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Deadhouse Mass Market Paperback – 20 Jan 2003

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (20 Jan. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671019546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671019549
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,930,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Penzler Pick:Much of Linda Fairstein's The Deadhouse is set in a section of New York City that hides in plain sight: Roosevelt Island, floating in the East River between Manhattan and Queens, a place with a lot of curious history and now home to several thousand middle-class residents living in high-rise apartment buildings. The corpse that kicks off the story's action was a Columbia history professor with the outlandish name of Lola Dakota. It turns out that she's not actually dead at all: the videotape of her bloody demise was a set-up, with her abusive husband having made the mistake of hiring undercover cops to kill her. Almost immediately, however, what was faked becomes real. Only this time Lola's body has been crushed in an elevator shaft, making her a victim unlikely to sit up and smile for the cameras as she had earlier in the day.

The Roosevelt Island connection comes with the late Dr Dakota's interest in urban archaeology, specifically the site on the island that was once a 19th-century smallpox hospital where quarantined patients were sent. What gives it modern significance--and enough to kill for--is the possibility of locating buried treasure. Much livelier than the title would promise, The Deadhouse is a mystery in the best tradition of a once-esteemed writer who is largely forgotten today--Helen Reilly, whose 1940s crime novels also showed readers quaint and forgotten corners of the city.

Linda Fairstein, creator of the Alexandra Cooper series, is also the nationally prominent Manhattan Assistant District Attorney in charge of the Sex Crimes Unit (who first came to prominence prosecuting the so-called "Preppy Murderer"). Wearing her mystery writer's hat, she has watched her work climb the bestseller lists. --Otto Penzler --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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"USA Today"

A four-star tribute to good writing, strong characters, and the ability to translate expertise into a terrific story.



"Los Angeles Times"

One of the best of the year...a beguiling mix of murder, romance, and suspense....Fascinating.



"The Washington Post"

Superb?."The Deadhouse" allows Fairstein to display her firsthand knowledge of crime and investigation.



"The Washington Post"

Superb."The Deadhouse" allows Fairstein to display her firsthand knowledge of crime and investigation.



"Los Angeles Times"One of the best of the year...a beguiling mix of murder, romance, and suspense....Fascinating.

"The Washington Post"Superb."The Deadhouse" allows Fairstein to display her firsthand knowledge of crime and investigation.

"USA Today"A four-star tribute to good writing, strong characters, and the ability to translate expertise into a terrific story.

Nelson DeMille Linda Fairstein is rare among bestselling novelists; she actually has a real job. As head of the Sex Crimes Unit of the District Attorney's Office in Manhattan, her novels are authentic and timely, with the feel of a true crime drama and the writing style of a natural-born storyteller. "The Deadhouse" is perhaps her best yet.

Patricia Cornwell Fairstein's latest continues to establish her as one of the most promising forces in crime fiction.

Lisa Scottoline Linda Fairstein writes tough, beautiful prose about a world she knows firsthand.

"Los Angeles Times" One of the best of the year...a beguiling mix of murder, romance, and suspense....Fascinating.

"USA Today" A four-star tribute to good writing, strong characters, and the ability to translate expertise into a terrific story.

"The Washington Post" SuperbS."The Deadhouse" allows Fairstein to display her firsthand knowledge of crime and investigation.

"The Washington Post" Superb ."The Deadhouse" allows Fairstein to display her firsthand knowledge of crime and investigation."

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Format: Paperback
I don't normally enjoy crime/thrillers, so I was not that keen to read this when given a copy. Attracted and intrigued by the cover photo, I started to read, and within pages I was hooked! Alexandra Cooper is a clever but vulnerable heroine who gave me an insight into the workings of the US criminal and legal system, as well as excellent descriptions of New York. At times I felt like one of Alex's friends, with whom she keeps in regular touch, in the way she described her days and nights. Since then I have bought all Linda Fairstein's other books, and while Final Jeopardy was marvellous, I felt Likely to Die and Cold Hit were not quite so appealing. I am nevertheless looking forward to reading the new titles. I hope that Alex Cooper does not have so many lucky escapes and cheat death so many times that she becomes an improbable and unbelievable character.
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Another good book by Linda Fairstein - The Deadhouse is a fascinating read which will have you burning the midnight oil. The descriptions and historical information about the New York island are great.
Lots of twists and turns keep your interest until the last few chapters. Unfortunately the author appears to have been in a hurry to finish (or ran out of pages ? ) and the story leaves a lot of loose ends which is very frustrating.
Overall an interesting and nail-biting book, but it needs a couple more chapters on the end !!
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Format: Hardcover
I waited anxiously for this book to be published and although I would not describe my feelings as disappointed, this book was not on the same level as the first three novels. The plot was in some parts confusing however the will they won't they saga of the possibility of Alex and Mike being more than friends continues. The ending was rather abrupt and left me thinking - eh?
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A woman murdered by being crushed in a lift shaft. Not a book for the faint-hearted. Linda Fairstein's working background gives her plenty of material for books of this nature, and she uses it well. Cooper's police colleagues become old friends, and the book takes many twists and turns. Plenty of humour amongst the macabre, and for those with an interest, plenty of history thrown in. I dare you to be bored!
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Having read all of the other Fairstein books, I was really looking forward to this one, however I was left feeling very dissapointed with the content of this book. As I was reading the book, I kept thinking that I was skipping pages(I was'nt) as I could not figure out where she was getting her ideas and clues from. It was very confusing and then at the very end I thought "thats it?" like wheres the rest of the story!!. The only reason I read to the end of this book was that I kept hoping that it would get better, sadly that did not happen. Not a great read.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a great disappointment after her wonderful earlier novels. It starts promisingly but I got the feeling Linda Fairstein became swiftly bored with the plot and was far more interested in the historical background to The Deadhouse. I got very bogged down in this tedious overwritten element, much of which served only to halt the action, and I ended up skipping great chunks in order to try to stay involved. I didn't succeed and had to force myself to finish the book. A great shame.
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This is a good book, maybe if the other books in the series hadn't been as brilliant as they were we would be raving about this one. The attention to detail is as usual flawless, but I got a bit lost a few times and had to re-read some of it. The end was a 3 star, and for the first time I wasn't left wanting more quite as much as usual. However, I will await her next book with the usual enthusiasm.
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By molko VINE VOICE on 10 Sept. 2007
Format: Paperback
This was my first Fairstein book. I thought it was OK, I liked the setting of Blackwells and the Deadhouse. But I feel that it would have been better if more of the story took place there. Apart from that I feel the book was good. I will eventually read this series from the start now that I know it has a good cast of characters and good writing from Linda Fairstein
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