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Lethal Legacy (Alex Cooper, Bk 11)
Lethal Legacy - Alex Cooper, Bk 11
Author: Linda Fairstein
Assistant district attorney Alex Cooper and her crew are drawn into the strange and privileged world of rich collectors, eccentric library trustees, and the treasures of the great New York Public Library after a librarian disappears and a woman's corpse turns up in the missing librarian's abandoned apartment.
ISBN-13: 9780385523998
ISBN-10: 0385523998
Publication Date: 1/27/2009
Pages: 416
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 51 ratings
Publisher: Doubleday
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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In this interesting story we get the history of the New York public Library. Fairstein always educates us she entertains us.
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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.
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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
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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.
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This thriller takes place in the New York Public library and it is a page turner. You'll learn a great deal about the New York Public library. It will be very hard to figure out who the true villain is -- there are just too many of them.
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Tightly woven plot, keeps moving at fast pace. You'll hate to see the book end just as I did. I believe this is one of Fairstein's best, couldn't put it down. Murder in the library, search for rare map, puzzles and more puzzles, Mike, Mercer, and Alex were never better. This is a must read.
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I have been an avid reader ever since I was old enough to schlep my book bag home from the library by myself. New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein and I may have something in common, but she has gone far beyond checking out books. She has done an incredible job of researching the myriad details about the New York Public Library that, I would guess, not even most of the New York public is aware of. This is an instant hook for those of us who love books, history and mystery.

In LETHAL LEGACY, the 11th thriller in Fairstein's Alex Cooper series, the Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor becomes involved in the investigation of librarian Tina Barr's death following a report from her neighbor that she had been assaulted by a man seen running from the apartment in a firefighter suit. Alex interviews the woman, but Tina refuses to cooperate and leaves the emergency room before she is examined. That probably would have been the end of it. But when Alex's boss, the model of political awareness, takes an unusually intense interest in the case, her senses switch to high alert.

Is there more to Tina Barr than meets the eye? Once her body is discovered, the answer becomes obvious. That is when Detective Mike Chapman and Special Victims Unit Detective Mercer Williams join forces with Alex to investigate further. The investigation leads them to the New York Public Library, where Tina was working as a conservator for rare books and maps. It seems that there are certain maps that are so valuable that collectors have been known to kill for them --- and those who have collections guard them with their lives.

When Karla Vastasi is found murdered in Tina's apartment, the plot thickens. Karla happened to be the housekeeper for Minerva Hunt, one of the heirs to the Library's most valuable collections. Thus, the investigators have a loose connection from which to work as they seek to unravel the threads that tie all these factors together. Meanwhile, we are treated to an insider's view of many of the secrets held by the imposing old edifice --- secrets that may destroy the legacies of some of the library's most prominent contributors.

Recently, many authors have taken to creating characters who tend to be rude, cranky and downright nasty. That's why it's such a pleasure to watch the interaction among Alex, Mike and Mercer. By chapter four I was wishing I could join them for dinner and drinks as we catch up on our cases. It's not necessary to start the series with the first book, FINAL JEOPARDY, but I always enjoy doing that, especially when I know I don't have to wait for the next installment. It's right there at the library!

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