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Entombed (Alexandra Cooper #7)

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From New York Times bestselling author and famed former Manhattan prosecutor Linda Fairstein comes a chilling new Alexandra Cooper novel, Entombed, in which Alex matches wits with the master of detective fiction himself-Edgar Allan Poe...
Workers demolishing a nineteenth-century brownstone where Edgar Allan Poe once lived discover a human skeleton entombed -- standing --
ebook, 416 pages
Published January 4th 2005 by Scribner (first published 2005)
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Kathy  Petersen
My husband recommended this one because the setting included references to Edgar Allen Poe, the New York botanic gardens, and NYC history. All that was true; but the writing was boring, the murder mystery tedious, the setting obviously staged, and the overabundance of characters confusing and poorly delineated anyway. Five hundred pages of yawn, but once I started, I was, as almost always, obliged to finish.
Once upon a midnight dreary…I always learn something about a random subject usually unrelated to law in Fairstein’s books. Last time it was book collecting; this time it is Edgar Allen Poe. The plot is centered around Poe writing and enthusiasts. Prosecutor Alexandra Cooper attends a fundraiser in a building where Poe briefly resided, when a skeleton is discovered in a brick wall as it is being dismantled. Cooper is also on the trail of a serial rapist who has operated far too long in NYC. Are t ...more
This book felt like it was all over the place at times, and not always a cohesive story. It was too dragged out too, and didn't need to be 500 pages. Didn't love this one like some of her others. I'll always be a Linda Fairstein fan though.
It is probably hard to believe that as someone who often enjoys a good mystery/suspense novel that this is the first novel by former DA Linda Fairstein that I have read. Fortunately I was not at all disappointed with this engrossing novel. Entombed features attorney Alexandra Cooper who is the heroine in all of Fairstein's novels to date, yet in this tale while trying to find a serial rapist who has eluded her partner Mike Chapman and herself for years Alex also finds herself trying to find a mu ...more
I'm lost in the maze. This novel kept bouncing around and I kept losing the focus. Yes, as the protagonist stated, a real life detective is involved in more than one case at at time. I think this novel tried to emulate that concept. There were two distinct cases that Alex Cooper and her partner were working on along with references to other cases that didn't add anything to the story. I think I would have preferred the book better if they'd cut out the story line about the silk stocking rapist a ...more
Good. Continuing to read in the series, although I did skip two as my library didn't have them.

This one spends a lot of time on Edgar Allen Poe. Fascinating connections and interesting history about the writer. I have learned a great deal about him, and it worked really well to carry the story forward. It is one of the reasons I like her stories for how she can weave history into a story.

Also good use of NYCity landmarks and geography, gives a feeling of being there.

One of my favorites in this
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Andrea Hickman Walker
This book was originally meant to be part of Dad's birthday present. Then I read it. I like to give Dad books because he enjoys reading. In my opinion he suffers from the same malady of most of the rest of the population - he reads too slowly (I've heard it argued I read too fast, but I'm not buying it). What this means is that I like to give him books that he'll enjoy but that he wouldn't necessarily have thought to buy himself.

This, however, is a book he'd have bought himself. Like many of the
M.M. Silva
Happy Sunday morning! This is a fun time of year with the March Madness Tournament, and for some people, spring is also in the air, so that’s a great thing as well. I’m convinced that spring will find us in Boston at some point this year–maybe May or June?? Enough snow already!

This week’s read was Entombed, by Linda Fairstein. I love her writing and thought that I’d read all of her Alex Cooper books, but I found this one a couple of weeks back and was really glad I did. In this story. a skeleton
Lelia Taylor
Linda Fairstein
Simon & Schuster Audio, 2005
ISBN 0743538455
Abridged Audio Book
Read by Blair Brown

Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor Alexandra Cooper and her detective partners, Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, are involved in the case of the Silk Stocking serial rapist. At the same time, workers have uncovered a body entombed behind a wall of a brownstone being torn down and Alex is drawn into the dark world of Edgar Allan Poe, who once lived in the house. This particular body, that of a
For sex crimes prosecutor Alexandra Cooper, even a night out can be murder. Already troubled by the return of the Silk Stocking Rapist (back in business after a four-year break), Alex is further burdened when the seminar she's attending at NYU Law School is interrupted by the discovery of a skeleton bricked up behind the wall in the basement of a Manhattan brownstone that was once the residence of Edgar Allan Poe! Although the tabloids have a field day with the Poe connection, this corpse is no ...more
Alex, Mike, and Mercer are back for a seventh adventure in Linda Fairstein's long-running mystery series. This time, the trio find themselves searching out a serial rapist who has resurfaced after disappearing for years and a murderer who seems to have been a little too inspired by Edgar Allan Poe (a case which caused me to want to read Poe all over again).

