Final Jeopardy (Alexandra Cooper, #1)
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Final Jeopardy (Alexandra Cooper #1)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  8,352 ratings  ·  215 reviews

This critically acclaimed, explosive thriller is a book only prosecutor Linda Fairstein could write. Patricia Cornwall knows the morgue; John Grisham knows the courtroom; but no one knows the inner workings of the D.A.'s office like Linda Fairstein, renowned for two decades as head of Manhattan Sex Crimes Unit. Now that world comes vividly to life in a brilliant debut nove...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 1st 1997 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 1996)
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Sensitivemuse

I thought, as a Law and Order SVU fan, this might be something I might like (except in book format). Well, it was all right at first. I liked Alexandra. A very strong willed character, although she had her girlie moments, she wasn’t a stone cold woman of ice either. That was good. Her friendship with Mike Chapman was really fun to read. Chapman made the story more interesting with his sense of humor. His jabs towards Alexandra (and vice versa) were fun to read.

The plot was all right. It wasn’t...more
Sue
Another one gleaned from Face/Off. Interesting character, and I'm sure I'll read more, but there are some doubts...

While I really enjoy an author who truly knows her subject, there's a fine line between offering keen insight and constantly screaming 'I know more about this than you, pathetic reader.' Ms Fairstein comes pretty close to that line, and I worry that if she keeps this up, it will be well and truly trampled.

Alex is an interesting character, and the mystery decent. I'd like to see her...more
Nan Williams
The first 50 pages and the last 50 pages were enjoyable. The whole middle of the book just plodded along. I got really tired of all these asides into previous activities of minor characters. The inner workings of the Sex Crimes Unit of the DAs office was interesting - up to a point. The author was obviously excited to be telling the general public all the intricate details of the workings of the office, but a general overview would have sufficed. There was just lots and lots of "filler" to wade...more
Knewmyer
Craptastic writing. I listened to the audio version narrated by the spectacular Barbara Rosenblat, which is its only saving grace.

I'm mortified that this woman built her literary career on the wrongful conviction of the Central Park Five. How does Linda Fairstein sleep at night?
Jeffrey
Very interesting....enjoyed. Love the Jeopardy show tie ins.

Good characters. Good dialog. Lots of history which is a nice side note.

Writes from her experience in this field which sometimes adds more than is needed, but adds a lot of detials.

will read more
Kerry
First in the series and while I figured out "who dunnit" fairly early it was still a good enough ride to get me to continue with the second one.
Marca
Crackling good Alex Cooper romp. Keeps the reader guessing until the end.
Nicole
This was a re-read. I don't remember when I first started this series and just picked this one up this summer and thought I'd re-read it. I remember the main characters well and some of what develops in the series with them and, as I had read this before, I was able to remember and pick up on who the killer was when the first big clue is woven into the story fairly early on. I remember liking it better the first time I read it, found the writing not as refined as I had thought, but I still enjoy...more
Stacia
UPDATE: April 21, 2013

I recently learned about Linda Fairstein's involvement in the Central Park Five case (in which five innocent teenagers were convicted of the 1989 rape of a jogger based on forced confessions). Hearing of her complete refusal to acknowledge their innocence in the face of clear evidence that the crime was committed by a single offender (whose DNA was the only DNA found at the crime scene) has made me realize that I cannot in good conscience read anything this woman has writte...more
Nancy
I am still very much up in the air about this book.

In the past I have loved books by Linda Fairstein, but for some reason, this one just didn’t come across as well. The storyline and the supporting characters felt rather flat, nothing really stood out in the storyline and I didn’t feel the urgency that would be necessary for a book like this.

In a case of mistaken identity, Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cooper has been reported murdered when a body fitting Alex’s description is found in a...more
Lois
Alexandra Cooper is the head of the Sexual Assault unit in the New York City D.A.'s office, and someone has killed the woman who was borrowing Alex's vacation home on Martha's Vineyard. Was the woman--a bitchy international movie star--killed for her own sake or because the killer thought it was Alex?

