Hailed by Patricia Cornwell as "one of the most promising forces in crime fiction," former head of the Manhattan District Attorney's Sex Crimes Unit Linda Fairstein has hooked readers with her intense mystery series featuring assistant D.A. -- and Fairstein's alter ego -- Alex Cooper.
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New York, New York and Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Date of Birth:
May 5, 1947
Place of Birth:
Mount Vernon, New York
B.A., Vassar College, 1969; J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1972
Named "Woman of the Year" by New Woman and Glamour magazines, 1993; Nero Award for The Deadhouse, 2001
Linda Fairstein's official web site
|Alter Ego Trip |
|When asked by Inner Sanctum how similar she and her heroine Alex Cooper are to each other, Fairstein quipped, "Professionally, Alex Cooper mirrors my experience and my views, but personally she is very different -- younger, thinner and blonder."|
|The Best Book to Read First||Fairstein's Favorites|
Fairstein's first foray into fiction (her first book was the nonfiction work Sexual Violence), Final Jeopardy introduces Alex Cooper to readers for the first time. A ringer for Fairstein herself, Alex -- New York assistant D.A. for sex crimes prosecution -- fights fiercely to nab the city's worst sexual predators, putting herself in one deathly dangerous situation after another.
|Last Dance, Last Chance: Ann Rule's Crime Files, Volume 8|
In a chat with Ann Rule on her publisher's web site, Fairstein counts Rule's true crime books among her favorites and adds, "I love so many of the crime novelists today. I just go back and back to Robert Crais and I love Lisa Scottoline.... I'm just very happy to be writing in the genre where there are so many other wonderful writers."
|Photo by Peter Simon||