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Bad Blood (Alexandra Cooper #9)

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Alexandra Cooper has a tough case to prosecute. Brendan Quillan, a wealthy businessman from the Upper East Side, has been charged with hiring an assassin to kill his wife, but the evidence is flimsy and the defendant has one of the most successful defence lawyers on his side. Then an explosion kills Quillan's brother, one of the construction workers in a tunnel being built ...more
Paperback, New Edition, 448 pages
Published 2007 by Sphere
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Jul 19, 2011 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.
Simon Mcleish
Mar 05, 2013 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
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
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
This adventure finds Alexandra Cooper embroiled in a long time family feud between sandhogs. For those of you who don't know, sandhogs are the people who dug and dig out tunnels and footings for bridges. They work in the sand and rock below the surface of cities and rivers.

It won't be a surprise that the case Cooper is prosecuting and an explosion in Water Tunnel 3 come together. The past catches up with the present in some very interesting ways and Chapman and Wallace are there to help her sol
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
Chick Marks
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fairstein's books sometimes have information that allows readers to gain knowledge about various topics. This book shares information on sandhogs and the tunnels beneath NYC
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So many good things about this book... great details on this obscure world and culture of tunnel workers, of Sloan-Kettering, of DNA, and of course, crime and NYC. But that being said, I was constantly a little annoyed by the seemingly (at least to me) cocky banter of the detective Mike in the direction of his good buddy, the heroin attorney, Alexandra, who mostly maintained a subserviance or implicit acceptance... My druthers are instead for a 'Thin-Man' type repartee a la Myrna Loy.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Alex Cooper mystery. A young businessman is accused of strangling his wife. During the trial a major explosion rips through a New York Water Tunnel killing 3 people, one of which is the brother of the young businessman. It is discovered he has more siblings that nobody knew about. Is the tunnel incident terrorism or has it a political connection? Recommend.
Her books are beginning to become predicable.
Serene Costello
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pleasant surprise. Love the main characters and I thought there was not a dull moment. The story kept moving.
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 9 An Alexandra Cooper (Alex) thriller.

Brendan Quillian (BQ) on trial for murdering his wife/having her murdered. In a courtroom shootout BQ escapes, but is later killed by cops in the subway. His mystery brother Duke is behind much of the plans & crimes--always protected BQ, killed BQ's 16 year old preg. inconvient lover & killed the wife. Duke also pulled off the NY tunnel explosion & dies in the blast.

Mostly OK -- has some filler text rather than plot importance.
Oct 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually like learning about the NYC history that Fairstein includes in her Alex Cooper books - everything from Poe to the Gardner Museum heist to Lincoln Center. But this installment centers around Water Tunnel #3 and the 600-foot-below-ground tunnels and this part of the city wasn't as interesting.

Bad Blood starts with Alex prosecuting Brendan Quillian for hiring someone to murder of his wife Amanda. Things don't look good, especially when her first witness admits to having an affair with th
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.

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
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
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
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Feb 17, 2011 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
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
Jul 14, 2014 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
Dec 08, 2011 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
Oct 31, 2009 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 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
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
Jun 20, 2010 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
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
Feb 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
• Was better than her last few - for some reason it was easier to follow
• Although her love of NYC is obvious in how in details she describes its history and settings within, it can drone on
• Next book I'd like to see more of Mercer - more than being Mr. Reliable and the strong one - give him a conflict
• Curious if Alex's family will ever be introduced firsthand/involved in a storyline, rather than provide backstory
• When Mike's in pain, we're all in pain - he's a fun character. Who else could g
Feb 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really interesting concept, exploring the underground, the deep underground, of Manhattan and throwing murder in the mix. It's logical that the island would need water, but it never occurred to me how they got it. A good addition to the series. Glad I picked this series back up. I'm interested to see what happens with Alexandra (Alex) and Luc and/or Alex and Mike. There's been a thing between them since the first book, more than just their friendship, still seeing if it will develop any further.
Richard Brand
The story line is again a fascinating mix of information about the tunnels in New York City, family feuds, and murder. I thought the plot and the action was a little better this time. The wedding and the whole love life of Alex gets a little old after 9 stories, but I suppose it does provide a little different aspect to the characters. There were some loose ends that we not "solved" but such is life. I suppose that there are always "sources" of information. I am not sure how the one in this stor ...more
Oct 28, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I just wasn't that into this book - it didn't have any really exciting, edgy parts like I expect from this author, there were a few overdone descriptions and unrealistic conversations, and the Jeopardy thing is really starting to feel overdone - c'mon, they're really together near a TV at Jeopardy time THAT often? [return]However, I definitely recommend some of Fairstein's earlier titles in this series - maybe she's just getting tired of doing this same thing and needs to break free and start a ...more
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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.

Like Fairstein, Alex ('Coop') Cooper is in charge of the Special Victims Unit of th
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