Books by Linda Fairstein

KILLER LOOK by Linda Fairstein
Released: July 26, 2016

"Workmanlike detection, beautiful people caught in unlovely doings, and more information than you probably needed about the heroine's endless personal traumas. Average for this long-running series."
Who does Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cooper find "the most heartless group of people I'd encountered in ages"? Yes, it's the remaining luminaries of the city's no-longer-thriving fashion industry, whose number has been further reduced by one. Read full book review >
TERMINAL CITY by Linda Fairstein
Released: June 17, 2014

"From the violated landmark to the return of all the regulars to the acrobatic chase finale to the casual logic behind both crime and detection, the results are so formulaic you'd swear this installment consisted entirely of outtakes from Coop's first 15 cases (Death Angel, 2013, etc.)."
Why would a madman deposit a series of corpses in the neighborhood around Grand Central Station? To prepare New York City's second most popular tourist attraction for the Fairstein treatment. Read full book review >
DEATH ANGEL by Linda Fairstein
Released: July 30, 2013

"Fairstein seems less interested in dramatizing official procedure or generating suspense than in serving as a relentlessly didactic tour guide in the mode of Margaret Truman. You'll learn an awful lot about Central Park, but one thing you won't learn is that the setting guarantees a successful thriller."
If you thought Sex Crimes Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cooper had already examined a body planted on every single block of Manhattan (Night Watch, 2012, etc.), you've forgotten about Central Park. Read full book review >
NIGHT WATCH by Linda Fairstein
Released: July 10, 2012

"Not surprisingly, the case ripped from the headlines is much more absorbing than the tale of restaurant malfeasance and imperiled love. Alex's 14th is distinctly below average for this bestselling series."
There's no peace for Manhattan Sex Crimes prosecutor Alexandra Cooper, whose vacation on the Riviera is interrupted by two crimes, one outside her bailiwick, one inside, and both very uncomfortable indeed. Read full book review >
SILENT MERCY by Linda Fairstein
Released: March 8, 2011

"Above average for this bestselling series, though not up to the mark of Hell Gate (2010)."
Alexandra Cooper, the ADA who heads Manhattan's Special Victims unit, tackles yet another series of crimes that have nothing to do with sex but a great deal to do with gender. Read full book review >
HELL GATE by Linda Fairstein
Released: March 9, 2010

"Thrills, gossip, sex, history, self-righteous indignation and hints of parallels to the contemporary rich and famous, all whipped to a fine frenzy. Fairstein's most potent cocktail since Entombed (2005)."
ADA Alexandra Cooper of Manhattan's Sex Crimes Office struggles to keep up with real-life New York scandal in her 12th not-entirely-ripped-from-the-headlines case. Read full book review >
Released: April 14, 2009

"No new classics, but plenty of evidence why the formula continues to hook readers."
The third themed anthology from the Mystery Writers of America (Death Do Us Part, 2006, etc.) offers a collection of mostly new tales of legal intrigue memorable for their variety of approaches to the formula. Read full book review >
LETHAL LEGACY by Linda Fairstein
Released: Feb. 10, 2009

ADA Alexandra Cooper's 11th case takes her about as far from her bailiwick as head of Manhattan's Sex Crimes Unit as you can get—into the bowels of the New York Public Library. Read full book review >
KILLER HEAT by Linda Fairstein
Released: March 18, 2008

"All of Fairstein's accustomed strengths and weaknesses are on prominent display. Fans will love the result; nonfans aren't likely to be converted."
Prosecutor Alexandra Cooper, head of the Manhattan DA's Special Victims Unit, pursues a serial predator who has graduated to murder. Read full book review >
BAD BLOOD by Linda Fairstein
Released: Jan. 16, 2007

"Fairstein's latest is as generously plotted as ever, with a series of fascinatingly grim locales that suit her gifts perfectly—even if she can't resist whispering historical sidelights into your ear with every change of scene."
An explosion far beneath Manhattan's surface turns prosecutor Alexandra Cooper's ninth case (Death Dance, 2006, etc.) into a free-for-all with roots sunk deep in the bedrock of the past. Read full book review >
DEATH DANCE by Linda Fairstein
Released: Jan. 17, 2006

"Don't weep for Alex. She's done better work (Entombed, 2005, etc.) and is sure to do so again. "
The real-life 1980 murder of Metropolitan Opera violinist Helen Hagnes inspires an eighth case for ADA Alexandra Cooper, head of New York's Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit. Read full book review >
ENTOMBED by Linda Fairstein
Released: Jan. 4, 2005

A pair of hot cases carry Alexandra Cooper from her bailiwick as head of Manhattan's Sex Crimes Prosecution unit back to a past series of crimes—and the distant past of an American literary giant. Read full book review >
THE KILLS by Linda Fairstein
Released: Jan. 13, 2004

"A no-holds-barred adventure populated with enough high-livers and lowlifes to keep its corps of cops, Feds, and counselors busy for months."
A pair of mysteriously related high-profile cases take Alexandra Cooper (The Bone Vault, 2002, etc.) far from her bailiwick as Manhattan's chief prosecutor of sex crimes. Read full book review >
THE BONE VAULT by Linda Fairstein
Released: Jan. 21, 2003

"Despite the Cornwellesque title, the fearless plunge into the dirty waters of museum politics suggests that Fairstein (The Deadhouse, 2001, etc.) may have found her own voice at last."
A gala reception at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is interrupted by the news that one of the museum's sarcophagi has turned up in a Newark freight yard with its mummified Middle Kingdom princess replaced by a much more recent corpse. Read full book review >
THE DEADHOUSE by Linda Fairstein
Released: Oct. 2, 2001

"Cooper going about her daily prosecutorial chores, the result is authoritative and interesting—unlike, say, when the whodunit is dragged out, and the gooey love affair dragged in."
Brilliant political science professor Lola Dakota's abusive spouse Ivan Kralovic has threatened to kill her, so when she winds up murdered it's a fair assumption he's the perp. Read full book review >
COLD HIT by Linda Fairstein
Released: Aug. 17, 1999

"A workmanlike (though oddly seigneurial) job midway between Fairstein's tour de force debut, Final Jeopardy (1996), and its disappointing follow-up, Likely to Die (1997). (Literary Guild alternate selection; Mystery Guild main; author tour)"
Whoever raped and murdered gallery owner Denise Caxton tied her to a heavy ladder and tossed her into the Hudson to sink into oblivion. Read full book review >
LIKELY TO DIE by Linda Fairstein
Released: June 10, 1997

"For forensics addicts only."
Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cooper, in charge of New York County's Sex Crimes Unit, was intimately involved in her first case (Final Jeopardy, 1996)—the victim was a friend of hers, killed perhaps in error for her—but this time the case is just a case: the brutal assault and slashing of Dr. Gemma Dogen, head of neurosurgery at the behemoth Mid-Manhattan Medical Center. Read full book review >
FINAL JEOPARDY by Linda Fairstein
Released: June 1, 1996

"Alex insists she doesn't see every man as a potential rapist, but after reading this, you wonder why not. (Literary Guild main selection; Mystery Guild main selection; author tour)"
Like her creator, Alexandra Cooper is the New York Assistant District Attorney in charge of prosecuting sex crimes. Read full book review >