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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (4 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075154390X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751543902
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 3.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,009 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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Madame Cholet on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BJK on 16 Feb. 2013
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 By Chris ap Alfred on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pat Straughan on 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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