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Hell Gate (Alexandra Cooper #12)

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New York City politics have always been filled with intrigue and shady deals. Assistant DA Alex Cooper and her NYPD colleagues find themselves investigating a shipwreck involving human cargo - illegally trafficked immigrants - at the same time a sex scandal threatens the career of a promising young congressman.
Kindle Edition, 401 pages
Published (first published March 9th 2010)
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Skyqueen
It is amazing that after her 12th book in the series, Ms. Fairstein can still find unique and interesting niches in New York City to incorporate into her narrative, in fact, usually becoming an integral part of the plot. Definitely a testament to her breadth and width of interest and talent. If I ever get a chance to visit, I will certainly have to make all these spots rather than the declined SNL show or the now defunct Letterman Show. Shall we say a testament to my maturity maybe?
Anyway, as a
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Jennifer
May 10, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I accidentally returned this book to the library 1/4 of the way in, so my reading was interrupted significantly! However, once I got it back from the library, it was hard to keep going. I slogged on, trying to keep the players on track in my mind, and to maintain interest in the two separate stories that were very obviously going to merge. Even when I was 10 pages from the ending, I set it down to finish later -- never a good sign with a mystery book! There were few surprises, and too many bad g ...more
Alex is The Romance Fox
The 12th novel in The Alexandra Cooper Series, this is a well-written and taut mystery involving human trafficking, prostitution, corrupt politicians, sex scandals, murder and much more.
The story opens with a Ukrainian ship, carrying human cargo, including young women destined to sexual slavery, runs aground and an up and coming politician who leaves the scene and his mistress, after he had crashed his car.
Alexandra Cooper, Assistant District Attorney and head of New York Special Victims Unit i
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Julia Farrell
I love the Alex Cooper books. I think Fairstein is a good author, she surely knows how to tell a story. Her research into esoteric pieces of NYC history are really great -- I'd read the books just for them but, the story around them is always interesting.
I have one gripe and this is true for all the books (at least the 12 I've read). The book moves along at an excellent pace all the way through. The characters are developed, the story unfolds, the reality is in place and then -- EVERY TIME, with
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judy
Mar 28, 2010 judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I keep asking myself why I keep reading Fairstein. I'm so comfortable with the characters they almost cease to interest me. I've not been happy with the last several mysteries--and I think this one was the worst. When I open her books, I know exactly what I'm going to get--and that's the problem. As a history buff, I'm always amazed and delighted by the NYC history she imparts. Really fascinating. I follow NYC closely enough that I catch most of the insider references--and that's kind of fun too ...more
Sam
Jun 17, 2016 Sam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a good relatively fast paced crime thriller that combines the worlds of human trafficking, politics and a good dose of New York history. The story itself is good and keeps you interested with lots of twists and turns, although there are possibly a few too many for me. The thing that let this down was the characters, I found Alex somewhat weak willed, particularly for a woman in her position, surely she should have a bit more backbone but every time something remotely bad happens Mike and ...more
Lelah
Jul 06, 2010 Lelah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this series, it's exciting and fun to read, since each one focuses on a different New York City historical landmark, or sometimes an aspect of New York City history. Hell Gate was an interesting addition to the series, focusing on human trafficking and Manhattan's Federalist-era mansions. However, if Alexandra and Mike do not so much as kiss in the next book, I might have to start boycotting the series. Come on! They are perfect for each other and the author has kept them scrupulou ...more
Kelly
Jul 15, 2010 Kelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
I really enjoy Linda Fairstein's Alexandra Cooper Series. I happened upon the former Manhattan DA and her novels by accident, and truly love her mysteries and writing style. She's easy to read, fast paced, and knows how to build suspence without having the reader to suspend too much disbelief. I love how Fairstein brings in Jeopary! to relieve some tense moments. I love that Detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace are walking encyclopedias of NYC history. I always learn a few things when I re ...more
Debra
Jul 11, 2013 Debra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Assistant district attorney Alexandra Cooper is called out on a freezing January morning to investigate the body of a young woman washed ashore. The woman is only one of several bodies from a Ukrainian freighter containing 300 illegal aliens, however, this woman was stabbed to death before she hit the water. She also bears the tattoo of someone destined for sexual slavery. Complicating Alexandra’s job is the murder of a congressman’s mistress who was sporting a similar tattoo. How do these women ...more
Ausgeoff
Nov 01, 2012 Ausgeoff rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Having read and enjoyed a few of the previous Alexandra Cooper novels, I was profoundly disappointed with HELL GATE.

