Lethal Legacy (Alexandra Cooper Novel)
By Linda Fairstein
(Doubleday, Hardcover, 9780385523998, 384pp.)
Publication Date: February 10, 2009
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In Linda Fairstein’s outstanding new novel, the New York Public Library houses dazzling treasures—and deadly secrets.
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.
Eventually Alex connects their internal family rivalries to a priceless edition of Alice in Wonderland, which also contains the world’s oldest map. Would one of the well-bred Hunts be willing to kill for the treasures? The search for the answer takes Alex and her team on a breathtaking chase from Manhattan’s grandest apartments to the secret tunnels and chambers of the New York Public Library, and finally to a nineteenth-century underground vault. There, in the pitch-black darkness, Alex comes face-to-face with the killer who values money more than life.
Featuring a cast of elite, erudite, and downright eccentric characters, and a complex trail of clues that will have you guessing until the final pages, Lethal Legacy is Linda Fairstein’s most beguiling thriller yet.
New York Times bestselling author LINDA FAIRSTEIN is one of America’s foremost legal experts on crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence. She lives in New York City and on Martha’s Vineyard.
- What makes this an ideal case for Alex, Mike, and Mercer? How do their special skills help them to navigate the world of the Hunts? What makes the Hunt family different from any other suspects they have encountered?
PRAISE FOR LETHAL LEGACY
“A nifty mystery that starts off as a harrowing missing-person-homicide case, but blossoms into something far deeper. Lethal Legacy is great–my personal favorite in this 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
“[The characters’] adventures are reminiscent of the quests of Indiana Jones or National Treasure. Bibliophiles and Fairstein fans are in for a treat.” —Library Journal
"One of Linda Fairstein's stronger offerings." —The Washington Post
“Fairstein brings her A game to her 11th Alexander Cooper novel with a top-notch plot, realistic situations, and believable characters.” –Orlando Sentinel
“In a crowded genre, Fairstein’s affinity for New York and its people stand out.” –Miami Herald
“Fascinating…curiosity picqued, readers will surely want to find out more.” —Booklist
“Entertaining…. Full of fun information about the NYPL.” —Publishers Weekly
PRAISE FOR LINDA FAIRSTEIN
“One of the best crime writers in fiction today.”
“Fairstein … makes the legal issues more exciting than any high-speed chase.”
—New York Time
“A champion teller of detective tales.”
“Alexandra Cooper, like her creator Linda Fairstein, is a force to contend with: smart, tough, and literate to boot!”