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Cold Hit

Cold Hit

Written by Linda Fairstein

Narrated by Allison Janney


Cold Hit

Written by Linda Fairstein

Narrated by Allison Janney

ratings:
4/5 (12 ratings)
Length:
4 hours
Released:
Sep 1, 1999
ISBN:
9780743542883
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Description

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 site. In her ten years as a sex crimes prosecutor, Alex has seen many victims, but few more poignant than today's, 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" will match DNA from the crime, scene with a suspect's DNA profile in the police database. Or is there a more sinister kind of "cold hit" that claimed the victim's life in this case? Who was she? Her elegant cloths and manicured nails suggest affluent connections, but just how well-connected surprises even Alex.
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 stunning, 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.
Released:
Sep 1, 1999
ISBN:
9780743542883
Format:
Audiobook

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Also available as bookBook

About the author

Linda Fairstein is one of America’s foremost legal experts on violent crimes against women and children, and a former chief of the Manhattan District Attorney’s pioneering Special Victims Bureau. She developed many of the techniques that have revolutionized the prosecution of sexual predators, including her early introduction of DNA as a forensic tool. Fairstein is also the author of an internationally bestselling series of crime novels featuring her fictional alter ego, Alex Cooper. The fourteenth book in the series, Night Watch, was published in July 2012. Fairstein has been a contributing editor to Cosmopolitan magazine since 2002. Visit her website at www.lindafairstein.com.


