Slaughter’s first stand-alone book is a knockout. She channels the South in the turbulent ‘70s with evocative writing, which defines the city, creates amazing characters and displays emotions so raw that it’s almost painful to read. With edge-of-your-seat suspense and a riveting plot, this is a top notch story.
The Atlanta PD is full of good ol’ boys in 1974. In this post-civil-rights-movement era, women and African-Americans who are joining the force are subject to outright hostility and demeaning work assignments. With a killer targeting cops, the old-timers are out to get tips using whatever underhanded methods they can — any suspect they find probably won’t make it to trial. Meanwhile, three women ignore orders to stay away from the case: Gail, a tough veteran, Maggie, who’s ostracized even though she’s from a cop family and Kate, a sensitive new recruit. These women collaborate with others and operate free of the bigotry entrenched in the system. They find some astounding evidence, follow surprising leads and end up caught in the crossfire. (DELACORTE, Jul., 416 pp., $27.00)