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Linda Fairstein
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4 July 2013 Alexandra Cooper (Book 14)

'Working Night Watch, Coop. All the craziest shit happens on Night Watch.'

Forty-eight hours after New York Assistant D.A. Alexandra Cooper arrives in France to visit her restaurateur boyfriend, Luc Rouget, her holiday is cut short when a young woman is found murdered. Before the investigation begins, Alex is summoned back home to handle a high profile case.

Mohammed Gil-Darsin, Head of the World Economic Bureau, has been accused of attacking a maid in his hotel. As the scandal unfolds, Alex finds her attention torn between preparing the alleged victim to testify and a murder case with ties too close to home.

International bestselling author Linda Fairstein returns with a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller that takes Alexandra Cooper into the dark underside of New York City.

LIKE ASSISTANT DA ALEX COOPER, LINDA FAIRSTEIN WAS ONCE A TOP NEW YORK CITY PROSECUTOR. CRIME NOVELS CAN'T GET ANY MORE REAL.


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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (4 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075154390X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751543902
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,652 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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International bestselling author Linda Fairstein returns with a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller that takes Alexandra Cooper into the dark underside of New York City.

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'That's what a night watch is, one man hired to keep everyone safe - the sleepless sentinel who looks over the city from sunset to dawn.'

Forty-eight hours after New York Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper arrives in France to visit her restaurateur boyfriend, Luc Rouget, her holiday is cut short when a young woman is found murdered. The only evidence discovered on the body is one of Luc's matchboxes promoting his new restaurant in New York. Before the investigation begins, Alex is summoned back home to handle a high profile case.

Mohammed Gil-Darsin, Head of the World Economic Bureau, has been accused of attacking a maid in his hotel. As the scandal unfolds, Alex finds her attention torn between preparing the alleged victim to testify and a murder case with ties too close to home.

When a second body is found with Luc's matchbox - this time in Brooklyn - Alex begins to fear that the two cases may be connected, and that uncovering the sordid secrets of the city's most wealthy and powerful could cost her and her loved ones everything they hold dear...

International bestselling author Linda Fairstein returns with a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller that takes Alexandra Cooper into the dark underside of New York City.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear Linda - is it time to move on or quit? 14 Aug 2012
Format:Hardcover
This is not a "bad" book. It is typical Fairstein fare, and if you are a dedicated fan you will no doubt enjoy it's familiar plot devices, characters and scenes.

But having read it and not enjoyed it, I find myself wondering whether this series has now gone on too long; joining others who have committed the same sins: Elizabeth George, Cara Black and Patricia Cornwell to name but three. ( Is it a coincidence that all of these are American? Is it indicative of the publishing industry over there perhaps?)

There are two plots. One concerning Cooper's latest French beau Luc and his restaurant ambitions, and the second is a fictionalised account of the Dominique Strauss-Kahn debacle of a few months ago. I object to this latter strongly, as I did the plot in the Elizabeth George book that was a pastiche of the James Bolger affair.

Are today's crime writers so devoid of ideas that they have to fictionalise sensational true life stories to generate revenue?

Doubtlessly some will enjoy the blurring of boundaries between fact and fiction: personally I don't and feel a teensy bit cheated when they occur.

I also find that I am now getting weary with certain devices that appear in EVERY Fairstein book: the Cooper-Hoffman valve, brilliant Lawyer Justin Feldman, Jeopardy, homages to obscure parts of New York history, name-checking her friends as "wonderful / talented / kind / (add own epithet)" characters, the hackneyed stereotypes of McKinney/Battaglia and Gunsher. I could go on.

The characters have simply not developed during the run of these 14 books. Looking back on them, particularly the later ones, the plots seem more formulaic than ever. I am sad to say (and I was a big fan) that they have become rather tedious.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Is it time for Coop to quit? 16 Feb 2013
By BJK
Format:Hardcover
I have to agree with the two previous reviews - I found this book to be a tedious read. I have always enjoyed the series even if a particular book was not top notch but this latest novel is "pants"! I can't imagine a high powered DA not asking her lover about his business venture which is his greatest dream and passion. Anyone who is supposed to have lived in NYC for over 20 years would know how expensive property is (it is common for an entire townhouse to sell for $10M or more particularly in one of the most expensive neighbourhoods of Manhattan) and to be aware of the costs of turning a house into a posh restaurant. Thus the parts where Coop is shocked by it all just seems silly. In addition, would she not ask Luc why he has a picture of his wife half naked in his bedisde table if she is so in love with him? And would not a woman who is so direct in her dealings simply ask him about matters that she finds upsetting? I just can't imagine Coop behaving like a simpering school girl. I thought this treatment of her character was demeaning to successful women.

