Lethal Legacy (Alexandra Cooper Series #11)

Lethal Legacy (Alexandra Cooper Series #11)

by Linda Fairstein
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Lethal Legacy (Alexandra Cooper Series #11) by Linda Fairstein

When Assistant District Attorney Alex Cooper is summoned to Tina Barr’s apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, she finds a neighbor convinced that the young woman was assaulted. But the terrified victim, a conservator of rare books and maps, refuses to cooperate with investigators. Then another woman is found murdered in that same apartment with an extremely valuable book, believed to have been stolen. As Alex pursues the murderer, she is drawn into the strange and privileged world of the Hunt family, major benefactors of the New York Public Library and passionate rare book collectors who may be willing to kill for their treasures.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307387783
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/24/2009
Series: Alexandra Cooper Series , #11
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.95(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

Linda Fairstein, one of America’s foremost legal experts on crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence, ran the Sex Crimes Unit of the District Attorney’s Office in Manhattan for more than two decades. Her first novel, Final Jeopardy, which introduced the character of Alexandra Cooper, was published in 1996 to critical and commercial acclaim. Her nonfiction book, Sexual Violence, was a New York Times Notable Book in 1994. She lives with her husband in New York 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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Lethal Legacy (Alexandra Cooper Series #11) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Legal-Reader More than 1 year ago
I like Linda Fairstein, she is what I consider an easy read. Just once though I would like to see a story where Alex Cooper doesn't get caught by the bad guys, or something different happens in one of these books. I like the characters, I enjoy the stories. I really enjoy the history and research that goes into each story. If you like Fairstein, you'll enjoy this book. If you have not read Fairsten and you like the murder mystery type novel, you'll lilke this book. You do not have to worry about this being a series, you can pick up this series anywhere in any of the books and not be lost.
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
I'm apologizing right now for being lengthy. When I opened the pages of Lethal Legacy I expected Alex our heroine to be armpit deep in the how's and why's of another sexual predator case, but to my great pleasure I found instead a story equal if not better that any one by Agatha Crhristie or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. As Alex and her cohorts Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace rush to solve a murder we readers are introduced to the larger than life behind the scenes of the New York Public Library and it's benefactors and employees as it becomes obvious that the crime revolves around an eccentric donor and a rare map of the world. The book has everything a who done it lover could want, great writing, excellent story line/plot, nail biting, kept me on the edge of my seat, terror filled suspense. And as always the sexual tension between Alex and Mike. Now if I could only convince Ms. Fairstein to make Alex and Mike see the light and team up in life as well as at work. But alas she is a writer of crime and mystery and rarely do we see happily ever afters there. I predict a number one on the NY Times Best Seller list.
booksJT More than 1 year ago
It was a good read. I liked the idea that the New York Public library was part of the mystery. It was interesting to read about how the library got started and about the people involved. It was like a history lesson with a bit of a twist.
bmamca36 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because it was written by Linda Fairstein and I have always enjoyed her work. This is a major disappointment. The book did give information about the New York Public Library which was very interesting. The problem was with the huge focus on the different families and their collections of books, maps and artwork donated to the library. They did not only concentrate on the current family but went into length about the past several generations of each family. Needless to say, some points of this book were extremely dull. The mystery got lost between all the tangents about the collections and all the different characters. Definitely going into the donation pile.
kadydid More than 1 year ago
Linda Fairstein is a good detective writer but in this case I had to force myself to read the book. And if I buy em I read em. When I want to read a good dectective story I dont want to be bored to death reading three quarters of the book on cartography. I got the point. I understood but she wouldn't let go of the map. Hate to say where that one is going to get filed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book disappointing. Dubious justification for Cooper's involvement. Largely unsympathetic and annoying characters (a few additional murders to cull the cast might have helped). Sadly, the most interesting thing about this book was the education into the workings and functions of a library such as the NYPL as compared to a neighborhood branch library.
Arlene70AL More than 1 year ago
I have always loved Linda Fairstein's novels but this was a disappointment. Her stories are always exciting and it's fun to 'solve' them with her and her crew. But the interesting parts are all the history she gives you about New York City. NYC has always been part of my life growing up but most of the history she gives are things I have never heard about. This story about the Public Library at 5th Avenue and it's history was just boring. I found myself skipping paragraphs and even sections to get on with the story and skip the history. Just not up to her usual standard.
Mistress_Nyte More than 1 year ago
The story in this novel was interesting, but I just feel that the author didn't do a very good job of telling this story. It seemed to me to be a rather elementary writing effort. I gave this book three stars, but I would rather have given it two and a half. It was not a terrible book, and if you enjoy books about art and maps, or a murder mystery, it could be worth your time, but this book is not going to find a permanent spot on my bookshelf.
mjaneMA More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of Linda Fairstein as I am you will want to read this latest in the Alex Cooper series. Most of the novel revolves around the NYC Public Library. As always there is interesting history of the city woven into her books. "Lethal Legacy" is entertaining but not one of her best since it drags along in places. Personally I would like to see more development in Alex's personal life. Relationships have been status quo for so long is getting old. A good book for a plane ride or sitting by the pool.
Brian_Baker More than 1 year ago
Fairstein's Alex Cooper series usually gives us tight, tautly plotted legal/crime thrillers, but "Lethal Legacy" is the exception that proves the rule.

