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Tödliches Vermächtnis
Linda Fairstein
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Tödliches Vermächtnis (Alexandra Cooper #11)

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When Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cooper is summoned to Tina Barr's apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side, she finds a neighbour convinced that the young woman has been assaulted. But the terrified victim, a conservator of rare books and maps, denies that and refuses to co-operate with Alex and the police investigators. Tina disappears, and then another woman i

Published (first published February 10th 2009)
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May 10, 2009 Maddy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads, bottoms
PROTAGONIST: Alexandra (Alex) Cooper, Assistant District Attorney
SETTING: Manhattan, New York

There are many authors whose books are not only associated with a specific protagonist but also a particular setting. George Pelecanos writes of the Washington, DC, area; Michael Connelly of Los Angeles. Linda Fairstein focuses on New York City and includes many little known facts in her books featuring Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Alexandra ("Alex") Cooper.

The latest case that Alex i
Alex is The Romance Fox
I love books and I love New York!! So what could be more exciting than reading Linda Fairstein’s 11th book in her Alexander Cooper Series.

Combining NYC’S landmarks and history, as we have come to expect from this author’s novels, we are pulled right into this fast-paced, suspenseful and well-researched mystery set in the world of rare books
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and maps
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Initially investigating what seems like a sex crime, Alexandra Cooper and her two detective colleagues, Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace soon disco
Any Length
This book could have benefited from some serious editing. Cut out 200 pages and you get a decent fast moving "who done it" which you can't put down. The way it is I was sooooo bored toward the end I didn't really care who killed who and what for I just wanted the book to end.

The reader (I had the audio version of the book) did not do the book justice either.
I do not want to be age-ist here, but the voice of the reader ought be in sync with the character they
portray. In this case, the character
Jul 18, 2009 Judy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If I have to rate the plot of this book, I give it two stars. However, if I am rating my interest in the setting and the information that I gained about the world of research libraries, rare maps, and the race to obtain historical artifacts, I would raise the rating to three stars. Unfortunately, the story and the characters intervened. This is the 11th offering in the Alexandra Cooper series. She is an assistant district attorney in New York City, which is, apparently, a much more exciting job ...more
Jun 25, 2010 Victoria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm normally a Fairstein fan, but this book disappointed me. The subjects--rare books and the New York Public Library--interested me, but I just didn't find the mystery here compelling. The book is very long, 450+ pages, and the payoff only comes in the last 80 pages. The camaraderie between Alex Cooper and her police buddies Mike and Mercer falls a bit flat here. I've enjoyed the authenticity of Fairstein's writing, since she actually worked as a NYC district attorney, but I wonder if the subje ...more
Susannah Carleton
Nov 27, 2011 Susannah Carleton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good book, but I didn't like some of the secondary characters, many of whom were greedy and villainous, which made parts of the book less enjoyable. Ms. Fairstein has penned another intriguing story that keeps Alex, Mike, and Mercer on their toes, trying to unravel a series of murders and thefts.
Oct 08, 2014 Gail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was intrigued by the information this book gave about the New York Public Library. Linda Fairstein wove not only a most intriguing web of mystery. But also left this reader with some knowledge which most novels don't do. This was my first book by this author. I hope her other book not only entertain but also educate me as this book has.
Dec 31, 2008 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tina Barr, a conservator of rare books and maps, is discovered bound and drugged in her apartment with the suspect fleeing the scene in a fireman's gas mask. Assistant District Attorney Alex Cooper is called to the scene to discover if Tina was sexually assaulted in the attack. And when Tina refuses to cooperate and disappears, Alex is directed by District Attorney Paul Battaglia to find her. Alex does find Tina. She finds her dead in Bryant Park.

The search for Tina's murderer and the man who a
Sep 10, 2009 jo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
i'd start listing all the ways in which this book is objectionable if it hadn't kept me out of my book funk for a good three-four days. for this, it gets stars. and a hug. but here are the good parts: lots about old books, old maps, the new york public library, and the way in which beautiful ancient documents are preserved and come to be part of our cultural patrimony. wish fairstein had managed to keep the cute & helpless female trope to a minimum, but if i started complaining about that i' ...more
Cheryl Cufari
Jul 16, 2012 Cheryl Cufari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Centering around the New York Public Library one not only gets a good mystery but learns much about the library's history. Greed for rare books and maps are at the root of murders taking place to people connected with the library.
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Jan 31, 2009 Catherine Mustread rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery, library or map lovers
Recommended to Catherine by: Goodreads
Shelves: mystery
Loved my free copy -- which I'll now donate to the library! Great story, especially with the rare books and even more fascinating rare maps theme. Wishing I'd read others in series [Alex(andra) Cooper Crime Series:] first so I'd be more familiar with the characters, that'll come next.
Oct 06, 2013 Maureen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This woman railroaded The Central Park Five and she is just able to walk away and have a successful career as an author (I use that term loosely)? She also will delete anything you post on her FB page asking about her part in this outrageous miscarriage of justice. Reader beware.
Oct 11, 2016 Nora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting background information about NYPL. I always enjoy the characters who surround Alex in her work.
May 01, 2009 Jana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
I thought it would be interesting, being a murder mystery combined with the history of the new york public library and its contents. But I couldn't get past the boring and awkward writin.
A quick and entertaining read, with some intrigue. Certainly more interesting and better developed than other genre writing I've seen.
Aug 21, 2016 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bibliophiles will love this one. Well narrated. Recommended.
Jan 03, 2017 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of Fairstein's most readable books, I thought, in terms of how the history informed the mystery. But the murder of Tina Barr still doesn't seem to fit into the order of events, and I'm left a little confused about everything that tried to be wrapped up neatly by the end.

