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Cop Town: A Novel [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Karin Slaughter
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Kurzbeschreibung

24. Juni 2014
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Karin Slaughter, author of the bestselling Will Trent novels, is widely acclaimed as “one of the best crime novelists in America” (The Washington Post). Now she delivers her first stand-alone novel: an epic story of a city in the midst of seismic upheaval, a serial killer targeting cops, and a divided police force tasked with bringing a madman to justice.
 
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.
 
Relentlessly paced, acutely observed, wickedly funny, and often heartbreaking, Cop Town is Karin Slaughter’s most powerful novel yet—a tour de force of storytelling from our foremost master of character, atmosphere, and suspense.

Praise for Cop Town
 
“Sly . . . compulsively readable . . . [one of] the summer’s best thrillers.”O: The Oprah Magazine
 
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

“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
 
“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
 
“Stunning . . . Karin Slaughter breaks new ground with this riveting story. If you haven’t yet read her, this is the moment.”—Michael Connelly


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  • Taschenbuch: 416 Seiten
  • Verlag: Delacorte Press (24. Juni 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0804179565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804179560
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,2 x 15,6 x 3 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.5 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (2 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 435 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Sie scheint Spitzenplätze in den Bestsellerlisten abonniert zu haben - mit bereits 70 Millionen verkauften Büchern in 30 Sprachen. Wie schafft Karin Slaughter (geboren 1971) diesen Erfolg? Sie schreibt Thriller, die von Anfang an nervenaufreibend spannend sind, voller Überraschungen und trotzdem überzeugend. Sie lässt dabei kein Tabuthema aus und lotet gesellschaftliche, charakterliche und psychische Abgründe aus. Ein weites Feld tut sich auf für die Gerichtsmedizinerin Sara Linton in "Belladonna", "Zerstört" und anderen Thrillern der "Grant-County"-Reihe. Daneben stammen viele Einzelgeschichten und die "Atlanta"-Reihe mit dem Ermittler Will Trent aus Slaughters Feder. Für den Leser bietet sich eine Riesenauswahl, um sich ununterbrochen unter Spannung zu halten.

Produktbeschreibungen

Pressestimmen

“Sly . . . compulsively readable . . . [one of] the summer’s best thrillers.”O: The Oprah Magazine
 
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

“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

“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
 
“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
 
“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


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4.0 von 5 Sternen Not for the fainthearted! 20. Juli 2014
Von blessed
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
It's man's man's man's world. A white man's world, that is. Atlanta, 1974. A cop killer is on the loose in a city that is rife with racism, sexism, anti-Semitism and homophobia. "Cop Town" follows rookie Kate Murphy in her first week on the job. She is partnered with Maggie Lawson, who followed her uncle and brother to the force and keeps trying to prove her worth to them. When the women are sidelined in the search for Atlanta's cop killer, they decide to pursue their own line of investigation...

Karin Slaughter did a marvellous job of portraying the atmosphere and zeitgeist of 1970s Atlanta. The in-your-face racism and sexism are abhorrent but at the same time a testament to the authenticity with which Slaughter writes.

The book contains very strong language. It was a little too much for my liking to be honest but I thought it added to the story and it actually fits the characters. It might not be everyone's cup of tea though so please be warned.

It's not only the language that keeps shocking. There are some rather violent scenes and a few unexpected twists, one of which had me startled while reading.

"Cop Town" is definitely not for the fainthearted! It's raw, brutal and angry, very angry. But it's also a page-turner and I literally couldn't put it down. If you like fast-paced, thrilling books, pick up "Cop Town" and you won’t be disappointed.

I should also mention the cover as images simply don’t do it any justice. The cover is a fabulous shiny silver, which I just love!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Die "alte Garde" und die neuen Zeiten 7. Juli 2014
Von Hamlet TOP 1000 REZENSENT
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Die Amerikanerin Karin Slaughter kennt man als Autorin der Grant County- und der Will Trent-Reihe. Mit ihrer neuesten Veröffentlichung „Cop Town“ legt sie nun einen Thriller vor, der weit mehr als eine bloße Kriminalgeschichte ist, denn sie beschreibt die gesellschaftlichen Zustände im amerikanischen Süden Mitte der siebziger Jahre und legt dabei gleich den Finger auf mehrere Wunden.

Handlungsort ist Atlanta, die Hauptstadt des Bundesstaates Georgia. Wir schreiben das Jahr 1974, das Jahr, in dem zum ersten Mal ein Afroamerikaner mit einem hohen öffentlichen Amt betraut wird. Die Zeichen stehen auf Veränderung und es scheint, als ob endlich Bewegung in diese streng patriarchalische Gesellschaft kommen würde. Aber wenn man genau hinschaut, gestaltet sich der Alltag für die Bevölkerungsgruppen, die seit jeher gering geschätzt und entsprechend behandelt werden, nicht wirklich anders.

