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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,692 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Linda Fairstein Narrator: Melissa Hughes Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Alexandra Cooper Series Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9781442359147
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The brooding quality of the setting, the storm-toss’d, struggle-to-the-death finale is superb.”

    Washington Post

  • “Compelling…Fairstein weaves present and past woes to good effect, while her focus on Roosevelt Island will intrigue New Yorkers who know little about its shameful former uses.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Fairstein…once again treats readers to the companionable friendship between Alex and Mike, as well as the intricacies of a murder investigation and the fascinating history of a long-forgotten part of New York history and geography.”

    Booklist

  • “Authoritative and interesting.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia Naden | 2/18/2014

    " 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 Ann | 2/6/2014

    " I did not enjoy this book as much as I did Entombed. It might just be I wasn't as interested in the asylum on Roosevelt Island as I had been in Poe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ramona | 1/31/2014

    " Good book. LOVED the history of NY woven in between the investigation. And, I had no idea who the murderer was until she revealed it to us. However, I really want her and Mike Chapman to become more than just friends already!!! LOL! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 1/26/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie H. | 1/23/2014

    " One in a series of mysteries about NYC sex crimes prosecutor Alex Cooper. What makes this one stand out is its creative use of an abandoned 19th-century building on Roosevelt Island and well-known NYC archaeologist Nan Rothschild. It definitely makes you wonder about the history--good and ill--that lies all around us. A very enjoyable read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary G. | 1/21/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy Rogers | 1/20/2014

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kona | 1/20/2014

    " I give up. I am half way through and it took forever to get that far. The story moves way to slow with a lot of seemingly extraneous activity. I don't care what happens at this point. I want to read something good. "

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

    " 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 Amy | 1/17/2014

    " 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chelsie Kelley | 1/3/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 12/11/2013

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rusty | 11/21/2013

    " Ugh. Boring predictable characters who I have no interest in spending any time with. Reads like a vanity project for the author. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mom | 11/16/2013

    " this was a book on tape and it was too boring to finish! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 10/8/2013

    " I enjoyed this award winning mystery. I'll have to go back and read book 1, Double Jeopardy, which has been made into a movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Síle | 9/30/2013

    " 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 Christen | 8/7/2013

    " I really enjoy Linda Fairstein's Alex Cooper novels. I like the personal experience she brings to the novels, I like the relationship between the main characters: Alexandra Cooper, Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, and I like the history of New York that encompasses every novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne Estes | 5/20/2013

    " It was just ok for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/5/2013

    " 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 | 4/21/2013

    " 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 Jen | 4/17/2013

    " The ending left me hanging! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bree | 4/13/2013

    " Fills the void while I wait for Netflix to get the next season of L&O: SVU on instant play. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jo | 4/8/2013

    " Overblown, too many characters, too American, 'schmultzy'. Some interesting detail about the history of mental illness in New York, but it is mainly an inferior version of a Patricia Cornwell, which aren't that great either! Don't bother unless you are stuck in an airport or somewhere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 2/19/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juliepa | 2/5/2013

    " Very interesting. It went into lots of the history of New York. I had no idea! Very cool as a mystery and a history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ginnie | 1/22/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 12/18/2012

    " 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 Joe | 11/29/2012

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emese | 10/5/2012

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lauren | 9/19/2012

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Horner | 9/13/2012

    " 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 April Meeker | 9/2/2012

    " love love love Linda Fairstein...i'm hooked. "

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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

Melissa Hughes’ career began in radio, where she was a staff announcer, DJ, and voice-over artist. Working in England for many years, she starred in the BBC Radio drama Trouble Brewing, appeared in numerous plays, and created the screams for the character of Lois Lane, as well as other voices in the film Superman.