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Linda Fairstein

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17. Juni 2014
With her newest Alexandra Cooper novel, Terminal City, New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein delivers another breakneck thriller that captures the essence of New York City—its glamour, its possibilities, and its endless capacity for darkness.

Linda Fairstein is well-known for illuminating the dark histories in many of New York’s forgotten corners—and sometimes in the city’s most popular landmarks. In Terminal City, Fairstein turns her attention to one of New York's most iconic structures—Grand Central Terminal.

From the world’s largest Tiffany clock decorating the 42nd Street entrance to its spectacular main concourse, Grand Central has been a symbol of beauty and innovation in New York City for more than one hundred years. But “the world’s loveliest station” is hiding more than just an underground train system. When the body of a young woman is found in the tower suite of the Waldorf Astoria—one of the most prestigious hotels in Manhattan—Assistant DA Alex Cooper and Detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace find themselves hunting for an elusive killer whose only signature is carving a carefully drawn symbol into his victims’ bodies, a symbol that bears a striking resemblance to train tracks.
When a second body bearing the same bloody symbol is discovered in a deserted alleyway right next to the terminal building, all attention shifts to the iconic transportation hub, where the potential for a bigger attack weighs heavily on everyone’s minds. With the President of the United States set to arrive for a United Nations meeting at the week’s end, Alex and Mike must contend with Grand Central’s expansive underground tunnels and century-old dark secrets—as well as their own changing relationship—to find a killer who appears to be cutting a deadly path straight to the heart of the city. 

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Praise for Terminal City

"Need a good thriller that describes the intricate details and history of one of New York City’s better known landmarks? Then Fairstein’s 16th adventure with Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper is just the ticket." - Library Journal (starred review)

"It doesn't get better than this." - BookReporter

Praise for Linda Fairstein:

“The Queen of Intelligent Suspense.”
— Lee Child

"A champion teller of detective tales."
USA Today
“Alex Cooper is a fascinating heroine...based on the equally fascinating life of her creator.” 
O, The Oprah Magazine

One of the best crime fiction writers in America today."
- Nelson DeMille

"Every page...is brimming with the kind of you-are-there reality that can only come from someone who has been there, seen it, done it." 
- Michael Connelly on Killer Heat

"Linda Fairstein writes tough, beautiful prose about a world she knows first hand."
- Lisa Scottoline on Cold Hit
“Fairstein is superbly attuned to the sinister vibes of the famous, as well as forgotten, New York City locales.”
—Maureen Corrigan, NPR.org

“Long before sex crimes became everyday fictional fare on America's favorite cop shows, Linda Fairstein was in court and on the streets working ripped-from-the-headlines cases."
USA Today

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LINDA FAIRSTEIN was chief of the Sex Crimes Unit of the district attorney’s office in Manhattan for more than two decades and is America’s foremost legal expert on sexual assault and domestic violence. Her Alexandra Cooper novels are international bestsellers and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. She lives in Manhattan and on Martha’s Vineyard.

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Alex Cooper stumbles 28. Juni 2014
Von Menagerie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Fairstein's latest thriller is very much the same as her last couple of ones. She entwines her murder mystery with history of a particular slice of NYC. This time it is Grand Central. While it is always fun to learn about the history of these places, the way she incorporates them is becoming increasingly awkward with each book. There were several points where the text sounded more like a lecture or a treatise than a novel, and it distracts from the story.

However, that is small beans compared to how badly the character of Alex continues to degrade. When Fairstein started this series, Alex Cooper was strong and smart and a match for any killer. She took matters in to her own hands. In the last several books she has become the person that things are done to. She is always stressed, scared, shaking and swigging so much booze that you wince for her liver. The men in her life lead her around by the nose. Alex is the one being saved. She might come up with some information or get a witness to spill some details, but overall she is largely a victim. That is not the Alex Cooper that we have come to know and love.

Another major problem is Fairstein's attempt to put Alex and Mike Chapman together. I've thought the maturation of that relationship was long overdue, but I get the feeling that Fairstein is being pushed into it. The scenes between Alex and Mike are written so poorly that they are painful to read. Mike isn't just fast with a quip these days; he's a total jerk. And Alex is a jerk right back to him. They go from insulting each other to publicly discussing their possible future union. It makes no sense and it is not believable at all.

There is another relationship in Alex's life that makes no sense; Battaglia. From the start he has been a real a-hole. He's narcissistic, petty, vain, and power-hungry. He treats Alex, and pretty much everyone else, like crap. Yet in each book, Fairstein makes it a point to have Alex say how much she admires him. Why? He seems to stand for everything that Alexandra Cooper hates. I have never thought her relationship with him made sense and it makes less and less sense as the series goes on.

