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Lethal Legacy by Linda Fairstein

Lethal Legacy

by Linda Fairstein

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Series: Alexandra Cooper Mysteries (11)

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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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Review: Lethal Legacy by Linda Fairstein.

I was intrigued by this well written book. Fairstein did some researching and filled the novel with plenty of great depth information and facts about legacies, history, rare books, rare maps and book binding done in the New York Public Library. Plus, she added insight of other numerous cultural institutions.

The story starts out with Tina Barr; a conservator of rare books and maps who is attacked in her apartment by someone she thought was a fireman. Neighbors heard the commotion and called the police. However, after the attack she locks herself in her apartment and wouldn’t even allow the police or any other agency to help her. Soon Alexandra Cooper, an assistant district attorney talks her way into the apartment and calls for an ambulance for medical assistance to take Tina to the hospital where she sneaks out and disappears. Alex Cooper is assigned by District Attorney Paul Battaglia to search for Tina Barr and that did not take long, Tina’s dead body is found in Bryant Park.

Then not long after a second murdered body was found in Tina Barr’s apartment. The woman was a staff member of the privileged Hunt family. As Alex and her partner Detective Mike Chapman investigates the two murders they wind up meeting the Hunt family who are major benefactors of New York’s Public Library, other passionate rare book collectors and where Tina Barr once worked.

Fairstein introduces the rare maps that are attached to the Hunt family legacy with secrets of their own and seeking the rare twelve panel atlas which they claim they once owned. This book will not let the reader get bored because there is something interesting always waiting to be read too the very end. There is a new character added to Fairstein’s characters, one who will stand out throughout the story. He is Shalik Samson, a twelve year old boy, street wise and who has an attitude and is very sarcastic but captured my heart… ( )
  Juan-banjo | Jul 31, 2019 |
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 |
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Fairstein, Lindaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
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
Werkman, Willemiensecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For librarians—
Guardian angels of the mind and the soul

And for my favorite librarian, David Ferriero
Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries
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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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