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3.18 out of 53.18 out of 53.18 out of 53.18 out of 53.18 out of 5 3.18 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Linda Fairstein Narrator: Diane Venora Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Alexandra Cooper Series Release Date: June 1997 ISBN: 9780743549769
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New York City's oldest medical center is the scene of a ghastly attack: top neurosurgeon Gemma Dogen is found in her office, where she has been sexually assaulted and designated by the cops as a "likely to die." By the time assistant D.A. Alexandra Cooper has plunged into the case, it's a high-profile, media-infested murder investigation. As Alex's passion to find the killer intensifies, she discovers that she is the next target for lethal violence. 
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Quotes & Awards

  • “Stylish...engaging.” 

    New York Times Book Review 

  • “An authoritative and scary view from one who has battled evil and locked it away, Fairstein just gets better. Get to know her if you dare.”  

    Patricia Cornwell

  • “This gritty, harsh book has a strong sense of authenticity.” 

    Chicago Tribune 

  • “A whopping whodunit…With its taut plot and classy setting, Likely to Die is an uptown act.” 

    People

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 2/10/2014

    " I like the suspence about the book because you never knew who killed the docter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/4/2014

    " Not as good as her first one, "Final Jeopardy," but the formula still works. Looking forward to working through her entire list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 12/27/2013

    " This was my first Linda Fairstein book, but it won't be my last. I really like the characters and found her writing interesting and her dialoggue realistic. I've found a new series! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ricardo | 11/17/2013

    " I found this second book I've read by Fairstein to be a very poor attempt at a "real" thriller. The writing lacks that special catch that keeps readers hooked and makes you want to turn to the next page over and over again. Kudos to the author for being such a good prosecutor, but really, if every single book is going to start with a murder or some kind of crime involving a rape, then there's no point in reading the rest of her books, they will all be quite similarly average "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 11/11/2013

    " #2 in her series of light murder mystery novels. This was better than the first one (as you would expect) and was good enough to entice me to get #3 for my next vacation/airplane/trip read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaye | 11/10/2013

    " Second in the series and I liked it more than the first. The main mystery of a Dr. who is attacked and murdered in her hospital office almost seemed secondary to me. The real interest to me was the relationships between Assitant DA Alex Cooper and her two lead detectives. They come off smart and hard working. Again lots of info on prosecution of sex crimes. Also greatly appreciated that this one didn't have the adult language and sex the first novel had. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 11/5/2013

    " The author is a sex crimes reporter, so she certainly has the background knowledge to write this book. The book has interesting doctor and police jargon that I enjoyed reading. But the ending is abrupt and disappointing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa Hill | 9/25/2013

    " I am definitely hooked! I love the characters and plot in her books. Anxious for the third book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 9/23/2013

    " This is another great legal thriller from Linda Fairstein, the second one in the series. Great action, nice drama and a good steady pace. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy | 8/28/2013

    " One of those mysteries/murders I wouldn't have read if I had another good book waiting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vickie | 7/17/2013

    " BOT, Very good series, legal thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 6/23/2013

    " Love this author and series! Can't wait to read the rest of the books in the Alex Cooper series. I'm reading them out of order, though, which horrifies Jamie. She would NEVER do that! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grandma | 6/6/2013

    " Really wanted to give this 3 1/2 stars--not quite a 4 but better than a 3! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jasmine | 5/11/2013

    " so far, just ok. a little slow, but not so bad that I can't finish it by all means! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pauline | 4/10/2013

    " Not as good as the first 2 books in the series but will carry on reading and see if they get better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zafia | 1/25/2013

    " I enjoyed the book. I like Alex and her work. I think Mike and Mercer are great as well. I hope Alex ditch Drew though. Don't like him very much. The plot was great and I loved the gory stuff, although there was not a lot of it. Looking forward to reading the next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele bookloverforever | 1/4/2013

    " suspense. enjoying the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoDee | 10/24/2012

    " Mike, Mercer and the amazing Alex-love this series. This one has the unusual twist of Mike and Alex in England. Not my favorite of the series but enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 10/15/2012

    " A solid mystery notable for its realistic depiction of prosecutors and law enforcement working closely rather than everyone cowboying it up on their own. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 9/20/2012

    " Second in series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liza | 9/9/2012

    " These are pretty good mysteries... not classical literature by any chance, but well-written books if you want to read a good story and not have to think too much... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Mustread | 7/7/2012

    " #2 Alex Cooper -- murder and suspense in the NYC hospital world "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha Johnson | 6/2/2012

    " Great "airport trip" books. I read it by listening to it on tape as I commuted into DC. PERFECT. The characters have their quirks, the story has a good plot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe O'c | 12/31/2011

    " Good; Continuing character: Alexandra Cooper; DA and the police try to solve the murder in a hospital of a prominent doctor. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jose Hernandez | 12/5/2011

    " Not very likely to buy another one from this author "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie | 7/15/2011

    " Meh, not my thing...It was like "Sex and the City" meets Patricia Cornwell but without decent writing. Gave the rest of the series a pass. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 3/7/2011

    " I am definitely hooked! I love the characters and plot in her books. Anxious for the third book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph | 3/2/2011

    " This is the third book I have read. All three end in the same manner. Alex ends up alone with the killer alone and Mike and Mercer come to the rescue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 2/11/2011

    " I really like this writer. Stories are interesting and they keep you guessing. I also like that her books are set in NYC too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 1/10/2011

    " it was good...not great just good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 11/11/2010

    " Love this author and series! Can't wait to read the rest of the books in the Alex Cooper series. I'm reading them out of order, though, which horrifies Jamie. She would NEVER do that! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 9/23/2009

    " Alexandra Cooper is a very intreguing character and has good friends watching her back, which is necessary in her line of work. Not as guesome as a Tammy Hoag or gory as Patricia Caldwell, but interesting in the lines of sex crimes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy | 9/3/2009

    " One of those mysteries/murders I wouldn't have read if I had another good book waiting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 8/28/2009

    " Good; Continuing character: Alexandra Cooper; DA and the police try to solve the murder in a hospital of a prominent doctor.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vionna | 7/19/2009

    " Alexandra Cooper, ADA in the Sex Crimes Unit of the NYDP and her cohorts Mike Chapman and Mercer are investigating the murder of neurosurgeon. There are lots of twists and turns to the plot which fast paced and may make you think twice about going to the hospital!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 7/16/2009

    " This is the second Linda Fairstein book I've read now. Her stories are good, fast paced, never boring. On to the next book Cold Hit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lila | 6/20/2009

    " Farstein's books include a lot of interesting detail based on the author's experience heading he sex crimes unit of the Manhattan D.A. office. I do wish that Alexandra Cooper could solve some of the cases without getting herself into a situation where she is attacked by he killer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 6/16/2009

    " Another good whodunit...........I love the way she keeps the reader guessing. "

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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.