A turgid, bifurcated storyline that took far too long to develop any direction; far, far too much trivial detail about the NY mansions, and particularly Gracie Mansion. The historical minutiae may be of interest to native New Yorkers, but to someone like me in the antipodes, it's simply extraneous padding. If I wanted to know anything at all about Gracie Mansion (which I don't) the
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Susanhayeshotmail.com
This may well be my last Fairstein read. I remember enjoying these Alex Cooper mysteries but this time I kept asking myself what was it previously enjoyed so much I would pick up another one. The NYC historic bits were as always interesting, I even looked up the mansions online, interesting stuff. As for the rest, bleh. Too much political tediousness with too many bad guys to keep track of and the almost but never really yet never really not either romance (fauxmance?) between Alex and Mike were ...more
Kimberly
May 11, 2010 Kimberly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read all of Fairstein's Alexandra Cooper novels, but this one will be one of my least favorite. I enjoy reading about the recurring characters and the historic places in New York City - no other series makes me want to visit New York the way hers do. But, this one was so full of politicians and crooked officials and overlapping plots, it just seemed too full and jumbled. And the almost relationship between Cooper and Chapman is very frustrating. There is always just the hint of attraction ...more
Kendra
Mar 28, 2010 Kendra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 12 in the Alex Cooper series deals with human trafficking, which I found both sad and interesting. Best part of the book: Fairstein is finally devoting a little more time to the Mike/Alex dynamic. Worst part: Alex comes across as wimpy and submissive in this book. Every male she interacts with is condescending toward her -- and I absolutely GET that it happens, believe me, but she could at least act offended and take some action. There is no sense of her as a tough, take-charge prosecutor i ...more
Audrey
Apr 02, 2016 Audrey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nyc
Political infighting + mushy descriptions and bizarre historical infodumps solidly falls flat on this outing. By the last 75 pages I didn't care who'd done it or why. Back to the library it goes, thank goodness.
Shellye M.
One of her less satisfying efforts. Neither of the two intersecting plotlines will hold your interest for long. You'll get a history lesson on Manhattan's Mansions (particularly Gracie Mansion, the Mayor's official residence), and the usual scenes of meals with Mike and Mercer, as well as the Jeopardy final question. There's the obligatory mention of the possible attraction between Chapman and Alexandra Cooper, but it's only a mention, nothing of note. I'll hope for a more compelling mystery in ...more
Oswego Public Library District
Human trafficking is the focus of this detailed legal thriller. In New York, the assistant district attorney, Alexandra Cooper, is faced with a Ukrainian shipwreck where it becomes quickly evident the girls on board were destined for a future they did not bargain for, especially the ones who died.

The author tackles several angles, including coping with a modern shipwreck, shedding light on the sex industry not only as it pertains to the Ukraine but also other parts of the world, and political c
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Richard Brand
This is my 12th book by Fairstein and I think I am beginning to get a little tired of her formula. This one dealt with sex trafficking. Each of her stories has a subject. We have been in museums, rare books, restaurant business, ballet, and french banker and rape. The list is long. But I am getting exhausted by the long history lessons in each book. There is usually more about parts of New York than I really want to know. The love life of Alexandra is beginning to grow thin for me as well. Brend ...more
Gloria
Human trafficking is the focus of this detailed legal thriller. In New York, the assistant district attorney, Alexandra Cooper, is faced with a Ukrainian shipwreck where it becomes quickly evident the girls on board were destined for a future they did not bargain for, especially the ones who died.

The author tackles several angles, including coping with a modern shipwreck, shedding light on the sex industry not only as it pertains to the Ukraine but also other parts of the world, and political c
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Betty
Jul 09, 2015 Betty rated it liked it
I'm conflicted about this latest entry in Fairstein's usually reliable series. LOVED the esoteric NYC history. Fairstein is always good at making interesting NYC locations a part of her mysteries, and this book is no exception. And exploring the horrors of international sex trafficking is important.