The author, Linda Fairstein, has the same background as Alex. All the cases that Alex's office handled in the book felt authentic, and there's a fascinating array. The changing environment in handli...more
Kellie
First of the Alex Cooper series. Not a bad book. Excellent info on the sex crime scene in NY. The author is an expert. The story line is OK. Not great but I did enjoy the book overall.
"The crusading longtime chief of Manhattan's Sex Crimes Prosecutions Unit brings to her exciting first novel the same passion and insights into the criminal and crime-busting minds that marked her memoir, Sexual Violence (1994). Fairstein also brings herself to the novel-or at least an alter ego of a narrator, Ale...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Synopsis: Manhattan's top sex crimes prosecutor opens her newspaper one day to some shocking headlines: Sex Prosecutor Slain - FBI, State Troopers Join Search for Killer. The supposed victim is Assistant D.A. Alexandra Cooper, but Alex is still very much alive. Dead, on the wooded road leading to Alex's summer home on Martha's Vineyard, is beautiful film star Isabella Lascar. Isabella had borrowed Alex's house for a secluded holiday. Now her body has been found without any identification in a ca...more
Sélonge
I am currently reading the most recent book in this series & have become so familiar with Alex, Mike & Mercer, that they seem more like characters on my favorite week night drama & not just on the pages of books that I periodically encounter. Having never been to New York & always wanted to visit, I think the attention to detail & descriptive nature of the locations, landscapes & backdrops take on a life of their own & transport the reader to places both known & u...more
LJ
FINAL JEOPARDY - NR
Fairstein, Linda - 1st in Alex Cooper series

"I sat on my living room sofa at five o'clock in the morning with a copy of the mock-up of the front of the day's New York Post in my hand, looking at my own obituary." Alexandra Cooper, Assistant DA in New York, had lent her retreat in Martha's Vineyard to a Hollywood star. When a woman is found murdered at the wheels of Alex's car in her own driveway, the police assume it is her. When it turns out to be the house guest, a snake pit...more
Wendy
Didn't like her constant bad luck with boyfriends, but the rest of the protagonist's traits were fun. The death of the actress was mourned, but after the truth comes out you wanted to kill her!!!
The erotomania described by former sex unit prosecutor Fairstein was detailed and interesting.
Erotomania:
Based on the Diagnostic Statistical Manual, 4th ed. (DSM-IV, 4th ed.)
The central theme of the delusion is that another person is in love with the individual
The delusion often concerns idealized roman...more
Ashley
Sadly, when I started reading the Alex Cooper series, I did not start at the beginning. I have read several of the series and liked them all so it was nice to go back to the beginning and see how it all started.
This book didn't have the same easy flow as previous novels but to start at the beginning made up for it. Linda Fairstein has become a favorite.
Susan Redmond
I think this was Fairstein's first book, and while it was interesting, I feel all her subsequent books are better. If someone wants a good mystery while at the same time learn about New York City, Alex Cooper makes it happen. The next time I am in New York, I want to go to Patroon and be treated as good as Alex, Mike and Mercer are treated:)
Janice
I won Linda Fairstein's lastest thriller Lethal Legacy from Bookreporter.com last month and really liked it. I decided I would read the first in the Alexandra Cooper series. As author, Linda Fairstein worked as a prosecutor, the D.A. office's politics and inner workings rings true in the book. The main character, Alex is the head of the Sex Crimes Unit but in the last book it was not as prevalent and I don't like to read about graphic sex crimes. I do like Alex though and the characters that sur...more
Steven Z.
The first installment of Linda Fairstein's Alex Cooper character is well done. Fairstein a District Attorney in New York City specializing in the prosecution of sex crimes transfers her immense knowledge to her main character in a thoughtful and breezy manner. Alex Cooper is an interesting main character as is her partner Mike Chapman as they follow the evidence to uncover a murder of a Hollywood star who was vacationing on Marta's Vineyard at Cooper's home. The plot has many twists and turns an...more
Lisa Bennett
Good read, although boring in places. For some reason the author decided to treat some of the chapters as an information brochure, and you end up with a history or geography lesson while you're reading the book, which is really boring and unneccessary. Also there are smaller crime stories within the story that just don't need to be told, as they too are boring, pointless, and have no relevence on the story. And I found the 'whodunnit' of the main story so obvious, that the story lacked the wow f...more
Sherry
A friend recommended Linda Fairstein because she writes about New York City. That part of it I really enjoyed and certainly it was an interesting mystery but not sure I would read another of her books. Many more mystery writers that are more fun. Perhaps not so realistic but then like I have said before I enjoy Flavie de Luce.
Mary
Alexandra Cooper, Manhattan's top sex crimes prosecutor, awakens one morning to shoking news: a tabloid headline announcing her own brutal murder. But the actual victim was Isabella Lascar, the Hollywood film star who sought refuge at Alex's Martha's Vineyard retreat. Was Isabella targeted by a stalker or -- mistaken for Alex -- was she in the wrong place at the wrong time? In an investigation that twists from the back alleys of lower Manhattan to the chic salons of the Upper East Side. Alex kno...more
Teresa in Ohio
I had this series on my list since 2009, and I am commited to getting some of these books off the tbr shelf. I did enjoy being introduced to Alex and her life. She is a district attorney for the sex crimes unit in NYC ( think law and order svu) and the author gives knowledgeable info on this office. She includes a lot of geographical infomation that wasn't quite necessary to the story, but with this being the first in the series, it is a good set up for future books. I like how the main story wa...more
Beth
Since I am such a mystery hound one of the things I'm challenging myself to do is to branch out from my Harlan Coben, Mary Higgins Clark mysteries and try new authors. My mom introduced me to Linda Fairstein and passed along Final Jeopardy, thus making it easy for me to check her out.

