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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  23,654 ratings  ·  2,362 reviews
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Karin Slaughter, the New York Times bestselling author of the Will Trent series and “one of the best crime novelists in America” (The Washington Post), returns with her first standalone thriller: an atmospheric nail-biter about a rookie cop making her own way in the boys’ club that is t
Kindle Edition, 466 pages
Published June 24th 2014 by Delacorte Press
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Myra There is some blood and violence involved but no children were hurt (except for the brief reference to a teenage rape).
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Karin Slaughter
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
All new characters, set in 1975...I think my readers will really enjoy this one. It was a lot of fun to work on and I talked to a lot of interesting folks for research. Don't worry--another Will and Sara is around the corner. A girl has to have some fun!
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cop Town is a crime thriller set in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1974. It is a story of a city and state in a state of flux, a police department in open revolt against a black mayor, a black police commissioner, Reginald Eaves, and the changing face of communities with the growth in a range of minorities, with women and blacks working as police officers and more. Atlanta is a city festering with hatred and tension as a fifth white police officer has been shot dead on duty, with the shooter pegged as a b ...more
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-said
I’m giving it up for Slaughter’s Cop Town. She got her hook in early and kept me tethered to that line throughout.

Dawn broke over Peachtree Street. The sun razored open the downtown corridor, slicing past the construction cranes waiting to dip into the earth and pull up skyscrapers, hotels, convention centers. Frost spiderwebbed across the parks. Fog drifted through the streets. Trees slowly straightened their spines. The wet, ripe meat of the city lurched toward the November light.
The only so
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

This book is now released. Run and get it!!

Cop Town is set in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1970's. Admittedly the south has suffered for our history and this book doesn't portray the people living in the south in a great light. Don't let that stop you though. I lived and live in Georgia and this book blew me away.
Atlanta GA 1970

Peachtree street. 1970's

Then Atlanta's Police Dept in the 70's.

Notice something there? No women. The Police department didn't really think women belonged o
Susanne  Strong
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
4 Fabulous Stars.

Maggie Lawson is a cop in the Atlanta Police Department. The Year is 1974. Things were different back then. Maggie is basically a beat cop, writing traffic tickets, as are all of the other women on the force, unless they are working undercover as Prostitutes that is. Women are after thoughts. After all, they aren’t allowed to buy a car or open their own bank accounts. Women on the force are mere numbers, meant to make the force look good. Yet Maggie Lawson wants more and she kno
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This standalone by Karin Slaughter is set in 1974 Atlanta, where a serial cop killer is on the loose. As the search for the killer is going on Kate Murphy, a beautiful young widow from Buckhead (a wealthy Atlanta neighborhood) has completed her police training and starts on the job. She's soon partnered with working class Maggie Lawson, whose uncle Terry Lawson and brother Jimmy Lawson are both cops.

The job isn't easy for women however. The 1970s Atlanta Police Department is dominated by racist
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jun-14
I can easily see why Karin Slaughter is one of my very favorite authors. "Cop Town" is her first stand-alone novel that I genuinely hope she will develop into a series.
Set in the 70's "Cop Town" is an epic story of a city in the midst of tumultuous turmoil, a serial cop killer, and a divided police force assigned with capturing this madman.
How can I do justice to this superbly written novel except to say it is fascinating, deeply moving, blatantly realistic and written by one of th
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: public-library
Atlanta 1974.  Kate Murphy is a rookie cop, and this is her first day on the job.  Issued an ill-fitting uniform, she struggles with her utility belt, handsy and hostile male cops, and an utter dearth of respect from the whole force.  (view spoiler)  

A cop killer is on the loose.  Good story, standout characters.  Some you
Wendy Darling
2.5 stars Karin Slaughter tops my list of favorite crime writers, and she's certainly the one who writes the most engrossing police procedurals, as well as the one who usually succeeds in leaving you gasping after she's punched you in the emotional gut. But while I was excited about the idea of a new book outside of the Georgia series, this one didn't quite work for me.

I appreciate the author's tackling a difficult time period in showing the rampant racism and sexism of the 1970s, but this book
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone, Crime Fiction Fans
I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thanks for the opportunity.

