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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: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Alexandra Cooper Series Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781442342644
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Assistant D.A. 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 young 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 Brendan 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. Download and start listening now!

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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.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Barbara Rosenblat has a field day with this entertaining thriller...Great fun.”

    AudioFile

  • “Fairstein...present[s] some genuinely fascinating historical and engineering facts about the ‘city of death’ far below Manhattan...Strong on procedural detail and background material.”

    Booklist

  • “Fairstein’s latest is as generously plotted as ever...[and] she can’t resist whispering historical sidelights into your ear with every change of scene.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Beth | 2/16/2014

    " 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 Kelly | 2/15/2014

    " This is the first book I've read in this series. I really liked Alexandra's character and her relationship with Mercer and Chapman. I think I will go back and start the series from the beginning. It seems like there is something between Alex and Mike, and I'm wondering if it is something that happened in the past, or something that will happen in the future. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 2/11/2014

    " 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 alex | 2/8/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 1/30/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 1/23/2014

    " If you love explosive legal thrillers, you'll enjoy this one by Linda Fairstein, the 9th one in the series. Alex Cooper is embroiled into a heated court case against Brendan Quillian, who's accused of killing or hiring someone to kill his wife. When things couldn't get worse, his witness dropped a shocking bombshell. But what really rocked her world was an explosive from one of the water tunnels, and who died. As they investigate the source of the explosion, they discover some shocking old family history of the bad blood between two rival families, and a family secret, that was taken to the grave. With a hint of a blooming romance with a French chef, things take a twisty road, when Quillian escapes from a courthouse brawl, when they reach the closer to the truth, the source of the bad blood, before their lives are in danger. What a great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 1/22/2014

    " 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 Barrie | 1/21/2014

    " Great mystery, easy read, excellent details about the NYC water tunnels. Fairstein always does her research, and it shows. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy Spicer | 1/21/2014

    " A; Nice murder/mystery writer. I need to check out the whol series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne Elsisy | 1/13/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 1/1/2014

    " I enjoy this series of books set in NYC: a female lead, some suspense, and a compelling mix of characters and plots. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cactuskid2 | 12/25/2013

    " Select Editions Vol 2, 2008 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Michel | 12/13/2013

    " Good finish, enjoyed the book. Have read other books by the same author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauri | 11/30/2013

    " Loved learning about the underground New York tunnels and the history of their construction. Good stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie Liechty | 11/27/2013

    " Next in series with Alexandra Cooper and her detective friends in the Sex Crimes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 11/2/2013

    " Alexandra Cooper is a fun character to read about. I learned some things about New York and enjoyed this fast-paced book at the same time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 11/1/2013

    " I didn't like this one either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanne | 10/18/2013

    " I've read all her books and really enjoy them, and I'm looking forward to the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean McGowan | 10/12/2013

    " It had a different story line! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 10/1/2013

    " Good detective book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 8/27/2013

    " Good. Parts were especially fun and intersting to me as I work right near the Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall stop on the subway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Bennett | 7/27/2013

    " Good book, figured out who did it before it was announced, which isn't a good thing in a book, but the characters were easy to follow, and the story was good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen L | 3/15/2013

    " 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 Coki | 3/11/2013

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tina | 10/24/2012

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Black | 10/21/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bettynz | 6/12/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 4/20/2012

    " 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! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thasc | 1/7/2012

    " The story seemed to take a long time to get going, the last few chapters were exciting it's just a pity that the rest of the book didn't keep up the same pace. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue feldman | 11/22/2011

    " I loved this book because of the "background" story about the New York Sandhogs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Marshall | 11/21/2011

    " Just as good as her other books. I love how Alex protected and stayed with Mike. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 11/5/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kittiya | 11/5/2011

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

  • 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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About the Author
Author Linda Fairstein

Linda Fairstein, one of America’s foremost legal experts on crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence, led the Sex Crimes Unit of the District Attorney’s Office in Manhattan for over twenty-five years. A fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, she is a graudate of Vassar College and the University of Virginia School of Law. She is the author of the internationally acclaimed Alexandra Cooper novels, many of which have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. One of the novels in the series, The Deadhouse, won the Nero Wolfe Award for Best Crime Novel of 2001 and was also chosen as a best book of 2001 by both the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.

About the Narrator

Barbara Rosenblat, one of the most awarded narrators in the business, was selected by AudioFile magazine as one of the Golden Voices of the Twentieth Century. She has received the prestigious Audie Award multiple times and has earned fifty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has also appeared in film, television, and theater, both in London’s West End and on Broadway.