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Lethal Legacy (Alexandra Cooper #11)

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In Linda Fairstein’s outstanding new novel, the New York Public Library houses dazzling treasures—and deadly secrets.

When Assistant District Attorney Alex Cooper is summoned to Tina Barr’s apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, she finds a neighbor convinced that the young woman was assaulted. But the terrified victim, a conservator of rare books and maps, refuses to co
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Alex is The Romance Fox
I love books and I love New York!! So what could be more exciting than reading Linda Fairstein’s 11th book in her Alexander Cooper Series.

Combining NYC’S landmarks and history, as we have come to expect from this author’s novels, we are pulled right into this fast-paced, suspenseful and well-researched mystery set in the world of rare books
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and maps
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Initially investigating what seems like a sex crime, Alexandra Cooper and her two detective colleagues, Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace soon disco
May 30, 2010 Maddy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads, bottoms
PROTAGONIST: Alexandra (Alex) Cooper, Assistant District Attorney
SETTING: Manhattan, New York

There are many authors whose books are not only associated with a specific protagonist but also a particular setting. George Pelecanos writes of the Washington, DC, area; Michael Connelly of Los Angeles. Linda Fairstein focuses on New York City and includes many little known facts in her books featuring Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Alexandra ("Alex") Cooper.

The latest case that Alex i
Jul 18, 2009 Judy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If I have to rate the plot of this book, I give it two stars. However, if I am rating my interest in the setting and the information that I gained about the world of research libraries, rare maps, and the race to obtain historical artifacts, I would raise the rating to three stars. Unfortunately, the story and the characters intervened. This is the 11th offering in the Alexandra Cooper series. She is an assistant district attorney in New York City, which is, apparently, a much more exciting job ...more
Jun 25, 2010 Victoria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm normally a Fairstein fan, but this book disappointed me. The subjects--rare books and the New York Public Library--interested me, but I just didn't find the mystery here compelling. The book is very long, 450+ pages, and the payoff only comes in the last 80 pages. The camaraderie between Alex Cooper and her police buddies Mike and Mercer falls a bit flat here. I've enjoyed the authenticity of Fairstein's writing, since she actually worked as a NYC district attorney, but I wonder if the subje ...more
Any Length
This book could have benefited from some serious editing. Cut out 200 pages and you get a decent fast moving "who done it" which you can't put down. The way it is I was sooooo bored toward the end I didn't really care who killed who and what for I just wanted the book to end.

The reader (I had the audio version of the book) did not do the book justice either.
I do not want to be age-ist here, but the voice of the reader ought be in sync with the character they
portray. In this case, the character
Jan 07, 2009 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tina Barr, a conservator of rare books and maps, is discovered bound and drugged in her apartment with the suspect fleeing the scene in a fireman's gas mask. Assistant District Attorney Alex Cooper is called to the scene to discover if Tina was sexually assaulted in the attack. And when Tina refuses to cooperate and disappears, Alex is directed by District Attorney Paul Battaglia to find her. Alex does find Tina. She finds her dead in Bryant Park.

