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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: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Alexandra Cooper Series Release Date: February 2009 ISBN: 9781415959107
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • One of the best crime writers in fiction today. Nelson DeMille
  • Fairstein … makes the legal issues more exciting than any high-speed chase. New York Time
  • A champion teller of detective tales. USA Today
  • Alexandra Cooper, like her creator Linda Fairstein, is a force to contend with: smart, tough, and literate to boot! Sue Grafton

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jan Aldergate | 2/11/2014

    " More than I ever wanted to know about maps and stealing maps and treating maps and chasing maps. REad a lot like a textbook. Didn't see why the heroine who investigates sexual crimes was there. Fairly unpleasant characters and a dull heroine. I've read a couple of these now and don't think I will bother again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janelle Stokker | 2/8/2014

    " Always enjoy her books, this one, especially as I'm a librarian!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 GraceAnne | 1/31/2014

    " Fascinating NYC/NYPL stuff. Not much in the way of good writing, characterization, or style. She can tell a story, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie Angel | 1/18/2014

    " 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 Charles | 1/5/2014

    " Very enjoyable. Love the history of the NYPL and reading and learning about the NY Marble Cemetary (both of them). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 12/19/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Serena | 12/5/2013

    " this is the first time i have read anything from his author it was a really good book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy Spicer | 11/28/2013

    " A; I've missed Coop and crew! Great story to get reacquainted with my old friends. Murders circle around the NYC library system. I did miss the Jeapordy show downs between the leads. Most interesting tidbit was the names of the 2 lions in front of the library - Patience and Fortitude. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 E | 11/24/2013

    " This is the latest in the Alexandra Cooper series. She's an assistant DA in New York--dealing with sex crimes. This book has lots of information about the NY Public Library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Mustread | 11/23/2013

    " Loved my free copy -- which I'll now donate to the library! Great story, especially with the rare books and even more fascinating rare maps theme. Wishing I'd read others in series [Alex(andra) Cooper Crime Series:] first so I'd be more familiar with the characters, that'll come next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 6/15/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marti | 5/25/2013

    " 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 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joani | 4/4/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Horner | 3/15/2013

    " Enjoyed this story very much. Linda took Alex Cooper on the trail of Book Collectors. Interesting. Personally, I like to read books about books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Darren L. | 2/17/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim N - Lost-In-A-Book | 11/24/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerri | 10/11/2012

    " Very good. Lot's of twists and turns. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ukgardenfiend | 9/16/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 7/9/2012

    " I enjoyed this book much better that any of the other recent Alex Cooper novels. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jana | 12/14/2011

    " I thought it would be interesting, being a murder mystery combined with the history of the new york public library and its contents. But I couldn't get past the boring and awkward writin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie Bryan | 11/11/2011

    " What made this book especially interesting was the behind the scenes at the NYC library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 10/18/2011

    " Like crime novels? You will love this. Fast a little scary, def didn't see the twist and now NEED to find more! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 9/24/2011

    " This is the first Linda Fairstein I have read. Was very interested because of its setting -- New York PL. Characters not well-drawn. Probably because one in a series. Will try an earlier one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber Polo | 6/6/2011

    " Look beneath the New York Public Library and very rare books. "

  • 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

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.