4. Cop Town by Karin Slaughter
Out 24th June, 2014
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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.
So good to see Slaughter writing something that isn't a Sara Linton or Will Trent book, not that I don't love both those characters it is just refreshing to see her do something different. This was an amazing read that took me right back to 1970s Atlanta where female cops and black cops are struggling to make themselves known on the force. It opened with one of the most gripping scenes I think I have ever read and you know straight away you are in for one hell of a ride. I loved both Maggie and Kate both strong women working in a man's world. A must read for anyone who likes their books fast paced and gripping with a few twists thrown in here and there.