Silent Mercy by Linda Fairstein

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...the set pieces, especially the climactic confrontation with the killer, are overextended and creaky. The detection, however, is first-rate, and many of the daggers Fairstein hurls at organized religion’s systematic disempowering of women find their mark.
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New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein is at her explosive best as she plunges into the byzantine world of New York City’s most powerful and sacred institutions—and unearths the most sinister of secrets…


Prosecutor Alexandra Cooper has been called to a Harlem Baptist Church, where a woman has been decapitated and set on fire on the church steps—with the imprint of a Star of David necklace seared into her flesh. Then a second body is found at a cathedral in Little Italy. Alex is blind to the sick and inconceivable motives feeding a particularly vicious serial killer—until she mines the depths of the city’s vast and serpentine religious history.

What Alex follows is a dangerous path that takes her far beyond the scope of her investigation, and directly into the path of a frightening and inescapable truth.

 

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 January 1, 2012 by Signet. 401 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime. Fiction
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Peak Rank on Mar 27 2011
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Kirkus

Above average
on Dec 30 2010

...the set pieces, especially the climactic confrontation with the killer, are overextended and creaky. The detection, however, is first-rate, and many of the daggers Fairstein hurls at organized religion’s systematic disempowering of women find their mark.

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Good
Reviewed by Roz Shea on Mar 28 2011

In all good novels, there is more than chase and capture, cars and guns. There is the rich tapestry of setting and the psychology behind the crime. This is where Fairstein shines.

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Reviewed by Jeff Ayers on Mar 20 2011

The historical facts sprinkled with the compelling crimes and characters create a worthwhile read that fans of the "Law & Order" TV series will savor. After finishing "Silent Mercy," readers will eagerly seek out her other novels.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Below average
Reviewed by Sharon Wheeler on Feb 02 2016

... she treats us to a travelogue, which kills off any tension at a stroke. And it needs a better writer than Fairstein to deal convincingly with the religious themes. There is too much unquestioning parroting of various gospels here and a superficial gloss over what could have been an intriguing plot idea.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Above average
Reviewed by Mary Elizabeth Devine on Nov 01 2011

As usual, Mike Chapman steals the book...has excellent intuitions -- and, most of all, he loves "Jeopardy!" The only dud is Luc, a French restaurateur who is Alex's love interest. The only reason for him to be in the book is to show that Alex has a life outside the courtroom. He has the charisma of a carrot.

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