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Night watch (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Linda A. Fairstein

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Title:Night watch
Authors:Linda A. Fairstein
Info:New York : Dutton Adult, 2012.
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Tags:restaurants, New York City, France, long distance relationships

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Night Watch by Linda Fairstein (2012)




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Release date: April 2, 2013
New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein returns with a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller that takes Alexandra Cooper into the dark underside of New York City’s most storied restaurants and a murder case spanning continents.

While Alexandra Cooper is in France visiting her famed restaurateur boyfriend, Luc Rouget, one of his matchboxes promoting his new restaurant is found on the body of a murdered young woman. But before the investigation begins, Alex is summoned back to New York.

The distinguished and wealthy Head of the World Economic Bureau has been arrested and accused of attacking a maid in his hotel. Alex prepares the alleged victim to testify, but when a second body is found with Luc’s matchbox, she 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. ( )
  Suzanne_Mitchell | Dec 28, 2013 |
This series has always been a comfort read for me. Alex is a grown-up Nancy Drew and because they're so formulaic, I always know what to expect and Alex has a charmed life (well aside from the occasional murdered friend) that is fun to peek in on. One aspect I do like is the NYC history info that is peppered throughout. This time though, it was info-dump overload! Restaurant regulation info. The Paris Catacombs. French drug-running. African art. Wine buying. 21's secret rooms. Wine storage. Ugh! It was too much. Way too much. And please find Alex's spine, Ms. Fairstein. I think she lost it. Maybe it's at the Vineyard or maybe in France or maybe even in the drawer of pantyhose and deodorant in her office, but wherever it is, please give it back to her. If she wasn't a stunned puppy she was blubbering or being confused and snippy. She was hysterical most of the time. Or horny. Or both. Oy. Way too much scenery, backstory and info and way too little crime and investigation.

I appreciated the rape case angle and usually those are secondary plot lines, but this time that case was way more interesting than what was going on with Luc. Who is a jerk, btw. He hasn't had as much screen time prior to this novel so both we readers and Alex got to know his less romantic side and it ain't pretty. I didn't like him much before and now it's even less. There is only one book left in the series unread for me and if it isn't an improvement, I'm afraid it will be my last.

A funny aside...I use a wine storage facility in CT with an eeriliy similar name to the one in the book. Unless a reader is a customer, they wouldn't catch it, but I did. Interesting name change and a bit too close for comfort I think. ( )
1 vote Bookmarque | Oct 12, 2013 |
Alexandra has finally taken some time for herself and flown off to France to be with her love interest - Luc Rouget - a famous restaurateur - but before she can settle for her 2 week vacation, Luc is caught up in a murder in France and she is called home because of a high profile case.

In NYC Blanca Robies, a hotel housekeeper, has charged Mohammed Gil-Darsin, head of the World Economic Bureau and aspiring president of Ivory Coast, of rape, and the DNA evidence seems to prove it. The investigation started without Alex has numerous problems because of the inexperience in the area of rape victims by the other ADAs who try to take over before Alex can return from France.

The issues for Luc seem to follow him when he too comes to NYC and when the two cases seem to become intertwined, Alex does a lot of soul searching to reconcile her feelings with reality. ( )
  cyderry | Apr 18, 2013 |
Night Watch is the fourteenth mystery in Linda Fairstein's Alexandra Cooper series. This is a ripped from the headlines kind of book. The story not only follows Alex's exploits and her relationship with Luc Rouget, a French restaurateur, the cutthroat restaurant industry both in New York City and France, but also the fact that the powerful leader of a major financial institution (think IMF's Dominique Strauss-Kahn) is brought to his knees by charges of rape. The main reason that I like this series is that Fairstein explores the history in and around the New York CIty. This time, the reader is treated not only to a behind-the-scenes tour of some of America's finest haute cuisine restaurants, but also to the history, dating back to the Prohibition Era, of the various means used to keep the liquor flowing from their camouflaged cellars. Two things hampered my enjoyment of this novel: Luc and the MGD storyline. To be fair, I have never liked Luc and am somewhat baffled he and Alex are still together. Alex’s behavior changes when she is around him, and he tends to be very patronizing in his treatment of her. The second failing of this novel is more universal: the MGD rape case. I found the characters involved in this plot line to be unsympathetic and difficult to respond to—this included the lawyers, victim and perpetrator. Still, the novel was a fun read—3 out of 5 stars. ( )
  marsap | Feb 7, 2013 |
The latest of Linda Fairstein’s Alexandra Cooper series begins with the NYC Prosecutor escaping work for a one-week vacation in France to spend with her love interest, Luc Rouget, a famed restauranteur. Two days later, the body of a young woman is discovered in a pond. The only identification is a matchbook from the restaurant Luc is planning to open in Manhatten. Before Alex can get involved in the case, she is called back to New York by her boss to work on an alleged rape case involving the influential head of the World Economics Bureau, Mohammed Gil-Darsin who has French and Ivory Coast ties and Blanca Robles, a hotel maid from Guatemala. The story is based on the actual case from the US but is fictional. To further complicate matters, a second body is found in New York, that of a young man who also has the matchbook in his pocket but no other identification.
While Alex and the other NYC Police members initially sympathize with Blanca, eventually they begin having a lot of doubts about her honesty, especially after she hires a flamboyant lawyer and institutes a civil suit seeking $50 million. They PD wants to keep Gil-Garsin incarcerated while they try to gather facts and look for previous victims.
Meanwhile, Luc comes to NYC to work on his new restaurant. The time he and Alex spend together is very limited because the department doesn’t want to have their relationship interfere with the rape case since he is connected to the murders by virtue of the matchbooks and having employed the woman at one time. Alec meets some of Luc’s associates and begins to have doubts about him.
One thing I’ve liked about Linda Fairstein’s books is the exploration of the sites of the crimes. This book is different: The locations that are explored are some of the most exclusive restaurants in NYC and a former bomb shelter. They are given a very brief description, mostly about the layout and, in some cases, the history, especially for 21. But there is a reason for this difference. All of the books have Alex referring people to an excellent attorney, Justin Feldman, who was her real-life husband. At one point, someone asks her about utilizing his services noting they met the previous summer in Martha’s Vineyard. She tells him that Justin died the previous autumn. This is reality. Justin Feldman had been quite ill but was able, with medical assistance, to have a final vacation on Martha’s Vineyard in the summer of 2011 and died that October. Caring for him would have kept Linda from being able to conduct her usual in-depth, on-site research. Her being able to write this book under the circumstances is a wonder.
The story is fast-paced and the plot works. It is an excellent read. ( )
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This is a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller that takes Alexandra Cooper into the dark underside of New York City's most storied restaurants and a murder case spanning continents. 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.… (more)

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