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Cop Town is set in Atlanta in 1974. As brutal cop killings and a furious manhunt rock the city, Kate Murphy begins her first day on the police force. In the male-dominated world of the Atlanta Police Department, being a girl isn’t easy, but being a girl from a wealthy background is even worse, especially with Kate’s looks. Being considered ‘meat’ does little to help her get through the first few days, which is made even worse when even the female officers don’t offer any support.
Luckily for Kate, she isn’t the only woman on the force who is finding things tough. Maggie Lawson followed her uncle and brother into the ranks to prove her worth in their cynical eyes. When Maggie and Kate inadvertently become partners, they are brought together by their desire to prove others wrong, despite being worlds apart and begin their dangerous pursuit of the cop killer together.
Cop Town is Karin Slaughter’s first stand-alone thriller, following the success of her widely acclaimed Will Trent series and with it, she proves she’s not a one-trick pony. Her characters are once again strong, well thought through and credible. It’s a definite page-turner. The storyline is interesting, complex and rings true to the time it is set in. It is action-packed, funny and has a solid level of depth to get underneath the skin of the characters. The story could also easily be turned into another series, which I’d be very happy about.
Karin Slaughter continues to be one of my favourite, if not the favourite, crime writers. Her books are all very intense, fast-paced and complex, but that’s why I think they’re so great. She’s great with words and has an outstanding ability to grab the reader from the get go.
Published by Random House UK, Cornerstone, Cop Town is available as an e-book, paperback or hardback from £12.99.