Library Journal Reviews

Slaughter ("Will Trent" series) sets this stand-alone mystery in 1974 Atlanta. The setting is especially important to keep in mind as the novel explores not only a series of shootings of police officers but also racism, sexism, misogyny, homosexuality, and the politics of the time. New cop Kate Murphy's first day on the job is an initiation not just from the men but also involving the other women on the force, black and white. She's partnered with Maggie Lawson, who comes from a police family but is still not accepted into the brotherhood. When a fellow officer is killed, the old guard, led by Lawson's uncle, are out for revenge and aren't interested in any help from the female cops. The history lesson embedded in the thriller is well crafted, and Kathleen Early's reading balances the multiple worlds the author moves among. VERDICT Highly recommended. ["Slaughter's…thriller is a superb, very gritty look at both a city and era in social and political flux. It's also a searing portrait of family ties and how our pasts can shape our futures, as well as a gripping procedural, with some genuinely terrifying moments," read the starred review of the Delacorte hc, LJ 6/15/14.]—Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo

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