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Cold Hit (Alexandra Cooper #3)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  3,121 Ratings  ·  131 Reviews
When Linda Fairstein describes the route Alexandra Cooper takes from the district attorney's office to NYPD headquarters, you know she's walked that way many times herself. "I took the shortcut over to One Police Plaza, cutting behind the Metropolitan Correctional Center and alongside the staggeringly expensive new federal courthouse, which made our digs, complete with ove ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 1999)
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Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
3.5 Stars

I didn't quite love my fourth foray into the Alexandra Cooper Series, but I did enjoy Cold Hit. This time I have to admit that a lot was going on in the novel. Open rape cases, a current case being prosecuted by Alex, and a new murder of a wealthy Gallery owner and Art collector. She has been bludgeoned to death. Her body tied to a ladder and found in the water off Manhattan. Evidence collected gets a hit - a cold hit - in the new DNA database. But the hit is of an unknown perp.

Alex, Me
Alex is The Romance Fox
Linda Fairstein's 3rd novel in the Alexandra Cooper mystery series, "Cold Hit," a woman’s body is washed ashore, whose identity reveals that she’s the wife of a wealthy art collector. Alex Cooper, Mike Chapman & Mercer Wallace are thrown into the world of art, art dealers and art galleries as they follow a trail of the most dislikeable art world characters ever, who have links to the dead woman, in tracking in killer before he strikes
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Steven Z.
Sep 05, 2013 Steven Z. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In her third installment of her Alex Cooper mysteries Linda Fairstein continues to take the reader through the inner workings of the Manhattan District Attorney's office. We witness the jealousies and cooperation in the office which lends itself as to how crimes are solved. In COLD HIT the reader is exposed to the seamy and corrupt aspects of professional art dealers. Through auctions, art restoration, theft, personal relationships and how the art world conducts itself as it creates its own rule ...more
First impressions: I adore this series, so I settled right in to the narrative. The book opens with a crime scene, which always makes for interesting reading.

Lasting impressions: This was definitely not one of the most memorable crime novels I've read. The book was incredibly slow through the middle, and the ending seemed anti-climactic, despite a lot of action.

Conflicting impressions: The plot revolves around the art world, which seemed to be a really exciting premise, but somehow it didn't qui
Dec 12, 2014 Patricia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
I really shouldn't say I've read this, because I couldn't struggle through it long enough to finish it. The author's annoying habit of adding extraneous detail detracts so much from the story that it's impossible to focus on the story. I honestly don't care how many floors the character has to walk up to her office, what she's wearing, when her building was constructed, how many banks of elevators there are, or any unnecessary details about the history of the New York City judicial system!! Just ...more
For me, this was the best so far in this series. This one takes Alex into the world of art, of which she is quite knowledgeable. However, she had no idea that there is such a dark side in art dealing and the drive to possess prized pieces. The descriptions of New York City are very good as well, and the focus is on a long abandoned train track.
Dec 29, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just finished listening to Cold Hit by Linda Fairstein, narrated by Allison Janney. This is third in the Alexander Cooper series. Before discussing the book, I want to say that the reader is outstanding. I could listen to the book all over again just to hear her do the voices.

This is a rare situation for me to like the secondary characters more than the main one. I did end up liking the Mike Chapman and Mercer Williams characters even more than the main characters. I love that Mike is knowledge
Mar 15, 2014 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This lady goes from strength. Once again we see Alexandra Cooper, the Assistant District Attorney for the Sex Crimes Unit of Manhattan. Only this time she finds herself with a body being pulled out of the river, but the woman is expensively dressed and tied to a ladder, with no identification.
It is not the easy. We find all kinds of skullduggery in the art world, with forgery and faked provenance and Alex gets a bit too close to the murderer in this one, only narrowly escaping being shot, althou
Jun 27, 2014 Trevor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid, early read from Linda Fairstein's Alexandra Cooper Mysteries, Alex, Mike, and Mercer catch a murder case that finds them running through the upscale Manhattan art world, leading them from art dealers' apartments to the private galleries of the then up-and-coming Chelsea art scene.

