Bestselling author Linda Fairstein returns with a magnificent new Alex Cooper thriller in which the Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor joins her colleagues, Mike Chapman and the recovering Mercer Wallace, to investigate the murder of Lola Dakota, a prominent political science professor at King’s College in upper Manhattan.
It’s December, time for the holidays, not time for murder. Alex has been aware of Lola for some time, as Lola has long been a victim of spousal abuse. Her husband, Ivan, even tried to hire killers to get rid of his wife, but he was caught in a police sting. Now Lola lies strangled at the bottom of her elevator shaft, some strands of hair clutched in her fingers. Did Ivan hire killers again, or is someone else guilty? Why did Lola have a photo of twenty-year-old Charlotte Voight on the bulletin board in her office? Charlotte left her dorm room the previous April and was never seen again. Was there a tie between the two women? And what is “the Deadhouse”? The two words were found on a piece of paper in Lola’s sweater pocket.
Alex and her colleagues have many avenues to investigate, but perhaps the most intriguing is Lola’s interest in the multidisciplinary Blackwell Island project. Today it’s called Roosevelt Island, and travelers on the FDR Drive still see the silhouettes of some of the institutions that once cared for many of the city’s sick and desperate. What did Lola find there? Does the island hold the secret to her murder?
Writing with the authenticity and power that come from her own high-profile job as Manhattan’s top sex crimes prosecutor, the author once again takes us into Alex Cooper’s glamorous Upper East Side life while sharing with us her deep commitment to make New York a better, safer place to live. Gritty, frightening, and always entertaining, this is crime fiction at its best. Download and start listening now!