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Death Dance (Alexandra Cooper #8)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  2,997 Ratings  ·  165 Reviews

New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein takes readers behind the scenes of New York City's theater world -- from Lincoln Center to the lights of Broadway -- in a riveting new novel, rich with her trademark blend of cutting-edge legal issues, skillful detective work, and heart-stopping suspense.

Teaming up with longtime friends -- NYPD's Mike Chapman and Mercer W

Paperback, 512 pages
Published January 23rd 2007 by Pocket Books (first published 2006)
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Sep 20, 2009 Sandie rated it really liked it
Fans of Law and Order, SVU (Special Victims Unit) where cutting edge forensic tools are coupled with gritty detective work will definitely relish Death Dance. The book captures the reader's attention with a look into the personal and professional life of a New York criminal prosecutor and two of her colleagues. Her cases are varied and range from indicting a physician involved in drug facilitated sexual assaults to the murder of a prima ballerina at the Metropolitan Opera House.

While I do not w
Mar 06, 2012 Karen rated it it was ok
Shelves: review-books, crime, usa
Death Dance is the 8th book Linda Fairstein's series featuring Alexander Cooper. This was my third outing with Alex Cooper, having read a couple of the early books in the series sometime ago, and it was particularly interesting to see where the series had gone in the intervening years.

Alex is an Assistant District Attorney, working in the sex crime division, passionately devoted to her job and to the victims she sees herself as representing. Teamed up firstly with long-time friend Mercer Wallace
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Dec 07, 2013 Richard Brand rated it liked it
The murder and the other cases in this story were acceptable, but the ending was much too long and much too unbelievable for me. There was too much Mike and his grief and his unlawful behavior. There is always too much insulting of Alex by Mike to my way of thinking but in this one it was a bit over done. I also felt that the characterization of Joe Berk was extreme and the family conspiracy was a bit much but then I have never had much contact with billionaires.

I will try some more. I do like t
Fairstein's books are interesting because she takes her readers on a different virtual tour of New York City in every book. In this case, it is the world of theater--the Broadway stage, the Met, and the City Center. Her thorough research is so well incorporated into the action of the novel that "Death Dance" can be used as a guidebook for one's next trip to the City. Even better, she creates a number of very colorful characters. Unfortunately, the plot here is extremely thin. We have absolutely ...more
Dec 08, 2010 Dave rated it really liked it
This is the first Linda Fairstein book I've read, and thought it a Good Read. Death Dance has a host of intriguing and engaging characters, with several threads, or crimes, to follow along with. The book was fast paced and kept my attention, but one thing I really liked - and wish more authors would introduce into their books - is the snippits of fact interspersed throughout. How they go about a task, tool used and why, what it means, what they look for...

I'll have to look into some more from Ms
Denise Dougherty
Aug 24, 2014 Denise Dougherty rated it liked it
Yes, I am binging on these books and have only 2 audio titles to go. Are they great storylines? Well, no. But what I find most interesting about each so far is that New York City and its boroughs are characters in each story. There is always something of an historical nature running through the books - from the NY Public Library and it's origin to the history of Central Park. That is what I like best about the books.

What don't I like? The central character, Alex Cooper seems a bit impressed with
Susannah Carleton
Dec 20, 2015 Susannah Carleton rated it it was amazing
Outstanding! Alex, Mike, and Mercer investigate the murder of a prima ballerina at the Met. Initially, there are hundreds of suspect, from all walks of life, including an assortment from Broadway theaters.
May 23, 2015 Michell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Read

I love Linda Fairstein. The history she gives in her novels is great. I learn something new with every read.
Jul 23, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it
#8 in the Alexandra Cooper series. Alex is a NYC ADA in charge of prosecuting sex crimes. As usual, the novels in the series feature an aspect of NYC geography; in this instance, the Metropolitan Opera House.

Alexandra Cooper - looks for the killer of a ballerina at the Metropolitan Opera House. The case involves delving into the world of the theatre and is full of theatre history. She and Mercer try to engage Mike Chapman , who is still grieving after the death of his fiancée. Additional story l
Aug 19, 2016 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story was a bit complicated. There was a B-line story about two Canadian women getting sexually abused by a Turkish doctor that got dropped somewhere around the middle of the book to make way for the A-line story about a dead dancer. The A-line story then spiraled into a C-line story about a d-bag Broadway producer named Joe Berk who almost electrocuted on the street. Then of course there's the usual Fairstein D-line story about the history of some New York landmark, in this case the Met/Li ...more
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Apr 28, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-thriller
Again this story contains two overlapping cases.

The first involves the disappearance of a world-famous ballerina from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center. Her body is later found in a very large blower fan, where it evidently landed after being pushed off the roof. Very detailed descriptions of many of the famous theaters on Broadway and other locations on the upper westside of New York. The structure is as much a labyrinth as the previous novel Likely to Die. The workers
M.M. Silva
Apr 07, 2013 M.M. Silva rated it really liked it
Good Sunday morning! I hope this finds you well.

