Cop Town, Hardback Book
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


'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, author of Gone Girl.

Atlanta, 1974. As a brutal killing and a furious manhunt rock the city, Kate Murphy wonders if her first day on the police force will also be her last.

For life is anything but easy in the male-dominated world of the Atlanta Police Department, where even the other female cops have little mercy for the new girl.

Kate 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 become partners, and are sidelined in the search for the city's cop killer, their fury, pain, and pride finally reach boiling point.

With the killer poised to strike again, will Kate and Maggie have the courage to pursue their own line of investigation? And are they prepared to risk everything as they venture into the city's darkest heart?


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
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  • Category: Thriller / suspense
  • ISBN: 9781846059995

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Karin Slaughter hat mit dem Krimi 'Cop Town' ein authentisches Buch über Rassismus, Sexismus und Homophobie im Amerika (Atlanta, GA) der 70er Jahre geschaffen.<br/>Durch Verwendung einer sehr brutalen, direkten und rohen Sprache kommen nicht nur die Handlungen besser zur Geltung, auch die Charaktere wirken dadurch lebhafter. <br/>Das Buch ist hauptsächlich in den Perspektiven der beiden Hauptcharaktere, Maggie und Kate, verfasst, ab und an kommt jedoch auch der gesuchte Mörder zu Wort, wodurch eine ganz eigene Dynamik in das Buch gebracht wird. Leider sind einige Szenarien vorhersehbar, wodurch große Überraschungen im Plot ausblieben. Dennoch ist die gesamte Szenerie großartig beschrieben und die gesellschaftlichen 'Abgründe' werden dem Leser schonungslos nahe gebracht. <br/>Karin Slaughter schreibt in prägnanten, kurzen Sätzen und scheut sich nicht vor Slang und Kraftausdrücken.<br/>Alles in Allem ist 'Cop Town' ein spannender Krimi mit starken Charakteren in einer erbarmungslosen und vorurteilsvollen Gesellschaft, die sich im Umbruch befindet.

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Forget Cagney and Lacey and all those female cops from TV land – Cop City is a dark reminder of how far we have come in terms of equality in the workplace.Set in Atlanta, 1974, the premise is that a cop killer is on the loose: Jimmy Lawson, pride of the force, has just witnessed the murder of her partner and is not in the mood to be saddled with a rookie – especially one like Kate Murphy who is not only a woman [obviously] but a lah-di-dah rich girl. The good ole boys of the APD are a foetid mess of prejudice, hating blacks, women, intellectuals, liberals, Jews and, especially, gays: Kate hides her religion and background to fit in, but she’s not the only one with secrets. This is an excellent stand-alone police procedural: its SVLP rating might deter the sensitive but the interesting characters demand a sequel

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