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3.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 5 3.17 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Linda Fairstein Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Alexandra Cooper Series Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781101154687
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Head of the Sex Crimes Unit of the district attorney’s office in Manhattan for decades, Linda Fairstein is America’s most visible legal expert on sexual assault and domestic violence—which is why she writes some of the most compelling crime thrillers of our time and why her Alexandra Cooper series has been topping bestseller lists for more than a decade. Fans turn to Fairstein for ripped-from-the-headline crimes, cutting-edge investigations, and vindication for victims. Fairstein brings readers inside a world of which they can’t get enough but one they hope to never see in real life. And for her twelfth novel, Fairstein takes Alexandra Cooper inside a world she’d rather not see.

New York City politics have always been filled with intrigue and behind-the-scenes deals. In Hell Gate, Alex finds her attention torn between investigating a shipwreck that has contraband cargo—human cargo—and the political sex scandal of a promising New York congressman now fallen from grace. When Alex discovers that a woman from the wreck and the congressman’s lover have the same rose tattoo—the brand of a “snakehead,” a master of a human trafficking operation—it dawns on her that these cases aren’t as unrelated as they seem and that the entire political landscape of New York City could hang in the balance.

As Alex looks on at the nameless victims in the morgue, she realizes she’s looking at the present-day face of New York’s long, dark tradition of human trafficking—a tradition that began hundreds of years ago with slave trade from Africa, now a multimillion-dollar industry that will stop at no cost, even if that cost is Alex’s life.

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

    " I always enjoy a good Alex Cooper mystery. One of my favorite parts is always the history of new york city that the author manages to convey in the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 2/13/2014

    " I l0ve Linda Fairstein's books and this series. But this book was a little slow. Very full of big sections of history and other info dump. Lots of dialogue (what I usually like) but little action. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susanhayeshotmail.com | 2/9/2014

    " This may well be my last Fairstein read. I remember enjoying these Alex Cooper mysteries but this time I kept asking myself what was it previously enjoyed so much I would pick up another one. The NYC historic bits were as always interesting, I even looked up the mansions online, interesting stuff. As for the rest, bleh. Too much political tediousness with too many bad guys to keep track of and the almost but never really yet never really not either romance (fauxmance?) between Alex and Mike were just not enough to carry the human trafficking plot. I slogged through, took almost two hundred pages to even get interested and then had to force myself to finish the last chapter, which failed to really fill in much and just kind of stops. Definitely wouldn't recommend it to anyone, there are better books out there that make you actually care about human trafficking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Enni | 2/4/2014

    " Wasn't the best book in the Alexandra Cooper series but it was okay. What I didn't like is that Alex comes across very needy and helpless in this book. A little more kick ass attitude would do her good. But at least the end was kind of satisfying in that direction. The case wasn't as interesting as some of the earlier ones. What I liked was the bits about the history of New York. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karyn | 2/2/2014

    " Gave up three quarters into the book and skipped to the end to see who did it. Had given up on reading fairsten so not sure why I went back :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 1/30/2014

    " Cases involving a shipwreck transporting human cargo and a congressman involved in a sex scandal. Interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Bennett | 1/24/2014

    " Confusing, too many men in this book, some mentioned at the beginning, and then forgotten about, then mentioned again at the end, and because the huge time-gap, you forget what they had to do with anything. Good story though, just wished she wouldn't keep on adding so many characters in her books, it gets so confusing to the reader! "

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

    " Another dose of history via Det. Mike Chapman, and this Alexandra Cooper installment deals with human trafficking and corrupt politicians. "Snakeheads" is a relatively new term to me, but refers to those who smuggle humans. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy | 1/18/2014

    " Took me forever to get into this book - Not good - not bed! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fuki | 1/17/2014

    " Great book. Always learn something new about NYC. Still have my little crush on Det. Mike. Highly recommend any of the Alexandra Cooper books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam Dick | 1/10/2014

    " I enjoyed this book once I got into it. It seemed like it took longer to start tying all of the pieces together. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anne | 1/2/2014

    " Boring, boring, boring. Tedious reading. Sure hope next one is better. Her recent books have not been as good as earlier ones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kappy | 12/31/2013

