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My Musing ~ Devil’s Bridge by Linda Fairstein

Devil's BridgeDevil’s Bridge by Linda Fairstein is the 17th book in the “Alexandra Cooper” thriller series. Publisher: Dutton, August 2015

In her seventeenth Alexandra Cooper thriller, New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein takes readers where they have never been before: Inside the mind of NYPD Detective Mike Chapman.

The Manhattan waterfront is one of New York City’s most magnificent vistas, boasting both the majestic Statue of Liberty and the George Washington Bridge, the world’s busiest span for motor vehicles. But in Devil’s Bridge, Detective Mike Chapman will discover the peril that lurks along this seemingly benign expanse as he takes on his most personal case yet: the disappearance of Alex Cooper.

Coop’s sudden disappearance is fraught with terrifying complications: scores of enemies she has made after a decade of putting criminals behind bars; a recent security breach with dangerous repercussions; and a new intimacy in her relationship with Mike, causing the Police Commissioner himself to be wary of the methods Mike will use to get Coop back. . . if he can.

Once again, Linda Fairstein proves why she is “one of the best crime fiction writers in America today”* with her most intense Alexandra Cooper novel yet.

WOW. The action never stops in the fast-paced drama as told from the perspectives of Mike Chapman. When Alex is kidnapped the gang pulls out all the stop to find her and we finally learn how Mike really feels. This book taunted me with so much suspense and intrigue that I did not want to put this book down because I needed to know will he or won’t he. What enhance the telling of this story was I had no idea what was happening to Alex. I had to rely on Mike and his action to bring her home. The author did a brilliant job in, once again, populating this story with the history of New York landmarks (which I love). The telling of this story had my heart palpating wrapped around the emotions of Mike Chapman and this case. This is the best one yet in this riveting drama and I can’t wait to see where we go next with Mike, Alex and the gang.

Short and Quick Reviews

Crime RibCrime Rib by Leslie Budewitz is the second book in the “Food Lover’s Village” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, July 2014

I love the pace and the comfortable tone of this light fare filled with delicious food to savor and a mystery to solve. The main characters are back and this one kept me glued to the pages, as I had to know who did what to whom.

Cookies and ScreamCookies and Scream by Virginia Lowell is the fifth book in the “Cookie Cutter Shop” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, July 2014

This was an enjoyable read that entertained and kept me engaged from beginning to end with a good mystery that quickly became a page-turner.

Grace Against the ClockGrace Against The Clock by Julie Hyzy is the fifth book in the “Manor House” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, July 2014

This is another great read from Julie Hyzy in a series that continues to shine with a cast of characters that have their own idiosyncrasies that plays in this strong showing.

A Vision in VelvetA Vision in Velvet by Juliet Blackwell is the sixth book in the “Witchcraft” mystery series.  Publisher: Obsidian, July 2014

This series gets better and better with each book and I’m glad. This was a great read and fun as well. I enjoy the interaction and dialogue among this great cast of characters. A good mystery that quickly became a page-turner. I look forward to the next book in this magically delightful series.

Terminal CityTerminal City by Linda Fairstein is the 16th book in the “Alexander Cooper” thriller series. Publisher: Dutton, June 2014

I love this book. The suspense kept me turning the pages and the banter between Mercer and Coop and Coop and Mike kept me entertained. I also love how Linda uses NYC as the backdrop and with this one gave us an inside look at Grand Central Terminal. Keep up the good work and I look forward to the next adventures with Mercer, Coop and Mike.

Night Watch by Linda Fairstein

Night Watch by Linda Fairstein is the 14th book in the “Alex Cooper” legal thriller series. Publisher: Dutton, July 2012

In her thirteen bestsellers, Linda Fairstein has taken millions of fans inside sinister worlds that most of us can’t even imagine. Thanks to her extensive experience as a New York City prosecutor, she creates situations that are stunning for both their compulsive readability and their authenticity. Taking Alexandra Cooper into the fascinating world of New York City’s most beloved and storied restaurants, Night Watch continues her tradition of breathtaking suspense storytelling.

Forty-eight hours after Alexandra Cooper arrives in France to visit her boyfriend and famed restaurateur, Luc Rouget, her vacation in paradise is cut short when a young woman from the village is found murdered. The only evidence discovered on the body is one of Luc’s matchboxes promoting his new restaurant in New York. But before the investigation begins, Alex is summoned back to New York to handle a high profile case.

Mohammed Gil-Darsin, the distinguished and wealthy Head of the World Economic Bureau, has been arrested and accused of attacking a maid in his hotel. As the world watches in fascination to see how the scandal will unfold, Alex finds her attention torn between preparing the alleged victim to testify and a murder case with ties too close to home. A second body is found with Luc’s matchbox—this time in Brooklyn—and Alex begins to fear that the two cases may not be as unrelated as she thought, and that uncovering the sordid secrets of the city’s most wealthy and powerful could cost her and her loved ones everything they hold dear.