For a story that's fifteen years-old, Cold Hit packs quite a punch. Compared to some of her more recent reads, Cold Hit is classic Fairstein, from the not-so-eye-popping crime scenes to the art history lessons
Toni Kania
Nov 08, 2014 Toni Kania rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
The third in a long-running series I am just catching up on. But, the first two didn't grip me, and I ended up reading them considerably apart in time -- just sort of plodding my way thru. This third, however, really took hold and I loved it, the writing and how the lesser characters were being developed. The protagonist is largely based on herself as head of one of the first sex crimes units ever established, and that autobiographical piece adds a nice dimension of reality and honesty to the bo ...more
Aug 22, 2014 Marti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book that I read was an Advance Reader's copy, which may be why there were some typos scattered without. I may not have read all of the series with Alexandra Cooper, Mike Chapman, and Mercer Wallace, but I have enjoyed a number of them. In this one, the co-owner and fourth wife of the owner of an art gallery, has been killed, and her body washed up. A lot of excitement ensues. These three partners like to watch and bet on Final Jeopardy each evening, regardless of where they are. Usually at ...more
Pr Latta
[audio] You know it's not a good sign when I begin with the narrator: too rushed. I actually checked to make sure the speed hadn't been bumped up. This was background for cleaning and I kept feeling like I'd read / heard it before. Just not memorable despite a lot going on.The art issues were boring to me but might appeal to some. The law is detailed and informative but this is 25 years old now and we have moved ahead. Some. Chapman is supposed to be a macho man but to today's woman he just soun ...more
Mar 12, 2016 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A woman is found dead in the harbor, appearing to have been sexually assaulted. This is why Alex Cooper is alerted and accompanies Chapman to the scene. They discover that the body is Denise "Deni" Caxton, a woman married to a famous art collector and herself an art vendor of more contemporary means. More people end up dead, including a very skilled art restorer and an ex-con man, and the trail ends up leading to someone who believes that Deni had discovered the paintings stolen from the Gardner ...more
Yvann S
"To them it was pure American moxie"

When Assistant D.A. Alex Cooper is called to a police scene by the Hudson river, she knows that it’s not going to be pretty. The body of an obviously affluent young woman, graphically and grotesquely arranged after death, is pulled from the water. Cooper and her sidekicks Mercer and Chapman must figure out who killed Deni Caxton, and even more – why?

This fits the description of a police procedural to the T. We follow Alex Cooper through her daily life for a fe
Well, I'm not too sure what to make of this one. I mean, the action was good, to a certain extent, I held my breath in a couple of places, but otherwise, it was a little too 'literal' for me. While I like art, I'm not huge into it, and probably couldn't recognize a portrait right off the bat (other than Da Vinci's Mona Lisa), otherwise it's way out of my league. Only a few interesting moments, but nothing worthwhile, which is a disappointment. This one was missing the 'pizzazz' of her first two ...more
Carl Brookins
Jul 25, 2013 Carl Brookins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Linda Fairstein has produced another strong, gritty novel of crime in New York. This is the third in her series about Alexandra Cooper, Assistant District Attorney for the city. As one of the foremost prosecutors of sex crimes and domestic assault, Fairstein knows intimately the legal and law enforcement world of which she writes, and it shows.

It shows in her gritty prose, the detailed and compelling way she takes the reader from crime scene to the efforts of the police and the way she looks at
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Dec 07, 2013 Nolan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in a long-running series about New York attorney Alexandra Cooper, part of the city’s sex crimes investigations unit. I wasn’t big on the plot of this book; in fact, the reason I’m recommending it to you is the snappy dialogue that absolutely sizzles and bubbles until you may feel a noticeable increase in heat emanating from the book. Ok, probably not quite like that, but the dialogue is so snappy and well written, it’s worth reading, especially if you’re a writer wanna-be ...more
Pamela Brownlee
Aug 22, 2012 Pamela Brownlee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sara Barton
Jul 07, 2013 Sara Barton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started this mystery on a business trip back in March, and even though I read most of it, I didn't finish it until I had some vacation time to read for pleasure. I thought I would have to go back and reread the story, but I found the characters memorable enough that I recalled the details and just got back to it.

