This is simply a great book to read, no blood guts or gore, a good mystery, well written plots and characters that only get better with each of Fairstein's books.
The synopsis on the book jacket says:
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 has been assaulted. But the terrified victim, a conservator of rare books and maps, refuses to cooeprate with investigators. Then another woman is found murdered in that same apartment with an extremely vauable book clutched in her hands. As Alex pursues the murdered, 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.
I have enjoyed all of Linda Fairstein's books, although I have found the "Assistant District Attorney in jeopardy" endings sometimes contrived. They are usually set in Manhattan and introduce me to fascinating areas of the city. The characters are always interesting. This story was especially good and concerns the iconic main New York Public Library which is not a lending library, but collections of rare books, maps and artwork for scholars and researchers to study. The preservation areas and politics of the trustees are especially interesting. It moved quickly and was worth the wait.
In this interesting story we get the history of the New York public Library. Fairstein always educates us she entertains us.
not what I expected and not as good as others, mostly a lot of history about the library in NYC and not to my interest
In the hands of Linda Fairstein, the New York Times bestselling author of Killer Heat, the rarefied world of antique books has never been more mysteriousand deadly. When ADA Alexandra Cooper is called to Tina Barrs apartment on Manhattans 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 killer, 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. When Alex ties their family rivalries to a priceless edition of Alice in Wonderland, which also contains the worlds oldest map, she wonders if one of the Hunts would be willing to kill for the treasures. The search for the answer takes Alex and her team on a breathtaking chase from Manhattans grandest apartments to the secret tunnels and chambers of the New York Public Library, on a complex trail of clues that will have you guessing until the final pages.