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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,925 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 2011 ISBN: 9781101484609
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New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein is at her explosive best as she plunges into the byzantine world of New York City’s most powerful and sacred institutions—and unearths the most sinister of secrets…


Prosecutor Alexandra Cooper has been called to a Harlem Baptist Church, where a woman has been decapitated and set on fire on the church steps—with the imprint of a Star of David necklace seared into her flesh. Then a second body is found at a cathedral in Little Italy. Alex is blind to the sick and inconceivable motives feeding a particularly vicious serial killer—until she mines the depths of the city’s vast and serpentine religious history.

What Alex follows is a dangerous path that takes her far beyond the scope of her investigation, and directly into the path of a frightening and inescapable truth.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 2/10/2014

    " Cooper, Mercer and Chapman working a string of mursders that have religious overtones...Fairsteins uses the plot to take us on a tour of the architecture, history and geography of some of NYC's great church treasures...not quite as enthralling as some earlier efforts thus the 3 stars, but enjoyable for us fans!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean Godwin Carroll | 2/7/2014

    " I enjoy the Alexandra Cooper mystery series, and this one incorporated various religious teachings and feminist theory into the mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 1/27/2014

    " This is the first book I have ready by Linda Fairstein and while it was clear that the characters have history, it didnt negatively impact enjoying the story. It was very intriguing and fast paced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 1/9/2014

    " In this latest installment of the Alexandra Cooper series, Linda Fairstein takes us on a wild thrill ride on her latest case yet. We're so deeply involved into this one, when it deals with females and religion, and their beliefs. We root for Alex to find out a connection between old and new murders of this serial killer, which takes us all over to New York. There's plenty of surprises in this one, that would leave you breathless on every twist and turn she has in store for you, the fellow reader. I love this series. Alex's closeness to Chapman and Mercer and her fellow colleagues, even a bitter rival with Pat McKinney, and how intact she is to her French chef. From the court room to the scene of the crime, this one is the finest one yet, except for Night Watch, which just came out this month. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carole Elgrissy | 1/8/2014

    " I simply love all of her books, and always learn some NY history that I didn't know before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brielle | 1/7/2014

    " As usual, so interesting. This case involves feminist theology. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deanna Hansen | 1/4/2014

    " Slow going through this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 12/30/2013

    " Suspenseful right up to the end! And again, some fascinating New York city history woven into the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryle | 12/24/2013

    " Mike Chapman as always on his game along with Mercer and Alex Cooper. The author didn't let me down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 12/9/2013

    " Follows the formula but the books are always good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christinec | 11/21/2013

    " Linda Fairstein's Alexander Cooper series are historical in nature, which makes them more interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda Wilson | 10/31/2013

    " As in her previous works, Linda Fairstein incorporates facets of New York City that may be unknown to the reader as assistant district attorney Alex Cooper unravels intricate mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susanne Clower | 10/31/2013

    " Another good entry in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ilana | 8/2/2013

    " Another solid book from Ms. Fairstein! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Enni | 7/13/2013

    " Not as good as the other books in the series but it was an okay read. I had a little trouble getting in to the book. I usually enjoy all the descriptions and bits of history about all the locations in the books but this time I found them more distracting than interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 4/16/2013

    " not my fav from her i have read alot moreintresting books by her . this one just didnt intrest me at all cant say that i would read again. someone slse may find this book great but i just couldnt. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 3/20/2013

    " Meh. Couldn't get into the characters. It was fine for keeping in my beach bag and reading a bit at a time. I did appreciate all the NYC religious history. That was the best part of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marge | 2/18/2013

    " Great read!!! Especially like the history of New York that Linda weaves throughout the mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie Angel | 2/3/2013

    " 3.5--I really like her attention to architectural details of old NY. This one's about churches, temples. Liked this one better than the last. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 9/18/2012

    " I normally really enjoy this series though I didn't think this latest book was as good as some of her earlier books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindat16 | 4/27/2012

    " Really interesting history of New York City churches. Makes you want to go sightseeing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Beth | 4/18/2012

    " This book started out slow. In fact, I considered bailing on it. Since I rarely do that, I stuck with it. Turned out to be a pretty good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 3/21/2012

    " Fairstein is still writing reliably good mysteries! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barb | 12/19/2011

    " I enjoy this whole mystery series - the characters are like old friends! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Idell | 12/2/2011

    " It took me a month to read this book which mean it didn't grab me! However, the second half was more interesting so I finished it. I considered not finishing it so three stars means it did get better..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony Nielsen | 8/18/2011

    " Typical Linda Fairstein with Alex cooper and her band of trusty cops, chasing down an elusive and brutal killer. Like the way she always shares her New Yorkness and also that she finds tricky twists and turns that make her one of the more unpredictable crime thriller writers "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 5/8/2011

    " Another wonderful and a bit gruesome tale. I do love the historical background that is included with each of Fairstein's novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberley | 5/4/2011

    " While the mystery and history of New York and its churches are good, the random killer with his random reason ruined this book for me. "

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

    " Not Fairstein's best, but still a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carmen | 4/29/2011

    " Interesting storyline about extreme Christianity, how the Catholic church deals with its pedophiles and how much certain religions really hate women. Also includes the circus and leprosy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 4/28/2011

    " I hovered between a 3 and a 4, but I went with 4 because I love it when a mystery educates me as well, and this novel gave me some new insight into the history behind churches in New York City--totally cool! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dia | 4/27/2011

    " An OK book. A little predictable and critical of religion. Some of the dialogue seemed a little forced. Not a bad read though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 4/18/2011

    " Interesting twists on religious challenges for women "

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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.