Ms. Fairstein's ability to follow the legal trail and to focus on the finer points of investigations and law enforcement went a long way towards providing credibility to her tale in a
Synopsis: The third in Linda Fairstein's gripping and authentic series of crime novels featuring Assistant D.A. Alexandra Cooper. With aplomb, style and sharp compassion for her "clients" Coop again unravels the truth behind murder in partnership with homicide detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace.

The victim is Deni Caxton, third wife to the heir of a steel baron and a leading New York art dealer in her own right. As Coop, Chapman and Mercer investigate her brutal killing they strip away th
Donna Siebold
Another dead body, another possible link to the sex crimes unit. When the body of the wife of an art collector is found dead Alex, Mike and Mercer have to figure out who-dunn-it!

Along the way they discover a much seamier side to art collecting than anything Alex has ever been exposed to before. Art stolen from the Gardner Museum and Nazi loot figure prominently in the story.

We pick up several tidbits of lesser known New York City history, a little history of the water in which the body is discov
Feb 04, 2016 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fairstein shows why the adage 'write what you know' works. Her protagonist, Alexandra Cooper, mirrors Fairstein's real -life experience as a D.A. who heads a sex crime unit. I found little difficulty entering the world of high art due to the strong level of research done as background for the storyt.

Cold Hit is the first Fairstein novel I have read and I'm looking forward now to beginning the series in Final Jeopardy.

I definitely recommend Cold Hit to my friends.

This was a horrible book, The title refers to finding a perpetrator by matching DNA to a data base. Fairstein does a good job at giving info about a DA sexual crimes unit, how it operates, how some women claim rape when it hasn’t happened, how victims are mistreated, how they can be treated well. The triangle of Alex, the DA, Mercer and Mike, the detectives is getting a little old. They all watch Jeopardy every night; Mike is a homophobe, sexist dude this is supposed to be cute. It is also annoy ...more
Jul 06, 2013 Annalisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read several of Fairstein's Alexandra Cooper series. Fairstein follows the basic rule for writers: Write about what you know. She worked as a prosecutor in NYC, and her character, Cooper, is one too. The little touches of life in NYC and as a prosecutor make the books compelling entertainment reading. Cooper is joined by two friends on the police force to investigate crimes, in this case one involving murder, art theft and forgery. Inevitably, Cooper's life is threatened and she must be res ...more
Jul 08, 2014 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For some reason I had a hard time liking this book. It seemed to have a lot going on, but none of it really went anywhere. The whole thing just sort of limped along and then, finally, ended. I had no caring for the victim, the protagonist, out any of the secondary characters. Hope the next one is better.
Mary Newcomb
Whenever I enter Alexandra Cooper's world I expect to be embroiled in a tightly woven intriguing story of crime, detection and punishment. This book did not disappoint. Much of the action was set in the world of art, both collecting and selling it. While it feels like the story could have been shorter, the rich detail helped me to feel immersed in it.
Fairstein is an excellent writer. I mean any of her stories could be written for her next court case. However, I just could not get into or connect very well with this novel. Of course, I always learn something so it is definitely not a waste. I continue to thank Ms. Fairstein for advancing or at least helping to advance the way victims are treated. And as always, she 'writes-in' her friends and family and I think that is very generous and a credit to her character!
Douglas Cook
First paragraph
It was after eight o’clock, and all I could see of the sun was its gleaming crown as it slipped behind the row of steep cliffs, giving off an iridescent pink haze that signaled the end of a long August day. Brackish gray water swirled and broke against the large rocks that edged the mound of dirt on which I stood, spitting up at my ankles as I stared out to the west at the Palisades. The pleats of my white linen skirt, which had seemed so cool and weightless as I moved about the a
Sep 03, 2014 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Police procedural about NYC art scene. Part of a series about an Assistant DA and a pair of detectives who work with her. Although I found the main characters appealing, the plot was pretty convoluted. Have read other books In this series which were better.
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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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