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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,696 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: September 2001 ISBN: 9780743545860
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A richly nuanced synthesis of history and suspense.

One of New York City's most haunting buildings is the Deadhouse. This abandoned structure -- which sits on a small island in the middle of the East River like the ghostly remains of a castle -- plays in the imagination as a likely place for murder.

It's the holiday season but there's little reason for cheer at one of New York's most elite colleges. A respected professor is dead, strangled and dumped in an elevator shaft. Lola Dakota's lifeless fingers clutch a few strands of hair, and a piece of paper in her pocket reads "The Deadhouse."

Opportunistic murder seems unlikely as assistant DA Alexandra Cooper uncovers a distressing pattern of betrayal and terror. There's proof that Lola's husband wanted her dead. And why did Lola have a photograph of Charlotte Voight pinned to her office bulletin board? Charlotte left her dorm room eight months ago and vanished into the night. Are they both victims of the same predator?

Perhaps most puzzling of all are the words "The Deadhouse." What was Lola's connection to this desolate place where people once endured slow and agonizing deaths? And what danger awaits Alex as she targets Lola's killer?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Darkly woven, with a shocking history of New York asylums, penitentiaries, and plagues, The Deadhouse conjures up a horrid past to solve a baffling modern murder. Fairstein’s latest continues to establish her as on of the most promising forces in crime fiction.” 

    Patricia Cornwell, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Linda Fairstein is rare among bestselling novelists…her novels are authentic and timely, with the feel of a true-crime drama and the writing style of a natural-born storyteller.

    Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Linda Fairstein writes tough, beautiful prose about a world she knows firsthand.” 

    Lisa Scottoline, New York Times bestselling author

  • “On of the best of the year…a beguiling mix of murder, romance, and suspense…Fascinating.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lauren | 2/19/2014

    " The premise was interesting, the book was not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 2/17/2014

    " Good author for stories in NY city...good legal/murder mystery...fascinating aspects of history and architecture and waterways...good 'beach' read... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige | 2/8/2014

    " Lots of fun and learned a lot about Roosevelt Island. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Artemis Eclectica | 2/4/2014

    " Well Ms Fairstein, you might be a hot professional, but you are a lousey writer. Is it a television series you're after now you have probably retired? All that dialogue and no content (literary, that is). And also Ms Fairstein, you refer to: "Tasmanian Indian tribe". Tasmania! Australia! There are no Indians in Australia, they are aborigines you blockhead! So much for researching your material, or were you showing off what a clever, well-educated person you are? Perhaps you were being ironic! Well, it didn't work, you just come across as a moron trying to cash in on a possible media takeup of your mediocre novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Síle | 1/22/2014

    " I love Linda Fairstein's books - murder mystery combined with New York history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 1/20/2014

    " This is another intense thriller from Linda Fairstein in this series. Great drama with some historical background and good suspense. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ginnie | 1/15/2014

    " This book is filled with cliche. Although the book is not trying to be a classic, in the mystery genre it makes it exciting to have a thread of the truth. This book is so filled with what one expects a mystery to be, you can't feel the truth of it, so, for me, it was a dud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa Hill | 1/12/2014

    " The Alexandra Cooper series just gets better and better. On to book 5! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/7/2014

    " I liked how this book was a bit different from all of the other books I've read. I'd recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shoshi | 1/5/2014

    " This book was recommended to me on a bookstore 'crawl' of sorts following a 2 week course between semesters of my senior year. I didn't think much of it from the cover but gave it a shot - and found it quite entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy Rogers | 11/29/2013

    " I didn't finish. It started out well, but the plot bogged down about halfway through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 11/25/2013

    " Another detective/mystery/crime writer that I am now reading through the series - from the school of Janet Riechs and/or Patricia Cornwall - enjoying the series so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 11/15/2013

    " Not one of my favorite Fairstein books, this is still a great crime thriller. It's set in an abandoned NYC smallpox asylum. Not being all that familiar with that struggle in history, I found the imagery a little difficult. Still, though, classic Fairstein with nail-biting suspense! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 11/13/2013

    " One of the best books I have read. Didn't know who did it till the very end. I also love the detail description of all the NY sites. Also the history background. One of my new Fav. authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chelsie Kelley | 6/23/2013

    " Very suspensful. Ended completely different than I thought it would. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary G. | 3/24/2013

    " The book was good to very good. It read like an episode Law & Order: SVU. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne Estes | 3/3/2013

    " It was just ok for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 1/12/2013

    " my introduction to Linda Fairstein and I am definitly hooked on her writing and character, Assistant District Attorney, Alex Cooper. Not sure why I start with # 4 haha so I have to go back..and start at the beginning. Great character and locale in this NYC tale of murder and deceit. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Meredith | 12/21/2012

    " Stupid book - not even good trash. I didn't like the writing, the plot, or the main character. I finished it, but hardly know why. I won't be reading anything else by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 7/10/2012

    " 3.5 stars - This is another good detective/D.A. murder mystery. I enjoyed the main characters and plot development. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emese | 5/1/2012

    " Would not have stuck to it was it not for Blair Brown's reading. Still, much better than most of the books on this shelf. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee Ann | 2/9/2012

    " This is the second Alexandra Cooper mystery I've read. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Good characters, good setting and a good mystery. I'll read more of them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gillian Wyckoff | 1/14/2012

    " My absolute favorite of Fairstein's Alexandra Cooper mysteries. The topic/subject of this book is something I've always wanted to do, and intrigues me. This book kept me up at night because I never wanted to put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia Naden | 11/15/2011

    " Almost done - getting better the closer that I am getting to the end. Reading for a book group. Really turned out to be a very good read. Looking forward to reading more of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 11/5/2011

    " This is a good basic mystery. I like Linda Fairstein's books, especially for the historical injections, and this was no exception. I did feel that it was a little predictable but a fun quick read nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Horner | 8/12/2011

    " Another great mystery by Linda Fairstein. I loved learning the history of "the Island." This time Linda involved academia for the set-up. Very ingenious! I cannot recommend enough Linda's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 7/12/2011

    " I enjoyed this book. It did seem to be drawn out in some parts, but as a whole I would recommend it. This is a series I will continue to read. "

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

    " The Alexandra Cooper series just gets better and better. On to book 5! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 2/9/2011

    " One of the best books I have read. Didn't know who did it till the very end. I also love the detail description of all the NY sites. Also the history background. One of my new Fav. authors.
    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne | 1/23/2011

    " Read a while back and never could get into it. Finished it, but will not read more by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 12/22/2010

    " I always enjoy the extra "treat" of learning about the history of NYC in Fairstein's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 12/15/2010

    " Very Good .... I will read more of this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 9/27/2010

    " enjoyed..first time reading this author but will read more "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 8/2/2010

    " The book was good to very good. It read like an episode Law & Order: SVU. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 3/18/2010

    " 3.5 stars - This is another good detective/D.A. murder mystery. I enjoyed the main characters and plot development. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 3/16/2010

    " A good detective suspense novel. A 3.5 star. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige | 1/19/2010

    " Lots of fun and learned a lot about Roosevelt Island. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ginnie | 12/22/2009

    " This book is filled with cliche. Although the book is not trying to be a classic, in the mystery genre it makes it exciting to have a thread of the truth. This book is so filled with what one expects a mystery to be, you can't feel the truth of it, so, for me, it was a dud. "

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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.