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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.

Praise for Cop Town
 
“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)
 
“Evocative writing . . . amazing characters . . . with edge-of-your-seat suspense and a riveting plot . . . Slaughter’s first stand-alone book is a knockout.”RT Book Reviews



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March 9th, 2015
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!
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Cop Town
February 23rd, 2015
First Karin Slaughter book Ive read. I would recommed this novel to anyone intferested in police fiction
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Cop Town
January 1st, 2015
Tightly written. Gritty. Realistic. Great characterizations. Well plotted. Will read more of her stuff.
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October 3rd, 2014
Best book yet,page turner
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August 11th, 2014
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
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Interesting
August 11th, 2014
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
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Cop Town
July 24th, 2014
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
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Yes, this IS how it used to be.
June 28th, 2014
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.
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