Cop Town by Karin Slaughter, 402 pages
I don't read mysteries nearly as much as I used to, but my love for Karin Slaughter has not dissipated. I discovered her when I worked at ShopnSave and hit up the book section for something to read on break. She has 2 very good series (Will Trent and Grant County), but this book is a stand-alone.
Set in the 1970s, it deals with the Atlanta Police force (Slaughter is from Atlanta). Someone is methodically killing cops and the men on the police force are too busy drinking and degrading the female cops to get anything solved. So, it's up to Maggie and Kate, two female officers, to solve the crime. Luckily, their friend Gail, who works vice, knows a pimp who has a girl with some information.
Slaughter captures much of the racial discontent of the time, as well as the discrimination women still faced in the workplace, specifically in law enforcement.
The plotline and characters of this book will quickly suck you in and hold your interest, which is true of all Slaughter's books.
Warning: Karin does tend to be quite graphic with her depictions and descriptions of the crimes in her novels, so reader beware.
P.S. Karin Slaughter will be at Central Library Tuesday, July 15th at 7:00pm in the Carnegie room!