Auch im Police Department ist es noch immer die „alte Garde“, die das Sagen hat und die Richtung vorgibt. Zwar dürfen mittlerweile auch Frauen in den Polizeidienst eintreten, aber sie haben mit unglaublich vielen Vorurteilen zu kämpfen. Das Leben in der Truppe wird ihnen schwergemacht, das reicht von anzüglichen Bemerkungen über derbe Späße auf ihre Kosten bis hin zur sexuellen Belästigung. Aber es sind nicht nur die Frauen, die sich tagtäglich mit Diskriminierungen auseinandersetzten müssen, denn auch Afroamerikaner und Homosexuelle haben gleichermaßen unter denen zu leiden, die das Sagen haben. Gewalt prägt den Alltag und den Umgang nicht nur miteinander, sondern auch mit den Verdächtigen.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen If you like Michael Connolly (author of "Harry Bosch" & "Lincoln Lawyer" series), then you should give this a read! 9. Juni 2014
Von Pietro - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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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!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Karin Slaughter got herself a new fan in me. 24. Juni 2014
Von Ryan J. Dejonghe - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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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. Like that show, this book shows the real human nature of it all.

I'd imagine Slaughter already has a following, but if you're like me and haven't started, now is the time to dig in.

Thanks to Delacorte and Random House for providing an electronic version of this book for me to review.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Spine tingling suspense 19. Mai 2014
Von michael a. draper - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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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. Whores and pimps are questioned in attempt to learn about the killer. In trying to get these people to talk, cruelty to these people is commonplace.

Maggie and Kate get caught up in their attempts to find the killer, and we observe the killer making moves and beginning to stalk Kate.

The dialogue is intense and the pace burns with speed. Maggie tries to take command but her uncle, is the ring leader of the vigilante police who take the law into their own hands.

Karin Slaughter is a writer at the top of her form with "Cop Town." We feel sympathy for Kate and Maggie and dread that they might become victims of the cop killer or submit to the maniacal philosophy of many of the seasoned cops.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Brutal and compelling 30. April 2014
Von J. Prather - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Cop Town is a brutal, gruesome thriller that features characters that are exceedingly complex, dialogue that is often hard to stomach, and so perfectly captures 1974 Atlanta that it made me very happy that I come from the Midwest. I am a big fan of this author, and although I was disappointed to find out that this wasn't a new Will Trent book, I truly believe that this might be her finest work.

Maggie Lawson and Kate Murphy are the heart of this novel, and I don't think I've ever encountered such a unique, complex partnership. Maggie is from a cop family - a family that gives new meaning to the term "dysfunctional family". Kate is a young widow, raised in a fairly sheltered environment, experiencing her first week on the job. The dynamic between these two is compelling, and the obstacles they have to overcome just because they are women are mind boggling. There are things about each of them that you won't like, things you'll admire, and things that will break your heart.

This book is awash in racism, sexism, homophobia, corruption and just about every other bit of unenlightened nastiness that you can even think of. I don't know if this portrayal of the Atlanta police department in 1974 is accurate or merely a dramatic device, but I do know that it felt real. I could see those good old boys that Slaughter skewers so fiercely in this book. I could hear their voices clearly and smell the booze on their breath as they cruised the streets of Atlanta waiting to beat down all the pimps. They made me angry and terrified, hoping that surely this was not how it was.

So, you've got a story set firmly in place and time, characters that jump off the page, complete with all the baggage you come to expect from a Karin Slaughter character, and a plot that motors along at the speed of light. I was frustrated that I didn't have time to read this straight through, because it would have been very easy. This is a book you get lost in, even when all you really want to do is close your eyes so you don't have to look.

My only reservation about this book is with the killer, Foxy. In a story filled with reprehensible people, I never got the truly evil vibe that I think the author was intending to convey. It didn't hamper my total involvement with the story, and was not enough of a drawback to detract from what was certainly a five star read. Cop Town is a must read for any fan of police fiction. Just be prepared for a brutal trip.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen COP TOWN by Karin Slaughter 3. Juli 2014
Von Nancy Goldberg Wilks - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Kate Murphy is not quite the typical rookie one would expect at the Atlanta Police Department. She doesn’t fit, in many ways, especially in 1974, when the book takes place. Nonetheless, she is the star of Cop Town, a novel by Karin Slaughter.

At the beginning of the book, Jimmy Lawson’s partner, Don Wesley, is murdered, bringing the total of executed police officers to five in three months. The other murders, however, were executions, with the pair of officers each being shot once in the head while on his knees. According to the old guard at the police department, the issue is racial – it is time, they believe, for the white males to take back the power that is rightfully theirs.

It is into this environment that Kate Murphy begins her job as a police officer. She is an unlikely rookie, performing unlikely actions, and growing into the profession at an unlikely rate.

I did not particularly care for Cop Town. There are, roughly, three reasons for this.

First, in my opinion, the start is very slow. I had a difficult time getting into the book. Although the pace picks up, I almost did not stick with the book long enough to reach that point.

Second, I found the plot to be somewhat predictable. Although I did not correctly select “who-done-it”, I was in the right ballpark.

And, third, I found the book to be weak on character development. In my opinion, but for a few exceptions, the characters are flat – one dimensional. There is not one character with whom I connect, or for whom I feel particularly empathetic, and so many of the characters are simply stereotypes. Perhaps this is what Slaughter intends. But, I think her message would hit harder if she were more subtle. This complaint, however, might be a result of my own preferences. My interests lean more towards drama, not true mysteries or thrillers in which extensive character development is not as important.

Cop Town provides interesting descriptions of the many different areas of Atlanta. The novel does not feel realistic to me. It does not resonate with my own recollections of 1974; however, I am unfamiliar with 1974 Atlanta, Georgia.

If you like straightforward thrillers, you might enjoy Cop Town. It did not, however, appeal to me.

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