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3.07 out of 53.07 out of 53.07 out of 53.07 out of 53.07 out of 5 3.07 (30 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 2006 ISBN: 9780743564663
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New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein takes readers behind the scenes of New York City’s theater world—from Lincoln Center to the lights of Broadway—in a riveting novel rich with her trademark blend of cutting-edge legal issues, skillful detective work, and heart-stopping suspense.

Teaming up with longtime friends—NYPD’s Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace—Assistant DA Alex Cooper investigates the disappearance of world-famous dancer Natalya Galinova, who has suddenly vanished backstage at Lincoln Center’s Metropolitan Opera House … during a performance. The three colleagues are soon drawn into the machinations of New York City’s secretive theatrical community, where ambition takes many forms, including deadly ones.

Meanwhile Alex is working on a very different case, using a creative technique to nab a physician who has been drugging women in order to assault them. As Dr. Sengor eludes capture, Alex must navigate the new investigative world of DFSA (drug-facilitated sexual assault) intent on proving him guilty.

Death Dance is a spellbinding thriller combining a former prosecutor’s fresh insight into hot-button legal issues with the unique history and spectacle of New York theater, and its shocking twists make this novel Linda Fairstein’s most chilling adventure yet.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Death Dance is her most powerful and affecting novel yet. Fairstein really knows what she's writing about.” 

    James Patterson, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Imagine John Grisham at his best collaborating with Patricia Cornwell at her best…and then you’re close to imagining how good this book is.” 

    Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Fairstein doesn’t miss a beat in Death Dance. The plot is as intricate and fluid as a ballet, and she is in perfect step with her characters…Between Alex and Mike, count on sparks flying as fast as the dialogue.” 

    Sandra Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “This whodunit manages to pirouette to a satisfying climax just as the curtain drops. Fairstein fans will undoubtedly demand an encore.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This thriller is chock-full of authentic detail, showcasing Fairstein’s extensive knowledge of legal and forensic issues and the New York arts and theater scene. Her measured prose has enough plot twists to engage any reader, and her well-rounded characters add depth and believability. Fun, smart, and creepy, with a heroine to match Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta at the top of her game, Fairsteins latest is a real winner. Highly recommended.” 

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Pottenger | 2/19/2014

    " Kind of bleak--everyone was a sleaze. But it was a good mystery, with a good final clash, and the relationships between the main characters were interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 2/16/2014

    " I have read several Fairstein's Alexandra Cooper novels and while I have enjoyed many, I find this one to be a little on the flat side. Not enough of a thrill ride this time around to keep my interest but this will not deter me from reading more. I have also listened to a couple more in a row than I expected to (because of circumstances) and I think I just need a break from the Cooper novels. I am currently in the middle of "Killer Heat" and am enjoying that one much more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darren L. | 1/28/2014

    " Pretty darned good! "

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

    " "Teaming up with longtime friends - NYPD's Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace - Assistant DA Alex Cooper investigates the disappearance of world-famous dancer Natalya Galinova, who has suddenly vanished backstage at Lincoln Center's Metropolitan Opera House - during a performance." "The three colleagues are soon drawn into the machinations of New York City's secretive theatrical community, where ambition takes many forms, including those most deadly. Among Galinova's lovers is Joe Berk, the colorful, strong-willed boss of the Berk Organization, one of four family companies that own all the legitimate theaters on Broadway. The aging ballerina was using Berk to help revive her career at the time of her disappearance." "Cooper, Chapman, and Wallace go underground and backstage at the Met, explore Berk's unusual apartment on top of the Belasco Theatre with its rumored ghostly resident, and then discover bizarre circumstances at City Center, which has a peculiar history not one of them knew about until now." "Within the glamorous but sordid inner sanctums of the Broadway elite, the team confronts the ruthless power brokers who control both the stars and the stages where they appear. They meet Joe's niece Mona Berk, who is mounting a vicious campaign to extract her share of the family fortune, and stunning starlet Lucy DeVore, whose beauty may be her fatal undoing. Chet Dobbis is the artistic director of the Metropolitan Opera, and therefore privy to the most scandalous exploits among its famous inhabitants. He also knows every inch of the labyrinthine building into which the ballerina disappeared." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy Brunner | 1/19/2014

    " A hard slog to read this book, the storyline was quite good, the outcome as well, but it simply wasn't,t gripping, I can read a book like this in one or two days, but this one took me ages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 laura | 1/19/2014

    " definitely not the worst one i've read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie Stoll | 12/30/2013

    " Not spectacular but worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaime | 12/7/2013

    " The entire Alexandra Cooper series is fantastic "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 11/23/2013

    " I listened to this on audio which was fun although there was so much going on in the story it might have been better if I had read it. I would like to try some other books by Fairstein now that I've tried this one. I like the historical backstory on New York City. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daryl | 11/22/2013

    " okay but not great "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Maroulis | 11/16/2013

    " I really liked this book because it included a lot of history about the Broadway theatres themselves, as well as being a good murder mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Macjest | 8/28/2013

    " This is my first exposure to Linda Fairsteins's Alex Cooper books. Murder at the Met! Very good and very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Smatzny | 6/15/2013

    " This is the 8th book in the series featuring Alex Cooper, assistant DA in Manhattan. In this book she is handling three different cases including a murder and two assaults. It is fast paced. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 6/14/2013

    " Alexander investigates death of world class ballerina and doctor who drugs and rapes women. head of performance house almost dies. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tina | 5/17/2013

    " Heard good things about this author, but didn't enjoy this book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emese | 5/16/2013

    " Apart from the fact that Blair Brown read it, found little to enjoy in this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julaine | 3/22/2013

    " I enjoy these characters and she usually includes interesting new york tidbits which I find interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Briony | 12/15/2012

    " I really enjoy Linda Fairsteins books, and this was no exception. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ben | 7/27/2012

    " I know, it's a supermarket novel. But it's all I have on my bookshelf at the moment that I haven't read! Don't ask me how it got there... I shant give up all my secrets. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Voracious_reader | 5/17/2012

    " Great NY stage history and NY architectural details, but short on much of anything else. It started well, but didn't maintain the energy with which it began and I found myself more interested in the side stories than the main events. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ♥♡R ¡ t u♡♥ 《《《《《《 | 4/6/2012

    " Err ok data it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 11/10/2011

    " Loved the Broadway locales and inner workings of the theater business "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 10/12/2011

    " like Linda Fairstein books. This one was interesting with its delving into the old theatres. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Petula | 4/23/2011

    " Do assistant District Attorneys really lead such dangerous existences that they're forced to fight for their lives several times a year? I generally enjoy these books, but I could do without the utterly ridiculous climaxes they tend to have. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/15/2011

    " I vaguely remember this book - must not have been very good! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tina | 12/10/2010

    " Heard good things about this author, but didn't enjoy this book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tina | 12/10/2010

    " Heard good things about this author, but didn't enjoy this book
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debby | 10/24/2010

    " Another crime read and good insight into the District Attorney's office. Fast, fun, read. Same main characters as Final Jeopardy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jerrle | 10/13/2010

    " I generally like Linda Fairstein's books, but this story was completely flat to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Duyvken | 5/17/2010

    " I love reading this type of novel, it's like watching a crime show on tv but with more detail and I don't have to be sitting in front of the tv to enjoy it. "

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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

Blair Brown is a Tony Award–winning actor. Her best known role is Nina Sharp from the television series Fringe. She prepares for recording audiobooks the same way she does for her other roles: by reading the text three times.