Aug 5, 2014

Book Review: Cop Town



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.


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If you have ever wondered what it was like to be a female cop back in the 70s then I suggest reading COP TOWN.  It's set  back in the days of the old guard when women and blacks were not accepted.  Back in the days when being a cop was to engender respect and the ability to take the law into your own hands.  It's dark, gritty and after reading COP TOWN, I have nothing but respect for the women that blazed the way.

The book jumps between the two women, Maggie and Kate.  Maggie has been a cop for over four years though she gets nothing but insults from her family for her choice of a profession.  Kate, who is from money and recovering from her husband's death, is a total rookie and is assigned to be Maggie's partner.  I enjoyed watching the by-play between the two women and some of it was rather humorous.

I have really enjoyed Ms. Slaughter's books in the past but I do have to say that COP TOWN is not one of my favorites. She did a fantastic job with the atmosphere, and the pacing was spot on.  My issue was that I didn't relate to either of the main characters, didn't really care what happened to them  and  I really need to be rooting for a character for any sense of suspense to develop.  I felt as though there was a glass wall between myself, and both Kate and Maggie.

Still all and all, I found  reading COP TOWN to be an enjoyable way to spend a Sunday afternoon.   If you get a chance to pick up a copy, please do and let me know what you think about Kate and Maggie.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.

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