Scribner, 2005 (2005)
Hardcover, Audio, CD
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
his is the seventh in a series of thrillers that feature Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor Alexandra Cooper. What I enjoy about these books - aside from the engaging banter between Alex and her cop associates (Mike and Mercer), and the credible cases and departmental politics - are the fascinating New York locations and historical backgrounds that Fairstein digs up as story backdrops.
his time, Alex investigates two major cases. When a young Swedish student is violently attacked, and after a four year hiatus, '
the Silk Stocking Rapist is back in business
'. Determined to get him this time, Alex initiates a '
John Doe indictment
'. Then, a corpse is found, a young woman who appears (horrifyingly) to have been buried alive in the 60s in '
', where Edgar Allan Poe once lived. It's the '
ghost of an awful crime
'. The famed master of horror is a character in his own right in the novel, bringing his own mysterious background to the mix.
here are a variety of people who have '
an unhealthy obsession with Edgar Allan Poe
' and more deaths quickly follow at locations with links to Poe's life and works. The sinister '
' is implicated, there's more than one terrifying attack on Alex herself, tragedy hits one of her colleagues, and action and violence escalate to a crescendo at the Botanical Gardens. Of course, Alex gets her killer. She finally nails the Silk Stocking Rapist too, and readers learn a lot about '
' Edgar Allan Poe along the way.
f you haven't met Alex Cooper yet, start at the beginning. If you're already a fan, you'll love
and wonder, as I do, if romance is in the air between Alex and one of her cohorts. We'll just have to wait to find out.
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