    " I truly enjoy these mysteries. I like her focus on one area of New York - educating us a little as we read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryellen Woodside | 12/21/2013

    " Fairstein has another winner. Her series featuring Alex Cooper, a district attorney in New York City, is one of my favorites. This book looks at both human trafficing and a politician entangled in a sex scandal. Good reading! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsie | 12/1/2013

    " I LOVE the Alex Cooper books! She's one of my favorite characters and I love the way things play out in these books. The ending is always a surprise. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 10/2/2013

    " Not up to the level of her previous books. The historical details are always interesting but the premise has become too formulaic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 E | 10/1/2013

    " This is #12 in the Alexandra Cooper series. Alex is head of the sex crimes unit of the DA's office in Manhattan. Good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luann | 8/12/2013

    " Another great Alexandra Cooper mystery. I never get bored reading Linda Fairstein novels, her characters are so real and I always love the historical tour she takes us on in New York. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 6/10/2013

    " Just finished this book. Another great read from Fairstein "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mckayd229 | 12/12/2012

    " Some interesting stuff about historical New York City along with the usual corruption and murder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chriser123 Dittman | 8/20/2012

    " One of my favorite comfort writers. Love the characters and the history that Fairstein teaches us about NYC. Can't wait for the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 8/1/2012

    " I've been reading the Alex Cooper series for a few weeks now, and I think this is one of the best in the series. I really enjoyed the added layer of Federal involvement and how Fairstein dove a little deeper into the political workings of NYC> "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anna | 7/3/2012

    " Wasn't as good as the synopsis said. Won't read much else by her. Glad I didn't buy the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenness | 4/13/2012

    " Love the characters in Fairstein's book. The relationships are always interesting. I also enjoy the tidbits of NYC history that are always thrown in. The sex trafficing scandal in this installment leads unexpected places. The twists and turns of the investigation lead to an unexpected conclusion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 11/17/2011

    " Love the usual cast and the inclusion of a history of some of the mansions of NYC, their owners and their stories. The crimes are ghastly, but tempered with the great storytelling from the various characters, Fairstein is always an enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 11/9/2011

    " Human trafficng and crimes against women were disturbing and bleak while the historical aspect of the mansions was not as compelling as some others in the series. I still enjoy visiting Alexandra's view of NYC and getting the flavor and history along with a good mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reggie | 5/9/2011

    " I thought this was a very well done murder mystery. I really liked all of the little history trivia thrown out by the characters for those of us with limited New York experience. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Neil | 5/2/2011

    " Interesting and somewhat realistic murder story, filled with real possibilities, enjoy reading Linda Fairstein books, this one will not disappoint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 4/17/2011

    " I l0ve Linda Fairstein's books and this series. But this book was a little slow. Very full of big sections of history and other info dump. Lots of dialogue (what I usually like) but little action. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil | 4/15/2011

    " Nice enough. Likeable enough group of friends; plausible plot; mixture of
    history & imagination.

    A smooth read, **entirely** middle-ish.

    12th in a series with Alex Cooper. Don't think I'll rush to read a 2nd. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mckayd229 | 4/12/2011

    " Some interesting stuff about historical New York City along with the usual corruption and murder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Riodelmartians | 4/11/2011

    " Entertaining with NY gossip ,politics, history, and verve. The author seems to spread her heroine with personal fantasies involving things French. Plot thickens quickly and logically.Great ending and you could have figured it out early on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryclaire | 4/7/2011

    " This book was my first for author Linda Fairstein, but it won't be my last. I enjoyed the history of New York City's mansions and the fast pace of the mystery. The young contraband cargo from the Ukrain and the political games that the old money used to play still go on today. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anna | 3/29/2011

    " Wasn't as good as the synopsis said. Won't read much else by her. Glad I didn't buy the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorothy | 3/20/2011

    " I always love a Fairstein read. When doing more heavy reading I like to take a break and read purely fun and entertaining books. Fairstein is well written, researched and I love the local history of New York. A great fun read. Good at home or at the shore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Francis | 3/7/2011

    " Gab auch schon bessere Alex Cooper Bücher. Hat sich beim Lesen irgendwie ein wenig gezogen. "

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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.