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The Kills (Alexandra Cooper) Paperback – 2 Apr 2009
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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.
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 ReichsSee all Product description
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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.
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!
A definate for thriller fans - personally, much better than Cornwell or Patterson.