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The Kills (Alexandra Cooper #6)

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As Linda Fairstein's numerous fans already know, her Alexandra Cooper novels (Cold Hit, The Deadhouse, The Bone Vault) are a skillful blendof fast-paced action and gripping story development. Fairstein uses a deft touch to fuse complex plots with believable characters in order to produce outstanding thrillers.


This time out, sex crimes prosecut

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ebook, 400 pages
Published January 13th 2004 by Scribner (first published January 1st 2004)
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Charlotte (Buried in Books)
The Alex Cooper books will never set the world on fire. If you want gritty, real life crime stories then look somewhere else. These are all set in places like museums, art galleries. This one involves rare coins.

It was OK, I found myself asking why I was reading these books when I got to the end. I swear I will scream if she has to re-tell the story about her old fiance one more time (yes I realise not everyone has read all of the books so she has to re-cap, but even patrica cornwell can dress t
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Ann
Feb 21, 2016 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written book, sort of like reading an extended episode of Law and Order. I liked the characters and the writing style, but this only gets 3 stars from me because of the crazy twists and turns the story takes. What starts as a seemingly garden variety rape trial quickly morphs into a tale involving a deposed Egyptian monarch, the Secret Service, the CIA, a murdered senior citizen, a child who goes missing...just way too much plot to keep track of.
Vanessa
I've given it a generous three, as I can't seem to do half stars.
I'd forgotten that I've read Fairstein before, and it's an ok read but not as thrilling as the supposed 'white knuckle ride' comment of Kathy Reichs.

Better editorial is also needed, there are a few anomalies that should have been spotted... Taking another sip of coffee after five pages is a bit lame... On the time that they had been in this particular office the coffee offered at the beginning would have been stone cold.

Will I r
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Sandie
Oct 10, 2011 Sandie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of police procedurals, New York City lovers
Recommended to Sandie by: Bouchercon 29 in Philadelphia
THE KILLS
By Linda Fairstein
Scribner, January 13, 2004

I have read and enjoyed all of Linda Fairstein’s fiction books. With each one, her writing improves. In each of her previous mysteries the pattern was of a homicide with a sex crime setting that quickly took the main characters -- Alexandra Cooper, head of the sex crimes unit at the DA's office in Manhattan, Special Victims Unit Detective Mercer Wallace, and Homicide Detective Mike Chapman -- on the chase to find the perpetrator. The fact that
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Jenny
Apr 11, 2016 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read all of Fairstein's books in order so far, I have to say this is her best. (Although still not a 4 compared to other books, I would give this a 4-star rating compared to just the ones she's written.) Her writing was better, the pace was faster, and the main investigations were interesting (not a lot of secondary/small cases presented by her staff as there have been in other books). She did take her character Alex Cooper to her Vineyard lake house (a visit occurs in each book!) but thi ...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Double entendre is a skill that Linda Fairstein excels in her Alexandra Cooper Series. Here in the 6th installment, THE KILLS, the title refers to the name that NYC homicide detectives commonly call murders and The Kills are a warren of tributaries between the small islands off the toe of Manhattan Island.
Prosecutor Alex Cooper isn’t thrilled with the way her date rape case begins.
“Murder. You should have charged the defendant with murder.”
“He didn’t kill anyone, Your Honor.” Not yet. Not tha
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Chris
THIS SUMMARY/REVIEW WAS COPIED FROM OTHER SOURCES AND IS USED ONLY AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT FOR MY PERSONAL INTEREST. ANY PERSONAL NOTATIONS ARE FOR MY RECOLLECTION ONLY


I so so agree w/this;

The Alex Cooper books will never set the world on fire. If you want gritty, real life crime stories then look somewhere else. These are all set in places like museums, art galleries. This one involves rare coins.

It was OK, I found myself asking why I was reading these books when I got to the e
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Joy
It's going to be a tough trial. Manhattan sex-crimes prosecutor Alexandra Cooper's case, involving an attack on investment banker Paige Vallis, would be difficult to prove even without the latest development -- it seems that Paige has something to hide.

Most of her story is clear. She'd had dinner with New York consultant Andrew Tripping three times before the March evening when she accepted his invitation to accompany him to his apartment. But what occurred that night? Why didn't she leave the
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Andrea
Apr 13, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-thriller
Interesting plot twists.

