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Likely To Die (Alexandra Cooper #2)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  2,978 ratings  ·  105 reviews
The real-life work of sex-crimes prosecutor Linda Fairstein brought "riveting authenticity" (Vanity Fair) to her bestselling debut novel, Final Jeopardy. Now Fairstein's fictional counterpart -- smart and savvy assistant D.A. Alexandra Cooper -- returns in "[a] Grisham-esque page turner" (Time) that puts Alex in the line of fire.

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Paperback, 448 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 1997)
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L-O-V-Eing this series more every book that I read. Alex Cooper is so relatable. It is so refreshing to read about this character, who is not involved with her partner or her boss or another co-worker, yet is a good friend to many. Also, I appreciate that her personal life is always included but is, so far, secondary. Love this series!!
Steven Z.
In the second mystery in her Alex Cooper series Linda Fairstein takes the reader into the world of the medical profession. Using New York City hospital administration in a few medical facilities the reader witnesses the everyday pettiness and back stabbing of a number of physicians. Fairstein as she did in her first novel keeps the reader on their toes as she shifts the plot and uncovers evidence that usually alters expectations. The main character, a London neurosurgeon is the focal point of th...more
Jennifer Lauren Collins
Heavy on the details of a prosecutor's daily responsibilities and variety of cases, this book took a while to get started--and, truthfully, some of the less-than-believable dialogue is a clear indicator that this is an early book in the series (I note this in the hope that they get better). Still, the fast-moving action ended up making this a nice diversion, and a fast read. There's a good balance of legal work and police work, and while Fairstein goes a bit overboard with legal details, over-ex...more
Maybe it's because I didn't figure out who did it so early on, but I liked this book much more than her first, "Final Jeopardy". I think Fairstein does a good job of character development and the characteristics of the team are starting to evolve more and more. I thought the foray to London was a bit of a reach and not really necessary for the overall story line but that would be my only real criticism.
Marty Signaigo
I'm not sure why I'm reading this author's series of novels. I read the first book, "Final Jeopardy" and was really bored by the main character's pretentiousness. Then this book, with the same main character, goes to England to ostensibly represent her boss at a seminar but to also question a witness. Uh, there is such a thing as a telephone and a transAtlantic call is way cheaper. Then I'm supposed to believe that she and her male (platonic) partner share the same room? Huh? With all the money...more
Denise Dougherty
Two down - 2 more on my nightstand.
Having read only 2 of these, I can say so far the only thing I don't like is the author's depiction of the wealthy trappings of the central character - Alex Cooper - "called Bergdorf's personal shopper to have them send a vicuna robe to Mo...", " I just pulled on an old cashmere sweater - a yellow cable knit tunic - and a pair of velvet paints ...", the house in Martha's Vineyard - yes, I know I sound well, well, you know... But it (IMO) is a bit much and faint...more
Pamela Brownlee
Enjoyed book very much.
UPDATE: April 21, 2013

I recently learned about Linda Fairstein's involvement in the Central Park Five case (in which five innocent teenagers were convicted of the 1989 rape of a jogger based on forced confessions). Hearing of her complete refusal to acknowledge their innocence in the face of clear evidence that the crime was committed by a single offender (whose DNA was the only DNA found at the crime scene) has made me realize that I cannot in good conscience read anything this woman has writte...more
Richard Brand
Perhaps it is because I like so far away from New York and the "social" scene, but it seems to me that one has to work very hard to keep up with all of the "right" names to wear and what fashion is most elegant. The same with the eating places that are supposed to be the "best" in the city. There is something James Bond like in this feature of Alexandra. I just read those name and pass over them as I have no idea what they are or represent except I can tell that they are suppose to make her real...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Synopsis: A neurosurgeon is sexually assaulted, stabbed and left for dead in her office at the labyrinthine Mid-Manhattan Medical Centre. The police designate her Likely to Die. Alexandra Cooper, head of the district's sex crimes unit, assembles a task force to investigate but finds herself hindered at every turn. Not only has her office prosecuted some of the vast hospital's patients and staff before but the building itself compounds the problem. A vast complex encompassing a medical college an...more
Any book that has a mini-side plot involving the main characters' love for the show 'Jeopardy' is a winner in my eyes.
As for the meat of the book, I found it to be very well-written. A great deal of it dealt with the legal system as a whole. Despite not being focused on the main case at all times, actually made it feel more realistic because professionals are often juggling multiple things at once and books often make it seem like one 'situation' puts all other work on hold. Cooper, the main cha...more
Maybe it was because it’s been almost 5 years since I read a book in this series, but I was not impressed. If this book had been edited to eliminate everything that had nothing to do with the plot, it could have been half its size. Fairstein gets way too long-winded about the intricacies of sexual crimes and the prosecuting of them, including a section about how grand juries work, and at some point you have to trust your audience to either be familiar with the elements of crime fiction or to loo...more
I am currently reading this book right now and I have to say that Linda Fairstein is one of the best Authors I have ever read. Her books are different then the rest of the mystery/thriller books I usually read. I like the fact that her Alex Cooper character deals strictly in sex crimes. The book is full of facts and statistics on rape and child molestation. She takes a very difficult subject to deal with and turns them into fascinating stories. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series!
Early Linda Fairstein.

