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Hell Gate by Linda Fairstein
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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 country to be enslaved in the sex trade industry.

The story takes an unusual twist when one of the drowned victims is found to have been murdered. The only clue Alex and her crew have to work on, is a small rose tattoo on the young girl's leg. The tattoo seems to be a mark that indicates the "snakehead" she belongs to.

A snakehead is a person who brings people illegally into a country for illicit purposes.

The case becomes more complicated when a possible link to the human trafficking may involve a prominent New York congressaman. The congressman is from a very well to do family and his father will do anything to further his son's career.

The plot becomes more perverse when the investigation focuses on New York politics. Alex has to deal with behind the scenes deals, scandal, corruption, and always popular government cover-up.

Linda Fairstein has put together a very interesting mystery that not only involves crime but also gives a wonderful history lesson on New York and its old mansions. In fact, it is done so well that the reader will get almost as much satisfaction from the history lesson as the mystery.

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