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Bad Blood (Alexandra Cooper #9)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  2,586 ratings  ·  176 reviews
Hundreds of feet below Manhattan, a treacherous tunnel maze is inhabited by the sandhogs, teams of workers who are rebuilding New York City's deteriorating water supply system. Their dark and dangerous world turns deadly when a catastrophic explosion rips through Water Tunnel #3, sending shock waves that are felt throughout the city and inside the courtroom where Alexandra ...more
Paperback, 447 pages
Published December 26th 2007 by Pocket Star (first published January 1st 2007)
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Another solid mystery from Fairstein.

The three main characters in this series have become some of my favorites in contemporary mainstream fiction. Manhattan D.A. Alex Cooper and detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace are much more literate and articulate than the cliched, uncaring NYC cops that usually populate stories in this local.

Mike is an especially interesting creation; a chatty former history major and trivia buff who can't pass a television at 7:25pm without tuning into and betting o
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in August 2007.

The ninth Alex Cooper mystery begins in the courtroom, where Alex is prosecuting businessman Brendan Quilley for arranging the murder of his wife. The case soon becomes swamped in drama, as the first prosecution witness is forced to reveal that she had slept with Quilley, making her testimony seem to be untrustworthy to the jury and effectively ruining Alex's case. Further complications - an explosion on a construction site killing Quilley's br
Serviceable mystery from Linda Fairstein about proving that a wayward husband hired someone to murder his wife. Meanwhile, an explosion in the Water Tunnel being built under NYC collides with the case when a relative of the accused husband is killed. While the story twists and turns, Fairstein weaves in fascinating history of the "sandhogs" of NYC. The laborers who toil under the streets to build tunnels. With the ongoing water crisis in California, it was interesting reading about how the water ...more
I thought it was a good mystery, and I actually found the story of the water system and the sandhogs to be very interesting. I had no idea what it took to supply water to such a huge
metropolis. I can't imagine working 600 feet underground in such a treacherous environment.
#9 in the NYC ADA Alexandra Cooper series. As always, an aspect of NYC adds background to the entry. This time around, the subterranean excavations of the city are explored.

Alexandra Cooper - is trying Brendan Quillian for the murder of his socialite wife. Brendan is an estranged member of a "sandhog" family and the plot contains a great deal of history of the world beneath Manhattan. After Brendan escapes, Alex is in danger. Alex performs a wedding for a friend and becomes attracted to a guest,
Kathleen Hagen
Bad Blood, by Linda Fairstein, B-plus.
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Here we have the famous trio, Alex, the assistant district attorney, Mike and Mercer, two cops. There was an explosion in the tunnels underneath New York City, and a man was killed. The people who spend their lives working underground are called “sand hogs”.
They are a tight-knit bunch, loyal to each other and not very trusting of cops or anyone else. We learn that the tunnels were dug underneath the ci
Barbara Mitchell
This is a three-year-old mystery novel in Fairstein's Alexandra Cooper series, but it's a new series to me. I don't know how I missed these novels except that like the old saying, "So many books, so little time." Cooper is a D.A. in New York City and this book involves treachery among the sandhogs who are digging Tunnel #3 to carry water throughout the city. The old tunnels are ancient and in danger of leaking. Think of New York City with no water at all and you can see why this is important.

Okay. Not bad for NYC legal/procedural thriller. The author brings to the novel her knowledge of courtroom and police procedure as well as techincal knowledge of forensics. The plot has good pacing, starting out quickly (clearly in the middle of the action) and moves along from there. The author also knows how to keep the action moving when it starts to slow.

That being said, the characters are not especially strong and the dialogue is not great. Also, the last third of the book was the weakest
I am well accustomed to reading a book and then discovering it was part of a series. I have outdone myself this time, though, with this novel, which is #9 in the tales of Alex Cooper, assistant DA in NYC. I enjoyed it so much that now I must go back in time (in her life, at any rate) and begin at the beginning. Such is life. One would think that a person would learn after being a voracious reader for over half a century. (Did I say that out loud?!?)
Assistant D.A. Alexandra Cooper is deeply involved in a homicide case against defendant Brendan Quillian, a prominent young businessman charged with the brutal strangulation of his wife. His conviction is not a certainty: Quillian was conveniently out of town on the day of the killing, and his defense attorney seems to be one step ahead of Cooper. Halfway through the trial, a major catastrophe alters the course of Cooper's case. A cataclysmic explosion rips through New York City's Water Tunnel # ...more
I don't know. I guess this book was ok. A friend HIGHLY recommended it. She gave me two of Linda's books. I'll see if I like the second one more. I guess it was interesting about working underground, supplying water to big cities. And of course there was the criminal law stuff. I guess this isn't my favorite genre so if it IS yours, you just might like it very much.
This was much more informational than I had expected. I knew nothing of "sandhogs' and the extremes that went into supplying New York (and most likely some other big cities) with water.

