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The Bone Vault (Alexandra Cooper Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Linda Fairstein
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

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    Cooper investigates with her customary feistiness and acumen. (THE TIMES)

    Fascinating reading in a mystery which stretches far beyond New York. (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

    A tour de force. Shivers not only the bones but the marrow. (Frances Fyfield)

    THE BONE VAULT is nothing short of brilliant. (Nelson DeMille)

    Sunday Telegraph

    'fascinating reading in a mystery which stretches far beyond New York.'

    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 915 KB
    • Print Length: 476 pages
    • Publisher: Sphere (5 May 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0751533378
    • ISBN-13: 978-0751533378
    • ASIN: B004XCFRI6
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Enabled
    • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,410 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Linda Fairstein is a former prosecutor and one of America's foremost legal experts on crimes of violence against women and children. For three decades, she served in the office of the New York County District Attorney, where she was Chief of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit. In 2010 she was the winner of the Silver Bullet Award from the International Thriller Writers. Her Alexandra Cooper novels have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have debuted on the The Sunday Times and The New York Times' bestseller lists, among others. She lives in Manhattan and on Martha's Vineyard.


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    19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars A great idea that failed to deliver. 16 May 2003
    By "wrigz"
    Format:Paperback
    The author was recommended to me and as a result this was the first Fairstein book that I read. Perhaps that was my downfall as I was not already familiar with the central character Alex Cooper.
    The museum backdrop for the tale is excellent and it has taught me a thing or two about various aspects of Natural History, but the tale itself lacked the tension it required. Too much emphasis is placed upon the museums and the artifacts, and not enough emphasis on the central characters.
    As a reader I was never truly sucked in and I dont feel I ever truly connected. I felt like an intruder. The tale fizzled out and doesnt leave the reader with any satisfaction at the conclusion. More a case of just saying "oh" at the end.
    In short the novel reminded me of a visit to a museum, for the first few hours you are in awe of the sheer splendour and fascination of the artifacts, but after a few hours the impact is dulled and you have faced information overload...
    For me it didnt quite cut the mustard.
    Not in the same league as writers such as Kathy Reichs.
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    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Paperback
    The most compelling Alexandra Cooper novel since Final Jeopardy. The Bone Vault is an excellent read that readers of crime thriller books will love. Again we investigate a murder with Assistant DA Alex Cooper and Detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace. This novel is a real page-turner that takes you on a journey around the splendid museums of New York. The relationship between Alex and Mike takes several twists throughout and leaves you wondering exactly what the next step in their relationship is going to be. The Bone Vault gives few clues away and keeps you guessing right up until the end as to whom the killer really is.
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing characters but great backdrop 10 Feb. 2003
    By A Customer
    Format:Paperback
    I quite enjoyed Fairstein's first book and then got more disappointed with every new one. Alexandra Cooper is a to-good-to-be-true heroïne that doesn't provoke the slightest sympathy and the same can be said for the other characters.
    What I do like about the books and especially this one - is the use of familiar New York landmarks as backdrop to the stories. The intriguing description of the Natural History's museums's hidden rooms and secret staircases is what lifts this book above the level of the average "airport" book.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Chugging along 30 Mar. 2011
    Format:Paperback
    This is the first book of those by Linda Fairstein that I have read. Quite a long story that has maybe dwelt in unnecessary details? However, the plot is an interesting one centered around very large Museums that have abundant coridors and rooms that without a map may well lead to getting well and truly lost - all necessary for the unfolding of the plot in discovering just what happens to an inquisitive young woman whose remains were found, not in the museum but a container set for shipping abroad, the link being the coffin (ancient sarcophagus)

    What will be immensly pleasing to many potential readers is that bad language/swearing and blasphemy are avoided. Linda is to be congratulated in this respect and it shows a good book can be written without profamity.
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    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars below average and nothing thrilling about it... 17 Mar. 2006
    By A Customer
    Format:Paperback
    ok, I haven't read any of the other books in the series, but this was just dull, dull, dull! There was no sense of understanding the victim, the killer was a complete mystery in terms of why he did what he did and the tentative link to the sex crimes unit was very frail. The author clearly enjoys her central characters and seems more interested in the relationships between the DA and the cop, so why turn it into a crime thriller if that's what she wants to write about?
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