While several reviewers have complained about a large cast of characters, I think that was an essential component of the sex trafficking story. Traffickers aren't just unsavory jerks. Some of them ar
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Petula Darling
May 10, 2011 Petula Darling rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
I found this one thoroughly confusing. I couldn't seem to keep the characters straight despite taking notes.
A bigger problem, though, is my increasing dislike for Mike Chapman. I liked him in books #1 and #2, then I had to skip to book #5 when I couldn't find #3 & #4 on audio. Since then, he's been becoming a bigger jerk to Alex with each successive novel, while at the same time it seems as if we're supposed to view him as a potential romantic partner for her. Yick.
Ed
Mar 15, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#12 in the Alexandra Cooper series. Alex is the wealthy, NYC ADA in charge of prosecuting sex crimes. As always though, NYC is the star of this series. In this 2010 entry, Hell Gate is featured - Wikipedia has this to say: The Hell Gate Bridge is a 1,017-foot steel through arch railroad bridge in New York City. The bridge crosses the Hell Gate, a strait of the East River, between Astoria, Queens and Wards Island in Manhattan.
The plot and crime-solving is also OK.

ADA Alexandra Cooper and colleag
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Kimberly Ann
Feb 10, 2016 Kimberly Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alexandra-cooper
I really enjoy Linda Fairstein and her protagonist Alexandra "Alex" Cooper.

Alex is a no-nonsense, hard working, justice driven, caring sex-crimes prosecutor for the NY City DA. Alex works closely with two long time friends: Mercer an older, seasoned & calm Detective & Mike Chapman a hardcore, smart-mouthed, oft times rude Homicide Detective.

This book opens with a ship (the Golden Voyage) of "human" cargo running aground off shore N.Y. City and one of the drowning victims actually being a
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Nd
Jun 21, 2015 Nd rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was quite a cast of characters that I had a hard time keeping separated. They seemed to fall in to the Very Good Friend to Alexandra Cooper and the Not Well Thought Of by Alexandra Cooper (whether formerly or presently) categories followed by the vague or barely-developed supporting cast of higher-ups, low-lifes, and no-name public servants. There was an awful lot of hand-holding by the two prominent male supporters of the tough female Assistant District Attorney protagonist and not much re ...more
Susannah Carleton
Dec 28, 2015 Susannah Carleton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A dark topic---human trafficking---but a gripping story with a cast of entitled characters and corrupt politicians to add to the usual cast in the DA's office and the NYPD.
Monica
Jul 11, 2010 Monica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've read other books in this series. Usually am a fan, but this one was ok - didn't feel the energy of previous ones.
Fi
Oct 07, 2014 Fi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
I've enjoyed all the other Alex Cooper books that I've read, but the first seven chapters of this one dwelled so much on the political machinations between the various legal departments (not to mention historical & architectural lessons on New York) that I'd gleaned barely an inkling of an actual plot to pull me through the boring bits, & actually found myself flicking through the pages to see how much longer I had to keep reading to get to the end of the current chapter.
This was A Bad S
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Lee
Linda Fairstein is back on track. There are two intertwining story lines. The first is where the book begins, with the discovery of a sinking ship in New York's Hellgate. Bodies are washing up on shore, and other stricken passengers are screaming for help from the ship. As the victims are gathered together, it becomes apparent that these are illegals from the Ukraine who are being smuggled into the US to be used as slaves. Meanwhile, the local Congressman has wrecked his car while DUI. This sets ...more
Cornerofmadness
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Paul Pessolano
Alexandra Cooper, aka Alex or Coop, is a part of the New York District Attorney's office. Alex is part of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit. In "Hell Gate" she becomes involved in a case of human trafficking, that would have possible implications for those in high government offices.

A ship, the "Golden Voyage", runs aground in New York Harbor and panic breaks out and people begin abandoning ship. The police find that the ship is full of illegals from the Ukraine and are being brought into this cou
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