By Linda Fairstein
(Anchor, Mass Market Paperback, 9780307387745, 480pp.)
Publication Date: January 27, 2009
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It's August in New York, and the only thing that's hotter than the pavement is Manhattan D.A. Alex Cooper's personal and professional life. Just as she's claiming an especially gratifying victory in a rape case, she gets the call: the body of a young woman has been found in an abandoned building. The brutality of the murder is disturbing enough, but when a second body is found in Brooklyn, beaten and disposed of in the exact same manner, the city's top brass want the killer found fast. Relying on razor sharp instincts, a whip-smart partner, and one big break Alex races to find the killer and keep him from killing again, even if it's at her own peril.
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Linda Fairstein, one of America's foremost legal experts on crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence, ran the Sex Crimes Unit of the District Attorney's Office in Manhattan for more than two decades. Her first novel, Final Jeopardy, which introduced the character of Alexandra Cooper, was published in 1996 to critical and commercial acclaim. Her nonfiction book, Sexual Violence, was a New York Times Notable Book in 1994. She lives with her husband in New York and on Martha's Vineyard.www.lindafairstein.com
“Fairstein . . . makes the legal issues more exciting than any high-speed chase.” —The New York Times“One of the best crime fiction writers in America today. . . . Fairstein is fantastic!” —Nelson Demille“Alexandra Cooper, like her creator Linda Fairstein, is a force to contend with; smart, tough, and literate to boot!” —Sue Grafton“Fairstein. . . . tells it like it is. Every page . . . is brimming with the kind of you-are-there reality that can only come from someone who has been there, seen it, done it.” —Michael Connelly