The overwhelming number of ladies versus men in PBS is getting to me! Here is ANOTHER LADY AUTHOR with a HEROINE audio! I have to keep checking to see if anything else is changing besides my authors/characters. OK - on to the audio - I really get involved in a good mystery, and I'll admit it, I got involved here. I guess what really grabbed me about this novel is the "HISTORY" lesson you get about New Your! Ms. Fairstein's heroine Alex Cooper gets involved in the murder of a King's College professor, Lola Dakota (sounds like a name you might see on a marquee). After discovering a piece of paper with some numbers on the victim's body, we are magically transplanted to Roosevelt Island, just off the shore of Manhattan. In the 1800s the island was a dumping ground for society's dregs, and unwanted. Let's say that the inhabitants of the island were criminals, the insane, and Smallpox victims. The Roosevelt Island history was a welcome diversion from the straight line Mystery. Although I feel this book was not up to the level of Fairstein's previous books, it is nevertheless a good listen! If you are a fan of Linda's, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this one to you, however, if you are just starting to listen/read Fairstein, I would recommend you start from the beginning of the series with: "Final Jeopardy", so you don't miss the development of the characters. Whatever book you decide on, ENJOY! After all - that's why we do this - right?
Another msytery for that female lawyer who's part of the Special Victims unit in New York. Fairstein herself, another of those lawyers turned writer, actually began the real Special Victims Unit in New York, so she knos what she's talking about in that area. Only thing that drives me crazy is the continual references to the TV program "Jeopardy" in all her books (I never watch it), and dropping names of real restaurants, complete with names of owners, etc. (all in my neighborhood and, yeah, they're not my favorite spots to eat either). But otherwise, she usually has high interest level.
One of the most huanting buildings in New York City, and perhaps teh most dramatically beautiful, the Deadhouse sits on a small island in the middle of the East River. The abandoned structure, like the ghostly remains of a casatle, plays in the imagination as a site of mystery and intrigue ... a likely place for murder.
Smart, sexy, Manhattan assistant DA Alexandra Cooper--hero of Linda Fairstein's increasingly popular series--is taking her latest murder case very personally. Lola Dakota, abused wife and brilliant university professor, wouldn't cooperate when Cooper wanted to charge her ex-husband with assault. So when she's murdered, he's the logical suspect--except that he had been arrested just before the murder. So Alex needs another suspect.
Unable to protect Lola alive, Alex is determined to find the killer and bring him to justice. All she has to go on is a scrap of paper in the murdered woman's pocket with the words "The Deadhouse" on it, along with a series of numbers. Deciphering the clue leads Alex and Mike Chapman, her favorite homicide cop, to an abandoned gothic hospital on New York's Roosevelt Island, where smallpox victims went to die a century ago. Because of its history, the Deadhouse held a special attraction for Lola and for several of her university colleagues; and, as it turns out, almost all these deftly drawn minor characters had a reason to want Lola dead. Illuminating their personalities and motives gives Fairstein an opportunity to skewer the academic infighting that goes on at an elite Ivy League school.
The author's background as head of the New York district attorney's Sex Crime Unit is just one of the many assets she brings to her fast-paced, intricately plotted thrillers. What makes this one a standout is the wealth of historical detail about 19th-century New York, which adds an extra dimension of verisimilitude to an engrossing, atmospheric, and suspenseful read.
Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper is back in this page turning NY Times bestseller from legendary Manhattan sex-crimes prosecutor Linda Fairstein.
On Roosevelt Island a strip of land in NY City's East River stands an abandoned 19th century smallpox asylum, the Deadhouse, where the afflicted were shipped off to die. It's a gruesome bit of history perhaps best forgotten. But for Alex it may be the key to a shocking murder that cuts deeper than the artic cold front gripping the city. A respected university professor is dead - strngled and dumped in an elevator shaft. And while the school does damage control for anxious parents, Alex and her detective friend Mike Chapman scramble for answers, fueled by the most daunting disovery, a piece of paper found on the lifeless body of Professor Lola Dakota, that reads "the Deadhouse..."