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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,654 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Linda Fairstein Narrator: Blair Brown Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Alexandra Cooper Series Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9780743563260
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The New York Times bestselling author of Death Dance plunges listeners into the mysterious depths of New York City.

Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper is deeply involved in a complicated, high-profile homicide case against defendant Brendan Quillian, a prominent young businessman charged with the brutal strangulation of his beautiful wife. His conviction is not a certainty: Quillian was conveniently out of town on the day of the killing, and his defense attorney seems to be one step ahead of Cooper’s effort to prove Quillian paid a hit man to commit the crime.

Halfway through the trial, a major catastrophe alters the course of Cooper’s case. A cataclysmic explosion rips through New York City’s Water Tunnel #3, a spectacular feat of modern engineering that will be completed years in the future. Was the blast caused by terrorism? Political retribution? Or was it merely an accident? Cooper is quickly drawn into the tragedy when she discovers a strange connection linking Quillian to the tunnel workers killed in the explosion.

Told with Linda Fairstein’s trademark blend of brilliant detective work, cutting edge forensics, and electrifying courtroom drama, Bad Blood is packed with the twists and turns that never fail to thrill her legions of devoted fans.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The crisp writing and Fairstein’s enviable capacity to translate her own experience as a prosecutor into an accessible plot puts this series a cut above most entries in this crowded subgenre.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Strong on procedural detail and background material.” 

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 2/17/2014

    " Brendan Quillian--sandhog made good--stands accused of hiring a hitman to murder his wife. His past cmes back to haunt him and we learn about the underground cities of New York City and the water tunnels that hydrate the city. Quite good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne Elsisy | 2/1/2014

    " I enjoyed this book, but nothing lifted it out of the ordinary for me "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allie | 1/29/2014

    " great lawyer book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 1/29/2014

    " Lanuage. I enjoy this series with attorney Alexandra Cooper. I realized I had read this one before after I got started but finished it anyway (old age is good because I forget the ending of movies and books!) It's amazing how long a blood feud can last and how truly evil some people are even though they look normal on the surface! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jejoha | 1/24/2014

    " I liked the combination of courtroom and real life in new york, the tunnels. The sexist remarks of alex's colleagues/friends annoyed me, i could not imagine a new york woman accept that. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne Mayrinck | 1/20/2014

    " Interesting book about a murder trial. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 1/16/2014

    " This is a good dective story with good detail of NYC. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 alex | 1/13/2014

    " More fun NYC history, with a murder or 3. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bettynz | 1/11/2014

    " Typically, I'd read this one before, though the memory for detail certainly let me down, and it was like reading it for the very first time. Still excellent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 12/30/2013

    " This was not one of Fairstein's best reads, in my opinion. I found myself bored in a few places. They only highlights was the interaction between Alex and Mike. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 12/29/2013

    " it was very good as always, love the ny history she weaves in "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen L | 12/10/2013

    " Nothing special. Not sure how this writer and character have a series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shirley Evans | 12/10/2013

    " I found this book pretty tedious with the frequent historical explanations clumsily inserted and interrupting the action. The characters were not terribly engaging and I was glad to finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reader | 10/21/2013

    " A great read. I enjoyed this book the first book I have read from Fairstein. I plan on reading more of her books. A page turner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill | 7/29/2013

    " it's summer reading, and I have a thing for subterranean new york. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis W Mellen | 6/21/2013

    " Not having lived in New York City, I found it fascinating reading about the underground city of old subways, the water system, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kel | 2/12/2013

    " I enjoyed learning about building NYC and the Sand Hogs who blasted out tunnels and built bridges. Interesting murder mystery with some good plot twists. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tina | 11/16/2012

    " Very difficult to finish this one....I was not engaged in the story. I never have a hard time finishing a book, but I was really kind of bored with this one until the very end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 11/4/2012

    " Found another author that I love! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 10/17/2012

    " A good listen. Kept me quite interested during my commute. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 9/12/2012

    " Part of a Reader's Digest. This one was okay, and while it was hard to put down at times it didn't really hold my interest and reviewing it a few weeks later I can't even remember much of what it was about. I fact, I'm mixing it up with another book and can't remember it at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kittiya | 9/2/2012

    " I would love to go back and start this series with book one! I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 5/15/2012

    " She's a great writer... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan | 3/20/2012

    " This book had several twists and turns that keep you guessing up until the very end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 2/11/2012

    " Am really liking this author. Will continue to read her series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 1/25/2012

    " Are those tunnels really down there??? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valley Cottage Library | 12/1/2011

    " SUMMER READING CLUB: "It was a 'great summer read' with so many facts about New York City. The stories about Sand Hogs, their families and even Woodhaven Cemetery made this an informative murder mystery." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 9/16/2011

    " This Fairstein novel was something out of CSI or TruTV. Not one of my favorite storylines. Too many characters and interwoven subplots. I found myself zoning out a bit in this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Coki | 8/31/2011

    " All the talk about Smrzie's jury duty put me in the mood for a legal thriller. So far not much legaling but okay. --- I should have given up when I began to be annoyed but I plowed ahead anyway and was totally disappointed. Ah well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lain | 5/23/2011

    " I like the historical info but I do wish Mike would quit lecturing at every turn. Also, the repetition of "Coop,...." and "Mike,..." is annoying. No one talks like that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 1/2/2011

    " This book wasn't too bad. It jumped into the action pretty quickly. I'd never heard of the author. The cover actually caught my attention. I don't know if I'll read any more of her books but I wouldn't say no to it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen | 12/26/2010

    " Nothing special. Not sure how this writer and character have a series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Coki | 11/8/2010

    " All the talk about Smrzie's jury duty put me in the mood for a legal thriller. So far not much legaling but okay. --- I should have given up when I began to be annoyed but I plowed ahead anyway and was totally disappointed. Ah well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lin | 10/20/2010

    " I've enjoyed most of the Alexandra Cooper books - but the sarcastic wit of Mike Chapman is getting a bit much. Although the sarcasm is supposed to hide how he really feels about her - I think this book took it to new heights. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 9/27/2010

    " Found another author that I love! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne | 9/6/2010

    " Interesting book about a murder trial. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rod | 8/7/2010

    " Linda Fairstein knows what she is talking about. Her court scenes were, no doubt, based on personal experience, However her characters were a little two dimensional and the plot did not really move at much of a pace. Worth reading but this was not a book I looked forward to picking up each night. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valley Cottage | 8/2/2010

    " SUMMER READING CLUB: "It was a 'great summer read' with so many facts about New York City. The stories about Sand Hogs, their families and even Woodhaven Cemetery made this an informative murder mystery." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Beth | 7/21/2010

    " I couldn't really get into this book. I thought the characters were weak and the dialog not very convincing. Ho-hum. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 6/11/2010

    " A good listen. Kept me quite interested during my commute. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 3/8/2010

    " Really loved the description of the water systems and the subway systems under NYC as background to the mystery. "

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