Night Watch (Alexandra Cooper Series #14)

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New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein returns with a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller that takes Alexandra Cooper into the dark underside of New York City’s most storied restaurants and a murder case spanning continents.

While Alexandra Cooper is in France visiting her famed restaurateur boyfriend, Luc Rouget, one of his matchboxes promoting his new restaurant is found on the body of a murdered young woman. But before the ...

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Overview

New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein returns with a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller that takes Alexandra Cooper into the dark underside of New York City’s most storied restaurants and a murder case spanning continents.

While Alexandra Cooper is in France visiting her famed restaurateur boyfriend, Luc Rouget, one of his matchboxes promoting his new restaurant is found on the body of a murdered young woman. But before the investigation begins, Alex is summoned back to New York.

The distinguished and wealthy Head of the World Economic Bureau has been arrested and accused of attacking a maid in his hotel. Alex prepares the alleged victim to testify, but when a second body is found with Luc’s matchbox, she begins to fear that the two cases may not be as unrelated as she thought, and that uncovering the sordid secrets of the city’s most wealthy and powerful could cost her and her loved ones everything they hold dear. 

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Alexandra Cooper can travel wherever she wants, but in the back of her mind, she always knows that invariably a high-level New York case will be pulling her back to the Big Apple. In this case, the talented prosecutor is dealing with two homicides with only a single link: a matchbox promoting an upscale, newly opened Manhattan eatery. Complicating her investigation is a ripped from the headlines case with major news potential: The head of the World Economic Bureau has been arrested and accused of attacking a hotel maid. As usual, Alex doesn't meet a beat as she solves the cases, tossing in a few surprises to keep us riveted. (P.S. Yes, the hotel arrest does bear close comparison to the much-ballyhooed case of International Monetary Fund head Dominque Strauss-Kahn.)

Publishers Weekly
A too slavish devotion to the details of the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case of 2011 undermines Fairstein’s 14th legal thriller featuring her alter ego, Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor Alexandra Cooper (after 2011’s Silent Mercy). While Cooper is vacationing with her lover, restaurateur Luc Rouget, in a village outside Cannes, France, the discovery of a former employee of his, Lisette Honfleur, floating dead in a forest pond threatens to spoil their holiday. Soon after, Alex’s boss demands she return to New York City to deal with a firestorm. Mohammed Gil-Darsin (aka MGD), head of the World Economic Bureau, has been arrested following an accusation of rape leveled at him by a hotel maid. Just as in real-life, the prosecutors’ initial belief in the victim’s account becomes less strong the more they learn about her. The major departure from the actual case arrives late while the subplot centering on deaths that may be linked to Rouget doesn’t quite deliver, but as usual, ultimately, Fairstein does. Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM. (July)
Library Journal
New York prosecutor Alexandra Cooper (Silent Mercy) quickly returns from visiting her boyfriend, Luc, a restaurateur in southern France, to oversee multiple high-profile cases. The wealthy director of the World Economic Bureau has allegedly raped a maid in a Manhattan hotel. And two murders put Luc at the center of Alex's investigation when the bodies are found with matchboxes from his new Manhattan restaurant in their pockets. As the evidence from the cases becomes increasingly entangled, Alex begins to question her objectivity as well as the viability of her long-distance romance. The lively repartee among her fellow investigators, particularly Mike Chapman and Mike Mercer, provides the levity to break the increasing tension, and Fairstein supplies fascinating details of New York City's restaurant world. VERDICT 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. [See Prepub Alert, 2/5/12.]—Jerry P. Miller. Cambridge, MA
Kirkus Reviews
There's no peace for Manhattan Sex Crimes prosecutor Alexandra Cooper, whose vacation on the Riviera is interrupted by two crimes, one outside her bailiwick, one inside, and both very uncomfortable indeed. After a gratuitous brush with a handful of skulls left outside the restaurant owned by her sweetie Luc Rouget, Alex learns of a far more disturbing development when the body of Lisette Honfleur, who'd been helping Luc with the books at Le Relais a Mougins, is fished from Fontmerle Pond. No one's asking Alex to investigate Lisette's murder, but she can't help being concerned about how close the dead girl might have been to Luc, especially since she had a matchbox labeled "LUTECE," the legendary New York restaurant Luc plans to reopen, in her pocket. Before Alex can do more than wonder about the murder, she's abruptly reeled back to Manhattan by her boss, New York County District Attorney Paul Battaglia. Blanca Robles, a Guatemalan chambermaid at the Eurotel, has accused hotel guest Mohammed Gil-Darsin, head of the World Economic Bureau and aspiring president of Ivory Coast, of rape, and she's got the DNA evidence to prove it--or at least to prove that there was a sexual encounter. As Blanca's credibility plummets, Fairstein (Silent Mercy, 2011, etc.) creates a compelling narrative by the simple expedient of plundering news stories about the remarkably similar accusations against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. But lest Alex assume she can forget about Lisette now that she's up to her neck in this new case, the corpse of unemployed waiter Luigi Calamari is pulled from Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal with a matchbox marked "LUTECE" in his pocket, threatening to cut off Alex's romance with Luc at the root. Not surprisingly, the case ripped from the headlines is much more absorbing than the tale of restaurant malfeasance and imperiled love. Alex's 14th is distinctly below average for this bestselling series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451416148
  • Publisher: Signet Select
  • Publication date: 4/2/2013
  • Series: Alexandra Cooper Series , #14
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 201,025
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Fairstein

