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Death Angel (Alex Cooper) Paperback – May 6, 2014
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“A champion teller of detective tales.”—USA Today
“The queen of intelligent suspense.”—Lee Child
“Alex Cooper is a fascinating heroine.”—O, The Oprah Magazine
“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
“A real page-turner.”—The Hartford Book Examiner
About the Author
- Publisher : Dutton; Reprint edition (May 6, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 512 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0451417283
- ISBN-13 : 978-0451417282
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.25 x 1.06 x 7.56 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #881,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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My real disappointment, however, is the characters. As for Alex Cooper herself, I am confused about how old she is. She seems not to be aging in real time, and yet the book is not "historical" -- it seems to take place in the here and now. I know that authors do this, but it always confuses me. I can't see how Alex can still be "young" and after following her through 15 books, it's starting to bother me that her life does not move at all. She still has the same job (Well, OK); her relationships with her colleagues have not changed, her bosses have not changed, she has no life outside of her job. In short, she comes across, at least to me, as not a person but a stick figure used to tell the story. She needs a life.
Regular Fairstein readers may object that she has a life, as illustrated in the most recent previous book, in which she spent time in France with her love interest. But like his predecessors, he didn't stick around very long and the reader never was able to see him as a live person -- i'm sure most readers felt, as I did, that he was mostly a plot device.
Well, OK again, I don't really care if Alex has a boyfriend, and romance is clearly not Ms. Fairstein's forte. But where I think the characters have really gone off the rails is with Cooper ready to embrace romance with Chapman. Based on their respective characters in all previous books, this would be a terrible mistake. Alex has never been romantically attracted to Chapman and she doesn't need to justify it, she just isn't. Fairstein does not need to tie up Cooper and Chapman like Castle and Beckett, or other dumb TV mates. Even worse, Chapman is domestic violence waiting to happen. Going back several books, and including Death Angel, his "teasing" has been inappropriate and hostile. It is NOT friendly teasing. It's eased up a bit in this volume, but was especially bad in the book that was about synagogues. My theory is that he's deeply angry that she has not wanted (until now, apparently) to be romantically involved with him. He feels inferior and blames her. How can Fairstein miss this about her own characters? I'm not making it up. He makes comments that cut Alex down in front of her bosses and in front of total strangers. She should stay away from him.
In summary, Ms Fairstein's characters have begun to seem tired, and what may be her solution strikes me as outrageous. Go back and reread the earlier books.
As a long-time fan, I hope Ms. Fairstein steps away from this precipice.
I agree with one reviewer that said it would be more interesting if she could show off her courtroom skills. In other words, catch the murderer and prosecute him successfully,.It worked for Law & Order. I've read two of Fairstein's books, and that's it for me.
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I now own several of her books.
Book arrived promptly in a good condition.