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  • (3/5)
    I like Alex, Mike and Mercer. This one kind of reminded me of one of her other books since Alex was being stalked and headed to the vineyard. Maybe because I listened to an abridged audio edition that I just didn't likeit as well as her other books.
  • (5/5)
    (Review based on reread)My love of Linda Fairstein's mystery novels is well documented, and Cold Hit has a special place in my heart because it's about art. In recent years, Linda Fairstein has become well known for using the city of New York almost as a character itself. In her most recent novels, she transforms historic institutions in New York beautifully. In many ways, Cold Hit begins this tradition.Despite having read this book several years ago, I still learned a lot about New York and art, and the mystery itself is fascinating. I'm so glad I took the time to reread it and remember all the things I love about this novel.
  • (3/5)
    I suppose I shouldn't complain about a book that I couldn't put down for most of the day, should I? I liked it and found myself itching to get to the end to see the final twist and find out how Coop would get herself nearly killed this time, but I'm finding the series too predictable. You know there's going to be a twist and that she'll be nearly killed but knowing there are more to come that she's in means she's not going to die.I think I liked Jake the most of all her love interests so far--let's see where it goes. At least like Patterson's Alex, all of Coop's loves don't die on the job.
  • (1/5)
    I gave up. After about 200 pages and half of the book I tossed it. I really liked [[Likely to Die]], [[Final Jeopardy]] was not bad, but this time it just did not grab my attention. I am not sure why. Too much preaching. The storyline did not interest me – gallery owner gets killed. After half of the book nothing much had happened besides some interviews of likely suspects – husband, lovers, very suspect looking, therefore probably innocent business partner, without many revelations. I kept drifting off, putting the book down, picking it up 2 days later and then having pretty much forgotton what the previous chapter had been all about. Nope.
  • (5/5)
    The first Alex Cooper novel I read. Well crafted, if somewhat glamorous lifestyle of the main character. Interesting use of the Jeopardy programme as a recurring theme in her books.
  • (4/5)
    I started this mystery on a business trip back in March, and even though I read most of it, I didn't finish it until I had some vacation time to read for pleasure. I thought I would have to go back and reread the story, but I found the characters memorable enough that I recalled the details and just got back to it.Ms. Fairstein's ability to follow the legal trail and to focus on the finer points of investigations and law enforcement went a long way towards providing credibility to her tale in a concise and focused way.The weaving of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist into Ms. Fairstein's storyline worked well, given that this case is still unsolved and was recently in the news. When DA Alexandra Cooper gets tossed into the murky art world, rubbing elbows with people who are more than happy to pay a small fortune for a stolen painting, she opens the door to some very unsavory characters and some criminal wheeling and dealing.The ending was well-crafted, logical, and thrilling. Her pacing during the Big Chase took her character to the very edge of danger and left her dangling in mid-air, forcing Alex to think fast. It was a satisfying read.
  • (3/5)
    "To them it was pure American moxie"When Assistant D.A. Alex Cooper is called to a police scene by the Hudson river, she knows that it?s not going to be pretty. The body of an obviously affluent young woman, graphically and grotesquely arranged after death, is pulled from the water. Cooper and her sidekicks Mercer and Chapman must figure out who killed Deni Caxton, and even more ? why?This fits the description of a police procedural to the T. We follow Alex Cooper through her daily life for a few weeks while the murder of a society hostess and art collecting prodigy is investigated. It did not surprise me to discover that Fairstein had worked (it turns out, during quite a high-powered career) as an assistant D.A. herself, given the familiarity with the daily life of such a law enforcer that she portrays.Cooper manages a pretty tight cast through this thriller; Cooper, Chapman and Mercer make a great investigative triumvirate and I was pleased to see a female police investigator with her head screwed on properly (unlike the one in James Patterson?s The Quickie, which I nearly threw across the room?). There?s a reasonable rotation of bad guys (and I didn?t guess the true one) and an excellent sense of setting in the slightly seedy art world of New York.I have a few complains about the writing: Mike Chapman and Sgt Mercer both work on this case ? but Fairstein alternately refers to Mike Chapman as ?Mike? and ?Chapman?, but to Mercer only as ?Mercer?. It was quite confusing at the start of the book when the reader is still trying to get the characters straight in their head. Additionally, at the climax, Cooper has an armed guard. Of course it is when the armed guard lets her go in somewhere unguarded because they have an administrative phone call to take, that it all goes wrong (not a spoiler because there?s not much of the book left by then).Reasonable writing, decent plot, characterisation of subsidiary characters was a bit lacking although I liked Cooper. I think this could have been better.
  • (3/5)
    Cold Hit centered around a victim named Denise Caxton, third wife to a wealthy art collector. That both previous wives are dead doesn?t seem to worry her. But it worries Mike, Alex & Mercer plenty. And his completely cavalier attitude doesn?t help. Because the victim is basically unattractive, it was hard to get swept up in the need for justice in this one. She?s scheming and manipulative and clearly hiding something. Her killer hadn?t planned for the discovery of her body in such a short time and bit by bit, the crime unravels. Another reason I didn?t get into this one as much as I usually do is the lack of a historical perspective. That?s one of the great things about Fairstein?s novels; the history of New York that she brings and obviously loves. Cold Hit focused on the seamy side of the high-end art world; theft, forgery and auction fixing. Interesting, but the NY history angle is better.So why do I keep reading them? They?re cozy. Comforting. I appreciate and am interested in the NY history in them. The world of Alexandra Cooper is one to be envied. She loves her job and is very good at it. She has the most excellent friends who would do anything for her (although in these early novels Mike?s constant teasing and harping is grating in the extreme. She has plenty of money from her parents and can afford to maintain a high end lifestyle on two islands. Not only is she rail thin, but she doesn?t seem to need to do anything except take one ballet class to stay that way. Men fairly drop at her feet, but she has control. The only sore spot seems to be just between Wellesley and the prosecutor?s office when her fianc? died the day before their Vineyard wedding. But she?s basically over it and the pain is a wistful reminder more than anything else. Despite the inevitable physical danger she gets into (the villain always captures her and M&M come to her rescue) and the other paint-by-numbers plot devices Fairstein uses every time, I like this series. Alexandra is a grown-up Nancy Drew and I can?t help but be drawn into her world and enviously watch her fight crime and win the day.