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  • Hardcover: 383 pages
  • Publisher: James Bennett Pty Ltd (Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743223551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743223553
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,030,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Author Fairstein's done it again! The Kills is a roller coaster ride that delivers everything--breathtaking suspense in courtrooms and on mean streets, hidden treasure, rich history and compellingly real characters. A great book! (Jeffery Deaver)

Fairstein has the expertise and the experience, and it shows. THE KILLS is a white-knuckle ride through the back roads of history, the sidestreets of New York, and the chilling world of unbounded greed. (Kathy Reichs)

What separates THE KILLS from the pack is her keen eye for authenticity. She smoothly blends her vast courtroom & police procedural knowledge with flat-out great storytelling & poignant insights into the history of the city she clearly loves. (Harlan Coben) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Fairstein has the expertise and the experience, and it shows. THE KILLS is a white-knuckle ride through the back roads of history, the sidestreets of New York, and the chilling world of unbounded greed.' Kathy Reichs --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ph on 15 Mar. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Was really looking forward to this installment and thankfully I wasn't let down. The twists and litle snippets of important information keep you turning page after page. Couldn't put this down and as usual wished it had never come to an end. However, I did feel that she rushed through the last few chapters to reach a conclusion. Never the less a really good read - look out Patricia Cornwell....you've met your match in Fairstein and Reichs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Mar. 2012
Format: Paperback
This is the sixth in the Alexandra Cooper series, but this is the first of them that I have read. I did not think that not having read the others made very much difference. The Kills started off looking like a somewhat standard court room type story, competent, but nothing special. Some books are a bit of a slow burn and start off in a fairly pedestrian manner but then take to flight. However, that was not the case here and it was almost a book of three parts.

A rare American gold double eagle coin, worth a huge sum of money enters the scene in the second part of the story. To my mind this was the most interesting phase of the book and this is what sets it apart - the history of the coin, and its subsequent travels and ownership and the intrigues surrounding it make for good reading. Finally we finish off with some fairly frenetic action as the author ties up the loose ends. Unfortunately, by then I felt there were really too many ingredients in the mix and I found it hard to take it at all seriously.

This is quite a long book, and I am sorry to say that I felt quite relieved when I had finished it. That is not to say it is all bad. As previously mentioned I thought the coin aspect was interesting and if the tale could have been edited down by a hundred pages or so and more tightly focused around this I believe the result would have been much more absorbing. I think the problem was that the author was a just a bit too ambitious and wanted to cover too much ground in the plot.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Vectis Hams on 27 Feb. 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is yet another great book from Linda Fairstein; she just keeps getting better and better.
All the usual characters were there and the new characters were well realised. The storyline varied in pace but never dragged and there were some cool plot twists (some of which are quite subtle but nonetheless surprising).
If you're looking for a good night's sleep this is not for you as you'll be up all night reading it til you've finished!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ph on 15 Feb. 2005
Format: Paperback
Another gripping chapter in the lives of Mike Chapman, Mercer and Coop. As with all previous Fairstein novels this proved difficult to set down....resulting in many late nights. It leaves you wishing the next instalment would come quickly and of course that awful feeling that you wished it hadn't ended.
A definate for thriller fans - personally, much better than Cornwell or Patterson.
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Format: Paperback
This is the first of the Linda Fairstein (Alex Cooper) series of books that I have read and I am not certain whether or not I shall read another. It started as an interesting if not actually exciting court room novel and then transformed itself into a rather complex and far fetched tale of political intrigue with a cast of too many. I must admit that I found myself scanning the pages well before the end as the plot became a little tortuous. It's not that it's a bad book, but neither is it anything other than average. There are some interesting passages and some interesting characters but then that is exactly what it is - interesting rather than exciting. So as I said at the start, I am not looking forward with anticipation to following Alex's travails again...........but I might!
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