I too found the plot offensive - I am sure there are plenty of crimes that occur in NYC that the author could draw upon. The novel reinforces the old stereotypes of rape victims that still cause many women not to report the crime. The book implies she was only an opportunist and that the semen could have been transferred to her clothes when she collected the towels. It also draws into question her validity as a rape victim since she lies and has a boyfriend who is a convict. To add insult to injury the rape victim is racist. I was very disappointed with Linda Fairstein.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why America shouldn'[t rule the world 21 Oct 2012
Format:Hardcover
Don't you just love Alex Cooper? Or rather, have you ever wondered why you do?

Think about the positioning. Rich, but from an sort-of-ethical source. Has a remit to deal with crimes against women, but expands it ad infinitum. A special relationship with her department head which enables her to by-pass all normal channels of reporting. Upmarket boyfriends, who mostly turn out to be turds. Costumes for different occasions (defined by height of heel). Stealing men - what does she give to her two cohorts that their wives or afficiandos don't? She buys into everything that is questioonable in modrn consdumer society.

Plot? Zilch. Read a single George Simenon and you'll get plot. Even Elmore Leonard.

The one redeeming feature is the potted history of NYC. Maybe. But this is second hand. Thanks to the Rough Guide I've visited all the genuine sites Fairstaen mentions, and got a better atmosphere. Read and assimilate any book on American history and you'll have more chance on Jeopardy than Cooper and her cohorts.

Anyone who thinks that these novels make positive statements about the role and position of women is advised to read (a) Dorothy L sayers, and (b) the Holmes novels of Laurie R King. What she's selling is rampant consumerism.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Every effort spared 26 Feb 2014
Format:Hardcover
As usual, about a quarter of the book is taken up with repeating character biographies. I know them all by heart, including how tall Alexandra is, that she takes ballet classes, her cv and that her father invented a piece of cardiac kit. It just feels like writing by numbers, from the descriptions of New York streets and restaurants to the playing of the Jeopardy game.

The plots aren't too bad but you can pretty much see the twists coming and there is very little tension. I always enjoy the historical references but they are served up as great dollops of fact and not well-woven into the plot. The gushing tributes to friends are just self-indulgent. It feels like a book written to fill a publishing contract. Lazy writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As always an excellent read
Published 7 days ago by Andrea P
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Every bit as good as I expected.
Published 1 month ago by Gill Pembury
3.0 out of 5 stars Night watch
For my last few reviews of Fairstein's works I've been urging her to get her character Alexandra Cooper out of New York, maybe over to her friend on the West Coast where she would... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Clare O'Beara
3.0 out of 5 stars A different feel to usual
I read this and felt a different tone to the book (one of an ongoing series) which I liked less than usual. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jaysview
5.0 out of 5 stars Night watch a great read
Linda Fairstein never disappoint's her books are intelligent and well written this book was up to her usual standard would recomend her books to anyone she's right up there with... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Morag Fraser
4.0 out of 5 stars night watch
have read all of her books and none have been a disappointment. if anyone is a crime thriller lover they should read her books as she is up there with the best.
Published 11 months ago by Sheena dogmad
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This book, the latest in the Alexandra Cooper series, is up with Linda Fairstein usual standard. She writes with the authority that comes from a person who Knows the laws and... Read more
Published 12 months ago by David N Dennis
5.0 out of 5 stars great!!
I love this author, and it always seems a a long wait for a new book! this one is worth the wait!!
Published 12 months ago by Rosemary Holtham
5.0 out of 5 stars love Alex Cooper
I always enjoy these books, but this is particularly good. I laughed aloud when .. But I won't spoil it for you. Just read and enjoy!
Published 13 months ago by Meg
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Disappointing. Waited along time to get this on kindle and was very disappointed by the content. Shame - all the characters in this series deserved a lot more from the author!
Published 13 months ago by Poppysixes
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