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Bad Blood (Alexandra Cooper #9)

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,052 Ratings  ·  203 Reviews
Alexandra Cooper is in court for what promises to be an unusual trial. The defendant is a young businessman charged with murdering his wife. He was out of town the day of the killing, but Cooper plans to prove that he hired a hit man. Then, in the middle of the trial, an explosion rocks the city. Is it terrorism? Political retribution? An accident? When a connection is mad ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 476 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Center Point (first published January 1st 2007)
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Another solid mystery from Fairstein.

The three main characters in this series have become some of my favorites in contemporary mainstream fiction. Manhattan D.A. Alex Cooper and detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace are much more literate and articulate than the cliched, uncaring NYC cops that usually populate stories in this local.

Mike is an especially interesting creation; a chatty former history major and trivia buff who can't pass a television at 7:25pm without tuning into and betting o
Simon Mcleish
Mar 05, 2013 Simon Mcleish rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Originally published on my blog here in August 2007.

The ninth Alex Cooper mystery begins in the courtroom, where Alex is prosecuting businessman Brendan Quilley for arranging the murder of his wife. The case soon becomes swamped in drama, as the first prosecution witness is forced to reveal that she had slept with Quilley, making her testimony seem to be untrustworthy to the jury and effectively ruining Alex's case. Further complications - an explosion on a construction site killing Quilley's br
Diana Nagy
Okay...Linda Fairstein...have I read a book of hers before? Oh yes, the first book I read of hers was Likely to Die, its actually the 2nd book in her Alexandra Cooper series. I went from 2 to 9! But that's okay because this book, Bad Blood (#9 in Alexandra Cooper series) really showed me what a fantastic author Linda Fairstein is and what she is capable of. Wow did I love this book! I automatically went online and bought a few more of her books in her series (not that I don't already have enough ...more
Jun 03, 2015 Mrs.Houck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Serviceable mystery from Linda Fairstein about proving that a wayward husband hired someone to murder his wife. Meanwhile, an explosion in the Water Tunnel being built under NYC collides with the case when a relative of the accused husband is killed. While the story twists and turns, Fairstein weaves in fascinating history of the "sandhogs" of NYC. The laborers who toil under the streets to build tunnels. With the ongoing water crisis in California, it was interesting reading about how the water ...more
Jul 19, 2011 Kw rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was a good mystery, and I actually found the story of the water system and the sandhogs to be very interesting. I had no idea what it took to supply water to such a huge
metropolis. I can't imagine working 600 feet underground in such a treacherous environment.
Peter Goodman

“Bad Blood,” by Linda Fairstein (Simon and Schuster, 2007, audiobook performed by Barbara Rosenblatt). This starts well, but ultimately the plot gets so convoluted not only does one lose track, but one loses interest. ADA Alexandra Cooper is prosecuting wealthy Brendan Quillian for the murder of his wife. The defense attorney is outmaneuvering her at every turn. Then there’s an explosion in Water Tunnel #3, and eventually it turns out that Quillian is a black sheep member of one of the tunnel-di
I love this series equally for the suspenseful plots and the characters, especially Alex Cooper and Mike Chapman and the reader of the audio book is excellent with her depiction of the characters. Set in NYC, the author makes the city feel like another main character. In this story, events from the past catch up with Alex's latest case, when a wealthy businessman, Brendan Quillian, is on trial for his wife's murder and a terrible explosion in the city's infrastructure collides with Alex's courtr ...more
May 12, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal, crime, nyc
#9 in the NYC ADA Alexandra Cooper series. As always, an aspect of NYC adds background to the entry. This time around, the subterranean excavations of the city are explored.

