Karin knows how to spin a yarn, and this book doesn't disappoint. Being from Atlanta and having lived here during the 70's, I love the attention to detail regarding the landmarks and what was in the 70's. There is even a reference to a "Mr. Coffee"! The writing is typical Slaughter ...acerbic, quick wit and the terrible moments that you don't want to happen in the story, but understand that this is necessary for the story to be meaty and real. Loved it! I did not see the culprit until the very end, and I love that! Read it! You will be glad for your time investment.
I could not stop reading this book - and I had so many other things to do! Just read it.
Karin knows how to keep readers on their toes!
I have enjoyed all of her books but this is by far her best yet. Her character development is amazing. While you will hate almost all of them, misogynists, homophobes, racists, anti Semites you will understand what makes them tick. Plot is compelling I didn't know until the end and that's what makes a great story. I loved the main characters and hope she will continue the story. Well done. Must read.
Set in 1974 Atlanta, Karin Slaughter's Cop Town transports you back to the time where segregation was still an everyday occurrence, women were just starting to be allowed to perform the same job duties as men, and people were so homophobic that no one ever divulged the fact that they were anything but heterosexual. The book is told from the viewpoints of three characters: Kate Murphy, a brand new police officer, trying to make it through her first week on the force; Maggie Lawson, a young woman from a family of police officers- yet they don't support her in her career choice; and The Shooter, the killer who is trying to rid the city of what he thinks are people who are not worthy. When Maggie's brother's partner is killed, the whole town is on the hunt for The Shooter. Maggie ends up partnered with Kate and as different as the two of them are, they make a strong team as they both seem to have better detective skills than the men on the police force. Maggie immediately sees holes in the story Jimmy tells of the night his partner is shot. The two women end up chasing down leads all over Atlanta and getting answers to the puzzle they don't necessarily want to hear. And all the while The Shooter is keeping an eye on everyone, especially Kate. Slaughter builds a wonderful picture of the lives of these people. Maggie is from a dysfunctional family with an abusive uncle. Kate is the opposite- she is a wealthy young Jewish woman looking for something to fill her life after losing her husband in the war. We get snippets of their lives, good and bad, as the story progresses until their full personalities are revealed. It was amazing to me the racism, the sexism, and pure hatred that is described in this book, yet in 1974 Atlanta, I am sure this was the case. Some of the scenes left me speechless while others had me laughing out loud. Overall, I gave the book the whole 5 stars mainly for the originality of the book and the way Slaughter told the story.
So good! Missed my hair appt. I could not put this book down. I was a young woman during the 60's and 70's and fortunately my daughters are spared the powerlessness we often did not recognize at the time. Thank you for your good work. Linda Lou :)
Have read all of Karin Slaughter's novels. Her character development is at the top of the game. Her writing just keeps getting better. I was curious about what was going to happen to the characters but not attached to them as I have been in her series novels. Her use of gutter language was too much and her point would have been made just as easily with less of it. While not my favorite Slaughter novel, it was an intense read and would recommend it.