Cop Town: A Novel by Karin Slaughter

Cop Town: A Novel

byKarin Slaughter

Kobo ebook | June 24, 2014

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**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.

Features a preview of Karin Slaughter’s next novel, Pretty Girls**

“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)

Title:Cop Town: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 24, 2014Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0345547519

ISBN - 13:9780345547514

Reviews

Rated 1 out of 5 by from disappointed I have read every book Karen Slaughter has written, and I have loved them all, but this was just different. To put it quite plainly, it was randomly disgustingly raunchy and generally offensive. I'm so very disappointed and still a little shell shocked. I'm not sure how this book came to be. It was almost as if she was trying to think of the nastiest things to write. Regardless, I will continue to read her new books and hope that she returns to the author I once thoroughly enjoyed reading. With that being said, to each his own. Maybe you'll like it.
Date published: 2015-08-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Coptown Didn't like anything about it. Very disappointed. K slaughter is one of my favorite authors. Save your money
Date published: 2015-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cop Town Great Read! Couldn't put it down. I love how the characters come alive...didn't see the ending coming. Looking forward to her next story!
Date published: 2015-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cop Town First Karin Slaughter book Ive read. I would recommed this novel to anyone intferested in police fiction
Date published: 2015-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cop Town Tightly written. Gritty. Realistic. Great characterizations. Well plotted. Will read more of her stuff.
Date published: 2015-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cop town One of her best
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Best book yet,page turner
Date published: 2014-10-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good But Very Different From Her Series This is Slaughter's first stand-alone novel and I have read all of her other books from the series. This is a difficult book for me to rate and review. It was a good story but so very different from her others and just not what I would expect from a "Karin Slaughter" thriller. In her "Acknowledgements" at the back of the book I think the author herself sums up what is different and unexpected to her fans about this book when she calls out to "Mo Hayder: I am sorry so few people die horribly in this one. Next time." Really that call out should have been to her entire fan-base. Slaughter is a good writer and this is a good cop story, technically a serial killer case, though with an execution-style M.O.; it's an entertaining case and wowed me with the reveal of the killer. I liked the characters and enjoyed the look back at the 1970s world of policing with the rampant sexism and racism. However, if Slaughter's name hadn't been on the book I doubt I would have read it; I'm not usually into police crime novels. I like the dark, gritty serial killer cases where "people die horribly" and that's what I expect from Slaughter. So I'm certainly acknowledging that this is a good, well-written story that I did enjoy and I won't deny the book its due but as a Slaughter fan I must say I am disappointed that she presented us with a book that is less stellar than her serial killer genre thrillers (namely all her other novels).
Date published: 2014-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Wow! It was a good storyline, but I had no idea there was so much sexism and racism in Atlanta in the 70's, I'm so naive. I found the violence tough to read about, but the storyline and history were great. As usual, Karin Slaughter has written another 'hard to put down' boom
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Wow! It was a good storyline, but I had no idea there was so much sexism and racism in Atlanta in the 70's, I'm so naive. I found the violence tough to read about, but the storyline and history were great. As usual, Karin Slaughter has written another 'hard to put down' boom
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cop Town Loved it now hurry up and write the next Trent series I have all your books and read them all....please I don't want to be in withdrawal lol ...no really I don't
Date published: 2014-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cop Town She did it again! Love her books!
Date published: 2014-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes, this IS how it used to be. Slaughter always writes a good story in her series novels, and this standalone departure is no exception. The protagonists are two Atlanta policewomen trying to track down a cop killer...in 1975. I was 22 years old that year, roughly the same age as Kate and Maggie are in this book, and I was literally shocked at the level of, not just unquestioned chauvinism, but outright hatred and violence that the female officers encounter from their male colleagues and are expected to accept as part of the job. I'm not saying that Slaughter got it wrong; quite the opposite. I'm amazed that I had managed to forget just how bad it was. The things that the so-called Second Wave fought for, in many cases, came down to the recognition of female human beings as human beings, worthy of dignity and respect. It was, perhaps, a much simpler issue than the ones that women and men struggle to deal with now. Cop Town is a worthy reminder for those of us of a certain age, and an entertaining look at the era for those too young to remember it.
Date published: 2014-06-28

From the Author

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.Features a preview of Karin Slaughter’s next novel, Pretty Girls“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)