Set in the highly racist and prejudiced 1975th Atlanta, Georgia, Cop Town is an amazing time machine.
Atlanta PD is out for blood after yet another officer has been gunned down while on the job. Kate Murphy just entered their ranks and is learning rapidly what being a rookie is, and how much harder it is to be a female rookie. Maggie Lawson, with a few years on the force under her belt, followed her uncle and brother into the ranks to prove herself. Kate and Maggie are partnered up and start chasing the killer in spite of the directive to stay out of the hunt. They venture into the hostile environment of Atlanta in search for the identity of a killer that’s hungry for more cop blood.
Ms. Slaughter writes an amazing prose that’s intriguing and straight up chilling, and depicts Atlanta’s despise of minorities to a fault; there’s racism, violence, hate, abuse and homophobia scattered and dominating everyone’s thoughts in a way that transports us into another era. I found myself closing my eyes and shaking my head slowly, trying to dissuade the nauseating state that we are still working so hard to shake. She writes with so much talent, that we can clearly picture these people running around Atlanta hating each other, and is nothing short of amazing.
The characters are so perfectly delivered that we hate them; but the context is so expertly explained that we even understand where they come from, even if agreeing with most of them would be disgustingly impossible. They are so real and so well placed in the space and time that the physical violence becomes second place to the derogatory and disgusting way they treat each other; I say each other, because there’s derogatory for everyone: males to females, white to black, black to white, women to women, women to men, straight to gay, and many more combos.
In this context, the mystery is followed flawlessly and we are enthralled in the hunt and the possible identities of the killer. We wonder about each and every one, while we would probably want to hate them all.
It’s haunting and deeply engrossing but not for the faint of heart because of the very explicit violence that is there only when it adds to the plot, but nevertheless it is explicit and it is strong. So, if you can handle it, you will definitely not be disappointed.
Cop Town Published June 24th 2014 by Delacorte Press