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Review: Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

The Ian Fleming Steel Dagger celebrates the very best of the thriller genre.

Ian Fleming said there was one essential criterion for a good thriller – that “one simply has to turn the pages” – and this is one of the main characteristics that the judges will be looking for when they pick their winner. Seven titles have been shortlisted for the award this year, and we’ll be looking at each one in turn with the help of book bloggers and reviewers.

Up first is Carol Peace with her thoughts on Cop Town by Karin Slaughter.

Over to Carol:

“In Atlanta in 1974 it was not common to have policewomen on the beat but when Kate Murphy qualifies and has her first day she meets the few who are.

Maggie Lawson is in the locker room when Kate starts her first day and after running the gauntlet of the policemen to get to the locker room Maggie is the one who gives her the low-down of the ‘rules’ of the locker room and pulls no punches telling her that they have to put up with the catcalls and groping every day. When Kate and Maggie are partnered together Maggie is sure Kate will not last the first day and when Maggie gets a call saying her brother, another cop, has been involved in a shooting Kate and her get involved in a hunt for a cop killer. They really do get thrown in at the deep end and are not going to be sidelined on the investigation so they start one of their own. They find themselves in some very sticky situations and are even caught out on the wrong side of town but never lose sight of the target – and the target never loses sight of them.

I loved the fast paced book and the great descriptions of the time and prejudices that must have been in the man’s world and a white man’s world at that. It isn’t a book for the faint-hearted but I can recommend it as a great crime novel.”

Have you read Cop Town? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…

1 Comment

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters were descibed brilliantly and you can picture them in your mind’s eye and form an attachment with them. A real page turner and a great ending.

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