Alexandra Cooper - is trying Brendan Quillian for the murder of his socialite wife. Brendan is an estranged member of a "sandhog" family and the plot contains a great deal of history of the world beneath Manhattan. After Brendan escapes, Alex is in danger. Alex performs a wedding for a friend and becomes attracted to a guest,
Kathleen Hagen
Bad Blood, by Linda Fairstein, B-plus.
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Here we have the famous trio, Alex, the assistant district attorney, Mike and Mercer, two cops. There was an explosion in the tunnels underneath New York City, and a man was killed. The people who spend their lives working underground are called “sand hogs”.
They are a tight-knit bunch, loyal to each other and not very trusting of cops or anyone else. We learn that the tunnels were dug underneath the ci
Barbara Mitchell
This is a three-year-old mystery novel in Fairstein's Alexandra Cooper series, but it's a new series to me. I don't know how I missed these novels except that like the old saying, "So many books, so little time." Cooper is a D.A. in New York City and this book involves treachery among the sandhogs who are digging Tunnel #3 to carry water throughout the city. The old tunnels are ancient and in danger of leaking. Think of New York City with no water at all and you can see why this is important.

Okay. Not bad for NYC legal/procedural thriller. The author brings to the novel her knowledge of courtroom and police procedure as well as techincal knowledge of forensics. The plot has good pacing, starting out quickly (clearly in the middle of the action) and moves along from there. The author also knows how to keep the action moving when it starts to slow.

That being said, the characters are not especially strong and the dialogue is not great. Also, the last third of the book was the weakest
Jul 12, 2014 L8blmr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am well accustomed to reading a book and then discovering it was part of a series. I have outdone myself this time, though, with this novel, which is #9 in the tales of Alex Cooper, assistant DA in NYC. I enjoyed it so much that now I must go back in time (in her life, at any rate) and begin at the beginning. Such is life. One would think that a person would learn after being a voracious reader for over half a century. (Did I say that out loud?!?)
Nicole Jacob
I loved that this starts in the courtroom.
So many aspects of this novel made me really fall in love with it once I got past the first few pages. There were many added extra plot twists and things that happened in a short span of time.

There was a little tiny amount of a romance happening with Alex and I wish that it would've evolved a little more. This is apparently the 9th book in the series, but definitely able to be a stand alone.
Dec 08, 2011 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Assistant D.A. Alexandra Cooper is deeply involved in a homicide case against defendant Brendan Quillian, a prominent young businessman charged with the brutal strangulation of his wife. His conviction is not a certainty: Quillian was conveniently out of town on the day of the killing, and his defense attorney seems to be one step ahead of Cooper. Halfway through the trial, a major catastrophe alters the course of Cooper's case. A cataclysmic explosion rips through New York City's Water Tunnel # ...more
Mar 30, 2016 Nann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(I listened to the audio edition, narrated by Barbara Rosenblat.)
Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper and her detective pals Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace search for the killer of a socialite. This time their exploration takes them into the world of the sand hogs, the men who, for generations, have dug the tunnels under Manhattan (for water, trains, untilities). Another page-turner.
I don't know. I guess this book was ok. A friend HIGHLY recommended it. She gave me two of Linda's books. I'll see if I like the second one more. I guess it was interesting about working underground, supplying water to big cities. And of course there was the criminal law stuff. I guess this isn't my favorite genre so if it IS yours, you just might like it very much.
Sep 12, 2014 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was much more informational than I had expected. I knew nothing of "sandhogs' and the extremes that went into supplying New York (and most likely some other big cities) with water.

I love the trio of Coop, Mike and Mercer. The dialogue between them is always entertaining as is the obsession with the Final Jeopardy question. I love how Fairstein doesn't just give you one case of Coop's at a time, but threads mini cases in with the one big mystery even when they have nothing to do with each ot
If you love explosive legal thrillers, you'll enjoy this one by Linda Fairstein, the 9th one in the series. Alex Cooper is embroiled into a heated court case against Brendan Quillian, who's accused of killing or hiring someone to kill his wife. When things couldn't get worse, his witness dropped a shocking bombshell. But what really rocked her world was an explosive from one of the water tunnels, and who died. As they investigate the source of the explosion, they discover some shocking old famil ...more
This is one of the books I got in a dollar-a-bag book sale. As for the plot, think Law & Order. Interesting contextual detail, along with a bibliography of non-fiction works on the labyrinths under New York City. Fairstein's writing kept the pages turning, but I didn't find the characters compelling enough to go back for seconds.
Feb 23, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent suspense and storytelling

