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Unable to protect Lola alive, Alex is determined to find the killer and bring him to justice. All she has to go on is a scrap of paper in the murdered woman's pocket with the words "The Deadhouse" on it, along with a series of numbers. Deciphering the clue leads Alex and Mike Chapman, her favorite homicide cop, to an abandoned gothic hospital on New York's Roosevelt Island, where smallpox victims went to die a century ago. Because of its history, the Deadhouse held a special attraction for Lola and for several of her university colleagues; and, as it turns out, almost all these deftly drawn minor characters had a reason to want Lola dead. Illuminating their personalities and motives gives Fairstein an opportunity to skewer the academic infighting that goes on at an elite Ivy League school.
The author's background as head of the New York district attorney's Sex Crime Unit is just one of the many assets she brings to her fast-paced, intricately plotted thrillers. What makes this one a standout is the wealth of historical detail about 19th-century New York, which adds an extra dimension of verisimilitude to an engrossing, atmospheric, and suspenseful read. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Ms Cooper rides again but by the end of this book I was rooting for the villain . It turns into a buried treasure chase on an archaeological dig in NY of all places . Read morePublished 11 days ago by Harley
Very very good read. A New York Prosecutor and Jeopardy obsessed detective solve a murder of a crushed professor while celebrating Christmas. You must try this. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jim Thomas
I read 50% and could read no more. I did not care who the murderer was and hoped they got away.Published 1 month ago by S.Thomson
I was disappointed in the ending of the book. I thought there should have been more. I would have liked to have seen if the treasure was ever unearthed by any of the good guys.Published 1 month ago by Cynthia Ramos