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Death Dance (Alexandra Cooper #8)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  2,513 ratings  ·  143 reviews
Teaming up with old friends and colleagues Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, Alex Cooper investigates the disappearance of a world-famous ballet dancer from the Metropolitan Opera House. Meanwhile, Alex and Mercer are also on the trail of a doctor who has been drugging and assaulting numerous women.
Paperback, 467 pages
Published 2006 by Sphere
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Fans of Law and Order, SVU (Special Victims Unit) where cutting edge forensic tools are coupled with gritty detective work will definitely relish Death Dance. The book captures the reader's attention with a look into the personal and professional life of a New York criminal prosecutor and two of her colleagues. Her cases are varied and range from indicting a physician involved in drug facilitated sexual assaults to the murder of a prima ballerina at the Metropolitan Opera House.

While I do not w
Richard Brand
The murder and the other cases in this story were acceptable, but the ending was much too long and much too unbelievable for me. There was too much Mike and his grief and his unlawful behavior. There is always too much insulting of Alex by Mike to my way of thinking but in this one it was a bit over done. I also felt that the characterization of Joe Berk was extreme and the family conspiracy was a bit much but then I have never had much contact with billionaires.

I will try some more. I do like t
Death Dance is the 8th book Linda Fairstein's series featuring Alexander Cooper. This was my third outing with Alex Cooper, having read a couple of the early books in the series sometime ago, and it was particularly interesting to see where the series had gone in the intervening years.

Alex is an Assistant District Attorney, working in the sex crime division, passionately devoted to her job and to the victims she sees herself as representing. Teamed up firstly with long-time friend Mercer Wallace
Fairstein's books are interesting because she takes her readers on a different virtual tour of New York City in every book. In this case, it is the world of theater--the Broadway stage, the Met, and the City Center. Her thorough research is so well incorporated into the action of the novel that "Death Dance" can be used as a guidebook for one's next trip to the City. Even better, she creates a number of very colorful characters. Unfortunately, the plot here is extremely thin. We have absolutely ...more
This is the first Linda Fairstein book I've read, and thought it a Good Read. Death Dance has a host of intriguing and engaging characters, with several threads, or crimes, to follow along with. The book was fast paced and kept my attention, but one thing I really liked - and wish more authors would introduce into their books - is the snippits of fact interspersed throughout. How they go about a task, tool used and why, what it means, what they look for...

I'll have to look into some more from Ms
It took me a little while to get into this book, but that could perhaps be because this was the first one of the series I have read and I might have been better off starting at the beginning. I liked the legal aspects of the story and I liked the trio of characters - Alex, Mike and Mercer. I also enjoyed the facts about New York City which were brought out both in the story and in Mike's knowledge.
Denise Dougherty
Yes, I am binging on these books and have only 2 audio titles to go. Are they great storylines? Well, no. But what I find most interesting about each so far is that New York City and its boroughs are characters in each story. There is always something of an historical nature running through the books - from the NY Public Library and it's origin to the history of Central Park. That is what I like best about the books.

What don't I like? The central character, Alex Cooper seems a bit impressed with
Again this story contains two overlapping cases.

The first involves the disappearance of a world-famous ballerina from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center. Her body is later found in a very large blower fan, where it evidently landed after being pushed off the roof. Very detailed descriptions of many of the famous theaters on Broadway and other locations on the upper westside of New York. The structure is as much a labyrinth as the previous novel Likely to Die. The workers
M.M. Silva
Good Sunday morning! I hope this finds you well.

This week's read was another by one of my favorites, Linda Fairstein, titled Death Dance. In this NYC based mystery, Assistant DA Alex Cooper investigates the disappearance of a world-famous dancer, who vanishes during a performance at Lincoln Center's Metropolitan Opera House. Along with her colleagues, Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, the trio delve into the nuances of New York City's theatre scene and discover that there's an ugly side to the bu
Fairstein is one of those authors I don't read very often, and it always takes another book of hers to remind me why. It's not that she isn't a good author... she's very talented. Her plots are complicated, often involve several crimes and a plethora of suspects. For me, however, there are always too many stories and little sidebars, perhaps I need to read the Alex Cooper series in order, but I don't know that that would help. Fairstein always seems to have more story than fits into her books... ...more
"Teaming up with longtime friends - NYPD's Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace - Assistant DA Alex Cooper investigates the disappearance of world-famous dancer Natalya Galinova, who has suddenly vanished backstage at Lincoln Center's Metropolitan Opera House - during a performance." "The three colleagues are soon drawn into the machinations of New York City's secretive theatrical community, where ambition takes many forms, including those most deadly. Among Galinova's lovers is Joe Berk, the colorfu ...more
This is #8 of the Alexandra Cooper mystery series. This installment again involves Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, along with Battaglia and back again Judge Moffett. Set in Manhatten, this story revolves around Lincoln Center's Metropolitan Opera House. Natalya Galinova is found murdered at the start of the story, which later involves another injured ballerina. There are vivid descriptions of the architecture of some of the great theatres, as well as a history of theatre and some of it's founde ...more
Marty Signaigo
The only way this author will get a higher ranking from me will be when she stops boring me with all these ancillary stories that have nothing to do with the ultimate plot. It's unnecessary and just filler. Make these sideshows more relevant, and maybe there will be more stars in the rating. I keep hoping for something better by this author and I keep getting disappointed.
Ms. Fairstein did a fabulous job of 'retelling' a murder at The Met DURING A PERFORMANCE... and nobody saw or heard a thing!!! She is a sophisticated and thoroughly enjoyable storyteller. Also, Alex, the Assistant DA, and Mike Chapman, the detective, seem headed to more than friendship, finally. But there are still emotional bags that need to be dealt with, so we shall see.
I love all of Linda Fairstein's books, but this one was the first I read and is still my favorite. Probably because it has a theater theme, but what can you do, I love what I love ;). Part of what I love about Ms. Fairstein's books is that not only are they great suspense thrillers, but they're educational. Each novel explores a different part of New York City, so each time I learn something new. This one gives a great behind the scenes look at the Metropolitan Opera. As a mere audience member, ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
How can I fairly judge Death Dance? Though I once read only books, it is rare now that I read a mystery. Last year, out of the 158 books that I read, only two were mysteries.

