Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

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I’m coming to the end of Cop Town by Karin Slaughter.

Here’s the blurb:

Atlanta, 1974: As a brutal killing 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.


I’ve absolutely loved everything Karin Slaughter has written to date. She’s one of those authors that I anticipate eagerly her next book, whatever that is, and race through them at breakneck speed.

This time, however, though I’m enjoying the book, I’m not hungrily gobbling it up quite the same way I have her past few titles. It’s a good book, don’t get me wrong but it’s missing the pace, the characters and the overall suspense of her previous books. She’s a great writer, who delivers top-notch crime novels but this time, there’s something slightly lacking. I’d still recommend it and anyone who’s a fan of hers will no doubt read it and love it so maybe try for yourself and see what you think. Would love to hear your thoughts on it.

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