At this point I have four Fairstein books, and her crew grows on me (Alex Cooper, Mike Chapman, and Mercer Wallace). I have become a fan. Likely to Die is her second novel, but it is as carefully created as each that I have read so far.

The plot begins with finding a medical doctor, the head of the neurosurgery department of a mid-town teaching hospital. The building itself becomes a character in the novel as the search for the murderer encompasses the ghostly homeless peopl...more
This book was very interesting and factual qs Fairstein's profession was a prosecutor and she was a good one. The book was bit unsettling. a little too raw for me with the bantering that I am sure came straight from her experiences. I missed Flavia de Luce and the mysteries where the women cooks and solves crimes. A lighter fare. Good book for sure, just intense.
Apr 25, 2008 Robin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2005
This is one I picked up at a library book sale. I think it caught my attention because there was a more recent book by the same author that really looked great (The Bone Vault), but was hardcover and was clearly a part of a series. So, seeing this one for 25¢, I figured, why not? Definitely worth the quarter, even if it turned out to be the second in the series. I really liked Alex Cooper, New York prosecutor extraordinaire, as well as her cohorts in investigation (Chapman and Mercer and all the...more
Teresa in Ohio
IF this book was edited to omit all the unnecessary details of boring subplots and personal antidotes, it would of read better. The legal case which should of been more centered in the book is the mu timrder of a doctor at a major NYC hospital. As they pursue the case, we are shown lapses of security at hospital which made me shudder ( but then I have to remember what year it is published) and strange happenings in a medical center. I also liked that she shows that being the top prosecutor in a...more
Enjoyed it more than the first. Ms. Fairstein seems to have settled into her characters and her position as author in this one. Looking forward to more.
Pam Chaffin
Good read. Great characters. Especially Cooper and her friends. Sensitive issues at times, but handled with care. Enjoyable murder mystery series.
Donna Andrus
Half way through I thought I knew who did it...but I was wrong. Thanks to that nifty plot twist!
Interesting see references about pagers, Princess Diana still alive. 1997 now seems lightyears ago.
Good read. Some good characters. Nice follow up to the first book. Keeps you guessing and looking for clues which I enjoy.
Carol Milliman
This series isn't bad but in my opinion it doesn't meet the standards of Patricia Cornwell or John Grisham. I have found some interesting facts from the series but I the characters don't come to life for me.
I think I need to give up on this series. I wasn't in love with the first one, but thought things would develop better as the series progressed. I was wrong. If the whole mystery was the focus, the book would have been maybe two chapters long. All the "other stuff" she drags into the story is so meaningless and boring, I don't think the series will improve. This is just the author's style. I'm sure she is a wonderful prosecuting attorney and her field is horrific, but all the minute detail of he...more
Anne Wright
Fearsome passion will out a fantastic read
Stacey Fazenbaker-stanton
loved this one as well.
Very good!
Prosecutor Alex Cooper gets involved in a high profile case of the murder of Dr. Gemma Dogen, a neurosurgeon, which takes place in the oldest and largest hospital in NYC.
With so many possible suspects (patients, collegues, transients living in the underground tunnels), Det. Mike Chapman and Alex illicit the help of a friend, policewoman Maureen Forester, to act as a decoy to catch the killer.

This was a really good read, with interesting characters. I'll probably continue to read this series.
Enjoyed Alex Cooper. This is my 5th book in the series (not in order). The characters have grown on me and I love the Jeopardy touch.
2nd in the Alex Cooper series. Not great. 1st one was better. "A prominent woman neurosurgeon is sexually assaulted and stabbed in her own mid-Manhattan medical center office. Heroine Alexandra Cooper, who heads the Manhattan D.A.'s sex crimes unit, and her team of homicide detectives banter comically to cheer themselves as they winnow through witnesses, including transients who swarm the tunnels beneath the hospital and roam hospital corridors, snatching lab coats and trays of food."
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Linda Fairstein (born 1947) is one of America's foremost legal experts on crimes of violence against women and children. She served as head of the sex crimes unit of the Manhattan District Attorney's office from 1976 until 2002 and is the author of a series of novels featuring Manhattan prosecutor Alexandra Cooper. Ms. Fairstein is married to Justin N. Feldman, retired counsel to the New York offi...more
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