The search for Tina's murderer and the man who a
Oct 12, 2014 Gail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was intrigued by the information this book gave about the New York Public Library. Linda Fairstein wove not only a most intriguing web of mystery. But also left this reader with some knowledge which most novels don't do. This was my first book by this author. I hope her other book not only entertain but also educate me as this book has.
A quick and entertaining read, with some intrigue. Certainly more interesting and better developed than other genre writing I've seen.
Sep 13, 2009 jo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
i'd start listing all the ways in which this book is objectionable if it hadn't kept me out of my book funk for a good three-four days. for this, it gets stars. and a hug. but here are the good parts: lots about old books, old maps, the new york public library, and the way in which beautiful ancient documents are preserved and come to be part of our cultural patrimony. wish fairstein had managed to keep the cute & helpless female trope to a minimum, but if i started complaining about that i' ...more
Susannah Carleton
Dec 26, 2015 Susannah Carleton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good book, but I didn't like some of the secondary characters, many of whom were greedy and villainous, which made parts of the book less enjoyable. Ms. Fairstein has penned another intriguing story that keeps Alex, Mike, and Mercer on their toes, trying to unravel a series of murders and thefts.
Catherine  Mustread
Mar 14, 2009 Catherine Mustread rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery, library or map lovers
Recommended to Catherine by: Goodreads
Shelves: mystery
Loved my free copy -- which I'll now donate to the library! Great story, especially with the rare books and even more fascinating rare maps theme. Wishing I'd read others in series [Alex(andra) Cooper Crime Series:] first so I'd be more familiar with the characters, that'll come next.
Oct 06, 2013 Maureen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This woman railroaded The Central Park Five and she is just able to walk away and have a successful career as an author (I use that term loosely)? She also will delete anything you post on her FB page asking about her part in this outrageous miscarriage of justice. Reader beware.
It's difficult to think of a more serene place than a library and even more difficult when it is the New York Public Library which also houses rare manuscripts and art. Calm place to go during an afternoon except when, in Linda Fairstein's world, murders begin to occur.
Tina Barr, a conservator of rare books and maps at the library, is assaulted, but won't talk. Another woman is found dead with a rare book in her possession and the hunt by Assistant District Attorney Alex Cooper is on.
It seem
Cheryl Cufari
Jan 16, 2016 Cheryl Cufari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Centering around the New York Public Library one not only gets a good mystery but learns much about the library's history. Greed for rare books and maps are at the root of murders taking place to people connected with the library.
May 01, 2009 Jana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
I thought it would be interesting, being a murder mystery combined with the history of the new york public library and its contents. But I couldn't get past the boring and awkward writin.
Sep 08, 2014 Alison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I've read by this author and didn't realize it was #11 in a series with the same cast of characters. The story had me hooked in the first chapter, but slowly let the grasp loose as the story progressed. I learned a lot about the New York Public Library history, a lot about historic maps, conservation of books and maps, the generosity of collectors who donate items of historical value to libraries (and the reason behind many of those donations). As a mystery novel it was j ...more
Jan 31, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal, crime, nyc
#11 in the Alexandra Cooper series. All of NYC ADA Alex Cooper's novels have a NYC landmark theme that adds interest to the book; in this case it's the NY Public Library. While in high school, I had a part time job at a branch library and remember how it was dwarfed by this huge edifice with the iconic stone lions guarding the 5th Avenue portals.

NYC ADA Alexandra Cooper gets involved in a series of break-ins and murders that have the NY Public Library as a common denominator. Wealthy donors, bib
I was very disappointed in this installment of the Alexandra Cooper series. It reminded me of a book I read several years ago by Jennifer Lee Carrell titled To Be Interred With Their Bones. Ms Fairstein relied on an esoteric tale based on missing antique maps, a topic of of limited appeal, that being primarily to those few collectors who have an interest. The New York Public Library, the site of much of Lethal Legacy's action, is among those collectors. Similarly, Ms Carrell's book used Shakespe ...more
Joe Slavinsky
This is my second "Alex Cooper" novel, and I must say I liked this one better than the first("Entombed"), though I still find the main characters too good to be true. The setting for this story is the New York Public Library, which as I learned is not really very "public", it's a repository for many rare, and valuable items. In this case, murder was committed in the pursuit of a rare map. Maps have always held a fascination for me, so I found this story very appealing. Ms Fairstein, despite her ...more
Richard Brand
Jan 31, 2014 Richard Brand rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As one who has a hobby of book binding, this was an interesting story for me. Not that any of my books or anything I will ever own is in this level. The plot was more complicated and interesting than some of the other Cooper books. I do think Mike's retorts get very nasty and rude, but Cooper seems to endure them. The romance for Cooper seems to be a necessary part of the saga and we would suspect that she needs to be checked for sexual transmitted diseases as she has had a number of partners an ...more
Aug 31, 2015 Melissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
As a librarian who has also taken 2 courses on the history of the book at the Rare Book School I already knew a lot of what the author fed us about rare books, map theft etc. For example, as soon as I read "Bay Psalm Book" I thought, first book printed in the Americas and the jeweled cover was not the original and decreased its value. So I found all the lengthy explanations about old books and book/map theft a bit tedious. That seemed to take up half the book. Wonder what others think who don't ...more
Barbara ★
I've always liked this series because of the relationship between Alex, Mike and Mercer. It's a lasting friendship that weathers all storms and keeps each of them grounded regardless of the horrors they witness. This particular story revolves around the New York Public Library but it's not your basic lending library. Nope none of these books ever leave the building. Lethal Legacy centers on the rare book and rarer map collections located on the upper floors of the NYPL, the millionaires who dona ...more
Jun 17, 2009 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book & not just because I am a newly minted librarian. It had libraries, history, mystery after mystery (to keep you guessing), entertaining characters, a smidgen of romance and extremely witty dialogue.

