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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,833 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Linda Fairstein Narrator: Blair Brown Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Alexandra Cooper Series Release Date: January 2003 ISBN: 9780743542128
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The New York Times bestselling author and renowned former Manhattan prosecutor follows her Nero Award–winning The Deadhouse with a new Alexandra Cooper novel set at the crossroads of big money, high culture, and murder.

Wealthy donors have gathered in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's glorious Temple of Dendur to celebrate a controversial new exhibit. An uneasy mix of scholarship, show biz, and aggressive marketing, "A Modern Bestiary" has raised fierce opposition from some of New York's museum elite.

Assistant D.A. Alex Cooper observes the developing tensions with bemused interest until Met director Pierre Thibodaux pulls her aside. A twelfth dynasty mummified princess, enclosed for eternity in a huge stone sarcophagus, is about to take a long voyage to Cairo as part of a routine museum exchange. But Cleopatra is missing, and in her place is the not-so-mummified body of a woman many centuries younger than her royal predecessor.

Alex must explore behind the scenes at the elegant but severe Metropolitan, travel uptown to the remote setting of the Cloisters, and on to the massive array of beasts and bones at the Museum of Natural History. Somewhere, deep within the bowels of one of these great cultural centers, a killer may wait.

Atmospheric, chilling, and rich with procedural authenticity, The Bone Vault is a tour de force from one of crime writing's brightest stars.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Chilling…Fairstein [is] a champion teller of detective tales.”

    USA Today

  • “The mysteries of the ancient world get equal billing with the more contemporary whodunit, and Cooper and her pals get a firsthand look at the murderous New York art world, too. Fairstein’s thrillers offer an in-depth tour of truly off-the-beaten-path Manhattan as well as solid plotting, well-drawn characters, and snappy dialogue. What the DA’s office lost when the author retired to write full time is the mystery fan’s biggest gain!”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “A page-turning tour into some of the deepest and most mysterious recesses of New York’s great museums.”

    Lisa Scottoline

  • The Bone Vault is nothing short of brilliant—witty dialogue, beautiful writing, fascinating locales, superb plot, and a cool cast of characters.”

    Nelson DeMille

  • “A tour de force. Shivers not only the bones but the marrow.”

    Frances Fyfield

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lantinga | 2/12/2014

    " This is the first Fairstein I've read, and I'd be willing to try another one. The romantic tension between the attorney and the detective, references to the 9/11 world trade center, and the wealth of info about the crime scenes (natural history and art museums) kept the story going. Far too many characters, though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 2/7/2014

    " This was boring at best. The body of a girl is discovered in an ancient sarcophagus and the main character has to figure out who-done-it from an array of eccentrically-boring characters. Parts sounded like a lecture on museums. I like museums and it was tedious to listen to and too far-fetched to be interesting. Skip this, even on long car trips through Ohio. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/29/2014

    " The backstory of these museums is interesting, and so I finished the book. I did like it, though it was slow for the type of book it is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Walmer | 1/29/2014

    " I like mysteries. This one had many times that I wanted to keep reading to see what's going on. However, too descriptive on her sex crimes (don't want to read one of her other books because of it). Also, it had a few moments like the bicycle scene on Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - drawn out and unnecessary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaye | 1/28/2014

    " Have mixed feelings about the 5th in the Alexandra Cooper series. I liked it more than the last novel mostly for the setting. A modern day body is found in a ancient sarcophagus just before it is sent to a museum in Egypt. Cooper and her detective pals are all set on solving the mystery. At first I loved the settings of NYC famous Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Natural History Museum. I enjoyed some of the background and behind the scenes of the museums. Then Fairstein seems to put WAY too much history and then throws in a long drawn out story of the political correctness of gathering bones of ancient and less ancient peoples for display. This is a valid issue but don't bring the mystery to a stop to get on a soap box. Fairstein also used this novel to give a first hand account of where and what her characters were doing on 9-11-2001. It was told as a flash back. I thought it was interesting but I saw other reviews didn't think it fit with the story. Over all I enjoyed it even though it was a little too long, had too many characters and added some distracting side stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoDee | 1/12/2014