Overall I enjoyed this book. It was a mystery (and while I figured out pieces of the "who done it" I didn't actually figure out "who did it" until it was revealed. I didn't love that the main character works in the...more
Sharon
First of the Alex(andra) Cooper mysteries. The strengths of this series are (1) the realistic portrayal of the New York court system and, in particular, the Sex Crimes Unit of the DA's office, (2) the intelligent use of New York locations, and (3) the logic of the crimes. The weaknesses are (1) Alex Cooper's resemblance to a Judith Krantz heroine (family money, house on Martha's Vineyard, tragic past) and (2) a rather annoying degree of repetition/preaching about the court system. Good light rea...more
Elizabeth
I really shouldn't waste too much time ragging on a paperback mystery, should I? Yeah, the dialogue was stilted and crippled by exposition, the characterization was weird (there's a priceless sentence about the main character's love of ballet that I wished I had copied down for this review), and there was sooooo much name-dropping (brands, celebrities, etc). But I had been looking for a mystery outside of the tough cop/private eye genre, and it did deliver in that sense.

Moving on.

(Okay, one more...more
Skyqueen
This is the first in her Alexandra Cooper series, and I think her first fiction book. A very good story. Good plot, dialogue, and believable. Crazy stuff in NY (probably everywhere), but I know you can't make this stuff up! I will be reading the rest of her series. She did let me know that it is not necessary to read in sequence.
Anuj Sharma
Oh boy! Do I like this one?
Yes Indeed.
A perfect thriller for any amateur reader like me.
Linda Fairstein keeps you on your toes with this one.
Just when you think the book is losing its sheen, the author knocks another blow to keep you engaged.
I'd recommend it to everyone for the thrills it accompanies.
Lucii Grubb
well.....I couldn't honestly finish the book....I got 48% through but couldn't get into it. the writing itself eas powerful but the story lacked. I dont see how Linda fairstein can be comoared to oatricia cornwell. No where close.
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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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