Cold Hit by Linda Fairstein

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Renowned sex-crimes prosecutor and bestselling author Linda Fairstein sends her acclaimed heroine — the stylish and steely-nerved D.A. Alexandra Cooper — on a hunt for a killer inside New York City's glitzy art world.
Alexandra Cooper has seen many murder victims, but few more disturbing than the silk-clad body of a woman, her hands and feet tied to a ladder, pulled from the turbulent waters at Manhattan's northern tip. With her colleagues, including NYPD detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, Alex races against the clock and hopes for a "cold hit" — a DNA match that would reveal the identity of the murderer by linking the crime to someone already in the police database. But as the case pulls her into the exclusive world of East Side auction houses and cutting-edge Chelsea galleries, Alex discovers she may be marked as an expendable commodity in a chilling and deadly scheme....


About Linda Fairstein

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Linda Fairstein, America's foremost prosecutor of crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence, has run the Sex Crimes Unit of the District Attorney's Office in Manhattan for more than two decades. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, she is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Virginia School of Law. Her first novel, Final Jeopardy, which introduced the character Alexandra Cooper, was published in 1996 to critical and commercial acclaim, followed in 1997 by Likely to Die, which also achieved international bestseller status. Her nonfiction book, Sexual Violence, was a New York Times notable book in 1994. She lives with her husband in Manhattan.
Published February 17, 2002 by Scribner. 464 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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The killings continue, but Alex, who doesn’t let grass grow under her feet, still has time for anecdotes about the Cruise to Nowhere rapist, the shredded penis, the sex offender whose cell might be decorated with cheesecake photos of Trigger and Mr. Ed, and the serial rapist who continues to elud...

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Fairstein's rough-and-tumble courthouse scenes ring true, as do her descriptions of the mundane police work of Mercer and Mike, whose easy wisecracking and addiction to the television show Jeopardy are a cover for their affection for each other and Alex.

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Chapman and Cooper have a "will they won't they" thing going on that is entirely and delightfully disconnected from the plot, and Cooper, Chapman and Mercer Wallace - Cooper's chief detective on her sex crimes squad - make an enviable almost familial threesome.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Linda Fairstein has produced another strong, gritty novel of crime in New York.

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