One of the things I like most about Linda's series is how character-centric it can be. Each of the three main characters are utterly human, s
Freyja Vanadis
I just couldn't get into this book. It could have been interesting if it wasn't so disjointed and all over the place. I found I had no idea what was going on or who the characters were. It would have helped if Ms. Fairstein had given more of a backstory to her main characters and their relationships to Alex Cooper; Daniel Silva, Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs are all excellent examples of authors who give detailed backstories and descriptions of their characters, so they're much easier to fo ...more
Edgar Allen Poe has played a prominent role in several recent mysteries, and he inspires a murderer in Entombed. The Silk Stocking Strangler, who terrorized NYC four years ago but was never caught, returns to the scene of his crimes, and this time around, ADA Alex Cooper is determined to collar him. On the heels of the new strangling, the skeleton of a young woman is discovered bricked up in the basement of a house once occupied by Poe. The body count increases, and it's soon apparent that there ...more
The Silk Stocking Rapist is loose in New York ...his crimes had stopped for a while but now he is out there again targeting women and getting away with his crimes.. No one knows who this very clever criminal is but he manages to get away each time .Assistant DA Alexander Cooper and Detective Mike Chapman are anxious to stop him and are hoping that DNA might just catch him ,but with a step back in history to the famous writer/poet Edgar Allen Poe the crimes and the writers stories seem to be link ...more
I love that Ms. Fairstein has a wide breadth of knowledge about her setting and character; I think it's great when someone uses their career to truly ground a novel. I also loved the Poe theme; I didn't even know there was a Poe Cottage in the Bronx and I lived in NYC for a year- would've been up there in a heartbeat. I don't normally read a lot of detective stuff these days, so it was a bit of a departure for me but I'm working on another book of hers already- albeit out of order, which makes t ...more
This is the seventh book in Linda Fairstein's series featuring Alex Cooper, Manhattan Assistant D.A. I have enjoyed all the books so far, but this one was especially interesting to me because the plot heavily employs references to Edgar A. Poe - his life and writing. I am a sucker for anything with a literary bent. I also learned some things about the history of the Bronx, and am looking forward to visiting the Hall of Fame and the Gould Memorial Library which are now part of the Bronx Community ...more
This book wasn't as good as the others. The Edgar Allan Poe parts were interesting but that's not why I bought the book. I bought it because of the way Ms. Fairstein puts together mysteries and her leads solve them. I loved how she usually has them interact both professionally and personally. But in this book it felt stilted and forced. I felt she had so many mysteries going on at once that she had to tie together that she didn't really do any of them justice. I was just disappointed in this boo ...more
Great. My first Fairstein (I also have Death Dance, review coming soon, if this anything to go by!).

I read it in two sittings. Poe redivivus, serial rapes, beatngs, a death or two and enough procedural detail to keep it flowing nicely. A twisty, literate plot, with shifting suspects; sassy, hard-nosed banter, with a marshmallow center in the case of Coop and Mike, the lead investigators. Bio-minutiae of Poe (including his Richmond and Baltimore sojourns, but mainly NYC) are close enough to the p
I got this courtesy of blind date with a book at my nearest library. I was a bit hesitant at first, but once I got into it, it started to fly. I'm not happy that it's book 7 in a series. I might consider reading the next one, but not go back to the beginning. That would be a tough step for me!
It has been numerous years since I have been able to read a Linda Fairstein novel and this one (#7 in her Alexandra Cooper series) was thoroughly enjoyed. I listened to the unabridged version of it and thought that the narrator did a fair job although not the best of narrators. However, this did not take away from the thrill of reading this thriller. I really enjoy having her bring Edgar Alan Poe modus operandi into the search for a killer imitating him. I also enjoy learning about the Bronx Bot ...more
This is a better Fairstein book than Cold Hit, she must be trying harder now. A woman washed up on shore, and it turns out that she knows a lot about Edgar Allen Poe. There are stories of addiction, a woman found in a historic building where Poe lived, bricked into alive to die just like in his story. It was interesting that there were two stories entwined, a serial rapist reemerges, and these women with ties to Washington Square addicts and Poephiles. Mike is a little less obnoxious, and Alex h ...more
In this book, setting and plot are everything as Edgar Allen Poe sites become scenes of murder and attempted murder and Poe lovers abound. The premise is based on events in Poe's short stories, especially being buried alive. The history of Poe's connection with New York and the history of the Bronx were especially interesting. The main character Alexander Cooper as the first person narrator, however, is wooden and abrupt; Mercer and Mike are only a little better. Near the end the author attempts ...more
A first-time-for-me author and a quick read. A skeleton is buried within the basement walls of a New York building, a rapist who had been quiet for several years is back in a posh NY neighborhood, and an alcoholic writer is found stabbed to death with the scene set up to look like one of the rapes.

Alex Cooper, prosecutorP with Mercer Wallace and Mike Chapman of the special crimes unit try to piece is all together...and find references to Edgar Allen Poe at the heart of it all.

Intelligently writt
Ashlea Stark
i am so angry about this book, SO ANGRY
it started off crap, but i thought, "Nah, it can't possibly continue on being that crap, it's just not possible" but it did. and then, AND THEN, IT GOT EVEN CRAPPIER
Jan 22, 2015 Ck rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of NYC
I have read six of Fairstein's books recently - this one made me want to visit Fordham University to see the Botanical Gardens and Poe's Cottage. Good mystery.
This was more of a biography of Edgar Allan Poe than a murder/detective tale. Interesting history but the who-done-it was more of an after thought.
I'm sure this is a great book for series regulars. It just didn't hold my attention at all. I even enjoyed the familiar narrator but the story was a spotty hit or miss. ...Hit or MESS to put it more accurately!
Karen Kenney
I pretty much anything by Linda Fairstein. I always learn a lot of history and in this case, good info on Edgar A. Poe. This is candy for me.
Read as a stand alone that I recv'd from a friend. Well written and kept my interest, to an extent.
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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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