Book of the Week: Cop Town by Karin Slaughter


By Simon McDonald, Editorial Manager |

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?

Here’s what TheReadingRoom community has been saying:

Brenda56’s review

brenda56Cop Town is a fantastic read, one which I have no hesitation in recommending highly. The action was full on and intense, the twists and turns brilliant!”5 Stars

Reading Writing and Riesling’s review

Reading Writing and Riesling“This is another brilliantly written, evocative, deeply moving and exceptional read from the master of crime fiction – she is so good at her craft she makes writing and reading this seem easy. Well-developed empathetic protagonists and, bad guys – there are many – which you simply abhor.”

5 Stars

Suncoast’s review

Suncoast“This is undoubtedly one of the best thrillers I will read this year. In Cop Town Karin Slaughter steps out with a stunning, powerful, gritty, emotional and very different stand-alone novel set in Atlanta in 1974, then one of the most violent cities in America. She is totally at the top of her game with this new standalone thriller, laced with atmospheric and gritty descriptions, great action, and above all a set of unforgettable characters. While Karin Slaughter has written other outstanding thrillers this one could outshine all of them. Highly recommended.”

5 Stars

Simon McDonald’s review

Simon McDonald“Few crime novels will surpass Cop Town this year. I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction to Karin Slaughter’s work. All I’m looking for now is more time to delve into her backlist. And my fingers are crossed for the next Murphy / Lawson mystery. There’s legs in these characters for a sequel – maybe a series.” 4 Stars

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