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3.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 5 3.72 (32 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 2005 ISBN: 9780743566971
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New York Times bestselling author and famed former Manhattan prosecutor Linda Fairstein delivers a chilling Alexandra Cooper thriller, in which Alex matches wits with the master of detective fiction himself—Edgar Allan Poe.

Workers demolishing a nineteenth-century brownstone where Poe once lived discover a human skeleton standing—entombed—behind a brick wall. When assistant district attorney and sex crimes prosecutor Alexandra Cooper hears about the case, it strikes her as a classic scene from Poe’s fiction, except that forensic evidence shows this young woman died within the last twenty-five years.

Meanwhile, Alex is furious when she hears that an old nemesis may be preying on women once again. The silk stocking rapist first struck four years ago, leaving a string of victims in his wake, then abruptly disappeared before Alex and the NYPD could identify him. Now with improved forensic technology and a national DNA databank to draw from, a fresh attack may give Alex a new lease on many old crimes, just in time to beat the statute of limitations.

Masterful and exhilarating, this heady thriller combines dramatic New York City lore and the macabre world of Edgar Allan Poe with the authentic legal and forensic detail that only Linda Fairstein can offer. Entombed is electrifying crime writing at its very best.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Every page of Entombed is brimming with the kind of you-are-there reality that can only come from someone who has been there, seen it, done it...Linda Fairstein is an important writer because she tells it like it is.”

    Michael Connolly, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Closers

  • “Original, chilling, and brilliant.”

    Nelson DeMille

  • Entombed [will] make your heart get caught in your throat.... Don’t miss this one.”

    Newsday

  • “[Fairstein’s] methodical presentation of authentic detail engages reader interest more than narrative flourish or cheap thrills. She’s the real deal.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Entombed is a smart, stylish, well-told tale.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Blair Brown is convincing as Cooper, reading with a good balance of emotional intensity and restraint while keeping the pace brisk. With enough twists to keep curiosity aroused, a likable cast of characters, and a fine reader, this will please old fans and win new ones for the Cooper series.” 

    AudioFile

  • “Fairstein pays homage to the great Poe with a complicated, intriguing account involving the underbelly of New York and a strange group of Poe enthusiasts who would do anything to gain the respect of their similarly obsessed peers. Creepy and oh-so-much fun.” 

    Booklist

  • “Great suspense.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pauline | 2/5/2014

    " Another great read in the Alex Cooper series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki Klemm | 2/4/2014

    " Again, another page turner. Another good 'who done it' with history intertwined. I've enjoyed all of this author's books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jazzie077 | 2/1/2014

    " I absolutely love this author. So good!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele bookloverforever | 1/31/2014

    " enjoying the series. strong female character and decent peripheral characters a big draw for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Godzilla | 1/26/2014

    " I enjoyed the Poe elements and the description of places I never knew existed in New York. However I felt the characters were very one dimensional, even the tragedy that befalls one of them didn't elevate the emotions I felt for them. The plotting felt a little torturous, too many threads trying to be pulled together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mhd | 1/21/2014

    " Cooper / Chapman / Wallace series. Quick, complex, unpredictable. I did guess one of the villains, but for the wrong reasons. Lots of info about Edgar Allen Poe, but that should be Edgar A. Poe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda Sarantis | 1/17/2014

    " This was THE perfect book on tape for a road trip! The miles flew by as I listened to this murder mystery intertwined with Edgar Allen Poe literature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy Hummel | 1/7/2014

    " Was not one of my favorite books I found it hard to get into it and stay into it.I struggled through and finished however Can't put my finger on what it was that bored me but something just did not keep me as intersted as I would have liked.(maybe all the edgar allen poe comparisons and such?) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miss | 12/13/2013

    " Surprisingly very engaging ~ I particularly liked all the references to Poe. The Silk Stocking Rapist saga was also tied up quite nicely. Will read the next in the series just to see what happens with Alex and Mike. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leslie | 11/20/2013

    " A little like reading a law&order script... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Mustread | 9/11/2013

    " My second Fairstein, but #7 chronologically -- read current newest one Lethal Legacy as a First Read. Enjoy the Poe literary and historical connection with this title and getting to know the characters better. Next up (after vacation?) is the first in the series, Final Jeopardy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne Rawson | 9/4/2013

    " A must read full of twists and turns, as well as learning alot of the History of New York. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carmen | 8/22/2013

    " Crime and Edgar Allan Poe together. Great Book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharron | 3/30/2013

    " Lippman's story about Poe in Baltimore is better construed and more interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brett | 3/3/2013

    " Acceptable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margarita | 1/13/2013

    " Not my favorite Alex Cooper, but still informative and gripping. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charmaine | 12/25/2012

    " Love Alexandra Cooper! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 12/20/2012

    " This was such a page turner. In addition to a great mystery thriller, you learn a lot about Edgar Allan Poe. The history is really fascinating. Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma Goodwin | 10/1/2012

    " I seriously enjoyed this book and I have tried to read crime fiction before but have hated it. Until this series! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Al Canary | 9/22/2012

    " Found at my Public Library booksale, large-print no less. Yawned, at about 1/10th in. Couldnt find it in me to continue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sage Streck | 9/22/2012

    " I always like a good homage to Poe! This particular twist made Fairstein's story even better than usual. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Murphy | 7/31/2012

    " My favorite Linda Fairstein book so far! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimmie | 12/13/2011

    " I have been reading the series in order and I think this is the best one so far. I loved how everything wove together and I couldn't finish it fast enough. The bit on Poe was fascinating, and brought back memories of reading him for the first time. The is far better than the last one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita | 10/1/2011

    " The last Linda Fairstein novel I read I didn't like but this was much better. I liked the way the history of New York was included in this story. I didn't guess the murderer at all! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vickie | 9/8/2011

    " YOWZAH!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scotty | 2/20/2011

    " Good story; a little tedious at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 1/22/2011

    " Really great description of Poe and his life as background to the detective story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 W.S. | 1/22/2011

    " I love the Alex Cooper series. The stories make you feel like you are right there and depict the rich history of New York. In this one there are bits of Edgar Allan Poe which were great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 9/1/2010

    " I love discovering a new author who has already written many books in a series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita | 5/4/2010

    " The last Linda Fairstein novel I read I didn't like but this was much better. I liked the way the history of New York was included in this story. I didn't guess the murderer at all! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 4/16/2010

    " If you're an Edgar Allan Poe fan, you've gotta read this one. One of my faves of hers thus far. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie | 4/15/2010

    " I was not overwhelmed by this book. I found it more tedious than interesting. The author's writing style made it hard to always know who was speaking. I found myself having to reread passages because I was confused as to who said what. I'm not sure I'll read another by this author. "

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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.