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Titel: Final Jeopardy
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0671024876 From Publishers Weekly The crusading longtime chief of Manhattan's Sex Crimes Prosecutions Unit brings to her exciting first novel the same passion and insights into the criminal and crime-busting minds that marked her memoir, Sexual Violence (1994). Fairstein also brings herself to the novel-or at least an alter ego of a narrator, Alexandra Cooper, who's also a middle-aged blonde heading the borough's prosecution of sex offenders. Cooper's typical day of counseling victims and working with the NYPD on sex crimes would probably keep readers fascinated, but her latest problem-the shooting murder of glamorous movie star Isabella Lascar at Cooper's getaway home on Martha's Vineyard-pitches the plot at high intensity right away. Though Cooper is warned by the DA not to play cop, she and homicide detective Mike Chapman, who's assigned to bodyguard her, work together unofficially to solve the crime, carrying on a sort of anti-romance all the while. Fairstein isn't a gifted stylist-her dialogue is as wooden as a judge's gavel-and the details of Cooper's professional and personal lives drive the story forward with more vigor than the murder investigation does. Some readers will be disappointed, too, that Cooper, like any victim, has to be rescued in the end by her fiercely protective and ingenious friends on the NYPD. But then this heroine's greatest appeal lies in the warmth of her friendships, the humanness of her mistakes and her unswerving devotion to protecting the next female from harm. As a woman with grave responsibilities who still puts her pantyhose on one leg at a time, she makes a memorable debut. Literary Guild and Mystery Guild main selections; Doubleday Book Club alternate; author tour. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition. From Library Journal When assistant district attorney Alexandra Cooper allows friend and film star Isabella Lascar to borrow her summer home on Martha's Vineyard, she has no idea that Isabella will end up dead and that Alexandra's boyfriend will emerge as the prime suspect. Who is the real murderer? Was Alexandra the intended target? Though most listeners will figure out the answers pretty early on, the story is engaging and the pacing is on the money. Reader Diane Venora performs real-life Manhattan prosecutor Fairstein's gritty prose quite well. This recording will make a fine addition to mystery collections.?Danna C. Bell-Russel, District of Columbia P.L. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition. Quality, Value, Experience. Media Shipped in New Boxes. Buchnummer des Verkäufers BX-000049.U
In this bestselling debut novel of "riveting authenticity" (Vanity Fair), Linda Fairstein brings to life a gritty, fascinating world as only an insider can. Patricia Cornwell knows the morgue; John Grisham knows the courtroom; but no one knows the inner workings of the D.A.'s office like Linda Fairstein, renowned for two decades as head of Manhattan's Sex Crimes Unit. Now her expertise, insight, and sharp wit entwine in a page-turning thriller.
Alexandra Cooper, Manhattan's top sex-crimes prosecutor, awakens one morning to shocking news: a tabloid headline announcing her own brutal murder. But the actual victim was Isabella Lascar, the Hollywood film star who sought refuge at Alex's Martha's Vineyard retreat. Was Isabella slain by a stalker -- or was Alex herself the intended target? In an investigation that twists from lower Manhattan to the chic Upper East Side, Alex has to get into the killer's head before the killer gets to her.
Über den Autor: LINDA FAIRSTEIN, America's foremost legal expert on crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence, led the Sex Crimes Unit of the District Attorney's Office in Manhattan for twenty-five years. 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, introduced the critically acclaimed character of Alexandra Cooper and was made into an ABC Movie of the Week starring Dana Delaney. The celebrated series has gone on to include the New York Times bestsellers Likely to Die, Cold Hit, The Deadhouse (winner of the Nero Wolfe Award for Best Crime Novel of 2001, and chosen as a "Best Book of 2001" by both The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times), The Bone Vault, The Kills, Entombed, Death Dance, and Bad Blood. Her novels have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Her nonfiction book, Sexual Violence, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She lives with her husband in Manhattan and on Martha's Vineyard.
Visit her website at www.lindafairstein.com.
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