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3.27 out of 53.27 out of 53.27 out of 53.27 out of 53.27 out of 5 3.27 (41 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 2004 ISBN: 9780743539234
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It's going to be a tough trial. Manhattan sex-crimes prosecutor Alexandra Cooper's case, involving an attack on investment banker Paige Vallis, would be difficult to prove without the latest development -- it seems that Paige has something to hide.
While Alex learns more of the sad details behind this increasingly puzzling rape case, colleague Mike Chapman is uptown in a decaying Harlem brownstone where 82-year-old McQueen "Queenie" Ransome has been murdered, her apartment ransacked.
Queenie's murder is only the first. Others follow, as the tragic strands of the Paige Vallis and McQueen Ransome cases converge in a poignant alliance of two women from very different worlds. Faced with formidable personal and professional choices, Alex faces a showdown where her wits and courage will be tested as never before.
With a winning combination of courtroom drama and historical detail, The Kills is stylish writing from a crime-writing star. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Seamless…razor sharp.”

    John Sandford, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Fairstein…makes the legal issues more exciting than any high-speed chase.”

    New York Times

  • “A superior piece of entertainment.”

    Washington Post

  • “Fairstein's style and skills have matured over the years, making this a consistently dependable series with a likable and intelligent heroine.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Fairstein peels the layers of the onion, ladling out backstory to expose the connections between a date-rape case and the murder of a Harlem woman. Another solid addition to a popular series.” 

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/15/2014

    " This plot left me feeling that I couldn't solve the mystery on my own. Somewhat confusing at times, but still a good murder mystery that leads to a part of the river (always in NYC) where bodies are always found, known as The Kills. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg Benjamin | 2/14/2014

    " The usual Byzantine plot. A little hard to keep track of but overall a great read. "

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

    " I am addicted to this series, even though I am not reading them in order. The story weaves and weaves until all the separate threads melt together into an exciting ending where all is revealed complete. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy | 2/2/2014

    " Alex Cooper is busy prosecuting an alleged rapist, while Mercer and Champan are investigating the murder of an elderly woman in Harlem. Can it be possible that these two cases and their casts of players can be related? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaye | 1/19/2014

    " Starts with a date rape heading to trial with a judge who is old school and would rather deal with more concrete crimes like murder. Goes on to a death of a woman in Harlem who once was the mistress of the King of Egypt. it was a complicated story with lots of coincidences. An okay adventure but I found that as soon as I had finished it I really couldn't remember the details. "

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

    " A complicated mystery with many twists and turns. This series always has a great moment of suspense at the end and never what you're anticipating. This is the third book in the series and I'll definitely read more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pauline | 1/3/2014

    " As usual another good read from this author. This is the 6th book of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cshifflett | 11/27/2013

    " First time reading a book by Linda Fairstein. It started a little slow, but the story was interesting enough to keep me coming back to it. Will read more of her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy Spicer | 11/22/2013

    " A; Very good. Another page turner from Linda. Alex is a great character to follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valissa | 11/18/2013

    " Love the bookswap! this wasn't bad, as far as mysteries go. I felt there were too many characters, too many mysteries, but she maintained and there was only one part that I scoffed at. nice easy and very entertaining for a sick day read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jill | 11/8/2013

    " It's becoming more and more apparent that I am not a fan of legal thrillers. Especially when they're only mediocre legal thrillers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emma Pearce | 11/1/2013

    " took a while to get into, found there was too many story lines in it and was a bit confusing at times, not too bad but was disappointed by the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaylol | 10/25/2013

    " The start was a bit boring. But after a while it got a bit better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brett | 9/12/2013

    " Rather a convoluted story, which was hard to take seriously as it went on. I do not think I will be seeking out any more by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Bentzen | 7/14/2013

    " Fairstein is a good suspense writer. However, I like some others more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Penny Shales | 3/21/2013

    " This is a fairly run-of-the- mill novel. The plot is really rather far fetched and also fairly instantly forgettable. A book that one can carry around in a handbag to while away moments when waiting for a bus! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Miller | 3/3/2013

    " really got into this one.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beverly | 2/22/2013

    " A little more convoluted plot than usual, but it all hangs together in the end. Good book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 1/14/2013

    " Not bad, but a usual murder mystery. This was an easy read, but I wasn't blown away at the story/ending. As a matter of fact, I was able to figure it out before it was done, and I didn't have that deep sigh of "wow that was a great book" at the end. Eh... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Conchita | 12/23/2012

    " Didn't finish it...too much religious history detail to keep my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 6/19/2012

    " Super intricate plot but pulled together nicely in the end. Alex is a lawyer, but the story didn't get stuck in legal minutiae that would take away from the suspense and mystery. I couldn't stop reading. It was fabulous. I loved the history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Macjest | 4/24/2012

    " I have more of an understanding about the relationship between the two main characters Alex and Mike now. I had commented in an earlier reading that I didn't always care for their bickering. I see now that that is how they are. He keeps things from getting too serious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 3/29/2012

    " Another great legal thriller set in New York City with twists and turns and plenty of suspense, with two intersecting cases meet for one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sierra crosby | 3/24/2012

    " Another Alex Cooper book. Good book but not as good as the others i've read so far. I think it was that there were coins involved and stuff about that bores me. Still a well written good book. Not one I'd bother owning or will read again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marca | 2/14/2012

    " Great mystery - lots of seemingly disconnected events eventually tie together. A good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kimmie | 10/10/2011

    " There were too many ongoing cases to appreciate this novel. Linda Fairstein has done better on previous books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 7/26/2011

    " This was a pretty good mystery; liked it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Penny | 2/26/2011

    " This is a fairly run-of-the- mill novel. The plot is really rather far fetched and also fairly instantly forgettable. A book that one can carry around in a handbag to while away moments when waiting for a bus! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 12/29/2010

    " This was a pretty good mystery; liked it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valissa | 12/2/2010

    " Love the bookswap! this wasn't bad, as far as mysteries go. I felt there were too many characters, too many mysteries, but she maintained and there was only one part that I scoffed at. nice easy and very entertaining for a sick day read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beverly | 10/18/2010

    " A little more convoluted plot than usual, but it all hangs together in the end. Good book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 9/5/2010

    " Flat. Pretentious. Unbelievable. Agatha Cristiesque in the worst possible way- explains what really happened in a narrative at the end. One time and out for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 7/4/2010

    " Fairstein is a good suspense writer. However, I like some others more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 3/27/2010

    " The beginning of the book was a little slow. I had a hard time trying to figure out how the rape of Paige Vallis was going to tie in to the synopsis on the cover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 1/5/2010

    " The usual Byzantine plot. A little hard to keep track of but overall a great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emma | 12/9/2009

    " took a while to get into, found there was too many story lines in it and was a bit confusing at times, not too bad but was disappointed by the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marca | 9/21/2009

    " Great mystery - lots of seemingly disconnected events eventually tie together. A good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marti | 2/26/2009

    " I'm surprised that this book isn't on the list already. It is one of the series with Alex, the blond d.a. which takes place in NYC. Kills refers to the bodies of water around Manhattan, but could also refer to murders. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 2/20/2009

    " A; Very good. Another page turner from Linda. Alex is a great character to follow.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sparhawk | 11/29/2008

    " As usual another good read from this author. This is the 6th book of the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 10/28/2008

    " This plot left me feeling that I couldn't solve the mystery on my own. Somewhat confusing at times, but still a good murder mystery that leads to a part of the river (always in NYC) where bodies are always found, known as The Kills. "

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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.