By Linda Fairstein
(Anchor, Mass Market Paperback, 9780307387783, 464pp.)
Publication Date: November 24, 2009
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When Assistant District Attorney Alex Cooper is summoned to Tina Barr’s apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, she finds a neighbor convinced that the young woman was assaulted. But the terrified victim, a conservator of rare books and maps, refuses to cooperate with investigators. Then another woman is found murdered in that same apartment with an extremely valuable book, believed to have been stolen. As Alex pursues the murderer, she is drawn into the strange and privileged world of the Hunt family, major benefactors of the New York Public Library and passionate rare book collectors who may be willing to kill for their treasures.
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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.
“Fairstein . . . makes the legal issues more exciting than any high-speed chase.” —The New York Times
“Reminiscent of the quests of Indiana Jones or National Treasure. Bibliophiles and Fairstein fans are in for a treat.” —Library Journal
“Fairstein brings her A game. . . . A top-notch plot.” —Orlando Sentinel
“Great. . . . A nifty mystery that starts off as a harrowing missing-person-homicide case–but blossoms into something far deeper. . . . My personal favorite in this New York Times bestselling series.” —Harlan Coben
“What lifts author Fairstein a step or two above her fellow crime writers is her pitch-perfect skill with dialogue.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Fairstein’s affinity for New York and its people stand out.” —Miami Herald
“One of Linda Fairstein’s stronger offerings.” —The Washington Post
“Fascinating. . . . Curiosity piqued, readers will surely want to find out more.” —Booklist
“Entertaining. . . . Full of fun information about the NYPL.” —Publishers Weekly
“One of the most promising forces in crime fiction.” —Patricia Cornwell
“A champion teller of detective tales.” —USA Today
“Alexandra Cooper, like her creator Linda Fairstein, is a force to contend with; smart, tough, and literate to boot!” —Sue Grafton
“Really knows what she’s writing about.” –James Patterson
“One of the best crime fiction writers in America today. . . . Fairstein is fantastic!” —Nelson Demille
“Linda Fairstein is an important writer because she 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