Cop Town: A Novel and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $27.00
  • Save: $6.66 (25%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Used: Acceptable | Details
Sold by CWJBOOKS
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: exlibrary hardcover book in jacket with light wear, shows some light reader wear throughout ,all the usual library marks and stamps. Stains to book edges
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Cop Town: A Novel Hardcover – June 24, 2014


See all 17 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$20.34
$7.72 $0.50

Best Books of the Month
See the Best Books of January
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Frequently Bought Together

Cop Town: A Novel + Unseen (with bonus novella "Busted"): A Novel (Will Trent) + Criminal: A Novel (with bonus novella Snatched) (Will Trent)
Price for all three: $36.32

Buy the selected items together
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press; First Edition edition (June 24, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345547497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345547491
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (908 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

*Starred Review* In her first stand-alone novel, Slaughter revisits the themes of her best-selling 1970s-set Criminal (2012). In Atlanta in 1974, Kate Murphy shows up for her first day of work at the Atlanta Police Department. Brought up in the genteel section of town, the daughter of a wealthy psychiatrist, Kate is wholly unprepared for the rough-and-tumble atmosphere of a department that is openly hostile to women. Sporting a uniform three sizes too big, she is a ready target for her fellow cops’ emotional and physical hazing. She partners with Maggie Lawson, who has a brother and an uncle on the force, and the two are thrown headlong into a day that sees them dealing with the murder of a fellow police officer. They begin to suspect that the dead cop was the victim of the Shooter, an expert marksman who has already taken out four other officers. Frantically looking for the thread that connects the murders, conducting a harrowing interrogation of a transsexual pimp that erupts in violence, and emotionally bruised from the vitriol directed her way, Kate begins to wonder if she is cut out to be a cop. Slaughter graphically exposes the rampant racism, homophobia, and misogyny of cop culture in the 1970s, made all the more jarring by its contrast with Kate’s cultured upbringing. Winning leads, the retro setting, and a riveting plot make this one of Slaughter’s best.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Slaughter has more than 30 million copies of her books in print in 32 languages; the first stand-alone novel by this exceptional crime writer is sure to win her many new fans. --Joanne Wilkinson

Review

“Karin Slaughter is simply one of the best thriller writers working today, and Cop Town shows the author at the top of her game—relentless pacing, complex characters, and gritty realism, all set against the backdrop of a city on the edge. Slaughter’s eye for detail and truth is unmatched. . . . I’d follow her anywhere.”—Gillian Flynn
 
Cop Town proves Karin Slaughter is one of America’s best writers. . . . She pulls her readers into a twisted tale of mystery and keeps them fascinated from start to finish.”The Huffington Post

“Stunning . . . In Karin Slaughter’s first stand-alone novel, she breaks new ground with this riveting story of two young police officers trying to stop a serial killer targeting cops. Her characters, plot, and pacing are unrivaled among thriller writers and if you haven’t yet read her, this is the moment.”—Michael Connelly
 
“Compulsively readable . . . will have your heart racing.”O: The Oprah Magazine
 
“Intense . . . engrossing . . . evocative . . . [Karin Slaughter’s] first stand-alone novel [has] a gritty, action-packed plot and strong, believable characters.”—Associated Press
 
“Slaughter graphically exposes the rampant racism, homophobia, and misogyny of cop culture in the 1970s. . . . Winning leads, the retro setting, and a riveting plot make this one of Slaughter’s best.”Booklist (starred review)
 
“Superb . . . explosive . . . [Cop Town] is sure to win over readers new to Slaughter’s work while reminding old fans of her enormous talent.”Library Journal (starred review)
 
“Evocative writing . . . amazing characters . . . with edge-of-your-seat suspense and a riveting plot . . . Slaughter’s first stand-alone book is a knockout.”RT Book Reviews
 
“Scintillating . . . Slaughter does her usual fine job of exploring intriguingly troubled characters.”Publishers Weekly

“A masterpiece . . . Much more than a thriller . . . Karin Slaughter’s unforgettable female characters and stunning evocation of time and place make Cop Town one of the most powerful and moving reads of recent memory.”—Kathryn Stockett

More About the Author

Karin Slaughter is a New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author. She is a native of Georgia.

