and it's women officers!
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.
When you've been in law enforcement as long as I have, you know its history- the good and the bad. Karin does an EXCELLENT job in bringing to light the difficulties, hostilities and downright petty harassment, that the original women police officers had to go through. It doesn't matter that her book is set in Atlanta. The tale could be in any city across the country. The honesty- both brutal and poetic- is what truly makes Karin's
first stand-alone novel truly a MUST read! For the early women in Law Enforcement were much like the first women astronauts- they had to battle a 'men's club' culture that not only did not want them there, that did everything they could to drive them out. That tug of war between the 'old ways' and the 'new modern way of thinking', forms the backbone of this novel. It is a story of a changing culture, way of life and the city itself. Add in a juicy mystery that only seems to deepen with many twists and turns, before the light is shone on the nasty deep dark secrets that make it up. It is truly a late-night page turner- I literally could NOT put it down! The tale will haunt you about the changes and how far justice has come! I can't recommend this one enough- you HAVE to read it!
About the Author:
Karin Slaughter is a New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author. She is a native of Georgia. .Check out her website for more!