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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.
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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.more
"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.more
(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.more
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 fiancé 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.more
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.more
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.more
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.more
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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.more
"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.more
(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.more
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 fiancé 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.more
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.more
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.more
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.more
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