Killer Heat (Alexandra Cooper, #10)
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Killer Heat (Alexandra Cooper #10)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  2,277 ratings  ·  207 reviews

It's August in New York, and the only thing that's hotter than the pavement is Manhattan D.A. Alex Cooper's professional and personal life. Just as she's claiming an especially gratifying victory in a rape case, she gets the call: the body of a young woman has been found in an abandoned building. The brutality of the murder is disturbing enough, but when a second body, bea

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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 11th 2008 by Doubleday (first published January 1st 2008)
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Charlotte
Ordinarily, I don't like reading series books out of turn. I had no choice with this one, it was lent to me and I just picked it up last night and started reading. I was hooked in very early, and by the time I realized that the familiarity of the characters with one another and the lack of background details to this familiarity meant that I was reading one of a series, it was too late to turn back, I was well into the story.

Although the main protagonist is an Assistant District Attorney in Manha...more
Alissa
Another great entry into the Alex Cooper series. And another fascinating bit of New York history. In her 10th outing Alexandra Cooper is trying a 30 year old rape case, and also trying to solve murders committed by what may be a serial killer. Oh, and she’s trying to make time for romance.

This did not disappoint, and Fairstein has kept this series fresh. All the familiar elements are there, the Jeopardy Final Question bet between Alex and Chapman, the police details, the interesting NYC history...more
Holly
Perfect beach/plane book - it has characters with enough depth and a story line with enough bite to keep you going but nothing too strenuous about this. The nice thing is that the author is a very accomplished professional and the book reflects her experiences. There is also a wealth of historical information woven in concerning military outposts on the islands surrounding NYC. I purchased this book headed for a plane ride with nothing left to read...expected nothing from it and was more than pl...more
Barbara ★
Another great book by Linda Fairstein. I love the camaraderie between Alex, Mike and Mercer. They really work as a team which is why IMHO they solve so many cases. In real police work, each and every cop (detective/boss whatever) is looking to stroke their own ego and toot their own horn. This makes them hold info back from the rest of the team and puts themselves in the spotlight. In real life, it doesn't seem to be about the crime but more a personal aim to advance their careers.

There are seve...more
Linda
Assistant NYC District Attorney Alex Cooper is a smart, gutsy lady who finds her work, helping victims and putting away those who harm them, deeply satisfying. Working with a skilled, equally devoted team of detectives, she finds herself conducting investigations in the hidden places in and around the city, little known locations that provide the perfect settings for enterprising criminals. This time around, Governor's Island, a military bastion that's been used for defensive purposes since Amer...more
Barry Rocklin
I first read Fairstein's DEATH DANCE. I found it engaging, and went on to read LIKELY TO DIE, which took some 100 - 150 pages to really get into... NOT a fast read. I appreciate Fairstein's detail, but I like things to move along at a faster clip, with more interjection of character humor. Very little of that in this book, other than a bet on the final question on Jeopardy. I won't neccesarily avoid the rest of the series, but I won't run to it either. KILLER HEAT didn't become can't-put-down un...more
Heather Ormsby
Maybe a little too much military history for my taste, but the plot clips along, the characters are enjoyable and sincere and their personal angst doesn't take over the book as they sometimes do in Patricia Cornwell novels.
Abby C.
My mom got me this book and a couple of other Linda Fairstein books from the nursing home where she works, thinking I'd like them because Fairstein bases her writing on her actual experiences in the Manhattan D.A.'s office. This was a pretty good legal thriller; sometimes I can figure out where the book is going to go fairly early on but I didn't with this one. You can tell that Fairstein has used her experiences well to shape Alex Cooper's courtroom and negotiating persona. I enjoyed a lot of t...more
Mathilde
It is hard for me to rate this book. I really liked this series when it first started, but I have some issues right now, as I will explain.

In this book: Three murdered women. Are they connected? Yes, the team of Alex, Mike, and Mercer figure out the connection and solve the crime. Alex gets into a dangerous situation, as usual. And barely escapes getting killed, as usual. Side story of a 25-ish year-old rape case being retried based on DNA evidence. The side story was interesting. The main story...more
Judith
I have read other books in this series and found them to be reasonably good legal "thrillers". I had trouble getting engaged in this one. I didn't find the primary character, Alex Cooper, interesting in her own right; side characters didn't add much; and of course the main villain had no redeeming qualities.

The plot hangs together and is complicated, however. It's carefully crafted and introduces us to a number of New York-area features that one might never otherwise hear about. Police shooting...more
Terry
Those who want their heroines tough, strong, and super intelligent know they've found her in Alex Cooper. She's a D.A. in Manhattan and as we meet her again in the tenth offering by Linda Fairstein, she's enjoying victory. It was a tough rape case but Alex won it (and incurred the animus of Latin Princes gang members along the way).

Nonetheless, her winning feeling is soon lost as she is notified that the body of a young woman has been found in an abandoned building. Now, author Fairstein knows...more
Pam
I enjoy Linda Fairstein's writing style. Alex Cooper, Mike and Mercer are great characters. They totally trust each other which is really important when you are putting your life on the line. I like the concern and care they have for each other even when it isn't wanted or sometimes appreciated at the moment. I love the history of the area that Mike shares and their game of jeopardy. The legalities in this story are disturbing, the prisoners learn how to work the system and are right back on the...more
Kathy
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Mary
Manhattan D.A. Alex Cooper’s is working on a case of young woman found in an abandoned building. The brutality of her murder is disturbing enough, but then a second body is found off the Belt Parkway. Between dodging the bullets of the gang members who are infuriated by Alex’s most recent courtroom victory and keeping a rendezvous with a charming restaurateur, a serial killer on the loose is the last thing she needs on her plate right now. Then a third victim is found.

