Karin Slaughter’s COP TOWN is an unrelentingly grim and violent look at Atlanta, GA in 1974, a city festering with hatred and tension. It’s also about two police officers, Maggie Lawson and Kate Murphy, trying to prove themselves in a male dominated police force where women aren’t welcomed.
Through Maggie and Kate’s eyes we see a world of racism, bigotry, misogynists, homophobia, anti-Semitic, physical abuse, harassment, and violence—how it’s dealt to them, how they see it, and how each handled it in their own way. Slaughter does an awesome job of transporting us to 1974, the details of the time period from fashion, to describing the city, to the lingo—she doesn’t shy away from anything no matter how dark, sexiest, racist, or brutal the world was like. You can tell the woman did her research.