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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,776 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Linda Fairstein Narrator: Blair Brown Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Alexandra Cooper Series Release Date: February 2009 ISBN: 9780739358658
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In Linda Fairstein’s outstanding new novel, the New York Public Library houses dazzling treasures—and deadly secrets.

When Assistant District Attorney Alex Cooper is summoned to Tina Barr’s apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, she finds a neighbor convinced that the young woman was assaulted. But the terrified victim, a conservator of rare books and maps, refuses to cooperate with investigators. Then another woman is found murdered in that same apartment with an extremely valuable book, believed to have been stolen. As Alex pursues the murderer, she is drawn into the strange and privileged world of the Hunt family, major benefactors of the New York Public Library and passionate rare book collectors.

Eventually Alex connects their internal family rivalries to a priceless edition of Alice in Wonderland, which also contains the world’s oldest map. Would one of the well-bred Hunts be willing to kill for the treasures? The search for the answer takes Alex and her team on a breathtaking chase from Manhattan’s grandest apartments to the secret tunnels and chambers of the New York Public Library, and finally to a nineteenth-century underground vault. There, in the pitch-black darkness, Alex comes face-to-face with the killer who values money more than life.

Featuring a cast of elite, erudite, and downright eccentric characters, and a complex trail of clues that will have you guessing until the final pages, Lethal Legacy is Linda Fairstein’s most beguiling thriller yet.

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  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 maika | 2/19/2014

    " i'm rounding up. really i would give it 3.5 stars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ukgardenfiend | 2/12/2014

    " A very complex book and I kept losing track of who was who in the villains. The idea of the map was good but other than librarians I am not sure this book will appeal to many. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betty McMahon | 2/8/2014

    " Not one of my favorites. Too -- way too -- much detail in the form of dialogue. Had to force myself to finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynette Wikle | 2/6/2014

    " As a librarian, I loved the setting! "

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

    " This was really fun! A recommendation from my grandmother-in-law who LOVES New York City based stories. It's a murder mystery that's connected to the New York Public Library. It reads a lot like Law & Order, and the historical information is really cool. Definitely an enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 1/16/2014

    " A story that takes place among books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 1/2/2014

    " Especially interesting as a look into the world of rare books and maps as well as the New York Public Library. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joyce | 12/21/2013

    " Too much talking, not enough action plagued this story. Premise is fun - quest for books leads to death, but my husband and I agree that we won't be seeking this author again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie Liechty | 12/6/2013

    " Interesting information about the New York Public Library's collection and history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie Angel | 9/19/2013

    " I give it a 3.5. Some interesting information about the New York Public Library and about old books and maps. This is a generally reliable/readable series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindi | 9/11/2013

    " one of my favorite authors. Sometimes the dialouge gets a bit ponderous, but the plots are always good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanna Hansen | 8/13/2013

    " Everything you ever wanted to know about rare books and maps and their collectors. The mystery itself was sort of lost among all the information about libraries and the rich who support them. Rather different for Fairstein but interesting story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 7/15/2013

    " such fun! loads of book stuff and a bit of a backstage tour of one of my favourite libraries. plus a lovely tribute: For Librarians: guardian angels of the mind and soul (altho not all the librarians in this book are) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 6/22/2013

    " Good, but not the best one of hers that I have read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 3/7/2013

    " Good crime book without out too much grit and language. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shirley | 2/27/2013

    " Didn't like this one as much as her previous ones. Not sure why. Interesting info about the NYC Public Library, but by the end I didn't really care who had "done it." (Had enjoyed meeting her at Poisoned Pen, however.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabby | 1/9/2013

    " I liked this book very much, especially since it took place in the NY Public Library! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 10/8/2012

    " I really liked all the stuff about the New York Public Library...but the murder mystery itself was kind of lame! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 9/5/2012

    " ok book, plot was interesting but i would read a chapter and fall asleep. at the end i was able to finish the last 150 pages or so without falling asleep. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 3/28/2012

    " Great detail of the catacombs, books, maps, and collectors. My imagination was working overtime trying to figure it out before the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pmcdnld2 | 2/18/2012

    " Interesting murder mystery involving the NY Public Library, rare books and old maps. I found the info on the rare books and old maps fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joani | 8/6/2011

    " A great guided tour through the NY Public Library. "

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

    " What a tangled web. A great story involving a lot of detail about the New York Public Library.
    A missing technician, a murdered personal assistant, a brother and sister at war with one another, and a few odd characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angel | 4/11/2011

    " Takes place in the New York City Public Library which was delicious! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jewett | 3/28/2011

    " This drug slightly in places, but was still very good. I like all the Fairstein books I have read so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cara | 3/23/2011

    " Deals with New York Public Library as the Assistant DA looks into a woman's assault. The victim is a conservator of rare books & maps; The murder case that unfolds the Hunt family, major benefactors of the NY Public Library. Suspenseful...not gruesome "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicek | 3/5/2011

    " I liked the mystery but got bogged down in the limitless details of the maps. I guess it is the puzzle that interests me more than the theft.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 2/24/2011

    " Intersting stuff about the New York Public Library and rare books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aacton | 2/5/2011

    " This was the first Linda Fairstein mystery I have read and I picked right because much of the book involved rare books and the NYPL. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Darren | 12/28/2010

    " I usually like Fairstein, but this one just wasn't for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abby | 11/20/2010

    " So typical. Why do I continue to read this series?! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 11/15/2010

    " 8/10 Interesting to read about the behind-the-scenes work in a major library. Had an idea who the baddie was from fairly early on which is unusual for me. Was a bit distracted reading this - I had been really looking forward to it, but it didn't grab me like this series usually does. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charlene | 11/8/2010

    " Not very engaging. Had to work to finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Missmath144 | 11/2/2010

    " Murder at the New York City Library. Rare books disappearing. If you have murder, a mystery, and books, what more can you ask for? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 11/1/2010

    " Got this on CD for the NPR fund drive weeks--- it is a great story centered on the NY public library. I haven't read any Fairstein novels previously but I am going to now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 10/19/2010

    " I enjoyed learning about the history of the New York Public Library in this novel but I found the plot confusing and the characters to be one-dimensional and not very likeable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marti | 10/19/2010

    " This is very nicely done. The thing that I like most about Linda Fairstein's series about Alex Cooper is that shee gives the reader interesting facts about NYC or other subjects. This time the murders revolve around the world of rare books and old maps "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim N | 9/26/2010

    " I give this 3.5 stars and I always round up ;-) The story was good, but what I enjoyed the most was all the little interesting facts about the New York Public Library and the world of rare books and maps collectors. Very interesting stuff. "

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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.