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Death Angel Hardcover – July 30, 2013
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"Fairstein [melds] the park into her narrative with all the immediacy of a living, breathing character...that’s why Fairstein has long been considered in a class all her own…" - The Hartford Book Examiner
"Once again, Ms. Fairstein illuminates the menacing nighttime escapades and long lost skeletons, literal and metaphorical, of a city that refuses to sleep." - Vineyard Gazette
"Fairstein is writing at the absolute top of her game." - Providence Journal
"Death Angel is Linda Fairstein at her very best." - Nomad Reader
"Newcomers will relish the lush history tour, while long-time fans may relish the idea of Alex and Mike discovering that they perhaps share more than a professional interest in one another." - Bookreporter.com
"Linda Fairstein crafts a spot-on, dynamic, step-by-step, clue-by-clue mystery or criminal investigation that keeps the reader absolutely riveted on every page." - Crystal Book Reviews
"Quick-paced, pulse-pounding, and great beach reading." - Shore News Today
Praise for Linda Fairstein:
“The Queen of Intelligent Suspense.” — Lee Child
“Alex Cooper is a fascinating heroine...based on the equally fascinating life of her creator.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
“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
Praise for Night Watch:
“Fairstein’s extensive prosecutorial experience adds authenticity to this thrilling procedural, a tasty soufflé of escargots, Beaujolais, cocaine, and murder that will entice the author’s many fans.” — Library Journal on Night Watch
“As always, Manhattan becomes a character in itself, with the spotlight shining here on the inner workings of the restaurant industry in all its complexity, splendor, and corruption. A real winner from a legal-thriller master.” — Booklist on Night Watch
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The basics: When the body of a young homeless girl is found in Central Park, detectives Mercer Wallace and Mike Chapman, along with prosecutor Alexandra Cooper, work quickly to identify her and figure out if there's a connection to a series of cold cases in New York City's lowest crime area.
My thoughts: Fairstein's mysteries all feature a deep history of one aspect of New York. In Death Angel, it's Central Park, something most readers think they're familiar with. When Fairstein is at her best, which she certainly is in Death Angel, the New York history is as riveting as the mystery (or in this case mysteries) itself.
I discovered this series in the spring of 2003 (when several books had already been published), and I've been reading the for ten years. It's challenging to strike the right balance between the comfort of the familiar and feeling new. Death Angel is the perfect combination of the two. There are the classics of a Fairstein novel: Alex takes a trip to her Martha's Vineyard home, New York history, sexual/romantic tension between Alex and Mike, Jeopardy!, and work tensions in the DA's office. Here, they feel fresh and comforting. While the pace of Alex's personal life is sometimes slower than I'd like, as I read Death Angel, I was shocked to realize Alex is now only a few years older than I am. So little time has passed in this series because each mystery covers only a few days or weeks.Read more ›
Death Angel was such a disappointment. It was difficult even to finish. I wasn't crazy about the previous book, but I hate to give up on a series....after this one, I'm not so sure I'll read the next.
Dialogue and character development have never been Fairstein's strength, but this book is especially lacking. There are scenes where Alexandra uses language/threats that you'd not expect from her unless really pushed to the edge emotionally, and yet the entire scene reads like a grocery list. Not a bit of emotion felt. So unrealistic.
As per usual, the book is filled to the brim with esoteric details and facts about the part of the City that is the main character in the book (Central Park, in this case), and I really feel it took away from the story and dragged it down. The Final Jeopardy facts are getting tired, as well.
I feel the characters are stuck in limbo - doesn't anyone age? Grow as a person? Change hobbies? In every book you can count on Coop visiting her salon, Mercer, Coop, and Mike getting treated like family by every restaurant owner in town (doesn't Mercer ever just go home to dinner with his wife without his posse?, who would actually let the three into their office to watch a TV show?!?), the mention of Coop's ballet class, and of course, the house on the Vineyard.
I realize these things all worked really well in the beginning, so Ms. Fairstein seems to stick with them, but eighteen years later and it's getting reallllly tired. These books are starting to read like a VC Andrews novel...after Ms. Andrews passed away.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was on a strict budget and fell behind with the series, and it was so nice FINALLY to download the books I'd missed. How nice to catch up with Alex, Mike and Mercer. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Deborah Carlyle
It had some interesting chapters, and loads of information about the history of Central Park. I just think the chemistry between the characters wasn't there, as it usually is. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Tracy Loves to read
Loved this book, lived in NYC all my life and adore Central Park and I learned so many hidden secrets about the Park. Kept me at the edge of my seat until the end.Published 2 months ago by Linda Mullen
Classic Alex Cooper, but this one had a bit more fire! I really enjoyed it!! Can't wait to read the next one! I just LOVE Ms. Feinstein's characters, history lessons and plots! Read morePublished 4 months ago by GE
A typical story no major suspense. The book is not a pae turner. Reads like a TV show.Published 5 months ago by Manne Magady
My favorite so far! Can't wait for her next one. Love New York and all I have learned historically.Published 5 months ago by Lorraine Geiger