This week's read was another by one of my favorites, Linda Fairstein, titled Death Dance. In this NYC based mystery, Assistant DA Alex Cooper investigates the disappearance of a world-famous dancer, who vanishes during a performance at Lincoln Center's Metropolitan Opera House. Along with her colleagues, Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, the trio delve into the nuances of New York City's theatre scene and discover that there's an ugly side to the bu
Aug 14, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Fairstein is one of those authors I don't read very often, and it always takes another book of hers to remind me why. It's not that she isn't a good author... she's very talented. Her plots are complicated, often involve several crimes and a plethora of suspects. For me, however, there are always too many stories and little sidebars, perhaps I need to read the Alex Cooper series in order, but I don't know that that would help. Fairstein always seems to have more story than fits into her books... ...more
Jan 31, 2011 Joy rated it liked it
"Teaming up with longtime friends - NYPD's Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace - Assistant DA Alex Cooper investigates the disappearance of world-famous dancer Natalya Galinova, who has suddenly vanished backstage at Lincoln Center's Metropolitan Opera House - during a performance." "The three colleagues are soon drawn into the machinations of New York City's secretive theatrical community, where ambition takes many forms, including those most deadly. Among Galinova's lovers is Joe Berk, the colorfu ...more
Aug 02, 2011 Sharon rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is #8 of the Alexandra Cooper mystery series. This installment again involves Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, along with Battaglia and back again Judge Moffett. Set in Manhatten, this story revolves around Lincoln Center's Metropolitan Opera House. Natalya Galinova is found murdered at the start of the story, which later involves another injured ballerina. There are vivid descriptions of the architecture of some of the great theatres, as well as a history of theatre and some of it's founde ...more
Marty Signaigo
Jul 24, 2014 Marty Signaigo rated it liked it
The only way this author will get a higher ranking from me will be when she stops boring me with all these ancillary stories that have nothing to do with the ultimate plot. It's unnecessary and just filler. Make these sideshows more relevant, and maybe there will be more stars in the rating. I keep hoping for something better by this author and I keep getting disappointed.
Beth H
Alex Cooper works in the Sex Crimes unit in the DA office in New York. She often works with Mike in homicide. A famous ballerina goes missing. They find her dead and the investigation leads them into the world of the Met and City Center.
It did not totally make sense why the attempts were made on Alex. Good dialogue and interesting back scene info on the big theatres of NY.
May 15, 2015 Skyqueen rated it really liked it
Ms. Fairstein did a fabulous job of 'retelling' a murder at The Met DURING A PERFORMANCE... and nobody saw or heard a thing!!! She is a sophisticated and thoroughly enjoyable storyteller. Also, Alex, the Assistant DA, and Mike Chapman, the detective, seem headed to more than friendship, finally. But there are still emotional bags that need to be dealt with, so we shall see.
Jan 02, 2011 Ilana rated it it was amazing
I love all of Linda Fairstein's books, but this one was the first I read and is still my favorite. Probably because it has a theater theme, but what can you do, I love what I love ;). Part of what I love about Ms. Fairstein's books is that not only are they great suspense thrillers, but they're educational. Each novel explores a different part of New York City, so each time I learn something new. This one gives a great behind the scenes look at the Metropolitan Opera. As a mere audience member, ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Mar 16, 2016 Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
How can I fairly judge Death Dance? Though I once read only books, it is rare now that I read a mystery. Last year, out of the 158 books that I read, only two were mysteries.

So what would make me, a rare mystery reader, pick up this book? The same things that would make me pick up any book. I look for characters that interest me and a story that is compelling. The blurb on the back offers up the story in a way that appeals to me; I was intrigued by the idea of dancers.

That's enough for me to pi
May 17, 2012 Marti rated it really liked it
As I read this book, I was SURE that I had already read it before, but it wasn't on the Goodreads list so... Reading a book like this, one realizes that you have to suspend disbelief, when it comes to all the adventures undergone by the heroine of the story. Alexandra Cooper--Alex--is an assistant district attorney in Manhattan. The setting for this book is mostly the theatrical district, except for a sojourn on Martha's Vineyard, where Alex has a vacation house. There is a lot of action. There ...more
Jul 30, 2014 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Once again I would like to have a different rating scale, I would have rated it 4.25 to 4.35. Ms. Fair stein is a very good descriptive writer, she can make you feel like your right there and apart of the whole book. I like the less details on the clothing of the characters. I have moved onto Bad Blood, I am sure like all of her other book she will not disappoint.
Not bad driving book, but fairly conventionally plotted. Well read and kept me from utter boredom on the very familiar drive west then east on always busy I-40.
Feb 13, 2014 Julia rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Have read quite a few books from this series - I like the characters and New York settings. Picked this up in a book sale, its midway through the series and set in the ballet/theatre world.
Oct 25, 2012 Babette rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
This is the eighth book in Fairstein's Alex Cooper series. Fairstein, a retired ADA for New York's Sex Crimes Unit, has modeled her main character after her. These are enjoyable books. Alex Cooper's two police friends, Wallace and Chapman, are always major players in each novel. The references and indepth looks at many of New York's artistic and historical places are always interesting. The writing is intelligent, witty and compassionate. The relationship between Alex and Chapman continues to be ...more
Sharon Lensky
Dec 11, 2014 Sharon Lensky rated it really liked it
You have to be interested in reading about theatre and dance and NYC cultural arts if you read this. There was a lot of that in addition to the crime part. I was also saddened a bit by the tension between Alex and Mike, but I really like them as characters (in addition to Mercer).
Aug 28, 2008 Christine rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008-reads
I started reading Fairstein's books with the first of the series. I am at the point now where I will continue to read them because I am involved with the characters and want to see where their lives take them. However, the books are becoming a little cookie cutter. On a positive note NYC is one of my favourite places to visit and her books, up to now, have all taken place at various venues in that city. Through reading them I have had the pleasure of visiting some places in NYC I may not have go ...more
Tonya Lucas
Jun 18, 2015 Tonya Lucas rated it it was amazing
Very good investigative book. Twists and deception that leaves the reader trying to decide who the real killer is.
Jun 03, 2015 Polly rated it really liked it
Good suspense as always. You always get a history of some New York place too. LOVE this author.
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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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