    " A murder and a museum tour all for one price! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ice Bear | 12/23/2013

    " Surprisingly good, with minimal use of strong language, which seems unusual in this genre. The characters are plausible with sufficient depth. Probably unlike my wife I did not spot who dunnit until all was revealed, although I was close. A good holiday read type of book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Reto | 12/20/2013

    " My first Fairstein read. A DA's professional life is a juggling act. I'll read another Fairstein book shortly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Horner | 12/2/2013

    " Another great mystery from Linda Fairstein. Enjoyed learning about about the museums in New York and their History. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frederick Masterman | 11/24/2013

    " A mysterious museum story, reminiscent of Preston-Childs' tales of monsters in the depths of the structures, but without the element of horror. A compelling, fast-moving tale. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 11/24/2013

    " Ugh, don't bother. Boring boring and bad. And if you know ANYTHING about the world of museums, you'll just be disgusted at the silliness of it all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 11/13/2013

    " Yeah - I like this Alex Cooper character - and will be reading the rest of the series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 10/4/2013

    " This is another great legal thriller from Linda Fairstein that deals with two of New York's great museum with a murder mystery wrapped inside with suspense and plenty of drama. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 10/2/2012

    " Like her others, this book really describes the background environment. This one is the Met and the Museum of Natural History in NYC. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 7/30/2012

    " Another great read in the "Alexandra Cooper" series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 7/25/2012

    " Even better than the last book I read. This one focuses on the behind-the-scenes goings on at the NY Met, Cloister, and Museum of Natural History. Fairstein's credibility is high based on her long career with the NY Distrcitd Attorney's office. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine | 4/5/2012

    " The novel starts off slowly but I found the story to be very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charmaine | 1/31/2012

    " More DA Alexandra Cooper stories! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thasc | 1/10/2012

    " What a great whodunnit, I wasn't expecting the murderer to be one of the museum staff. Also the background information regarding the museums was very interesting. Definitely worthy of another read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracey | 11/8/2011

    " I couldn't put this one down! Brilliant story....kiept me riveted! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa Hill | 10/13/2011

    " I love the way Linda Fairstein throws a unique fact in each book. I anxiously await what new piece of information I will learn in each book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 6/27/2011

    " Decent read. LOVED all the museum info and intrigue. The behind the scenes in big museums has always fascinated me. But the motive didnt do it for me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ticia | 5/25/2011

    " good-paced mystery. I enjoyed it but the dialogue would irritate me at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen Finnegan | 4/20/2011

    " wasn't thrilled with this one.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken | 4/16/2011

    " Easy to read crime-mystery. I read it quickly and it was easy to lose track of some of the characters, but I am looking forward to reading more in this series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kaylol | 4/6/2011

    " The story was good, the characters too. I don't know why but although I did not mind reading it, I didn't enjoy it much "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgeanne | 3/20/2011

    " very good story/history of new york "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 3/20/2011

    " Loved it. Made me want to read the rest of her books "

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

    " I love the way Linda Fairstein throws a unique fact in each book. I anxiously await what new piece of information I will learn in each book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne | 1/28/2011

    " Read one, and did not really get into it, so tried this one and felt the same. Just ot my tpe of book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darren | 12/19/2010

    " My least favorite Fairstein. Ok but not great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracey | 9/30/2010

    " I couldn't put this one down! Brilliant story....kiept me riveted! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ticia | 8/9/2010

    " good-paced mystery. I enjoyed it but the dialogue would irritate me at times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martip | 6/16/2010

    " Increases your awareness of museum aquisitition practices. Many activities and people of interest, but the story is all over the place and lacks thrill for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 6/9/2010

    " Listened to the audiobook. I enjoyed this a lot. And I'm apparently listening to them out of order, but oh well. ;) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 3/8/2010

    " Like her others, this book really describes the background environment. This one is the Met and the Museum of Natural History in NYC. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/25/2010

    " The backstory of these museums is interesting, and so I finished the book. I did like it, though it was slow for the type of book it is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trixi | 11/24/2009

    " absolutely fabulous. My only complaint is that cultures and societies were referred to as primitive, I found that to be condescending. Otherwise, a good page turning mystery. "

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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.