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Killer Heat (Alexandra Cooper #10)

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,046 Ratings  ·  241 Reviews
It's August in New York, and the only thing that's hotter than the pavement is Manhattan D.A. Alex Cooper's personal and professional 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 is f ...more
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Published January 27th 2009 by Anchor (first published January 24th 2008)
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Charlotte
Aug 31, 2012 Charlotte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Alissa
Nov 28, 2008 Alissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, 2008
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
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Holly
Mar 18, 2009 Holly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Linda
Nov 16, 2010 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
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
Lucille Cohen
Sep 01, 2015 Lucille Cohen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
correct locations and excellent description s.

I was born and. Raised in Arverne one block away from the beach. I remember the two bridges, fort Tilden ,and visited Breezy Point (wiped out by hurricane Sandy). I traded the Big Apple for the baked Apple - Tucson, AZ. The accuracy of the locations is to admired. luckyloo
Una Tiers
Nice writing about a miserable part of society. I was half way through before I recognized the book as one I have read. The teaching is not woven into the story line and becomes oppressive.
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
DGT
Mar 03, 2015 DGT rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What distinguishes Linda Fairstein’s thrillers from most others is the intriguing use of locations, in these novels New York City locations, not as inert background or local colour but as integral parts of the otherwise routine, though often exciting, plots. In Killer Heat, published in 2008, the literally overlooked Governors Island (no apostrophe) at the foot of Manhattan provides the main location, together with the abandoned Maritime Building which, at the time of the novel, was being opened ...more
Joan
Jan 10, 2015 Joan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Love the Alex books because they always have historic and game show facts. I feel so much smarter after reading Fairstein's books. Alex is involved in a case to jail a man who jumped bail 30 years ago for rape. Now DNA has come into play. One of the woman raped is willing to testify against the man who raped more than 60 woman. She comes to town and the man is found guilty even though normally the statute of limitations would have stopped the trial, but the man jumped bail. Also, Alex is being s ...more
Susannah Carleton
Excellent! A thrilling story with all my favorite elements: Alex in trial, a new case with multiple victims and few clues, and a variety of suspects from which to choose. This is a page-turner that will keep readers up way too late at night because it's almost impossible to put this book down.
Heather Ormsby
Apr 07, 2009 Heather Ormsby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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.
S. Lynham
Fairstein's creation, the amazingly bright assistant D.A. who gets to hang out with the cops who work the cases she may bring to trial, Alexandra Cooper, is a fun character. Witty, beautiful, gets on amazingly well with the cops who let her "come along for the ride", teflon-coated....the supergirl prosecutor who always gets defendants into jail (if there is anything left of him/her after the police investigation).

Again, more fluff but I needed to keep ahead a couple of books on my challenge as I
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Martha
Aug 28, 2014 Martha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy this series…set in NYC and the main characters play Jeopardy.
Abby Zampardi
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
Sharon
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
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Judith
Sep 12, 2014 Judith rated it liked it
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
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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
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Pam
Jan 06, 2014 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Ed
Mar 16, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#10 in the Alexandra Cooper series. As author continues her love affair with NYC, this series entry has ADA Cooper involved in a case with connections to Governors Island.

#10 Alexandra Cooper - if looking for the serial killer mutilating young women. Clues lead to a family of Irish bar owners and to Governors Island in NY harbor. Sub-plot has attacks on Alex by members of a gang whose leader she has imprisoned. Alex maintains her long distance relationship with French restaurateur, Luc.
Ginger Weirich
Sep 29, 2015 Ginger Weirich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a serial killer is loose, there’s hell to pay, and it definitely isn’t what it appears to be. When the final victim is found, Alex comes close to becoming another. Kept me glued to my seat, albeit bouncing, until the very end. I have become very fond of Alex Cooper and her band of cops. I am hoping to find the rest of this series (I’ve only read 1 and 10) somewhere really cheap as my library doesn’t have any more of them. 5+ stars.
Mary
Dec 08, 2011 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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.
Sharon Lensky
Feb 09, 2015 Sharon Lensky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked plot twists and the geography lesson on the islands near Manhattan. Lived in NY all my life and learned a lot from this book re Governors Island. Alexandra's romance with her latest guy was only exposed a bit, but there's a nice cliffhanger for the next book. If you get the audio version like I did, the narrator is not Barbara Rosenblat like the others - this took away from the experience for me a little.
Beth H
The subject of rape and torture was just too grizzly for me. Alexandra Cooper is with the DA office as a prosecutor for sex crimes. She works closely with the police and is called in for a series of murders involving young women in uniform.
There is a great deal of site history and the book drags a bit a first.
Patricia
If you like your mysteries with a lot of cool background trivia, then Mike Chapman's the character for you. He's not the main character in this series, but he's one of my favorites. I've been in a bit of a reading slump, so I did really like this book. It's probably really a 3.5.
Leslie
Jan 10, 2015 Leslie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For a short book it took a long time to read. Lots of information that I stumbled through - skipped over - and found distracting. The plot was great - the story disturbing - the characters well developed. Just too much filler to jump over to get to it.
Crystal
Mar 22, 2009 Crystal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rejects
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
Feb 07, 2014 Cynthiaj rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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.
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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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