Linda Fairstein writes a great plot - plus! I always learn from her books as well. This one is full of great information about the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Written from the perspective of a writer with real life prosecution experiences of sex offenders. Best part is the snappy dialogue.
Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper and her partners policeman Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace investigate the murder of a museum curatorwhose body turns up in an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus priot to the opening of a new exhibit at the Metropolitam Museum of Art.
Intense, a real page-turner with fascinating information about ancient funeral rites, mummies, and museums. Alexandra Cooper is a well developed, interesting character. Fifth book in the series. Look forward to more featuring Alexandra Cooper. Highly recommend.
I liked this one, the background into the museums is great.
Very good...full of suspense.
Good read. Very enjoyable.
in Metropolitan Museum of Arts exquisite Temp;e of Dendur a monument to an ancient world a very modern debate is raging at a gala dinner a controversial new exhibit if fiercely oppsed by many amoung the upper echelon of museum donors.
Following the critically acclaimed and top ten Best Seller The Deadhouse, Linda Fairstein now takes us behind the scenes of some of New York's magnificent and mysterious institutions in her most electrifying Alexandra Cooper thriller yet. The Bone Vault begins in the glorious Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where wealthy donors have gathered to hear plans for a controversial new exhibit. An uneasy mix of scholarship and showbiz. The exhibition has raised fierce opposition from some of the museum's elite: IMAX time trips and Rembrandt refrigerator magnets have no place for them at the Met. Assistant DA Alex Cooper, off duty for the evening, observes the proceedings with bemused interest until the Met director suddenly pulls her aside: the body of a young researcher has been found in an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus. Teaming up with cops Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, Alex must penetrate the silent sentinels comprising New York's museum society, investigating not only at the Met but also at the Museum of Natural History and the Cloisters, to find a killer. Atmospheric, chilling, and shot through with procedural authenticity.
This was the first Fairstein book I read. Couldn't put it down. A bit bizarre at points but a really enjoyable read.
The basic plot of this book is great, and the beginning drew me in right away with the entrance into the Egyptian display in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. However, once the initial crime was introduced, it seemed to get left behind for a while in a muddled pool of sub-plots and veering off into other areas that did nothing but confuse me. The story goes back and forth from the Met to the Cloisters, back to the Met, then the Cloisters. A major character and suspect leaves and nothing more is said about him/her until nearly the end of the book. I kept thinking, 'What happened to ___?' I struggled to get through this one, and was disappointed. I've read at least one other by Linda Fairstein and I never give up with just one book, so I'll read another of hers.
Despite all of that, I learned so much about the Metropolitan Museum of Art and especially a lot about Egyptian art history, which I did very much enjoy about the book.
I found the setting more interesting than the characters. Maybe because this was the first book in the Alex Cooper series that I read I thought the peolple were one dimensional and unappealling. I have also read "Entombed" which I liked better, however I probably won't read any more by this author.
A dead body that is recent is found in an old sarcophagus.This leads to mayhem in 2 large museums.
In the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exquisite Temple of Dendur, a monument to an ancient world, a very modern debate is raging at a gala dinner: a controversial new exhibit is fiercely opposed by many among the upper echelon of museum donors. Alex Cooper steps into this highly charged ring of power players only to make a much more troubling discovery: a young museum researcher has been murdered, her body shipped to the Met in an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus. Together with cops Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, Alex must penetrate the realm of the city's cultural elite to find a killer intent on keeping some secrets buried for eternity.
Ok story, not a genre I usually read. Didn't propel me to read more.