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Cop Town | [Karin Slaughter]

Cop Town

Atlanta, 1974: It's Kate Murphy's first day on the job, and the Atlanta Police Department is seething after the murder of an officer. Before the day has barely begun, she already suspects she's not cut out to be a cop. Her male uniform is too big, she can't handle a gun, and she's rapidly learning that the APD is hardly a place that welcomes women. Worse still, in the ensuing manhunt she'll be partnered with Maggie Lawson, a cop with her own ax to grind.
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Publisher's Summary

The critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling master of suspense delivers her first stand-alone novel, a thrilling tale of crime and struggle set in Atlanta in the mid-1970s.

Atlanta, 1974: It's Kate Murphy's first day on the job, and the Atlanta Police Department is seething after the murder of an officer. Before the day has barely begun, she already suspects she's not cut out to be a cop. Her male uniform is too big, she can't handle a gun, and she's rapidly learning that the APD is hardly a place that welcomes women. Worse still, in the ensuing manhunt she'll be partnered with Maggie Lawson, a cop with her own ax to grind (and a brother and uncle already on the force) - a strategy meant to isolate Kate and Maggie from the action. But the move will backfire, putting them right at the heart of it.

Cop Town is an incredibly atmospheric nail-biter from the author the Huffington Post called an "exemplary storyteller" and "one of the great talents of the 21st century".

©2014 Karin Slaughter (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Jennifer L. Phillips Alameda, California USA 01-28-15
    Jennifer L. Phillips Alameda, California USA 01-28-15 Member Since 2012

    Easy reader

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    "Slow start"

    For the first few hours of this book I really could not get into it. In the end I was surprised with how the turmoil resolved.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Don Butte, MT, United States 12-20-14
    Don Butte, MT, United States 12-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great structure!"
    If you could sum up Cop Town in three words, what would they be?

    Great fem/cop story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kate, naturally. Most of us have been there, new to a school, or a job, or a neighborhood,
    Kate showed great courage.


    What does Kathleen Early bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The trash talk was done so well, and added so much.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Almost did! Yes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Don Rockford, IL United States 12-12-14
    Don Rockford, IL United States 12-12-14 Member Since 2014

    it takes all of us

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    This might be a good story, but the narration is so bad I could not find out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 07-02-14
    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 07-02-14 Member Since 2013

    I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha

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    "Pretty Decent Book"
    What did you love best about Cop Town?

    It was believable & interesting


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was very suspenseful & kept me guessing most of the time


    Have you listened to any of Kathleen Early’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She did a fine job in my opinion


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Not my expertise


    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    justin 06-24-14
    justin 06-24-14
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    "WOW a ONE star review already??? Impossible"
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    I have not listened yet but this rating a book within 5 or 6 hours of release is ridiculous. There is NO WAY the person who rated this book 1 stars actually listened to the book in full and gave it a proper rating. Hell, even the reviews that are 5-Stars that show up within 2 hours of the audiobook release is ridiculous (think Mr. Mercedes). Audible should get the act together on this. It is giving unfair bias and review to both the buyers and the authors who worked hard on the novels. That is all

    43 of 64 people found this review helpful
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    Maura Falls Church, VA, United States 09-25-14
    Maura Falls Church, VA, United States 09-25-14
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    "Such terrible narration, I can't stand it!"
    What disappointed you about Cop Town?

    This is the worst narrated book I have ever listened to on Audible, after listening happily to about 50 other titles. Every single sentence has the exact same inflection. I have begun talking like this and my husband threatens to divorce me. It is the worst thing ever. (I am reading these sentences to myself in the inflection of the narrator and I want to stab out my own eyes with a pencil.)


    What was most disappointing about Karin Slaughter’s story?

    I have not at all gotten emotionally invested in any of the characters, 7 hours in. I don't even know if I will finish it. It's hard to know whether that is Slaughter's fault or 100% Early's fault -- since I have loved other Slaughter books, I blame Early.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I honestly don't know how it could be worse, unless she read it in Chinese. At least I wouldn't have wasted 7 hours of my life listening to the Chinese version, though.


    Any additional comments?

    How does this narrator have a job, seriously?

    20 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Dee 06-29-14
    Dee 06-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "GARBAGE!!!!"
    Would you try another book from Karin Slaughter and/or Kathleen Early?

    I would. I am a fan of the "Will Trent" series. But....wow, Cop Town is making me think twice.


    Has Cop Town turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not in this genre, but definitely by this author.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kathleen Early’s performances?

    Her performance was fine. Her voice worked well with the characters.


    What character would you cut from Cop Town?

    Where would I begin, what a loaded question.


    Any additional comments?

    I understand where and when this book takes place and I understand that this book is a work of fiction. With that being the case I am still offended at how the author portrays her black characters in this book. How is it that all of the black characters are on heroin,dirty,filthy,pimps,mean,angry and "less than"....
    The difference between slavery and the holocaust is representation in history approaches both atrocities differently. It doesn't mean that one group of people is better, cleaner and more deserving of understanding and respect. Karin Slaughter has managed to make all of her black characters regardless of time,place or setting seem like they aren't worth the shit on a shoe. I was offended by her portrayal of characters. This was a waste of my time and credit.

    18 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Lopez Island, WA, USA 07-01-14
    Patricia Lopez Island, WA, USA 07-01-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Terrible"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one


    What was most disappointing about Karin Slaughter’s story?

    I have enjoyed all of Karin's books, and looked forward to listening to or reading Cop Town.
    I fast forwarded through most of the first half because it was so boring. Words words words saying nothing. Women complaining about men, men complaining about women. So very sad.


    What didn’t you like about Kathleen Early’s performance?

    She did a good job with the story she had to work with.


    What character would you cut from Cop Town?

    Terry, Jimmy, the parents and all the male and female police persons. Let Maggie and Kate be stronger and role models instead of laughing stock for men.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to all the other Karin Slaughers books,especially Tripteck, don't waste your time or credit on this one.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Lewis 07-05-14
    Terry Lewis 07-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "It's awful"
    What would have made Cop Town better?

    A plot would have helped. The storyline was obvious and a characterization of actual life. It was vulgar and depressing.


    What could Karin Slaughter have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I have liked some of her other books. She was on a rampage when she wrote this book to prove sexism and discrimination was present and ugly past all imagination in the Atlanta police department during the 70's.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money.

    13 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra 08-05-15
    Sandra 08-05-15 Member Since 2015

    Blind listener reading everything, especially sf&f & mystery/thrillers, restricted to audio so picky where credits are spent #BooksRule

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    "New Kind of Slaughter"

    Excellent read!!! So many things to gush about... Some classic Slaughter suspense and thrills... The historical slant really grabbed me... Looking at the integration of the good ol' boy southern police dept. was well done and truly insightful... A lot of the little things about that change were eloquently, and at times humorously, depicted... The other social issues of time were given voice, and what a fine voice it is...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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