Death Dance (Alexandra Cooper Series #8)

Death Dance (Alexandra Cooper Series #8)

by Linda Fairstein
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Death Dance (Alexandra Cooper Series #8) by Linda Fairstein

Murder at the Metropolitan Opera House pulls Alexandra Cooper behind the scenes at Lincoln Center — and into the cutthroat conglomerate that controls the city's theaters. Joe Berk, the powerful head of The Berk Organization, was the lover of world-class ballerina Natalya Galinova; was he tied to her disappearance and untimely death after a performance at the Met? Shooting in the dark along with her colleagues Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, Alex juggles a case on the cutting edge of forensic technology: she's about to nab a physician accused of drug-facilitated sexual assaults. But legal entanglements over DNA databanking may prevent Alex from stopping the predator. Cracking open a hidden history of the New York few others see, Alex must deliver a bravura performance — or prepare to sing her swan song.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743482288
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 01/23/2007
Series: Alexandra Cooper Series , #8
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 155,508
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 4.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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 have been translated into more than a dozen languages. She lives in Manhattan and on Martha’s Vineyard.

Hometown:

New York, New York and Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

May 5, 1947

Place of Birth:

Mount Vernon, New York

Education:

B.A., Vassar College, 1969; J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1972

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Death Dance (Alexandra Cooper Series #8) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up purely on the fact that the mystery took place at the Metropolitan Opera House where I once worked as a stagehand. I wanted to see for myself how factual and exact Mrs. Cooper had portrayed the backstage and I am happy to say she was right on!!! I am sad to say that story was bland and slightly exagerated. I was left with questions and fighting to stay awake as I struggle to turn the pages. If you're looking to pass some time away between old releases and new releases then I recommend grabbing a copy for yourself or you can watch American Idol to see whose been voted off!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great plot but unfortunately page after page of the Met history & ballets make it very dull and boring to those of us not in the New York art scene.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All the books in the Alexandra Cooper series by Linda Fairstein are really good, and this book is no exception. Cooper gets into seemingly very dangerous situations and always survives. She is a very strong and likeable protagonist plus the reader gleans a lot of knowledge about New York City. I would highly recommend this series to everyone who enjoys reading entertaining, page-turning suspense, and highly intelligent characters. The detective named Mike also adds humor to this series so it is also funny at times. Overall, all these books are great reads no matter what one likes to read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Predictable at times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fairstein is great. Very entertaining and educating.
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Cynbel More than 1 year ago
First time I read a book by this author. Sorry, never again. I love mystery/ thrillers. This was just a bore. Struggled to finish it. Nothing likable about characters and the plot just wasn't there. Nothing happened until the end and the ending was a disappointment.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm the type of reader that enjoys a good series. The characters in theses series are so touching and so heartwarming. I love every book in the series and am always checking to see when a new one is out, so that I can add it to my collection and spend a day full of none stop page turning excitement!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I confess what I enjoyed most about this mystery were the loving and well-researched descriptions of the Met and the City Center, where much of the action takes place. I didn't find any of the characters particularly likable, for some reason, but the story line is strong, if somewhat flawed by the silly cliffhanger ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best investigative trio of Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, both NYPD and Alex Cooper, Assistant DA, begin this story with the rape of two Canadian women who are attending a conference in New York. They had been drugged and raped while under the influence of the drug. Then they trio gets a call from the Lincoln Center¿s Metropolitan Opera House. A famous ballet dance has gone missing. Between trying to get the rapist for his crime and realizing how HUGE the Opera House really is, Alex and company have a big job ahead of them. First, they collect evidence from the rapist¿s home which shows the drug that was used. While waiting to get the rapist back from Turkey where he fled, they find the body of the dance. Now the question is who wanted her dead and why. Was it her husband who is miles away? Was it her agent or her sponsor? Any, of course, there is always the question of WHY. Linda Fairstein actually was a chief prosecutor in the Manhattan DA¿s office, Sex Crimes Unit, so she has first-hand knowledge of what she writes about. A story is always so much better when you can actually draw from real-life experiences and it shows in her writing. This is a great book, well written and one you shouldn¿t miss. The reader, Blair Brown, is clear but doesn¿t use ¿different voices¿ for each character. This makes it a bit hard to follow but you are still able to figure out who is who if you listen carefully.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE BOOK OPENS WITH A VISIT TO THE ER WHERE ADA COOPER AND HER PARTNERS IN CRIME INVESTIGATE THE SEXUAL ASSAULT OF TOURISTS. AND THEN IT HAPPENED--A MURDER @ THE METROPOLITAN OPERA. WHO KILLED BALLET DANCER NATALYA GALINOVA, AND WHY? WAS IT JOE BERK? BRIGGS OR MONA BERK? CHET DOBBIS? ROSS KEHOE? RINALDO VICCI OR DR. SELIM SENGOR? OR WAS IT....? WAS THE HOMICIDE RELATED TO THE ATTEMPT ON LUCY DEVORE'S LIFE? THE PLOT THICKENS. AS THE INVESTIGATIONS CONTINUE INTO BOTH CRIMES, ONE OF THE SUSPECTS NEARLY GETS ELECTRICUTED STEPPING ON A MANHOLE COVER. AND TO TOP IT ALL OFF, ONE OF ALEX'S FRIENDS GETS ENGAGED, AND ASKS HER TO OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY ON THE VINEYARD. IT IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULTY TO PUT THE BOOK DOWN.
harstan More than 1 year ago
As the assistant district attorney in charge of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit, Alex seeks to convict Dr. Selim Sengor for the drug facilitated rape of two Canadian women. Alex wants him denied bail since he could leave the country and return to Turkey but a judge who doesn¿t fully understand what rape is, lets him out on his own recognizance. --- While Alex works that case, she also investigates who murdered dancer Natalya Galinova with her detective friends Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace. At first they thought she walked out of the Metropolitan Opera House after having an argument with Broadway businessman, Joe Berk over a juicy role in one of the plays produced in his theatres since she is getting too old to play the younger parts. That hope is dashed when her body is found broken in a ventilation shaft, the victim of a homicide. A couple of days later Joe is almost electrocuted but the authorities determine it was an accident. Illegally gotten DNA points to Berk as a suspect but Alex has no probable cause to request it through channels. The closer Alex gets to closing out both investigations, the more she puts her life in danger. --- One of the very best qualities of Linda Fairstein crime thrillers is that it accurately reflects real life. Not every case comes to a satisfactory conclusion as suspects disappear before they can be convicted and judges don¿t always hand down a ruling that makes a prosecutor happy. Readers get a behind the scenes of dance in New York with all the petty jalousies and jockeying for position just as they learn that date rape drugs do not lessen the realities of the crime. Ms. Fairstein is a great storyteller who uses real life experiences to create a storyline that is realistic and which stars likable heroes battling criminals and at times the system. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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And have Fun
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Speak of yourself bit<_>ch.plus who?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thats it.im breaking up with you.im sorry