Like some other authors who write long series, Patricia Cornwell comes to mind, Fairstein has started to lose the thread of a much-beloved character. If you go back and read the first five Alex Cooper novels you see a different woman. Fairstein's fascination with history and her own politics are coming to the forefront far too much. (In case you wondered, she obviously hates Mayor Bloomberg with a passion as the mayor of NY in this book is a complete dunce.) If she has run out of stories or is no longer interested in writing about Alex, then it is time to bid the character a fond farewell. She deserves better than to become this mewling, whining victim that Fairstein has given us in the last few books. Let her roar as she once did, or let her go quietly into the night. I will read the next book but if there is no improvement, I will sadly abandon the series.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Murder, a tour of NYC's Grand Central Terminal, plus 22. Juni 2014
Von Judie Amsel - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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In this latest Alex Cooper novel, the assistant DA and her partners, Detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, seek the killer of a young woman whose body was found in a supposedly unregistered room in New York City's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. A second body found in a nearby alley soon after appears to have been committed by the same person because of unusual markings carved on both bodies.
The investigation quickly leads them to Grand Central Terminal where, true to Linda Fairstein's form of visiting NYC landmarks, the reader is taken on an informative exploratory tour of the structure, from its sub-basements to the tunnels and up to highest levels. The history of the building and its surrounding area is also presented. The tunnels have become home to many homeless people and their culture is examined.
To complicate the situation, the President of the United States is due to come to NYC to address the United Nations in a two days and plans to arrive by train at the Terminal.
The teams' familiar routines continue: Jeopardy, relationships, eating and drinking together.
The relationship of the new mayor of New York to the police department and prosecutor's office is also discussed. The day before I read this book, the mayor announced that $40 million was being paid to the Central Park Five, five minority teenagers arrested and jailed for the rape and attack on a white jogger in Central Park ten years ago. Another person later admitted he had committed the crime without anyone else being involved. Linda Fairstein was the prosecutor for the case and in a television interview disagrees with the mayor's actions for the reasons given in the book. [...]. [...]

The book has some unnecessary repetition, e.g. mentioning Alex's exact height more than once. It also has a subplot that doesn't add to the plot.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Fairstein gets even with NYC mayor at the reader's expense 25. Juni 2014
Von Steven Green - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This was one of Fairstein's more mediocre efforts until she unleashed an attack on the present mayor of New York City, who is thinly disguised here. Her beef with the mayor stems from Fairstein's role as prosecutor in the Central Park Jogger case which saw five teenagers (four African American, one Hispanic) sent to prison for a crime they did not commit. One only has to watch video of their coerced confessions to see that the cops were completely out of line. (If you don't believe that innocent people can be forced to confess, read John Grisham's non-fiction book "The Innocent Man.") Some of these young men spent up to 13 years in prison for the crime (the rape and brutal assault of a female jogger) that was eventually confessed to (with DNA substantiating his guilt) by the actual perpetrator. New York Mayor Bill De Blassio vowed to settle the lawsuit brought by the five wrongly-convicted (now) men and recently did so for $40 million.

Fairstein, to her eternal shame, refused to admit that the evidence absolved the five and has fought against any kind of settlement for the years they lost in prison. In reading her latest, I was willing to overlook her role in this judicial disaster but when she started grinding her ax in the middle of the book and began character-assassinating the fictional De Blassio, I felt she was dragging her readers down into the muddy swamp that she has found herself in. As a mystery writer she is more than adequate but I do not like being part of the revenge plans of a failed prosecutor (in one of her more famous cases she failed to get a murder conviction of "Preppy Killer" Robert Chambers).

As for the book itself: it comprises lots of facts about Grand Central Terminal collected by her researchers and some nauseating banter between her protagonist Alex Cooper and Detective MIke Chapman. If Ms. Fairstein wants to attack the mayor or defend her questionable actions in the prosecution and imprisonment of five innocent boys she should write a book about the case ot take out an ad in the New York Times. What she shouldn't do is drag her characters and readers into the quagmire.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen This was a disappointment. Where do I begin 15. Juli 2014
Von Kritik Lover - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
This was a disappointment. Where do I begin? First, the entire plot was confusing with a lot of loose ends left dangling. I'm still not sure about the unsubs motivation but I won't spoil it for others by revealing the book's weak explanation. The history lesson which (as a retired history teacher) I look forward to, was confusing and very draggy. Last of all, the relationship between Mike and Coop is sophomoric to say the least. Alex Cooper acts like she's in the throes of a junior high romance, over-analyzing everything Mike says, demanding to know where he is at all times. The improbability of the President insisting on arriving by train in a terminal where there's been three murders is the ultimate improbability and no good explanation is ever given for this. Too much sloppy plotting in this book.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Snooze-worthy 4. Juli 2014
Von Arlene C. Carpenter - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
This author was once one of my favorites but the last few books have become formulaic. The central mystery is hardly a mystery at all. At least half the book is devoted to a history of Grand Central Terminal. While that may be an interesting story, it's not what I want to read in a detective story. The ongoing "love story" with Mike is beyond childish. This is the last book I will read by this author.
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