Linda Fairstein, America's foremost prosecutor of crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence, returns with her 10th Alex Cooper thriller; an excellent choice for both those who've enjoyed the Alex Cooper novels in the past and for readers discovering the intrepid prosecutor for the first time.
It's August in New York, and the only thing that's hotter than the pavement is Manhattan D.A. Alex Cooper's professional and personal life. Just as shes claiming an especially gratifying victory in a rape case, she gets the call: the body of a young woman has been found in an abandoned building. The brutality of the murder is disturbing enough, but when a second body, beaten and disposed of in exactly same manner, is found off the Belt Parkway, the citys top brass want the killer found fast, before the tabloids can start churning out ghoulish serial killer headlines.
Between dodging the bullets of the gang members who are infuriated by Alex's most recent courtroom victory and keeping a rendezvous with a charming restaurateur, a serial killer on the loose is the last thing she needs on her plate right now. Then a third victim is found, and it becomes clear to Alex and her team that time is not on their side.
Through Alex's peerless interrogation skillsand one big breakthe search becomes focused on someone who has a twisted obsession with the military, and things grow increasingly dangerous when the chase leads to a chain of small, abandoned islands around New York harbor.
Once again Linda Fairstein brilliantly orchestrates a page-turning mix of cutting-edge legal issues and forensics, New York City history, and spine-tingling suspense. And at the center of it all is Alex Cooperstunning, single-minded, accomplished, and not to be trifled with whether shes in or out of a courtroom.
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"Fairstein...manages to both entertain and educate, as Cooper struggles with the evidentiary challenges of the Warren rape case and with tracking a vicious serial killer." - Publishers Weekly.
"Both [cases] are atmospheric and absorbing enough to keep you turning pages until the nail-biting climax on Governors Island." - Kirkus Reviews.
"Readers will not want to put down this red-hot thriller until they've turned the final page. It's essential for all public libraries." - Library Journal.
"Fascinating reading in a mystery which stretches far beyond New York." - Sunday Times (UK).
"Handled with the assurance we expect - distinctive and biting." - Daily Express (UK).
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Linda Fairstein, America's foremost legal expert on crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence, led the Sex Crimes Unit of the District Attorney's Office in Manhattan for twenty-five years. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, she is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Virginia School of Law. Her first novel, Final Jeopardy, introduced the critically acclaimed character of Alexandra Cooper and was made into an ABC Movie of the Week starring Dana Delaney. The celebrated series has gone on to include the New York Times bestsellers Likely to Die, Cold Hit, The Deadhouse (winner of the Nero Wolfe Award for Best Crime Novel of 2001, and chosen as a "Best Book of 2001" by both The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times), The Bone ...
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