I love the trio of Coop, Mike and Mercer. The dialogue between them is always entertaining as is the obsession with the Final Jeopardy question. I love how Fairstein doesn't just give you one case of Coop's at a time, but threads mini cases in with the one big mystery even when they have nothing to do with each ot
If you love explosive legal thrillers, you'll enjoy this one by Linda Fairstein, the 9th one in the series. Alex Cooper is embroiled into a heated court case against Brendan Quillian, who's accused of killing or hiring someone to kill his wife. When things couldn't get worse, his witness dropped a shocking bombshell. But what really rocked her world was an explosive from one of the water tunnels, and who died. As they investigate the source of the explosion, they discover some shocking old famil ...more
This is one of the books I got in a dollar-a-bag book sale. As for the plot, think Law & Order. Interesting contextual detail, along with a bibliography of non-fiction works on the labyrinths under New York City. Fairstein's writing kept the pages turning, but I didn't find the characters compelling enough to go back for seconds.
Excellent suspense and storytelling

In my opinion, I thought "Bad Blood" was an excellent read, and it kept my interest as I followed Alex Cooper as she searched for answers to solve a tunnel explosion and a man on trial for the murder of his wife. The story moves along at a quick pace and I felt it was an interesting read. The reviews are numerous on this tale, so there's no need at this point to recap the story further, else I may give away more of the story for those folks that haven't read i
Sharon Lensky
Didn't want this one to end - felt like 10 discs was a bit too short - but thoroughly enjoyed the plot and the dynamic between Alex and Mike. Not sure why it was relevant to inject a side romance for Alex unless merely to offset that dynamic. Very interesting exploration of the sandhog culture and history. Also interesting was the explanation of DNA in blood vs. tissue. Kept my attention throughout.
Linda Fairstein uses her former work experience as the chief of the Sex Crimes Unit for the Manhattan DA’s office to bring a touch of reality to her novels. Her Alexandra Cooper mysteries are quite good. The character development is best appreciated through reading several novels in the series. In Bad Blood, ninth in the series, the jumping-off point is the revelation of a key witness's affair with the defendant in a murder trial. It seems that Assistant D.A. Alexandra Cooper’s case is loosing g ...more
Contains some interesting facts about the NYC underground water tunnels that were built in the early 20th Century by Irish immigrants. (Do we always use poor immigrants to do our slave labor?)

Otherwise, a good story of family secrets and an old murder mixed in with new murders. Liked the main character, Alex Cooper, who is apparently based on the author, Linda Fairstein. She was a prosecutor for the Manhattan Sex Crimes Unit back in the 80's and early 90's.

An odd plot element was a brief fling
Denise Dougherty
My first Alex Cooper book - I liked it. Barbara Rosenblatt is a great narrator. (She also does Dan Stabenow's character, Kate Shugak) So I went to the library and found 3 more - an early, middle and recent. We'll see what happens after that.

This is the first book by Linda Fairstein I've read, it was picked by my book club. The book started out with the start of the trial for Brendan Quillian, who was suspected of killing his wife, Amanda. I really enjoyed the court room dialogue and the interaction between the trial lawyers, judge and those providing testimony about the suspect, victim and the murder. Unfortunately, the book/plot was derailed with so many different characters and the history on the 'sandhogs' and tunnels under the ...more
Another solid Linda Fairstein mystery that backs up the main plotline of the story with a background of one key historical site in New York City. This time Fairstein has Alex in the middle of a murder trial that takes some very strange twists and turns. The tunnels and water system deep below the streets of NYC have an integral part in the events leading up to the climax of an exciting story. "Sandhogs" have dug these tunnels for generations and still work below ground today. Bad blood between t ...more
Jan 22, 2015 Ck rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Listened to the audio
Learned so much about the sandhogs who work on the water supply and other underground systems in NYC. Like Alex Cooper and the friends who help her solve crimes.
Vish Dhamija
You read Linda Fairstein you fall in love with Alexandra Cooper. Better then the last one I read (final jeopardy)
Richard Brand
The story line is again a fascinating mix of information about the tunnels in New York City, family feuds, and murder. I thought the plot and the action was a little better this time. The wedding and the whole love life of Alex gets a little old after 9 stories, but I suppose it does provide a little different aspect to the characters. There were some loose ends that we not "solved" but such is life. I suppose that there are always "sources" of information. I am not sure how the one in this stor ...more
Fairstein redeemed herself with this one. I was fascinated with the history included in this one. It was appropriately gruesome for the setting. It made me read more about the sewer and water system criss-crossing the city. What an amazing history.
• Was better than her last few - for some reason it was easier to follow
• Although her love of NYC is obvious in how in details she describes its history and settings within, it can drone on
• Next book I'd like to see more of Mercer - more than being Mr. Reliable and the strong one - give him a conflict
• Curious if Alex's family will ever be introduced firsthand/involved in a storyline, rather than provide backstory
• When Mike's in pain, we're all in pain - he's a fun character. Who else could g
This was my least favorite book so far written by Linda Fairstein, it started out in court and the Author gets carried away in her descriptions, to wordy and takes away from the story. I felt it hard to keep my interest until the last part of the book.
I didn't really listen to this all in one day - just forgot to put it on my list when I started it.
Pretty Good Book.

This is the third book by Linda Fairstien that I have read. I like the historical aspects of the book, and I have found that's a running theme in her books-- something focused on the history of NYC.

I do wonder if they are a bit formulaic though, in a sense that the books always end up with a confrontation (where we think that the heroine is in danger, but it always ends up okay. Also, there is always some new love interest with the main character that ends up not working out (
Barbara B.
Am really enjoying following a new character and the stories are good and well written.
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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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