The search becomes focused...more
Pat Buzby
I am not even close to reading Ms. Fairsteins books in order, I listened to this on my commute to work, and I picked this one because of the recent death of my cousin Georgie who lived in Rockaway Beach. LF has a wonderful way of describing the locations in NY that I love so this was a good combination of nostalgia and intrigue that I love.
Crystal
I hadn't read Linda Fairstein before, but had heard of this series, so thought I'd try it. I don't think I'll read another one. The main story was pretty good, but there was so much tangential stuff that it really detracted from the enjoyment. The author has written a non-fiction book about sexual violence, and I admire and am grateful for the dedication, however, there was too much such "education" in this mystery. Probably 30% of the book could've been elminated, making a much tighter read. I...more
Cynthiaj
A reasonable enough plot line and nice characterization. Although it does not really come close in my quest to find another series so I can slow down on the JDRobb before I get to as far as Roberts has written. At least the voice talent in the audiobook format was OK. Not wonderful, but not grating on my ears.
Kim
I grew up on Governors Island when the CG owned it, until it closed in 1996. Reading about it was going home for me, and I'm grateful for that. That's the reason I decided to read this book in the 1st place. Now that I'm done, I need to find the other books in this series, this was a good read!
Kate
After reading Michael Connelly, Peter Robinson's and Robert B. Parker's books, this pales in comparison. I read it but probably won't read another of her books. Missing something I don't know what, commaraderie, humor?
Laurie
Apr 12, 2009 Laurie rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Killer Heat had such potential but it just never produced the nail-biting drama promised on the cover. The dialogue in the story was weak, choppy and confusing at times. And worse than bad dialogue, rather than writing complex characters the author relied on stereotypes and put-downs to elevate her heroine. The main character, of course, was startlingly beautiful while all of the other characters were tubby and round and waddled...so full of faults that the main character was perfect in comparis...more
Christia
I wanted to read this for some time, but I was very disappointed once I finally had the chance. Alex, Mike, and Mercer are back, this time following a violent serial killer with a penchant for women in uniforms. This didn't hold my interest the way some of Fairstein's previous books have. I would have liked to see the plot line about the Latin Kings gang's harassment of Alex developed further. The background about Governor's Island and other smaller islands surrounding Manhattan was interesting...more
Yvonne
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I like this series. Story lines with enough twists and turns to keep it interesting. Developed characters--- you know more about them than just what happens on the job. Quite enjoyable.
Donna
Killer Heat is compelling in the beginning and the end but sags in the middle. The plot works well, and the characters are complex enough to be interesting and credible.

While I'm a sucker for arcane information, however, this book contains a good many more details about obscure New York City landmarks than I was willing to assimilate. I was quite interested, on the other hand, in the history Linda Fairstein (the real-life prosecutor) provided about relatively new and controversial laws in twent...more
Kristy
I love a good Alexandra Cooper mystery. Alexandra works as a prosecuter for the Sex Crimes Unit in Manhattan. And during the course of her investigations, she gets around the city. Not being from New York, I really like that the author digs into the history of Manhattan & the other boroughs.

This book deals with a serial killer & a lot of the action takes place on Governor's Island, which I had never heard of. Once again, Alex & her co-horts, Mike Chapman & Mercer Wallace work tog...more
Krystal
saw this on Barnes and Nobles sight as "coming soon" (this month), and I now have to read it. I love this author.

I have to say, while most of her books are peppered with "facts" of wars, New York and general trivia, I noticed it waaaay more in this book, like it was forced into it, just for the trivia, instead of for the story. I think I noticed it more, because I didn't get as into this book's story. I would really like to see some kind of resolution on the "Blondie, Chapman" story. Can they ju...more
Kirsten
I was conflicted about this book. It read very easily and had a good storyline. However, I don't think I'll read any more in this series. This is, apparently, the tenth in the series. Yet, I still found the characters to slightly lifeless and undeveloped.

The action and the mystery was well thought out. You could tell a great deal of research went into it. Another annoyance was all the exposition. At times, you felt she just used the characters to lecture you on history, the law, and the state o...more
Christen
I like the comfort of reading one of my favorite authors/series. I like reading about Mike, Mercer and Alex.

This book was another good mystery from Linda Fairstein! She always goes into so much detail about New York and it's history. And in each book, she focuses on a different section of the city. This time, a lot of the story took place on or centered around Governor's Island. Since I'm not familiar with New York, I looked up Governor's Island on Google Earth. It was really neat to see the act...more
Cara
I like this series a lot.

Like all the others this is a good mystery. Although I do like the NYC history stuff in general that she includes with each story this time it kinda felt like too much focus on history and less on the crime and the story. I also noticed myself starting to dislike Mike a little bit this time around. Nonetheless I enjoyed the book, and like her others in this series found myself addicted and reading it very quickly. I hope the next one moves the Alex and Mike story along...more
Lain
I enjoy these Alex Cooper books. They are fairly fast-paced and exciting, with enough twists and turns to keep interest. I also like how just enough carries over from series to series to keep continuity, but each book can stand alone. One thing that bugged me in this book was Mike's encyclopedic knowledge of the history of New York -- knowledge he insisted on sharing with everyone at any opportunity. It became boring and more like reading a history text than a crime novel. Maybe if I lived in NY...more
Patricia
Latest in Fairstein's series featuring SVU prosecutor Alexandra Cooper. A bit formulaic but interesting. Fairstein was the found of the NYPD SVU unit and their first prosecutor; I believe Stephanie March's character on Law & Order SVU was based on her. Her facts always seem spot on and she includes little-known NY locales and history, such as outer islands and obscure parks and buildings, that are always intersting, although her descriptions of these sometimes slow the plot down and her writ...more
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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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