This book came to me via a patron recommendation and while I am normally the one handing out the recommendations I thought it only fitting that I return the favor and indulge in something new that someone else thought I would love.

Wow! Am I ever glad I took my patron's advice as
May 12, 2009 Kayeb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A familiar character and series....what made this book enjoyable in part were the glimpses of library life in New York. An advantage of being a well known author is the access to places that are behind the scenes,and she writes as tho she indeed visited some of these not usually seen places of the NY Public library.

When Assistant District Attorney Alex Cooper is summoned to Tina Barr’s apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side, she finds a neighbor convinced that the young woman was assaulted. B
Jun 09, 2010 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a particularly "thrilling" thriller...(3.5 stars), July 22, 2009

This review is from: Lethal Legacy (Alexandra Cooper Novel): A Novel (Hardcover)
Although there are bloody murders, this isn't your typical thriller. Instead of chills and suspense, we read what is essentially a rather long-winded narrative of the history of map making, old books, and conservation, as well as learning about the inner workings and politics of family legacy and the management of the New York Pub
Mar 22, 2009 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Update 2: Finished this Thursday March 19, 2009. Was so enthralled by all the trivia about rare books, the NYPL and ancient maps featured in the story I had to visit the NYPL website. More about that at my blog Joystory.

This was a page turning treat. A thriller and a thrill. I loved the setting of the NYPL. I nearly feel as though I've walked its hallowed halls and twisty tunnels, if only in a dream.

Update: I'll be starting this for real today, March 13, 2009. Will update again with my reaction.
Aug 02, 2011 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elaine by: 763
Shelves: year-2011, z-763
Genre: Thriller
Publication Date: 2009
Number of Pages: 367
Geographical Setting: New York, NY
Time Period: Contemporary
Series: Alexandra Cooper novels, Book 11

Three Words or Phrases Best Describing this Book: Fast-paced, detail-packed, atmospheric

Plot Summary: In the eleventh entry in her Alexandra Cooper series, Fairstein sets a quick pace with an assault, an ancillary trial, and a murder, all in the first 50 pages of this thriller. Readers jump right in as Assistant District Attorney Alex Cooper
Jul 28, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
I was very impressed by this book, especially as I had never read anything by the author before. She was very thorough on researching the New York Public Library and getting all her facts straight, and showing her love for librarians. All this is mentioned in her acknowledgement section in the back of the book. She is obviously a great supporter of librarians and libraries. So she gets kudos for that.

The story is about Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cooper and this is Ms. Fairstein's 11t
Kathleen Hagen
Lethal Legacy, by Linda Fairstein, B. narrated by Barbara Rosenblatt, produced by Random House Audio, downloaded from

This is the latest Alex Cooper mystery. Fairstein continues to dangle the possibility of Alex getting together with her cop friend, Mike, which many of us hope never happens. I was not so enthralled with the mystery elements of this book. Fairstein does an incredible job of researching her books, and we learned a great deal about the care of old books and how they’re
Mar 11, 2009 Cori rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Usually I try to stay away from crime books and books where the author's name is bigger than the title, but free is free.
In a nutshell, the story revolves around sex crimes expert Detective Alexandra Cooper (However, the main plot does not actually involve a sex crime.) and friends. A woman named Tina Barr who worked for the New York Public Library is attacked in her apartment, which leads to Cooper discovering a plot to steal a rare map. The map in question consists of twelve panels, all of whi
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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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