In my opinion, I thought "Bad Blood" was an excellent read, and it kept my interest as I followed Alex Cooper as she searched for answers to solve a tunnel explosion and a man on trial for the murder of his wife. The story moves along at a quick pace and I felt it was an interesting read. The reviews are numerous on this tale, so there's no need at this point to recap the story further, else I may give away more of the story for those folks that haven't read i
Jennifer Morefield
A good mystery/thriller that was good from beginning to end. A very worthy read. I like the lawyer police detective angle of the story. The two characters are very complementary of one another and are a strong component of this novel. It is my first read by Linda Fairstein but is not likely to be my last.
Sharon Lensky
Jan 13, 2015 Sharon Lensky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't want this one to end - felt like 10 discs was a bit too short - but thoroughly enjoyed the plot and the dynamic between Alex and Mike. Not sure why it was relevant to inject a side romance for Alex unless merely to offset that dynamic. Very interesting exploration of the sandhog culture and history. Also interesting was the explanation of DNA in blood vs. tissue. Kept my attention throughout.
Oct 31, 2009 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Linda Fairstein uses her former work experience as the chief of the Sex Crimes Unit for the Manhattan DA’s office to bring a touch of reality to her novels. Her Alexandra Cooper mysteries are quite good. The character development is best appreciated through reading several novels in the series. In Bad Blood, ninth in the series, the jumping-off point is the revelation of a key witness's affair with the defendant in a murder trial. It seems that Assistant D.A. Alexandra Cooper’s case is loosing g ...more
Jul 17, 2012 Shirley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Contains some interesting facts about the NYC underground water tunnels that were built in the early 20th Century by Irish immigrants. (Do we always use poor immigrants to do our slave labor?)

Otherwise, a good story of family secrets and an old murder mixed in with new murders. Liked the main character, Alex Cooper, who is apparently based on the author, Linda Fairstein. She was a prosecutor for the Manhattan Sex Crimes Unit back in the 80's and early 90's.

An odd plot element was a brief fling
Denise Dougherty
My first Alex Cooper book - I liked it. Barbara Rosenblatt is a great narrator. (She also does Dan Stabenow's character, Kate Shugak) So I went to the library and found 3 more - an early, middle and recent. We'll see what happens after that.

This is the first book by Linda Fairstein I've read, it was picked by my book club. The book started out with the start of the trial for Brendan Quillian, who was suspected of killing his wife, Amanda. I really enjoyed the court room dialogue and the interaction between the trial lawyers, judge and those providing testimony about the suspect, victim and the murder. Unfortunately, the book/plot was derailed with so many different characters and the history on the 'sandhogs' and tunnels under the ...more
Jul 29, 2015 Skyqueen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Who knew that New York City had to 'import' all it's water and WOW what a story of how that is done. And of course, there are dead bodies leading Alex to these depths. Along the way we find out some interesting DNA information related to transplant recepients. Never a dull moment.
Alexandra Bogdanovic
As someone who covered crime for a living and as someone who recently obtained a paralegal certificate, I really enjoyed this. The characters were authentic, all of the little details about New York City were on point and the writing was fantastic. I highly recommend it.
Jun 20, 2010 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another solid Linda Fairstein mystery that backs up the main plotline of the story with a background of one key historical site in New York City. This time Fairstein has Alex in the middle of a murder trial that takes some very strange twists and turns. The tunnels and water system deep below the streets of NYC have an integral part in the events leading up to the climax of an exciting story. "Sandhogs" have dug these tunnels for generations and still work below ground today. Bad blood between t ...more
Feb 28, 2016 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lost a star simply because I had trouble following all the families and long descriptions of the underground. Still, a great read, Fairstein sure knows her history and tells a great story.
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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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