Linda Fairstein was chief of the Sex Crimes Unit of the District Attorney’s Office in Manhattan for more than two decades and is America’s foremost legal expert on sexual assault and domestic violence. Her Alexandra Cooper novels are international bestsellers, and they have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Fairstein was the winner of the International Thriller Writers Silver Bullet Award in 2010. She lives in Manhattan and on Martha’s Vineyard.

Biography

Linda Fairstein is passionate about putting sex offenders behind bars and had done just that many times, both in real life -- as one of New York City's premier sex crimes prosecutors -- and in her fiction, with her popular series of Alex Cooper mysteries.

Born and raised in Mount Vernon, New York, Fairstein attended Vassar College, where she majored in English literature. She went on to receive a law degree from the prestigious University of Virginia School of Law in 1972. In November of that year, Fairstein was assigned to the staff of the New York County District Attorney's office and was soon heading up the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit, where she developed a reputation as one of the toughest prosecutors in the office's history. Fairstein spent the next two decades dedicating herself to nailing the worst of the city's sexual offenders, working on such high-profile cases as the Preppy Murder and the Central Park Jogger.

In 1993, Fairstein was named "Woman of the Year" by New Woman and Glamour magazines. A year later, her groundbreaking nonfiction book, Sexual Violence: Our War Against Rape, was named a Notable Book by The New York Times.

Fairstein's first foray into fiction writing was 1994's Final Jeopardy, which introduced the tough, savvy assistant D.A. Alexandra "Alex" Cooper -- a character close to the author's own identity -- who was well received by fans and critics. As Publishers Weekly noted, Alex's "greatest appeal lies in the warmth of her friendships, the humanness of her mistakes and her unswerving devotion to protecting the next female from harm."

Since then, Fairstein has continued to chronicle Alex Cooper's crime-solving adventures in a string of bestsellers that draws on the author's thoroughgoing knowledge of the legal system and longtime affection for the Big Apple. A believer in public service, Fairstein sits on the board of directors of several nonprofit groups, among them the National Center for Victims of Crime, Phoenix House Foundation, and New York Women's Agenda, and has also served on President Clinton's Violence Against Women Advisory Council, New York Women's Agenda Domestic Violence Committee, the American College of Trial Lawyers, The Women's Forum, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime.

In an interview on her publisher's web site, Fairstein explains that her career and her life's mission are one in the same: "I think so much more is possible in terms of what we are able to give women who have been victims of violence and how they can triumph in a courtroom," Fairstein reflects. "So to take this -- the professional life I've had over the last 30 years and to mix it with the great pleasure of writing -- is something I never dreamed I'd actually be able to accomplish."

Good To Know

Fairstein is married to Justin Feldman, a lawyer who helped run Robert F. Kennedy's 1964 United States Senate campaign.

Fairstein has admitted to having her eye on the post of United States Attorney General, and in fact interviewed for that position in 1993.

Cold Hit made President Clinton's highly-publicized vacation reading list in 1999.

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York and Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 5, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Mount Vernon, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Vassar College, 1969; J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1972
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Highly recommended

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

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2012

    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..

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    If I could give zero stars i would.  This is a terrible book tha

    If I could give zero stars i would.  This is a terrible book that appears to have little purpose, is poorly crafted, amateurishly presented and left me so unfulfilled that i did something I rarely do - i did not finish it.  Sorry Farstein fans but this is a lousy book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2012

    So-so

    Not any different from most of her others. Wasn't written near as well as some of her earlier works. Something to read, but nothing special.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    Jinx

    Goes to the bathroom

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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 May 14, 2013

    One of her best

    I read all Linda Fairstein's books -- I always love the opportunity to learn about NYC history in her books and I enjoy reading about the same cast of characters

    This one is a departure for Fairstein, because the subject is "ripped from the headlines" and since I followed the Strauss-Kahn story, I find this fictional story very interesting.

    I hope Linda Fairstein continues to write this series for a long time.

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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….

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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 12, 2012

    Watch Out!

    #14 Night Watch was an enjoyable read, however, Alex Cooper needs to get rid of stuffy,boring "Luc" - he's not for her. In addition to removing this character, the trio is getting a bit "stale". I love Mike and Mercer and would like to see these characters evolve more. Please bring Mike and Coop together! There must be a way, Linda, to create this without ruining a good thing.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    Not bad

    Good book, a very fast read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    Good

    Good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2012

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Night Watch

    I wish I had my money back .

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2012

    great read check it out

    I don't have the book yet.

    0 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

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