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Night Watch (Alexandra Cooper Series #14)

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Highly recommended

Excellent plot, great characters and wonderful locations. What more could you ask for!

posted by 13982307 on July 8, 2012

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3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

This is one of my favorite authors.A don't miss!!

Linda is a true NYC romantic. Her attention to the details makes you feel as if you were there in person.I look forward to reading her books and order in hardcover so I don't have to wait for e-reader or paperback.Once you start reading her books,you're hooked..

posted by FCP43 on April 24, 2012

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  • Posted December 24, 2012

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    Two characteristics of the Alex Cooper series are a crime based

    Two characteristics of the Alex Cooper series are a crime based on real events and inclusion of some landmark or aspect of New York City. This novel is no exception. The crime is a thinly disguised recap of the Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair in which the former managing director of the World Bank was accused by a hotel chamber-maid of attempted rape. The landmark is a loose one in this case, the former renowned restaurant Lutece, allowing the author to include a lot about the eatery business.

    The story begins with Alex taking a vacation with her lover, Luc, in southern France, where he has a three-star restaurant. Le Relais a Mougins. In previous books, his plan to open a new Lutece in Manhattan was unveiled, and in this book the project begins to come to fruition. A former bookkeeper at Le Relais is found dead, setting up the subplot involving Luc, especially when a waiter supposedly recruiting for Lutece turns up with his throat slashed in the Gowanus canal in Brooklyn.

    Somehow, the stories don’t fully come up to the level of previous novels, especially Cooper’s sidekicks, detectives Chapman and Wallace. The usual touches, including Jeopardy questions and the like, permeate the story, but perhaps the DSK affair is still too fresh in one’s mind to have it practically repeated here, bogging down the other plot which seems to receive short shrift and perfunctory treatment. Still, Ms. Fairstein, as always, tells a good story, and so “Night Watch” is recommended.

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  • Posted August 11, 2012

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    Another enjoyable tale from Linda Fairstein. I thought Night Wat

    Another enjoyable tale from Linda Fairstein. I thought Night Watch was an improvement on her last couple of books, which is a good sign. We always learn something new about New York from her novels. I would suggest that Alex may be getting a good bit higher class than her readers might like. Not all of us can eat at these fancy restaurants.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    A Fairstein Fan

    I've read all her books and look always forward to a new one. While I wasn't as interested in this storyline, I enjoyed this book.

    I particularly like her historical knowledge of New York and how well researched her current data is. Both often send me in search of other books to read. Didn't know cocaine was now an Ivory Coast industry.

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  • Posted June 22, 2013

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    First let me start by saying, if you are a fan of Law and Order:

    First let me start by saying, if you are a fan of Law and Order: SVU and you haven't read Linda Fairstein's Alexandra Cooper series you are missing out.  Ms. Fairstein actually led the Sex Crimes Unit of the Manhattan District Attorney's office for 26 years.  So she really knows what she is talking about and this realism shines through in all the novels.  The main character, Alexandra Cooper, is an Assistant District Attorney and leads the Sex Crimes Unit in Manhattan. (Sound familiar?) The next two major characters are Mercer Wallace, a detective in the Special Victims Unit and Mike Chapman, a detective in the Homicide division. The story is told through Alex's POV, but Mercer and Mike are by her side as whatever mystery unravels.  There is a whole host of secondary characters, ranging from Mercer's spouse to Alex's DA boss to Mike Lieutenant. 

    The story starts us off with Alex in France with her boyfriend Luc.  She is supposed to be on vacation but just 48 hours into it, she has been called back to New York by her boss, the District Attorney, Battaglia.  She is not as upset about heading back as one would think.  Especially as the drowning death of a young woman has put Luc under suspicion due to his new New York restaurant's matchbook in her pocket.  Plus Alex is confused as to why Luc wasn't more forthcoming with the police about some old human bones left at his home and restaurant that same night.  It could be connected.  The criminal justice system in France doesn't make sense to Alex and so she heads back to what she is comfortable with.

    Alex returns to New York to work on a high profile case that has come in.  The current head of the World Economic Bureau, son of exiled African dictator and French national is accused of rape by a housekeeper of the exclusive hotel he is staying at.  Alex doesn't have the lead on the case since she was on vacation. Pat McKinney, head of the trial division and always looking for a way to trump Alex, has taken the case and put himself and his team in charge.  And of course, since he doesn't have Alex's expertise, is making mistakes that could snowball later on. When another one of Luc's employees shows up murdered and with his new restaurant's matchbook in his pocket, Alex's attention is torn between the two cases, and what is happening with Luc.

    I have immensely enjoyed all of the other books in the Alexandra Cooper series and this one is no different.  Ms. Fairstein always manages to weave plenty of New York history into the story seamlessly. And the nightly Final Jeopardy tradition between Alex, Mike and Mercer often adds a touch of lightheartedness in what is often a serious subject.  I am giving this book 4 stars on Goodreads. An excellent addition to an excellent series.

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  • Posted March 10, 2013

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    This big city suspense novel starts out with old skulls and bone

    This big city suspense novel starts out with old skulls and bones rolling around outside of the home of a famous restaurant owner in the French countryside...
    New York city prosecutor Alex Cooper no sooner lands in France to rendezvous with her very famous restaurant owner boyfriend Luc Rouged than an ex-employee of his is found murdered and in her Pocket is a matchbook promoting Luc’s new soon to be open restaurant in New York
    Very soon after another body is found but this time in Brooklyn New York also with a matchbook of Luc's restaurant in his pocket and a houseboat full of drugs
    Meanwhile Alex is busy with a high profile sex scandal case that hits a little too close to home. How do the Old bones, a sex scandal case, a houseboat full of drugs, a Ritzy not even open yet restaurant along with the city’s most Wealthy and influential people all come together for a sizzling page turner? You will just have to be on the “Night Watch” to find out….

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  • Posted January 27, 2013

    highly recommended

    As in Linda Fairstein fashion, her alter ego, Alexandra Cooper, continues her journey over two continents when her fiance's business venture crosses over into Alex's latest case, causing major life decisions for Alex...well defined characters often reflect on everyday situations that we all encounter. Enjoyable, fast paced adventurous read.

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

    A good read!

    Suspense is good...and super entertaining book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    Not bad

    Good book, a very fast read

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