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Terminal City Hardcover – June 17, 2014

4.0 out of 5 stars 481 customer reviews
Book 16 of 17 in the Alexandra Cooper Series

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Assistant DA Alex Cooper and Detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace are called to investigate when the naked body of a young woman is found in the tower suite of the prestigious Waldorf Astoria. Within days, a second body turns up bearing the same bloody symbol—train tracks carved into the skin. The focus shifts to Grand Central Terminal, where the president is scheduled to arrive for a UN meeting later in the week and where they suspect the killer is hiding out. Coop and her sidekicks struggle to get a grip on the layout of the vast terminal, from its aqua-colored celestial ceiling to the levels far beneath the ground, which are home to some 600 people, some of whom have carved apartments out of the concrete walls. As always, the crimes are graphic while the banter between the threesome adds some comic relief, but the real star of the series is Manhattan itself. Fairstein describes both the train station and some of Manhattan’s iconic eateries in loving detail, giving readers a glimpse of NYC’s glamour as well as its dark side. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The sixteenth entry in the Alexandra Cooper mystery series, penned by the former chief of the Manhattan Sex Crimes Unit, is sure to follow its predecessors onto the best-seller lists. --Joanne Wilkinson

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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

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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

 


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 Death Angel

“Engrossing.”
Publishers Weekly

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

“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.”
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton; First Edition edition (June 17, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525953884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525953883
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (481 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
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.
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I have read and enjoyed all of Fairstein's books, but not this one. When I read, I usually savor each word; instead, I found myself rushing through the last few chapters to make it terminate more quickly. What happened to the strong, intelligent, confident, and competent Alex Cooper we've come to love? She's been replaced with a whining adolescent who's descending into alcoholism. With respect to Alex's blossoming relationship with Mike Chapman, either get it on or let it go. With their sniping and sarcasm, it seems like Alex and Mike are on the verge of divorce rather than heading toward the altar. I've been to Grand Central Terminal and the Oyster Bar and appreciate the historical references Fairstein weaves through her novels. Unfortunately, this one didn't stop me in my tracks.
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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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Not up to par with most of her previous books. Ms. Fairstein has educated us in much of the history of many of NYC's more interesting historical buildings and sites in Manhattan but this one was dull and tedious. I just scanned several chapters trying to find a lead back to the story which was far fetched and dull. It also seems as though Alex Cooper has lost her "edge". She's rapidly becoming a "Lifetime Movie of the Week" kind of woman. I'm a mature, grown, woman who knows no other women who act or talk like Ms Cooper. She's starting to sound silly and more like a New York Housewife than an experienced Prosecutor. Throwing around the "labels" of what suit some guy is wearing or what brand of linens she has on her bed along with what designer she's wearing is gratuitous and annoying. The plot and story were also so unbelievable as to be almost a bad "B" movie.
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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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I loved all of the Alex Cooper books until the last two. As I wrote in my review of Death Angel, I don't think Linda Fairstein is writing these books anymore, rather perhaps an intern or co-writer. In the books prior to the latest two, the three main characters--Alex Cooper, Mike Chapman, and Mercer Wallace--had a warmth and depth of character that made the books so great. Now, the characters have little warmth, and their conversations seem stilted. As if the book was written by someone who hadn't developed the characters in the first place but tried to duplicate the feeling. There's just a shallow and empty feel to the relationships now. Also, it seems Alex is treated more and more disrespectfully. Her character has to be close to 40 now, and people are still saying "young lady" to her in a condescending tone. She is treated dismissively by her boss and leadership in the police department. And my biggest beef is although the book is written (at least used to be) by a strong, powerful woman with deep knowledge of the abuse of women, each book has Alex as "the woman in jeopardy needing to be saved". Enough!
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