The story starts out very promisingly with an assault victim who's not cooperative with Cooper and her cohorts, raising the question of "what's going on here?" - but quickly goes downhill from there.

A couple of dead bodies later, and things become as murky as mud: an eccentric family of wealthy museum benefactors; the operation and setting of a New York museum; collections of rare books and maps; a completely irrelevant second criminal proceeding that's thrown in for no discernible reason at all; a visit from her paramour that lands with a thud in the middle of the whole thing.

I couldn't make heads or tails of what was going on. The benefactor family was a confusing mess; there was FAR too much time spent on the arcana of the museum and its operations; the ancient map (which was the "mulligan" of the piece), though interesting, was given too much space in the story. This read more like a detailed scavenger hunt than a murder mystery.

Traditionally, Fairstein weaves interesting and unique New York locales into her narratives, but at heart they remain murder mysteries. Not the case in this book; the whole concept is turned completely upside down, with the murders playing second fiddle to the search for a map. An unhappy mating of Alexandra Cooper and "National Treasure".

My two stars are generous.
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formerhawk More than 1 year ago
I love the characters in this series and how the author teaches us throught them the history of New York City.
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Toros More than 1 year ago
Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cooper is called away from an eight-year-old case to help respond to what may have been a sexual assault. The victim was Tina Barr, a former conservator for the New York Public Library. Barr proves very reluctant to cooperate with Cooper in any way, but her subsequent disappearance and the discovery of a dead body in Barr's apartment direct Cooper's investigation squarely at the grand library itself. Lethal Legacy is very well written, fast-paced, and of particular interest to bibliophiles. This is a tale concerned not only with a world of crime, but even more so with the deep ambitions and compelling greed of wealthy families involved in the world of antique books and maps.
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Johnette More than 1 year ago
I had raced through books #1 through #10 like some other wordly demon. However, book #11 slowed me down to the point I wondered if I would even finish it. There was too much documentation about rare books and rare maps, and less of the heart-racing excitement of the first 10 novels. I was let down by this book. Maybe I need to move on to a different author.
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GeorgeEllington More than 1 year ago
Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cooper is called away from an eight-year-old case to help respond to what may have been a sexual assault. The victim was Tina Barr, a former conservator for the New York Public Library. Barr proves very reluctant to cooperate with Cooper in any way, but her subsequent disappearance and the discovery of a dead body in Barr's apartment direct Cooper's investigation squarely at the grand library itself. Lethal Legacy is very well written, fast-paced, and of particular interest to bibliophiles. This is a tale concerned not only with a world of crime, but even more so with the deep ambitions and compelling greed of wealthy families involved in the world of antique books and maps.