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They come from totally
different backgrounds but Kate Murphy and Maggie Lawson end up
partners on Atlanta’s Police Force. Maggie comes from a
dysfunctional law enforcement family, her uncle and brother are cops,
while Kate, whose husband was killed in Vietnam, crew up in a
sheltered, wealthy Jewish household.
It is 1974 and not
only are the two women facing hostility within a department that
isn’t ready to accept women officers, but a serial killer has gunned
down five of their colleagues and Atlanta’s finest are out for
Although they are not
included in the official man hunt, Kate and Maggie are determined to
follow their own instincts and see if they can solve the case. It
doesn’t take Maggie long to realize that members of her own family
are going to be key players in what unfolds here. Also we’ll
discover that Kate is, unwittingly, being stalked by the killer and
that adds another personal element to the thriller.
A volatile situation
that involves misogyny, racism, homophobia and corruption, Cop
Town is Karin Slaughter’s first standalone novel. Her long time
fans will not be disappointed by this compelling story that
introduces two unforgettable women. I seriously doubt that this will
be the only time we meet these two characters. A sequel would
obviously be in order if not a brand new series. Karen Slaughter has
created a team here that rivals Cagney and Lacey as well as Rizzoli
and Isles so why not capitalize on them?