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Book Review: Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

29 Jun

Cop Town

 

 

Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

Delacorte Press

June 24, 2014

ISBN-10: 0345547497

ISBN-13: 978-0345547491

416 pages

 

Unblinking and in your face

Karin Slaughter writes tough, gritty crime fiction. Unblinking and in your face. Always filled with tough and committed characters who are deeply flawed. Her villains are always well-drawn, evil, and totally believable, with clear agendas that drive their actions. Cop Town is such a story and just might be her best yet.

Set in 1974 among the mean streets of Atlanta and within the corrupt, racist, sexist Atlanta PD, the story revolves around two female officers, one seasoned, one a rookie, who essentially serve as co-protagonists. Each has easily exploited weaknesses, while possessing skills and a toughness that drives the story.

Maggie Lawson comes from a cop family. A family that is dysfunctional on many levels. Maggie tries to live up to the standards demanded by her hard-nosed uncle and brother while trying to retain her own humanity. She is thrust into the chase of a brutal cop killer, whose motives aren’t readily apparent, the only thing known for sure that he will kill again. The clock is ticking and Maggie feels the pressure at every turn.

Entering this pressure cooker is first-day-rookie Kate Murphy. Jewish, strikingly beautiful, privileged from her tony digs in Buckhead Atlanta, and completely over her head. Yet, when she and Maggie team up, they create a powerful symbiosis that proves to be more than capable in the good-old-boy world of Atlanta cops.

The story is fast-paced, with unexpected twists and turns, and a climax that is shocking yet inevitable. A great read.

 

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3 Comments

Posted by on June 29, 2014 in Book Review, Writing

 

3 responses to “Book Review: Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

  1. dianekratz

    June 30, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Karin Slaughter is my all time favorite author! I love ALL of her books! Happy you did too!

     
    • D.P. Lyle, MD

      July 1, 2014 at 9:26 am

      She’s one of my favorite too. And this is a good one.

       
  2. Eva Morgan

    July 10, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Waited for a year and although it was an intense read, I only hope that Will and Sara’s story has not come to an end!! E M

     

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