This book is set in Atlanta in 1974. I lived in Atlanta 1964-1968, and as much as I love the city I think Karin Slaughter has fairly accurately portrayed the city as it was at this time.
It was no longer “permissible” to hate Negros , so gays became the new hate target. Changes in the power structure were cataclysmic as black voters gained the majority after the exodus of many whites from the inner city, and so were the reactions of the remaining not less-powerful forces, like the Atlanta Police Department.
Primarily a story of two families – the Lawson’s with three family members on the force, and widow Kate Murphy, whose Jewish heritage is masked by the Irish last name of her late husband.
The story: 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.
11/14 Jack Quick
COP TOWN by Karin Slaughter. Delacorte Press; First edition, signed by author. edition (June 24, 2014). ISBN 978-0345547491. 416p.