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Lethal Legacy (Alexandra Cooper #11)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  2,688 ratings  ·  302 reviews
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 cooperate with investigators. Then another woman is found murdered in that same apartment with an extremely valuable bo ...more
Paperback, 446 pages
Published November 24th 2009 by Anchor (first published February 10th 2009)
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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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Catherine  Mustread
Mar 14, 2009 Catherine Mustread rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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.
Cheryl Cufari
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.
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.
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
#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
Richard Brand
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
So this isn't "tagged" friendship, but there is a definite ongoing friendship throughout the entire series between; Prosecutor Alex Cooper, Detective Mike Chapman, and Detective there are the friends.

This book covers the chase for a 12-part rare map and rare books throughout the City of N.Y. and NYPL. Fascinating history of NYPL, the geography beneath it, rare books and maps.

It wasn't as "exciting" as some of her other books, but being a Librarian, I loved the history & informat
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
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
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
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
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 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
I like Linda Fairstein's books, even though I don't always like elements of her characters & stories - sometimes Mike's snarkiness is just snarky & not a cute element of character & most times I don't care how rich & blondely feminine & delicate Alexandra is. Having said all of that, her books just about always deliver in terms of a good quick entertaining read - mind candy at its best.

One of the things I really like about these books is that Fairstein just about always uses
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The most recent Alex Cooper novel was particularly resonant for me: it deals with books and libraries, but we don't discover this until a few chapters into the story.
A refresher: Alex is an ADA attached to the NYPD sex crimes unit. She works primarily with Detective Mike Chapman, who just might harbour an unrequited love for her.

Alex and Mike are summoned to an apartment building on Manhattan's Upper East Side by a resident who fears that his neighbour may have been assaulted. But the young woma
4.5 out of 5

It is surprising that a high intrigue mystery could take place in the halls of the public library but this setting held my interest throughout and had me turning the pages faster than I wanted to. There were times that I actually gasped out loud and my kids asked me what was wrong. Oh, nothing…… just reading. :>) I don’t want to post any spoilers but I will say that I never knew book bindings could be so ghoulish.

This was my first introduction to Alex Cooper, New York City DA, bu
Lynne Perednia
New York prosecutor Alexandra Cooper and her two best friends, cops Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, run into roadblock after roadblock in their latest outing. It begins with the victim of an apparent hourslong assault, a quiet young woman named Tina Barr, who won't open the door to them and who flees attempts at treatment. She is soon found dead.

Barr worked within the rarified field of antique maps, including at the New York City Public Library, that magnificent institution with the flagship li
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