Cop Town: A Novel

By Karin Slaughter


Karin Slaughter, writer of the bestselling Will Trent novels, is broadly acclaimed as “one of the easiest crime novelists in the US” (The Washington Post). Now she supplies her first stand-alone novel: an epic tale of a urban in the course of seismic upheaval, a serial killer focusing on law enforcement officials, and a divided police strength tasked with bringing a madman to justice.
Atlanta, 1974: As a brutal homicide and a livid manhunt rock the city’s police division, Kate Murphy wonders if her first day at the activity can be her final. She’s decided to defy her privileged historical past by means of making her personal way—wearing a badge and sporting a gun. yet for a stunning younger girl, lifestyles may be whatever yet effortless within the macho international of the Atlanta PD, the place even the feminine law enforcement officials have little mercy for newbies. It’s additionally the worst day attainable to begin on condition that a loved cop has been gunned down, his brothers in blue are out for blood, and town is at the fringe of war.
Kate isn’t the single girl at the strength who’s feeling the warmth. Maggie Lawson her uncle and brother into the ranks to end up her worthy of their cynical eyes. while she and Kate, her new companion, are driven out of the citywide look for a cop killer, their fury, discomfort, and satisfaction ultimately achieve the boiling aspect. With a killer poised to strike back, they're going to pursue their very own line of research, risking every little thing as they enterprise into the city’s darkest heart.
Relentlessly paced, acutely saw, wickedly humorous, and infrequently heartbreaking, Cop Town is Karin Slaughter’s strongest novel yet—a journey de strength of storytelling from our most efficient grasp of personality, surroundings, and suspense.

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“Karin Slaughter is just the best mystery writers operating this present day, and Cop Town shows the writer on the most sensible of her game—relentless pacing, complicated characters, and gritty realism, ready opposed to the backdrop of a urban at the facet. Slaughter’s eye for aspect and fact is unrivaled. . . . I’d stick with her anywhere.”—Gillian Flynn
Cop city proves Karin Slaughter is certainly one of America’s most sensible writers. . . . She pulls her readers right into a twisted story of puzzle and retains them involved from begin to finish.”The Huffington Post

“Stunning . . . Karin Slaughter breaks new flooring with this riveting tale. if you happen to haven’t but learn her, this is often the moment.”—Michael Connelly

“Compulsively readable . . . can have your center racing.”O: The Oprah Magazine
“Intense . . . engrossing . . . evocative . . . [Karin Slaughter’s] first stand-alone novel [has] a gritty, action-packed plot and robust, plausible characters.”—Associated Press
“Slaughter graphically exposes the rampant racism, homophobia, and misogyny of cop tradition within the Seventies. . . . profitable leads, the unfashionable atmosphere, and a riveting plot make this considered one of Slaughter’s best.”Booklist (starred review)
“Superb . . . explosive . . . [Cop Town] is bound to win over readers new to Slaughter’s paintings whereas reminding outdated enthusiasts of her huge, immense talent.”Library magazine (starred review)
“Evocative writing . . . outstanding characters . . . with edge-of-your-seat suspense and a riveting plot . . . Slaughter’s first stand-alone publication is a knockout.”RT publication Reviews

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There has been a panicked glance in her eyes. “Just wait, ok? ” “Wait for what? ” Gail requested. Kate didn’t have a solution. “Do you even recognize what we’re doing the following? ” Gail took one step, then one other, till Kate was once sponsored into the wall. “Don Wesley’s useless, girl. a person killed him, gunned him down like a fucking puppy on the street, after which went after her brother. ” She jabbed her thumb towards Maggie. “This whore you’re so fearful approximately is hiding a cop killer. A cop killer who might be available in the market immediately murdering extra of our boys. ” She thumped Kate at the facet of the top. “Has your 3 fucking mins at the task received you considering like a cop but? ” Gail went to thump her back, yet Maggie stuck her hand. That was once all it took. like several bullies, Gail simply wanted someone to name her on it. She grew to become clear of Kate. Black tears smeared her mascara. Her jaw was once clenched so tight that Maggie was once reminded of Jimmy chewing his breakfast that morning. Gail acknowledged, “All correct, darlin’. I’m o.k.. ” Maggie allow pass of her hand. Gail paced out the width of the alley, as soon as, two times. She evidently had a talk happening in her head. She stored nodding. And whilst she wasn’t nodding, she was once shaking her head. Then she stopped. Gail steadied her hand on Maggie’s shoulder. She slipped off one excessive heel, then the opposite. Then she grew to become. Then she jumped up into the air and landed with either toes at the whore’s leg. A crack of splintering bone shot up the alley. “Fuck! ” Violet grabbed her leg with either palms. She rocked backward and forward on her part. “Oh, God! Oh, Jesus! Oh, fuck! ” Maggie went numb. She couldn’t even believe her personal middle beating in her chest. Kate slumped again opposed to the wall. Her face used to be ashen. Gail acquired down on her knees. She rubbed the whore’s again like she wasn’t the only who’d positioned her into quite a bit distress. Her voice took on a maternal tone. “Just inform me the identify, darlin’. inform me the identify and we’ll depart. ” Violet’s physique shivered with discomfort. “What identify? ” “Don’t play me like that, Vi. ” “I ain’t—” Gail pressed her hand into the whore’s damaged leg. quite pressed it. Violet howled like a death animal. Gail didn’t enable up. If something, she pressed more durable. Maggie observed the indentation within the flesh. She imagined the shards of bone clashing like forks thrown right into a drawer. after which she needed to open her mouth simply enough to absorb a deep breath so she didn’t throw up. The screaming wouldn’t cease. Maggie took one other breath. Then one other. She attempted to consider a music from the radio. Tapestry. Lilly’s skinny voice making a song approximately Smackwater Jack and feeling like a traditional lady. whatever that may take the sting off the screaming. Gail slowly published the strain. She used to be sufferer. She waited for the screaming to die down. She stroked the whore’s again back. Her voice was once nonetheless mild while she requested, “You listenin’ to me? ” Her hand went to the holiday, hands a couple of inches from epidermis. “You listenin’? ” “Yes! ” Violet yelled. “Yes! ” Gail’s hand rested at the girl’s hip. “There’s a few whores operating the 5 within the early hours, correct?

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