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Killer Heat (Alexandra Cooper #10)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  2,809 ratings  ·  229 reviews
In District Attorney Alexandra Cooper's line of work, the discovery of a corpse isn't unusual. Not even the corpse of a young woman who was bound, bludgeoned and tortured to death. It's the location which is unusual - an abandoned ferry terminal at the southern tip of Manhattan, from where the ferries only went to one destination...Governors Island.

The corpse is identified
Paperback, 464 pages
Published October 2nd 2008 by Sphere (first published January 24th 2008)
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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#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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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?
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 full of faults that the main character was perfect in comparis ...more
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
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.
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
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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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