Related Media


Customer Reviews

The plot is well developed as are the characters.
Douglas Goss
Keeps your interest , hard to put down, good story line, liked the plot , the ending was terrific, love her books.
Kathleen McCarthy
Always look forward to the next one, one of my favorite authors.
Kathy K

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I was not aware of Karin Slaughter until about a month ago, when Amazon presented the opportunity to read & review her new crime fiction novel, "Cop Town."
While I love to read detective/mystery stories, I am not one to typically review them...this is my first.
There is no point in my rehashing the plot or describing the characters, since Amazon's product description, and many other reviewers, have already done a fine job in that regard.
What I can say is: if you like any of Michael Connolly's work (eg, the Hieronymous Bosch & Mickey Haller series)...or Robert B.Parker's (eg, the Spenser, Jesse Stone, Sunny Randall series)...or Lee Child's (eg, the Jack Reacher series), then there is a very good chance that you will really enjoy this book.
Karin Slaughter has a terse/descriptive style, and develops her characters nicely, touching upon many interesting subjects and topics along the way, while telling a riveting story that had me wanting to not put the book down.
If I have to be asked more than once to come to dinner when I am reading a book (which did happen with this one), it's a winner.
I am happy to have made an acquaintance with Karin Slaughter's work, and expect I will be reading more of her books in the near future.
I find it difficult to rate a book using the 5-star system...for me it's either "a read" or not...but I would say that this is a very good read, so I'd rate it a 4.5 (perfection is something to strive for and rarely reached, I feel)...and definitely worth investigating!
6 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Ryan J. Dejonghe TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 24, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Karin Slaughter got herself a new fan in me. Oh sure, she starts with the pretty writing, describing the city in metaphors, but then--Pow! Guts dripping down the back; pieces of skull bone stuck in teeth; pimps waiting outside the hospital. And that's just the prologue.

COP TOWN is my first Slaughter novel; maybe you fans can help me out and let me know if all her writing is like this. She pulls and tugs, and slaps and bakes until the scene is vivid in front of you. The characters are commanding, especially the women, but all with their own culpabilities. That's what really impresses me here with COP TOWN, where the chicks are hardcore, tough, kickass, but also carry a burden of faults. Ain't nobody perfect; that's what makes a true diamond shine. I think it'll be impossible for you to read COP TOWN and not love especially Kate and Maggie as characters.

Speaking of characters...this takes place down south in the 70's, Atlanta to be specific. Slaughter catches this whole brutal flavor. This book shows the Good Ol' White Boys Club. They didn't like their new black Chief. They didn't like women playing the part of fellow cop. They didn't like gays. And they think CT (color town) is the place to investigate first. Slaughter shows how bad it was and the environment women police officers had to overcome to perform their duties and survive. This book is so much more than finding a cop killer, it's the whole package.

You know what this book reminded me of? The HBO show THE WIRE. It's like a flashback to yesteryear, when things seemed simpler, but had their own time-specific challenges. THE WIRE and COP TOWN show both sides of the coin, cops and robbers per se, but that didn't necessary always mean good or bad.
Read more ›
5 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
40 of 49 people found the following review helpful By michael a. draper VINE VOICE on May 19, 2014
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I loved this story and would be first in line if it was made into a movie.

The story is set in 1974 in Atlanta, Georgia. Kate Murphy has just joined the Atlanta P.D. She's a widow whose husband was killed in Vietnam. However she keeps this to herself as well as her Jewish background and family wealth.

Kate experiences the harassment of the male dominated police department from the start. Black cops and white cops stand apart at roll call and black women police officers must wait until the white women cops finish before they can use the locker rooms. There are no women detectives and the feeling is that the only good thing a women is suited for is typing reports.

The heated intensity of the department arises from a cop killer who has just claimed his fifth victim. It was Jimmy Lawson's partner who was shot. Jimmy carried his partner to the hospital but it was too late.

The department is used to doing things their own way and when a black drug dealer was arrested for murder, the cops staged the evidence to insure a conviction. Instead, the tainted evidence was discovered and the man set free. Now, the feeling is, if they find the cop killer, he won't make it to trial.

Kate is teamed up with Maggie Lawson, Jimmy's younger sister. Maggie tries to show Kate the ropes but feels that Kate is just too pretty and refined to have the guts to make it on the job.

The story is told through the eyes of Kate and Maggie and those of the killer. Maggie is from a blue collar family and accepts the harassment she receives. Her brother doesn't try to protect her but joins with his beer drinking fellow cops in taunting and with sexual innuendos. Much of the action takes place in the slums of Atlanta, dominated by minorities.
Read more ›
7 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?