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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,238 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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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