Cold Hit by Linda Fairstein

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A workmanlike (though oddly seigneurial) job midway between Fairstein’s tour de force debut, Final Jeopardy (1996), and its disappointing follow-up, Likely to Die (1997).


A chilling new Alexandra Cooper thriller from the acclaimed Manhattan Assistant D.A. who lives the gritty and glamorous life she writes.
The raves are in for Linda Fairstein's Alexandra Cooper novels. "Riveting authenticity," says Vanity Fair. "Grisham-esque," says Time. "There is an anger and a passion in Alex Cooper that is clearly not fictional," says The London Times.
From its dramatic opening scene when a silk-clad corpse washes up from the turbulent waters at Manhattan's northern tip to its stunning conclusion when Alexandra runs for her life, Cold Hit transports the reader behind the scenes with the cops, the criminals, the victims, and the denizens of the art world. Here is the authenticity, the vision, that only Linda Fairstein can provide.
On a steamy August evening, after an exhausting day in the courtroom, Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cooper joins her longtime pals and partners-in-investigation, NYPD detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, at a somber crime scene. In her ten years as a sex crimes prosecutor, Alex has seen many victims, but few more poignant than this one, pulled from the water with her hands and feet obscenely tied to a ladder.
Sleep comes uneasily after such a vision, but the knowledge that monsters walk the city's streets, preying on the innocent, motivates Alex and her colleagues in their sometimes heartbreaking work. Perhaps this time they will be lucky. A "cold hit" could match DNA from the crime scene with a suspect's DNA profile in the police database. Or is this case a more sinister kind of "cold hit"? Who was this latest victim?
From a luxurious Fifth Avenue apartment to famous midtown auction houses to the avant-garde galleries of Chelsea, Alex, Mike, and Mercer hunt for a killer in a very special world where priceless art meets big money in a lethal mix. Whether it's a missing Rembrandt, a Vermeer in need of authentication, or doors paneled with precious amber and missing since the great Nazi art thefts, the stakes are high, the consequences potentially fatal.
Illuminating and inspiring, Cold Hit takes us from the paint-chipped offices of cops and D.A.s to the elegant restaurants of Alex's privileged Upper East Side life. The contrast is striking, but it's all part of the extraordinary world that author Linda Fairstein has brought so vividly to life in this magnificent novel of suspense.

About Linda Fairstein

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LINDA FAIRSTEIN was chief of the Sex Crimes Unit of the district attorney’s office in Manhattan for more than two decades and is America’s foremost legal expert on sexual assault and domestic violence. Her Alexandra Cooper novels are international bestsellers and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. She lives in Manhattan and on Martha’s Vineyard.
Published February 17, 2002 by Scribner. 464 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 20 2010

A workmanlike (though oddly seigneurial) job midway between Fairstein’s tour de force debut, Final Jeopardy (1996), and its disappointing follow-up, Likely to Die (1997).

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Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Jun 17 2013

Alex herself remains a shining protagonist, comfortable in the upper echelons of New York society...Fans of the assistant D.A.'s previous adventures will be mightily pleased with this one.

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Reviewed by Kerry King on Jun 17 2013

I'm not sure how many outings Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cooper has had now; what I can tell you is that from what I have read so far, they are all equally compelling, thrilling, fast-paced and fluidly written and Cold Hit is no exception.

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Reviewed by People on Jun 17 2013

Alex—as always, elegant in her designer high heels and Escada suits—leads the way into galleries, art—filled penthouses...Readers of this fast-paced thriller will get a view of today's art world unlike anything taught in Art History 101.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Reviewed by Carl Brookins on Jun 17 2013

There are few novels the deal in any substantive way with the realities of the dark side of art...Illuminating and highly charged, COLD HIT is a winner. For readers who want to be informed as well as entertained, this book is strongly recommended.

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