Saturday, 12 July 2014

Cop Town by Karin Slaughter - review

Karin Slaughter is back - yay! - with a standalone novel. Cop Town is set in 1970's Atlanta, at a time when the Civil Rights movement had started the gradual shift in attitudes towards women and those born into a different race. The story takes place in 1974, and focuses on a rookie cop, Kate Murphy, as she takes her first steps in the brutal new world of policing. Kate is a widow, her husband killed in Vietnam, she is also Jewish, her gender and religious background both counting against her in an era where white men ruled. We are also introduced to Maggie Lawson, a woman with a cop for a brother and for an uncle. Neither of which wants her on the force. Maggie has a troubled past, she was the victim of an assault as a teenager which she is blamed for by her family. Her uncle is a bully, and desperate to keep his stranglehold on Atlanta's policing.

Cops are being murdered in Atlanta. The city is living in fear of a serial killer. The police are quick to lay the blame on a black man, but, having tried once are reeling from their failure. The book opens with a star police officer, Jimmy Lawson, carrying his dying partner to hospital. The two have been attacked by the cop killer, but only one man was shot. Jimmy's sister Maggie knows that this doesn't add up, but is dismissed by her brother and her uncle Terry. Kate is due to start her first shift on the force the day after the latest shooting. Even the female officers show no mercy to rookies, so Kate has to tough it out on her own. Maggie and Kate end up working together, despite the treatment from their male colleagues, and work to solve the case. Secrets are discovered, lives hang in the balance, and the case gets too close for comfort.

I love Karin Slaughter, no really, truly LOVE her. She is immensely talented and isn't scared of tackling difficult subjects. There are times in the book when you feel so filthy after wading through the language and the treatment of people, yet you never want to stop reading. The storyline, as always, is excellent. The book is relentless. It never eases up to let you process what you've read, because if you do you may never be able to continue. You might guess the culprit, you might not, it doesn't really matter because seeing how the characters work everything out is worth the read alone. If you haven't read any of Slaughter's (yes, that is her real name!) work before I highly recommend that you do. You won't be disappointed!

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