ARC: Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

Posted on 07/29/2014 in Book Review / 2 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC: Cop Town by Karin SlaughterCop Town by Karin Slaughter
Published by Delacorte Press, Random House on June 24, 2014
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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.

Meet Kate and Maggie: two female cops who have very little in common. Kate is a rookie, a gorgeous rich girl who joins the force as she is still healing from the death of her husband, with no idea what she is getting into. Maggie is a veteran cop with an uncle and brother on the force, but she still gets zero respect from “the boys”. Maggie still lives at home, and doesn’t get any respect there, either. In fact, she is constantly belittled by her mother and abused by her uncle. This is 1974, and the good ole boys of the APD don’t appreciate women who think they can do a man’s job. They expect them to endure groping and lewd comments, keep their mouths shut, and write traffic tickets. As someone who grew up with older brothers and an “anything you can do, I can do better” attitude toward them, this made my blood boil. I couldn’t wait for Maggie and Kate to prove themselves! On Kate’s first day on the job, an officer has been murdered. This is just the latest in a string of cop killings, and the department is in a frenzy. Even so, the women are expected to stay out of the way and not interfere with the investigation. Of course, Kate and Maggie find themselves right in the middle of it. Kate doesn’t realize that she has caught the killer’s eye and he has some special plans for her. Cop Town by Karin Slaughter is an excellent book, but it is not for the easily offended.  Due to the time and place, there are people dealing with racism, sexism, and homophobia. I really liked both Maggie and Kate (even though Kate made some pretty bad choices in her personal life), and I am hoping that this will become a series so we can continue to see these characters grow, and see how the department changes with the times . The setting of the 70’s was different, and set the story apart.  I also really liked the theme that there are different versions of yourself, and figuring out which version you want – or have – to be.  And I liked delving into the question of how terrible people can still do good things. In case you couldn’t tell, I really liked this book! Mystery, lots and lots of action, girl power, self-discovery –  it had it all. This was my first time reading Karen Slaughter’s work, but I can’t wait to discover more.

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Jessica’s addiction to books began at age 4, going on weekly trips to the library with her mom. After being a young fan of Sweet Valley High and The Baby-Sitters Club, she discovered the thrill of reading a book that made her want to leave the light on and check under the bed. Her all-time favorite author is Stephen King, but she will read just about anything! Jessica never leaves home without her e-reader, and considers it the best gift she ever received. Her other hobbies include running and going to Disney World as often as possible.

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2 responses to “ARC: Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

  1. One of the things I really liked about the BBC show Ashes to Ashes was that it juxtaposed the current cop procedures with ones from the 70’s when people didn’t take DNA (because it wasn’t a thing) and were pretty lax about crime scene and evidence protection but were also pretty dodgy in their interrogation of witnesses and their treatment of the women folk. I liked the way he was able to make some subtle differences while still respecting the decade he was currently in.
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