I am shamefully admitting that whilst crime is my most read genre, this is the first time I have read a book by the talented Karin Slaughter. I know, I know, there is no excuse and I see that I have been missing out after reading this outstanding and breathtaking novel. Never fear, I shall be reading every single book she has written after this one.

Cop Town is unli
Patrice Hoffman
Karin Slaughter has been one of my favorite authors for some time now. Her Will Trent series has always placed her in a class all her own. Her gritty, descriptive, suspenseful crime novels make her a force to be reckoned with so it's no surprise that Cop Town, the first standalone novel, is as good as it is.

Maggie Lawson and Kate Murphy take center stage as two female officers for the Atlanta Police Department. Maggie comes from a family that eats, breathes, and dies by the blue. Although no one
Atlanta, Georgia in 1974 was full of racial prejudice, bigotry, hatred and the belief that women should be in the home, not working toward a career – and this was just in the Atlanta Police Department. Maggie Lawson had been a raw recruit once – on the job now for twelve months, she was still in the shadow of her uncle and brother. Terry had a cruel streak and did his best to lower Maggie’s dwindling confidence with verbal abuse and beatings. Her brother Jimmy was growing up the same way, though ...more
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WHY HAS IT TAKEN ME SO LONG TO READ KARIN SLAUGHTER? I loved most of it, but there was one aspect with the then that irritated me. Video review will be up next week :)
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sincere thanks to Netgalley and Random House for providing the e-galley of Cop Town to be published June 24, 2014.
Where have I been? This is my first experience with author Karin Slaughter. It certainly won't be my last.
Cop Town begins with a hit the ground running, grab your attention, prologue. Jimmy Lawson carries his partner, Don Wesley, over his shoulders, fireman style, to the hospital after a serial cop killer known as The Shooter shoots Don. Jimmy credits his own survival to the killer
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whenever I read a Karin Slaughter book I finish it and think I really should read more of her work. I always seem to enjoy her books and yet I still keep reading other authors work, well this is going to change. In my defence there are so many good authors and books out there and such little time to fit them all in.
This stand alone novel is set in Atlanta, 1974 and new recruit Kate Murphy is thrown into a brutal murder and a furious manhunt that is rocking the city. Kate is a good looking woman
Jenn (One of Many, We are Legion)
The good-ol-boy system was great so long as you were one of the boys.

So, this book. How to start with this book? I've never read Karin Slaughter before, but I was in the mood for an adult stand-alone when I was perusing Netgalley. I almost skipped over it. I'm so used to YA, with their dazzling covers of trickery, looking all beautiful on the outside, but oftentimes being so empty inside. Then I came across this. With it's unassuming cover, all quiet, contemplative, calculating, almost bland
Marnie  (Enchanted Bibliophile)
Again this is prove of why Karin Slaughter is one of my favorite authors.

All the dedication in researcher that went into this book is mind baffling.
She capture the struggle and perseverance of these women so well. In 1975 women was meant to be at home raising the kids; and the men would not make you forget your place. Written as brutally honest as only Karin can be.


In Cop Town Karin just again show how brilliant she is at creating the perfect killer and then let them unravel in the end. Not a
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sexism baby. It’s pretty-freakin’-ridiculous. But if you can’t move past it, or you’re going to start swearing from the mountaintop, you better just slide right on by, because you will not enjoy this novel. Let that sink in for a moment before we move on. And if you’re going to bitch and moan about it, keep in mind Karin Slaughter wrote a realistic historical novel. She did not set out to write a politically correct novel. And for cripes sakes, this is fiction people.

Atlanta is a wonderful south
This book had just about everything. Racism, sexism, misogyny, bigotry, abuse, victim-blaming, homophobic slurs.. oh, and cheating. Everything I hate. Also it was just a constant stream of people being generically unpleasant or cruel. Fun times.

This was unrelentingly awful and uncomfortable and gross. I realize this is not an untrue picture of the 70s, particularly set amongst already toxic cop culture, but dear god. Just.. this is like living under the threat of a punch, cringing, cowering, cur
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ever since I read Darktown, my GR friends have been recommending I read Cop Town. 1974, Atlanta. A black chief of police has just been appointed but the old,white guard is not going down without a fight. Racism and sexism are rampant. Drinking on the job is so common you wonder how anything got done. And now there's a cop killer on the loose.