The players in this book are the collectors and trustees of NYPL. I enjoyed learning the history of the building and some of the collections - and how apparently a family would live there back in the early 1900's si
Lorraine Shaw
Oct 30, 2016 Lorraine Shaw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book
Aug 02, 2011 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elaine by: 763
Shelves: year-2011, z-763
Genre: Thriller
Publication Date: 2009
Number of Pages: 367
Geographical Setting: New York, NY
Time Period: Contemporary
Series: Alexandra Cooper novels, Book 11

Three Words or Phrases Best Describing this Book: Fast-paced, detail-packed, atmospheric

Plot Summary: In the eleventh entry in her Alexandra Cooper series, Fairstein sets a quick pace with an assault, an ancillary trial, and a murder, all in the first 50 pages of this thriller. Readers jump right in as Assistant District Attorney Alex Cooper
Lynne Perednia
New York prosecutor Alexandra Cooper and her two best friends, cops Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, run into roadblock after roadblock in their latest outing. It begins with the victim of an apparent hourslong assault, a quiet young woman named Tina Barr, who won't open the door to them and who flees attempts at treatment. She is soon found dead.

Barr worked within the rarified field of antique maps, including at the New York City Public Library, that magnificent institution with the flagship li
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Kathleen Hagen
Lethal Legacy, by Linda Fairstein, B. narrated by Barbara Rosenblatt, produced by Random House Audio, downloaded from

This is the latest Alex Cooper mystery. Fairstein continues to dangle the possibility of Alex getting together with her cop friend, Mike, which many of us hope never happens. I was not so enthralled with the mystery elements of this book. Fairstein does an incredible job of researching her books, and we learned a great deal about the care of old books and how they’re
Anne Donohoe
Meh. Took me a long time - i got side tracked and had a hard time getting back into it.
Jun 09, 2010 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a particularly "thrilling" thriller...(3.5 stars), July 22, 2009

This review is from: Lethal Legacy (Alexandra Cooper Novel): A Novel (Hardcover)
Although there are bloody murders, this isn't your typical thriller. Instead of chills and suspense, we read what is essentially a rather long-winded narrative of the history of map making, old books, and conservation, as well as learning about the inner workings and politics of family legacy and the management of the New York Pub
Jul 05, 2009 Caitlin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
I like Linda Fairstein's books, even though I don't always like elements of her characters & stories - sometimes Mike's snarkiness is just snarky & not a cute element of character & most times I don't care how rich & blondely feminine & delicate Alexandra is. Having said all of that, her books just about always deliver in terms of a good quick entertaining read - mind candy at its best.

One of the things I really like about these books is that Fairstein just about always uses
Nov 21, 2016 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
Alex Cooper, Assistant DA is working with the police and it happens she is called to the scene of what sounds like a crime. The incident is called in by the victim, Tina Barr’s, neighbour. Unfortunately Tina’s not prepared to play ball, it’s obvious that something happened and they try to take her to the hospital for assessment but even that doesn’t end well. While she admits someone tried to kill her, she's not talking. Tina is a conservator of rare books, she has been an employee of the owner ...more
Mar 18, 2009 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
I was very impressed by this book, especially as I had never read anything by the author before. She was very thorough on researching the New York Public Library and getting all her facts straight, and showing her love for librarians. All this is mentioned in her acknowledgement section in the back of the book. She is obviously a great supporter of librarians and libraries. So she gets kudos for that.

The story is about Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cooper and this is Ms. Fairstein's 11t
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Aug 02, 2009 Marlyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, antiques
The most recent Alex Cooper novel was particularly resonant for me: it deals with books and libraries, but we don't discover this until a few chapters into the story.
A refresher: Alex is an ADA attached to the NYPD sex crimes unit. She works primarily with Detective Mike Chapman, who just might harbour an unrequited love for her.

Alex and Mike are summoned to an apartment building on Manhattan's Upper East Side by a resident who fears that his neighbour may have been assaulted. But the young woma
May 12, 2009 Kayeb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A familiar character and series....what made this book enjoyable in part were the glimpses of library life in New York. An advantage of being a well known author is the access to places that are behind the scenes,and she writes as tho she indeed visited some of these not usually seen places of the NY Public library.

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. B
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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.

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