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Cold Hit
by Linda Fairstein
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Pocket, 2003 (2000)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Ran across an older work by Linda Fairstein, Cold Hit. Being a fan of Alex Cooper, I had to read it. I was not disappointed. Alex Cooper, called Blondie by co-workers, is a sex-crimes prosecutor (as is her creator) in New York City. Of a sensitive nature herself, she can understand the anguish women feel not only from the attacks they endure, but also due to the lengthy and oft times agonizing legal process that follows. Alex tries to make the proceedings as painless as possible.

Too late to help Deni Caxton (who was killed during her attack), Alex pursues the culprit(s) through the high priced art world, making the reader privy to the background dealings of high end galleries - and to bits of New York history that I'll bet most New Yorkers know nothing about. While working with her investigating team, Alex is accompanied by two fast-talking, astute partners who love their work and the quiz show Jeopardy. She is almost run down in a parking garage, is shot at, and must elude a killer on elevated train tracks. And she's averse to (read that terrified of) heights!

Alex and her lover Justin appear to spend more time saying goodbye than in each other's arms. And, it seems to me that too much time is spent pinpointing exactly where Alex is at each moment what turns her car is taking into which street. Though New Yorkers will be able to identify with the road map, an out-of-stater is lost no matter how they look at it. That said, Cold Hit is a top-rate mystery with every aspect of a devious scenario covered. Fast-paced with real suspense to titillate readers' sense of fear. Well-written.

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