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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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