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Lethal Legacy

by Linda Fairstein

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Series: Alexandra Cooper Mysteries (11)

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such fun! loads of book stuff and a bit of a backstage tour of one of my favourite libraries. plus a lovely tribute: For Librarians: guardian angels of the mind and soul (altho not all the librarians in this book are) ( )
  Deborahrs | Apr 15, 2017 |
This woman railroaded The Central Park Five and she is just able to walk away and have a successful career as an author (I use that term loosely)? She also will delete anything you post on her FB page asking about her part in this outrageous miscarriage of justice. Reader beware. ( )
  Maureen_McCombs | Aug 19, 2016 |
Alex is caught up a new mystery with her two buddies Mercer and Mike. This 11th book focuses on the New York Public Library and their wealthy donors. A very rare map, not known to be real is the object of at least two murders. As Alex and team search for the answers the reader gets an wonderful tour of the New York Public library and its history. One of the things this reviewer iikes best about Fairsteins books is her research in to the city and its history. How this history plays into the mystery is always fun. Learn something new overtime I read her stories. The names of the two lions outside the main entrance are Fortitude and Patience. ( )
  oldbookswine | Aug 14, 2016 |
So this isn't "tagged" friendship, but there is a definite ongoing friendship throughout the entire series between; Prosecutor Alex Cooper, Detective Mike Chapman, and Detective Mercer....so there are the friends.

This book covers the chase for a 12-part rare map and rare books throughout the City of N.Y. and NYPL. Fascinating history of NYPL, the geography beneath it, rare books and maps.

It wasn't as "exciting" as some of her other books, but being a Librarian, I loved the history & information on rarities & collectibles. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
This one hit several buttons for me, rare books, murder, rare maps, obsessive collectors, and libraries. When a woman is attacked and refuses to come for help, Alexandra Cooper, Manhattan's Assistant DA is called to help. Within a day she and Detective Mike Chapman are back, and there's a different woman in the same apartment, this time dead and beside her is a jewel-encrusted book. This brings them into the murky world of rare books, maps and rare book thieves, the people in this world are rich and willing to do almost anything to get the book or map they want. Alex and Mike have to uncover the reasons for the death before too many bodies turn up.

I liked it, didn't feel too lost by the story, even if it is book 11, enjoyed the read and reckon severl of my book-loving friends would too. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Jul 9, 2013 |
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Achilles, GretchenDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Briscoe-Knight, CharlesCover photo of skysecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Oborn, AngusCover photo of NY Public Librarysecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Simon, PeterAuthor photosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Waldseemüller, MartinCartographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For librarians—
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And for my favorite librarian, David Ferriero
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Officier van justitie Alexandra Cooper schiet haar collega's bij de politie te hulp bij een vermeende verkrachtingszaak. Het slachtoffer, Tina Barr, is zes uur vastgehouden in haar eigen appartement en naar alle waarschijnlijkheid bedwelmd met chloroform. Medisch onderzoek zou de zaak kunnen verduidelijken, maar het slachtoffer weigert mee te werken en verdwijnt. En wordt niet veel later dood teruggevonden. Het onderzoek van Alexandra naar de toedracht, leidt haar naar de indrukwekkende New Yorkse Openbare Bibliotheek met haar oude en zeldzame verzameling boeken. Het lijkt erop dat ze de moordenaar moet zoeken in de betere kringen van New York, waar oud geld hoogtij viert en waar zich vele verwoede boekenverzamelaars bevinden.
De auteurFairstein heeft met De Hunt-collectie een ware bibliothriller geschreven die een kijkje geeft in de wereld van toegewijde conservatoren, restaurateurs en bibliofielen, zeldzame oude boeken en immense collecties. Ook voor dit boek heeft ze weer gedegen onderzoek verricht. Inmiddels heeft Fairstein ruim 2,5 miljoen boeken verkocht in de VS en zo'n 1 miljoen in Engeland.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0385523998, Hardcover)

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In Linda Fairstein’s outstanding new novel, the New York Public Library houses dazzling treasures—and deadly secrets.

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.


Amazon Exclusive: Harlan Coben Reviews Lethal Legacy

Harlan Coben, author of the bestselling Myron Bolitar series, reviews Lethal Legacy for Amazon:

Okay, there are two kinds of people reading this review: those who have already read Linda Fairstein and her terrific series featuring sex crime unit ADA Alexandra Cooper and her sidekick, NYPD Detective Mike Chapman, a man so real to me I once had him help out one of my own fictional characters. And those of you who, uh, haven't.

For those who have, let's make this quick. Lethal Legacy is great. No worries. It is filled with what you already love about her books--the characters, the plot twists, the suspense, the heightened realism that only someone who has truly walked the walked (for those living in a cave, Linda Fairstein was the ADA who helped create the sex crimes unit in Manhattan) can provide.

On top of that, Fairstein had done some wonderful research on the New York Public Library. She weaves the lore of this legendary edifice into a nifty mystery that starts off as a harrowing missing-person-homicide case--but blossoms into something far deeper. I think I dug the parts involving the NYPL most of all.

In short, stop wasting your time reading this and dive in. You already know what to expect.

To those who haven't read Fairstein and thus haven't yet "chilled" with Cooper and Chapman, well, what's the deal? Lethal Legacy is a great place to start--my personal favorite in this New York Times bestselling series. Don't you love finding a new author with a big backlist? Me too.

So here's what you do. See that yellow box up in the right-hand corner? Click it now and see what the fuss is all about. You'll thank me later.

(Photo Credit Beatrice LeGrand)

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:13 -0400)

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Assistant district attorney Alex Cooper and her crew are drawn into the strange and privileged world of rich collectors, eccentric library trustees, and the treasures of the great New York Public Library after a librarian disappears and a woman's corpse turns up in the missing librarian's abandoned apartment.… (more)

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