So what would make me, a rare mystery reader, pick up this book? The same things that would make me pick up any book. I look for characters that interest me and a story that is compelling. The blurb on the back offers up the story in a way that appeals to me; I was intrigued by the idea of dancers.

That's enough for me to pi
As I read this book, I was SURE that I had already read it before, but it wasn't on the Goodreads list so... Reading a book like this, one realizes that you have to suspend disbelief, when it comes to all the adventures undergone by the heroine of the story. Alexandra Cooper--Alex--is an assistant district attorney in Manhattan. The setting for this book is mostly the theatrical district, except for a sojourn on Martha's Vineyard, where Alex has a vacation house. There is a lot of action. There ...more
Once again I would like to have a different rating scale, I would have rated it 4.25 to 4.35. Ms. Fair stein is a very good descriptive writer, she can make you feel like your right there and apart of the whole book. I like the less details on the clothing of the characters. I have moved onto Bad Blood, I am sure like all of her other book she will not disappoint.
Have read quite a few books from this series - I like the characters and New York settings. Picked this up in a book sale, its midway through the series and set in the ballet/theatre world.
This is the eighth book in Fairstein's Alex Cooper series. Fairstein, a retired ADA for New York's Sex Crimes Unit, has modeled her main character after her. These are enjoyable books. Alex Cooper's two police friends, Wallace and Chapman, are always major players in each novel. The references and indepth looks at many of New York's artistic and historical places are always interesting. The writing is intelligent, witty and compassionate. The relationship between Alex and Chapman continues to be ...more
Great Read

I love Linda Fairstein. The history she gives in her novels is great. I learn something new with every read.
Sharon Lensky
You have to be interested in reading about theatre and dance and NYC cultural arts if you read this. There was a lot of that in addition to the crime part. I was also saddened a bit by the tension between Alex and Mike, but I really like them as characters (in addition to Mercer).
I started reading Fairstein's books with the first of the series. I am at the point now where I will continue to read them because I am involved with the characters and want to see where their lives take them. However, the books are becoming a little cookie cutter. On a positive note NYC is one of my favourite places to visit and her books, up to now, have all taken place at various venues in that city. Through reading them I have had the pleasure of visiting some places in NYC I may not have go ...more
I'm really glad I discovered this series through Blind Date With a Book at my public library.
Linda Fairstein discusses her riveting new thriller, Death Dance, which takes readers behind the scenes of New York City's theater world - from Lincoln Center to the lights of Broadway.

Rich with her trademark blend of cutting-edge legal issues, skillful detective work and heart-stopping suspense, Death Dance's shocking twists make this novel Fairstein's most chilling adventure yet.

We met Linda Fairstein when she visited the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver. You can listen to her talk about Dea
Note to self: read no more. Plodding and clunky plot and writing
read when it was first came out, rating says it all
David Johnston
Might have spent a little more time on the history of the theatrical architecture of New York city than many would like, but I was interested.
Sandy Vaughan
My favorite New York team, NYPD's Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, and Assistant D.A. Alex Cooper are on scene again. There are 2 story lines. One with a foreign doctor who is raping unconscious women. One with a dead ballet dancer and possibly others. Oh, and someone is trying to shorten my favorite DA's life!

I know I am giving nothing away about Alex not being "offed". But will all the "perps" end up dead or in the "pokey"?

While you are listening or reading this one, don't forget to enjoy the
The Met is the 'solid-info' stuff of this one (as Poe was of Entombed). That, and the innards of other theaters in NYC.
Another very readable, long (ca. 500pp.) page-turner, with Coop coming under threat near the end, as seems de rigueur in these. The rapid-fire ending is a bit disappointing in that it's contrived, and the chief baddie arrives quite late on the scene, so the motivation is not well woven into the fabric of the preceding plot-lines. Very readable, though, nonetheless. I'll read mo
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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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