The book is told from the perspective of two young female cops, one brand new to the job and the other with a few years under her belt. Slaughter does a gr
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime, arc

This is a hard book to review. There were parts I liked but there were parts I didn't like, but taking two weeks to read this sort of book shows that I was struggling.

The soundtrack to this book has to be "Gimmie Shelter" by the Rolling Stones. Racism is rife, homosexuality is like a disease that needs to be eradicated, the backdrop of the Vietnam War and the general hatred of it ooze out of the pages. That is the highest praise I could give it by relating it to such a great song.

The plo
Diane S ☔
The seventies, in Atlanta, women and black are just now being allowed on the police force, a police force of the good ol boys, used to running the city the way they see fit. I grew up in Chicago and in the seventies, I knew cops like this, they would often beat up the male teenagers whenever they felt like it and then deposit them on their front porches. They had no oversight and the kids had little recourse. This novel has that time period down pat.

Kate is a new cop and Maggie comes from a fami
Jack Jordan
2nd June 2018 update: read and loved it a second time. The characterisation is phenomenal.

4.5 stars.

I had read one of Slaughter's books in my early teens, and I can't remember why I didn't pick up another title of hers until now. I'm glad I did.

Cop Town is brilliant: not only is it a thrilling crime story, but it also highlights real problems in society: racism, sexism, homophobia, police brutality. Slaughter delivers a great crime novel with a window of what it was like in 1970s Atlanta, Geor
Stacy Green
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely excellent. The characters were vivid, and Slaughter's obvious research into the life of a female police officer in Atlanta in the 70s made the book one of the best I've read in a long time. I'm hoping she decides to make this one a series!
Jennifer Masterson
A strong 4.5 stars for Cop Town. This was my first Karin Slaughter novel but it definitely won't be my last. It's a thriller about cops living in Atlanta in 1974. Boy does Slaughter do a good job portraying what life was like back then, especially for cops.
Judy D Collins
A special thank you to Random House Publishing Group-Bantam Dell and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Loved this Atlanta Crime Thriller, COP TOWN!, Karin Slaughter’s upcoming new stand-alone crime thriller based in Hot Atlanta. A dark encounter of life on the streets, back in the seventies in a controversial city full of hatred and crime, in a predominantly male law enforcement world, with no respect for women, or other minorities.

The 70’s were proving to be a bad decade f
Linda Quick
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is very different from Karen Slaughter's other works. This takes us inside the Atlanta Police Department during a time of extreme racial and gender strife. During this time, Slaughter takes us along as a young Jewish woman of privilege joins the police department. No group seems to be safe from taunting and abuse, whether they're of color, of another faith, of another sexual preference, or female, etc. Even the female police officers were treated as lower class citizens and this woman faced ...more
Sara (sarawithoutanH)
CW: sexism, racism rape, racial and sexist slurs, graphic violence and gore, murder

This is an odd book to rate. Karin Slaughter's writing is as good as ever, but the subject matter isn't easy to read and the mystery is not as strong as her other books. The book takes place in the 70s and depicts much of the discrimination and harassment towards women and minorities, particularly by the police. The story focuses on two women on the force as they search for a serial cop killer. I enjoyed both of t
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cop Town is the first full-length stand-alone novel by popular American author, Karin Slaughter. Despite some changes in laws, policies and attitudes, the Atlanta Police Force in 1974 was still overwhelmingly rife with racism and sexism. It is against this background that young police patrolwoman Maggie Lawson and new recruit Kate Murphy, excluded by the boys, launch their own investigation into the murder of an Atlanta patrolman, Don Wesley. The fact that he was partnered with her brother Jimmy ...more
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Karin Slaughter does it again. This book left me pretty speechless. Not only was it a typical 5 star Slaughter thriller, but it tackled some heavy historical issues regarding race and gender inequality that took place in the 70's and really shed some light on what a "historical thriller" is.

The setting is in the 1970's in Atlanta Georgia where there is a definite racial divide about as wide as the grand canyon not only in the city of Atlanta but on the Atlanta police force. Slaughter (not surpr
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