Murder can never escape Alex even when she is vacationing abroad. Summoned back to NY for a separate case, another body turns up and again her boyfriend Luc is connected. Once again, the team of Alex, Mercer and Mike are on hand to solve these murders. This was a good read that kept me glued to the pages in this action-filled drama. The story moved at a good pace despite, at times, being a bit more descriptive than I like. The ending left me hoping for new possibilities for Alex with members of her team and I look forward to the next book in this series.

Silent Mercy by Linda Fairstein

Silent Mercy by Linda Fairstein is the 13th book in the “Alex Cooper” legal thriller series. Publisher: Dutton, March 2011

It’s the middle of the night. Prosecutor Alexandra Cooper is called to Harlem’s Mount Neboh Baptist Church, a beautiful house of worship originally built as a synagogue. But the crowd gathered there isn’t interested in architecture, or even prayer. They’ve come for the same reason Alex has: to find out why the body of a young woman has been decapitated, set on fire, and left burning on the church steps.

The only identifiable artifact on the charred remains is the imprint of a Star of David necklace seared into the victim’s flesh. Alex wonders if the fire was meant to destroy this woman’s body, or to draw attention to it. Her fears are confirmed days later, when a second corpse is found at a cathedral in Little Italy. The killings look like serial hate crimes, but the apparent differences in the victims’ beliefs seem to eliminate a religious motive. Convinced that another young woman is bound to die, Alex mines the depths of Manhattan’s many houses of worship to find a connection between the victims—and in the process uncovers a terrible and perilous truth that takes her far beyond the scope of her investigation, and directly into the path of terrible danger.

This was a good read. A charred headless body was left on a church’s step and it will take the efforts of Alex, Mike and Mercer to bring this killer to justice. I love seeing NYC through the author’s eye, although the detail sometimes gets overwhelming, but otherwise a great read and I look forward to the next book in this thrilling series.

Hell Gate by Linda Fairstein

Hell Gate by Linda Fairstein is the 12th book in the “Alex Cooper” legal thriller series. Publisher: Dutton, March 2010

New York City government has always been filled with political intrigue, lurid scandal, and behind-the-scenes deals that keep the city moving. In Hell Gate, Alex finds her attention torn between investigating a shipwreck—one that has contraband cargo, human cargo—and the political sex scandal of a promising New York congressman now fallen from grace.

When Alex discovers that a woman from the wreck and the congressman’s lover are connected in aw ay that simply can’t be coincidence—and that might indicate a link to a “snakehead,” the lead of a human trafficking operation—it strikes her that these cases aren’t as unrelated as they seem. It soon become clear that the entire political landscape of New York City could hang in the balance of her investigation.

As Alex looks on at the nameless victims in the morgue, she realizes she’s staring at the present-day face of New York’s long, dark tradition of human trafficking—a tradition that began hundreds of years ago with slave trade from Africa, and now continues as a multimillion-dollar industry, that will stop at no cost, even if that cost is Alex’s life.

Alex and the gang happen on a human trafficking incident and a congressman potential fall from grace. Are the two cases connected? The book was okay, but there was way too much NYC history. My rating: 3 stars

Lethal Legacy by Linda Fairstein

Lethal Legacy by Linda Fairstein is the 11th book in the “Alex Cooper” crime drama mystery series. Publisher: Doubleday, February 2009

When Assistant District Attorney Alex Cooper is summoned to Tina Barr’s apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, she finds a neighbor convinced that the young woman was assaulted. But the terrified victim, a conservator of rare books and maps, refuses to cooperate with investigators. Then another woman is found murdered in that same apartment with an extremely valuable book, believed to have been stolen. As Alex pursues the murderer, she is drawn into the strange and privileged world of the Hunt family, major benefactors of the New York Public Library and passionate rare book collectors.

Eventually Alex connects their internal family rivalries to a priceless edition of Alice in Wonderland, which also contains the world’s oldest map. Would one of the well-bred Hunts be willing to kill for the treasures? The search for the answer takes Alex and her team on a breathtaking chase from Manhattan’s grandest apartments to the secret tunnels and chambers of the New York Public Library, and finally to a nineteenth-century underground vault. There, in the pitch-black darkness, Alex comes face-to-face with the killer who values money more than life.

Featuring a cast of elite, erudite, and downright eccentric characters, and a complex trail of clues that will have you guessing until the final pages, Lethal Legacy is Linda Fairstein’s most beguiling thriller yet.


Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cooper arrives to talk to the victim, Tina, and convinces her to go to the hospital.  When they arrive, the girl runs away.  Later Alex, along with NYPD Detective Mike Chapman arrives at the same apartment because another woman is found dead with a valuable book that may have been stolen.  While Alex, Mike and Mercer look into the murder, they find themselves thrown into the Hunt family who are collectors of rare books.  When Tina is found dead behind the New York Public Library, Alex and the team realizes both murders and the internal strife among the Hunt family involving rare books and maps are connected and look into clues to find the murderers of the two women.  I really enjoyed this story especially the history of the establishment of public libraries in New York.  [4 stars – really liked it]