Alex Cooper is prosecuting a classic rape case ("he said..she said"), complicated by the presence of the accused rapist's son at the home at the time of the "alleged" rape. The incarceration of the accused causes a child welfare problem as the young boy's mother is deceased, and his grandmother who was his primary care provider had recently died. Alex wants the accused held without bail but it isn't happening. The judge appears to participate in ex-parte communications wi
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Lori
Having read several of Fairstein's "Alexandra Cooper" mystery thrillers I am happy to say that I am glad I read the abridged audio version of this novel because I could not imagine it being any drawnout. While I did like two different plot mysteries going on at the same time, I can't say I was thrilled with the story in its entirety. After reading several of Elizabeth Lowell's novels on antiquities and provenance I can't say that this novel measured up to Lowell's in that sense as Fairstein trie ...more
Francesco
Chi affitta casa in Inghilterra quasi sempre lascia a disposizione dei propri ospiti una piccola biblioteca.
Quest'anno i padroni di casa erano decisamente orientati verso il genere Harmony e questa specie di poliziesco/legal-thriller era la cosa meno zuccherosa presene nella casa.

Il romanzo tratta di un caso di stupro ma presto il mistero si infittisce e si complica con l'inserimento di una vicenda che affonda le sue origini nel lontano Egitto.
Praticamente ogni capitolo c'è un colpo di scena o
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Linda
Jan 30, 2011 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Assistant Manhattan DA Alex Cooper has her hands full, prosecuting a rape case in which there is very little evidence. Things are looking dim, then even dimmer when her plaintiff is murdered for no apparent reason. Concurrently, an elderly, once famous dancer during the Harlem Renaissance era is also killed. The rest of the plot centers upon the melding of these two crimes into a single case. The characters are a motley mix, not all of whom have an active role; these include Egypt's deposed King ...more
Zach
Recommend Linda Scottoline.

Hard not to compare the Alex Cooper series to Scottoline's books, but it highlights why I do not like this series as much. Scottoline's books have much more clear/interesting characters. The characters here are somewhat bland and interchangable. Even the heroine is kind of blah.

The plots are also either somewhat predictable or overly complicated. Here there is a stretch to bring in Egyptian history and the current activities of intelligence agencies as well as sex cr
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Anna
Feb 09, 2017 Anna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't like this book.
Darren L.
Dec 24, 2010 Darren L. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Linda Fairstein, no doubt, has the ability to write with authority about New York's upper echelon. But her novels really shine for me when she ditches the "Dynasty" settings of billionaires and tells the horror of urban life for average folks. That setting brings out a stark and gritty reality that she captures with flair -- dark and brutal without being melodramatic or fake. This is my sixth or seventh novel of hers, and my favorite. There are things I could poke (every novel has something one ...more
Barbara
This is a rather pedestrian book by former attorney Linda Fairstein. Her heroine is Alexandra Cooper who, like Fairstein, works in Sex Crimes. She is prosecuting a schizophrenic, Andrew Tripping, for the rape of an investment banker, Paige Vallis. However, when Tripping's son disappears and Paige is murdered, the tension begins to mount. The plot involves the sale (and theft) of rare coins and there's a lot of detail here, but it detracts from the overall plot of the story. There's great banter ...more
Debbie
Mar 12, 2016 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was good keeps you wanting to find out what happens right from the first page to the last. Alex Cooper has a case for sexual abuse where she doesn't think her client, the victim, is totally open with her. While this is going on Alex finds out the defense is also not being up front and hiding witness from her. Then Alex gets another murder to investigate which may or may not be tied to the rape case. Follow along for the ride and try to see if you can figure it out along with Alex. This ...more
Kevin
Oct 10, 2016 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5stars.

Where do I start.

This is the first book I have read by this author and felt rather bemused.

I had to re-read certain passages in order to make sure I hadn't misunderstood what was being said, and felt that there was no real flow, maybe far too many subtleties.

the ending I felt was abrupt, without a certain finish, yet it could have been a ruse to start a new book to follow this.

