Series heroine Alexandra Cooper, head of Manhattan's sex crimes unit, returns in a novel that might have been titled "Nevermore,": focused as it is on the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe. When the body of a two-decades-old skeleton is found bricked up behind a wall in a soon-to-be-demolished building where Poe once lived, it looks like a very cold case indeed. But then that old murder is linked to a more current slaying, one that at first looks like the work of the Silk Stocking Rapist, Alex's old enemy, who terrorized the upper East Side of Manhattan several years ago but hasn't been heard from since. As usual, Alex and her good friends, detectives Mercer Wallace and Mike Chapman, take the reader to an area of New York most tourists never see--in this case, the Bronx Botanical Gardens and its wild, forested environs--and bring it dramatically to life. Just in case Poe ever has his own category on Alex's favorite TV show, theres enough trivia included about the master of the macabre's life and work to propel any reader to Final Jeopardy. Entombed is a smart, stylish, well-told tale. --Jane Adams
It's been a long time since I read a book by this author. Yes, it's well written but I thought the plot has been overused. Alexandra Cooper, as usual, finds herself coping with a killer who intends to do away with her but, of course, she survives. Finding herself buried beneath a floor, a coworker rescues her and the second time she manages to overpower the killer herself.
I liked the links to Poe and the quotes so very much. They added much to the tale, more than the story itself, and whetted my appetite to read more of Poe, returning both to his poetry and his short stories.
i really like this series of books. It doesn't really have to read in order like so many
have to but it does help with character building. Theplots and subject matter are always spellbinding plus I've yet to know "wo done it" until the very end.
Workers demolishing a 19th century brownstone where Poe once lived discover a human skeleton standing-entombed-behind a brick wall. Linda Fairstein delivers a chilling new Alexandra Cooper thriller in which Alex matches wits with the master of detective fiction himself-Edgar Allen Poe....
Former sex crimes prosecutor for the d.a.'s office Linda Fairstein delivers a fictional(?) thriller starring her alter ego Alexandra Cooper. A skeleton is discovered behind a brick wall of a building once lived in by Edgar Allen Poe - sounds perfect for one of his stories - but forensics finds the skeleton has been there less than 25 years. Also, The "Silk Stocking Rapist is back at his old game. Maybe.
Workers demolishing a nineteenth-century brownstone where Poe once lived discover a human skeleton standing--entombed--behind a brick wall. When assistant district attorney and sex crimes prosecutor Alexandra Cooper hears about the case, it strikes her as a classic scene from Poe's fiction... except that forensic evidence shows this young woman died within the last twenty-five years.
Workers demolishing a nineteenth-century brownstone where Poe once lived discover a human skeleton standing--entombed--behind a brick wall. When assistant district attory and sex crimes prosecutor hears about the case it strikes as a classic scene from Poe's fiction...except that forensic evidence shows this young woman died within the last twenty-five years.
This was excellent, Linda Fairstein just keeps getting better. If you read her first book, "Final Jeapordy" and stopped there, you owe it to yourself to read all of her later books. The first was pretty bad but the rest of the series is great. Full of interesting little tidbits about NYC, well-drawn and likable characters, and good plots make Linda Fairstein a favorite of mine.
I have found a new favorite author and it is Linda Fairstein!!! This is the first book I have ever read by her and I can't wait to read more!
Even though this book is a later book in her Alexandra Cooper series, the characters and plot are so well-written that it definitely can stand alone. You don't necessarily need to have read the others to enjoy this one.
I loved the way this book combines the history and the creepiness of Edgar Allan Poe with a moder-day crime. Excellent!!!
Workers demolishing a nineteenth-century brownstone where Poe once lived discover a human skeleton standing-entombed-behind a brick wall. When assistant D.A. and sex crimes prosecutor Alexandra Cooper hears about the case, it strikes her as a classic scene from Poe's fiction...except that forensic evidence shows this young woman died within the last 25 years.
Meanwhile, Alex is furious at the news that an old nemesis may be preying on women once again on Manhattan's exclusive Upper East Side. The Silk Stocking Rapist first struck 4 years ago, leaving a string of victims in his wake, then abruptly disappeared before Alex and the NYPD could identify him. Now, with improved technology and a national DNA databank to draw from, a fresh attack may give Alex a new lease on many old crimes, just in time to beat the statute of limitations.
But when a woman dies as a result of her injuries, Alex's search for justice for the rapists prior victims becomes a hunt for a killer as well. As Alex peels back the layers of the murdered woman's past indescretions, she finds more than one potential enemy and many intriguing connections between the Silk Stocking Rapist, his victims, and the haunting theme of revenge that pervades Poe's stories.
The case takes Alex and detectives Mercer Wallace and Mike Chapman from a quiet college campus to the stunning, 250-acre forest that comprises the New York Botanical Gardens. There, an enigmatic librarian presides over the Raven Society, a secretive group devoted to the work of Poe. Could it be that their fascination with a writer famed for depicting bizarre and exquisitley planned murders goes well beyond scholarly interest? In exploring the fabled writer's tormented life for clues, Alex will cross paths with a cunning killer and face some of the greatest challenges of her career.
Sections of this book were good, left me feeling like reading more. Other sections left me wondering why I was reading the story at all! Dragged in some places, not in others. Too many characters,so many that I couldn't keep track of the suspects. I skimmed thru some pages and eventually finished it.