mid-70’s in the south) and the way the men believed that they could behave. I do realize that sadly in our very short history as a country this is how things were back then. But I can honestly say that I would not have been a good lady in the south in the 70’s. I would have gotten myself in a lot of trouble. But anyways back to the review.  But as I pressed on reading Cop Town it became clear that this was a book about more than just murder. It was about the characters finding out who they are, who they are to become and who they really don’t want to be. While the beginning was a little slow and hard to stomach. Karin did an amazing job wrapping up this story with a nice little bow. If you like mystery, suspense and not afraid of a bunch of sexist, racist royal pain in the ass characters you need to pick up a copy of Cop Town. Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary copy of the book from NetGalley & Random House Publishing Group - Bantam Dell, Delacorte Press in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
It's 1974 in Atlanta, Georgia, and the city is sharply divided by class and ethnicity.  The police force is ruled by white men and women and minorities have to fight bigotry, sexism, and "good old boy" politics.  Maggie Lawson comes from a  poor family of cops, and has been on the force for a few years.  Kate Murphy is a widowed Jewish from a rich family who is determined to make it in the world on her own.  She has just joined the force, learning the job, while experiencing humiliation and teasing from most of the other policemen.  Kate and Maggie find themselves teamed up against great odds as they branch out on their own to catch a serial police murderer.  Though I love Slaughter's writing, I found this book a little disconcerting.  I can definitely believe the bigotry of those times, but there were no nice people at all in this book, including Maggie's family, and everyone else involved in this story.  I really liked Kate the best, as she had what Jews call hutzpah - (Yiddish) unbelievable gall; insolence; audacity) , and great bravery in many difficult situations.  Calling the serial killer " the fox" throughout the story until the reveal at the end, definitely ratcheted up the terror and suspense. Good story but not one I'd want to repeat very often.  Still love Slaughter's writing though!! The audio version added another sense of reality to the story that I definitely believe added a great deal to the emotional feeling of the story.  Very well done!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too much past, mostly bad for all races! It's not that different now, you have some of the same thoughts and for me this wasn't bad, bad...nor was it good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't like this book as much as others that I read by author . It does get better further in the book and it has an interesting ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have read in a long time. Of course, I am a die-hard Karin Slaughter fan and read all her books . I could not put this book down; read it in record time . The 70's was my era, so I relate to the story. Very well written. Only one of a few books that I would again in a few years.
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Sherri_Hunter More than 1 year ago
I found Cop Town to be a major departure from what Karin Slaughter usually writes. She’s a very good suspense writer but this book is so much more than that. This book crosses so many sensitive barrier lines and is done so well, I didn’t have time to be shocked at the events transpiring in the book, though some of it was very difficult to read. This story brings issues of prejudice, bigotry, sexism, corruption and ethics to the forefront. This story centers on Maggie Lawson, an officer of the Atlanta Police Department and her new rookie partner, Kate Murphy. From the onset, the reader is given a very strong impression that women are not wanted or respected on the force. The level of hostility and harassment these women experience is very disturbing. Add in a serial killer who is targeting police officers and you have a very intense story that kept me anxious to find out what happens next and dreading it at the same time. The line separating the good from the evil is very blurry in this book. I thought Maggie and Kate were interesting characters and though they are definitely a part of the ‘good ole boy’ network of Atlanta PD, they are definitely not part of the inner circle that Maggie’s uncle Terry and brother Jimmy are in. Maggie and Kate both feel like they have something to prove, not just to themselves but to the people around them. What I found interesting is the hostility that Kate receives from the female officers as well as the male officers. Instead of presenting a united front, the animosity between the women is a living, breathing entity. It takes all of Kate’s strength of mind and character to come back after her first day. I found myself wondering many times if either of them would make it to the end of this book in one piece. Maggie’s uncle, Terry is a despicable character. He is a product of his time. Adjectives of sexist, male chauvinist pig, tyrant, bully, bastard all come to mind. He’s not above raising his hand against a woman and has no problem inflicting verbal and physical abuse on Maggie. Domestic violence was not viewed back then the way it is today and women had few rights outside the home. I would not have shed any tears if he had been one of the shooter’s targets. Maggie’s brother, Jimmy was more likable but I struggled with his attitude initially. He is a redeemable character and by the end of the book most of his behavior made sense. I struggled with the ethics and moral compass of many of the characters but it was true to the time period this book is set in. The story begins with Jimmy’s partner being gunned down and Jimmy barely escaping with his life. The entire department is out for blood and the “shoot first, ask questions later” mentally is in full swing. Maggie and Kate find themselves conducting a side investigation when they both individually realize that Jimmy’s account of what happened doesn’t make logical sense. This puts them in closer proximity to the killer and the stakes are raised when we discover that Kate is being stalked. The story continues to heighten the anticipation and intensity throughout the book. I thought the identity of the shooter was fitting and believable, though I was surprised that I didn’t see it or catch on earlier. My Final Verdict: Overall, this is a very good story filled with heart racing intensity that will appeal to fans of the suspense and thriller genre, once the initial shock of the behavior and attitudes of the time period wears off. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Cop Town from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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