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3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5 3.50 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Linda Fairstein Narrator: Allison Janney Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Alexandra Cooper Series Release Date: September 1999 ISBN: 9780743542883
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Alexandra Cooper has seen many murder victims, but few more disturbing than the silk-clad body of a woman pulled from the waters at Manhattan's northern tip. Alex races against the clock and hopes for a "cold hit" -- a DNA match that would reveal the identity of the murderer by linking the crime to someone already in the police database. But as the case pulls her into the exclusive world of East side auction houses, Alex discovers she may be marked as an expendable commodity in a chilling and deadly scheme... Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A skillfully executed plot, by a crime novelist whose powerful characters are drawn from her real-life expertise. Absorbing, intricately woven—bring on the next.” 

    Patricia Cornwell, New York Times bestselling author

  • Cold Hit is a sure hit! Linda Fairstein writes tough, beautiful prose about a world she knows firsthand. Cold Hit moves from crime scene to police headquarters to courtroom with a deftness only a true insider can manage.

    Lisa Scottoline, bestselling author

  • “Fans of the assistant D.A.'s previous adventures will be mightily pleased with this one.

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Fascinating and fast-paced.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela | 2/20/2014

    " Slow go but I enjoy the author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paulette Ponte | 2/18/2014

    " Good read about the corrupted world of art collectors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 2/12/2014

    " This was okay but not up to Fairstein's earlier books. I enjoyed reading about the underside of the art world, but there were too many threads that the author was trying to keep up in the air, and it made for confusing reading. For example, Mercer, one of the cop protagonists, got shot badly...and quite a bit of time and writing was spent on him. But at the end of the book, no attention was paid to his condition... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 2/6/2014

    " This is the first book by Ms. Fairstein that I've read. It was enjoyable. I especially enjoyed the art history in the books. I'm not into art that much so it was fascinating to me. It was something different for me. I did however like the mystery itself. Author had some good plot twists in there. I liked the characters interplay with each other and how you could see their bonds. I think I made the mistake of reading the third book first however. They speak of other cases which I'm assuming are in the first books. I plan on picking those up soon. It's not early Cornwell or Sandford but I would still highly recommend this book to others looking for a murder mystery. "

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

    " I like Linda Fairstein a lot. I'm ready to read the next book already, but will have to go find it first. The story line is great, attention grabbing, & never dull. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 1/29/2014

    " Linda Fairstein is an author who keeps getting better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 1/21/2014

    " Didn't realize art collecting was so cold-blooded. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 1/15/2014

    " This is the third of the Alexandra Cooper mysteries featuring the law. A great suspenseful read for all to like and enjoy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Margaret | 1/4/2014

    " I'd forgotten how obnoxious her hero cop is. I kept getting annoyed at him rather than paying attention to the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 1/4/2014

    " I enjoyed the art history angle to this suspense/mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paulettew Welch | 12/29/2013

    " Good hard detective series. Like how Alexandra and Mike discuss everything and like the relationship. Meet all my expectations of a great mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 12/28/2013

    " Second in the series... nice quick rainy-day read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 12/19/2013

    " ok. alex cooper head of crimes against women .this story mostly deals with crimes in the art world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kel | 12/3/2013

    " Murder and mayhem in the art world's underworld. I liked the story, but felt like I had read it before. Read this while snowed in for a week in Gardez, Afghanistan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith Guyot | 11/30/2013

    " I liked this mystery. Seems, lately, that mysteries written by women have more depth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine Kopischke-trejo | 10/20/2013

    " Ok. Not a "best ever"! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniela | 7/5/2013

    " It's a fun read, but it's also very clear that the author is basically writing about an improved version of herself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 8/24/2012

    " I'm happy to see that this writing in this series is improving. The dialogue is still, oh, so very bad, but the story was much more interesting (and I didn't spot the murderer the first time they appeared on the page). Overall, I don't feel too guilty about continuing with the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zafia | 6/1/2012

    " I liked the book. The plot was great and I liked that Mercer got shot because then there finally was some emotions. Not much of them in this series. Can feel a bit dry sometimes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/10/2012

    " A thrilling suspense in which the protagonist must delve into the art world to find a killer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fredrick Danysh | 12/6/2011

    " ADA Alexis Cooper responds to the finding of a well-dressed woman in the rivers of Manhattan. The woman was a member of the ary scene in New York City and appears to have been sexually assulted. A killing spree follows in which no one is safe, not even the police. A very pleasant read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 11/19/2011

    " Definitely not disappointed! Often, a book in a series (for me) will digress from what I have loved about its predecessors. Not this one! Still love Alex Cooper, still love her professional partner/friends and still love hearing about her personal life! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie Busch | 11/9/2011

    " I love this series and have been entertained by everyone of them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betty | 11/5/2011

    " Kept my interest but there was too much legal jargon that slowed it down at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa Hill | 6/30/2011

    " Once again I loved the Linda Fairstein book. She keeps me on the edge of my seat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Bennett | 6/26/2011

    " Good book, but I got lost during the storyline. I'm not sure why, maybe there was too many things going on at once, too many characters, and I just couldn;' keep up with who was who. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paulette | 5/5/2011

    " Good read about the corrupted world of art collectors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 4/18/2011

    " Linda Fairstein is an author who keeps getting better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela | 4/2/2011

    " Slow go but I enjoy the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 3/7/2011

    " Once again I loved the Linda Fairstein book. She keeps me on the edge of my seat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 5/3/2010

    " I'm happy to see that this writing in this series is improving. The dialogue is still, oh, so very bad, but the story was much more interesting (and I didn't spot the murderer the first time they appeared on the page). Overall, I don't feel too guilty about continuing with the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kel | 10/21/2009

    " Murder and mayhem in the art world's underworld. I liked the story, but felt like I had read it before. Read this while snowed in for a week in Gardez, Afghanistan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 9/8/2009

    " ok. alex cooper head of crimes against women .this story mostly deals with crimes in the art world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 8/7/2009

    " Definitely not disappointed! Often, a book in a series (for me) will digress from what I have loved about its predecessors. Not this one! Still love Alex Cooper, still love her professional partner/friends and still love hearing about her personal life! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 7/30/2009

    " I like Linda Fairstein a lot. I'm ready to read the next book already, but will have to go find it first. The story line is great, attention grabbing, & never dull. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dennis | 6/15/2009

    " If you like the series, you'll like the book. It was a pleasant way to pass a day, if you leave out some of the gruesome details about rape and murder. "

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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.