The one thing that I did like, was the players (characters) that were against the lead characters and the way t
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Moc Nguyen
Nov 27, 2013 Moc Nguyen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Linda Fairstein's thriller novel 'The Kills' is the sixth novel in the Alex Cooper series and examines the connections between several murders in hopes of finding a culprit. The story, in my opinion was absolutely fantastic for its originality but also the likeable and readily accessible nature of Fairstein's characters.
She develops a storyline that intricately ties several cases into one and involves many unexpected twists, to which I had thoroughly enjoyed. I recommend to anyone who is a fan o
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Sue
Sep 06, 2014 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Different from the others... we finally see Alex in the courtroom. Interesting that she basically gets her head handed to her, but it's clearly presented as ' this is the system we have,' no sympathy requested.

Good history lesson, but the repetition of relationships and history gets old. That could be my fault for basically reading them all at once, so I'll own a grain of it...but only a grain!

I will finish these, I can't walk away. They are decent stories, but unless you're a murder mystery j
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Farah Xuxa
Can't say it was really breathtaking. The plot twists were awesome but I guess there was too much going on to get a quick grasp of what was at hand. I think it would have been a better experience for me if I have read a book from the Alexandra Cooper series. Would be very impressed with this book if she wasn't a former prosecutor; would mean that she really did her research. But alas, she is a former prosecutor, which gave the book a mature voice, something that is a little unbecoming for new re ...more
Anne Peachey
Nov 13, 2016 Anne Peachey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Kills by Linda Fairstein is a fast paced Thriller that will grip you from the first page until the last one.
Alexandra Cooper the Assistant District Attorney is prosecuting Andrew Tripping for Assault and Rape.
There is no hard evidence, no forensic evidence, just the say so of Paige Vallis.
Every way Alex turns, she is stonewalled.
She must use everything she knows, everything she has learnt, to discovery the terrifying truth that happened to lead up to the events that the Court Case is about
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Amy
Jul 12, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-abridged
CD/abridged/Suspense: Book 6 of the Alexandra Cooper Series. I've listened to Cold Hit and while I really liked it, I remembered the Jeopardy part the most.
What I like the most about this one was that I learned something. In this book, you learn about King Farouk and his love of collecting things, expensive things. Yes there's a murder and yes, Alex is in danger, but I it was a enjoyable listen. Blair Brown does a great job narrating.
Holger  C Andersen
My edition has close to 500 pages, and thats a lot.
The book contains so many details about places and characters that I really had to pay attention to follow the developement in the book.
-Now, who is this person, I would ask myself from time to time?
Sometimes I had to reread pages to get back on the track again.
The book would have been better and sharper, if she had left out some of the details.
Now I know the style of Farstein, so its likely I will give her a second chance.
Julie Horner
Jul 13, 2009 Julie Horner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I could not put this one down! Loved the American Currency history...here in the states and abroad. However, upon reaching the last chapter and seeing which way this was going, I was not too happy. I had thought that the other "guy" should have been the killer, but Linda went with someone else and I found that disturbing. HOWEVER, this was a wonderful read and the ending has grown on me (some).
Richard Brand
Same old characters and they play their same roles and share the same old passion. All the familiar locations are brought into play, but this one did not do it for me. Either it was too much CIA, Secret Service, too many long myths, too much of too much, or something, but I was not excited or interested in this one. But I will not give up. I will read some other stories by other writers for a while and come back later. Tony Hillermann may be next.
Kaye
Starts with a date rape heading to trial with a judge who is old school and would rather deal with more concrete crimes like murder. Goes on to a death of a woman in Harlem who once was the mistress of the King of Egypt. it was a complicated story with lots of coincidences. An okay adventure but I found that as soon as I had finished it I really couldn't remember the details.
Karen Sweiger-Veil
A killer of a book

A bit slow at first, but began to pick up speed as the story progresses.
I like how it was all tied together, even though I figured that was the way the story was going.
Interesting banter between characters, and no surprise that many people die or fall to ruin due to greed.
Sharon Lensky
Oct 29, 2014 Sharon Lensky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite the enjoyable read with its twists and turns. The dynamic with Alex's close friends Chapman and Wallace always amuses and impresses me. I found myself wondering whether someone with Alex's experience would take a couple of the crazy chances she did, but then again she's human and we're all real. The end was wrapped up quite quickly, possibly too quickly, but it was mostly satisfying.
Lisa Bennett
Aug 02, 2011 Lisa Bennett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A good book, good story, but there is so much going on with this story, that i found myself getting confused with who knew who, who killed who, and how everyone was connected in the end. Too many characters, it got really confusing, which makes for a bad story. If there wasn't so much going on, it would have been a bit easier to follow.
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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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