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(Alexandra Cooper #19)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  3,480 ratings  ·  443 reviews
Hunting a killer within New York's urban jungle becomes the biggest case of Alexandra Cooper's career in New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein's latest riveting thriller.

A wild heart beats within New York City. Amid concrete and skyscrapers, the Wildlife Conservation Society works to preserve and protect the animal kingdom both within and beyond the borders of
Hardcover, 385 pages
Published July 25th 2017 by Dutton
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Maureen Carden
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am always fascinated by the information that has become such an integral part of Linda Fairstein’s Alex Cooper books. The information and histories she shares about New York City almost becomes more interesting than the story. Almost, but not quite, because Fairstein manages to pull the reader back into her always exciting story.
The book opens with Alexandra in the morgue staring at the body of Paul Battaglia, her long time boss, mentor, and until recently her friend. Just a short time ago he
Linda Strong

The 19th book in this amazing series opens with the shooting death of Alex's boss, the District Attorney, Paul Battaglia.

Alex finds herself being treated more as a suspect than a witness when the FBI steps in. The US Attorney seems to have a problem with Alex, but they've never met, so what could he have against her?

NYPD Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace are trying to investigate the case even though they've been ordered to stand down. That has never stopped them before ... it certainly won't sto
Shannon Robinson
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
**I received an online ARC from NetGalley at no charge for review.**
Die hard Fairstein fans - I'm sure you will enjoy this book. I enjoy Fairstein's plotlines immensely for the most part - I think she does a great job in creating fresh stories, and I like how this book started just where they last one left off. I love all the factoids of NY history that are a consistent part of the books. I like the Jeopardy trivia.
Up until 4 books ago I was big Alex Cooper fan.
However, I've discovered that Ale
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
OBS this review spoilers the ending of the previous book!

Entombed, book seven in the Alexandra Cooper series was the first book I read by Fairstein and I loved it. Since then have I read two other books in the series before I read this one. One of them was the book previous (and the other is the first book in the series) and that one ended with a cliffhanger, which I remembered when I started this book. And, the beginning was very strong, with Alex saying goodbye to Paul Battaglia, her mentor wh
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-series, audio
If you are a faithful follower of the Alexandra Cooper Series written by Linda Fairstein but you have not yet read the 18th book in the series, Killer Look, you may want to stop reading this review now. In book #19, Deadfall, Linda Fairstein picks up the story where she ended in 'Killer Look'... with the shocking assassination of New York City District Attorney Paul Battaglia, on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Battaglia, who had been district attorney for many years, was killed by ...more
Deadfall is the latest instalment in Alexandra Cooper series. It is good. A lot happens. As per usual we get the history of hidden or unknown but fascinating locations in New York. Linda Fairstein writes well. All the main characters are still here. But... It's not as good as it could have been. It feels like the series is getting a bit tired, there's a lack of direction. I just hope that the next book will bring changes much needed to keep Cooper's books strong and interesting. I want the old A ...more
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I have read and enjoyed all of the books in this series. However, I am not enjoying Alexandra's increasing whining. What initially drew me to the series was the strength of the main character, the diversity/personalities and camaraderie of those who surround her, the locations and history of New York, and the peaks into other occupations or interests. As the series has progressed what keeps me retuning is everything except Alexandra. I want to shake her and yell, "Where's your moxie? If it's gon ...more
Dez Nemec
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I've read most of the Alexandra Cooper series and have enjoyed them. While the story was interesting and the plot lively, Alex's behavior in this book drove me nuts. At the end of the second chapter, the NYPD officer begins reading Alex her rights. The first week of law school, you are taught that you ALWAYS ask for a lawyer when you are being questioned by the cops. Alex knew better. Instead, it's 4 A.M., she had just caught her boss in her arms as he was killed, and she's sitting in the morgue ...more
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
I've enjoyed many of Linda Fairstein's previous books featuring Alex and Mike as main characters. I can't say the same about this one. Alex is whimpy and whinney and Mike is pushy and unsympathetic and the main story is a jumble of disconnected events and "clues". I also felt as if Fairstein seemed more interested in prosyletizing for endangered species and the horrors of hunting them, a noble cause, but not necessarily in a mystery novel. ...more
Michele A.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
While I have mostly enjoyed this whole series, the last couple of books in it have left me feeling underwhelmed. Alex, again, finds herself at the center of a murder investigation. She is left reeling after the murder and, instead of acting with a logical mind, she starts to touch the victim in the morgue. Everyone knows that is a big no-no and she would have lost her mind if someone did that on one of her cases. She then finds herself subjected to an interrogation and, even though she has used ...more
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Meh that was boring and Alex is irritating. I thought for sure one dealing with the murder of Paul Battaglia would be interesting especially given how acrimonious the relationship between him and Alex had become but nope. Dull, dull, dull. At least this time Alex and Mike didn’t spend all their time being hateful to one another. No more for me in this series.

Aug 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
I am so done with Alex Cooper.
This book was shoddily constructed and totally unbelievable. The denouement where Mike and Alex start up a long dormant gondola ride in order to escape bad guys is only the most blatant example.
Someone please remind me not to put the next one on reserve.
L.A. Starks
Jun 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Karen Wegman
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Was this one of her best? My opinion---No. I like the characters and having been reading since her first book. I like that the main character is strong minded and had a bit of a problem with her meltdown and did not care for some of the interactions between "Coop" and Mike. Mike is a bit bossy and sexist for my liking. For me, the main attraction to her books is the history of NYC that she always blends into her stories. I think Linda Fairstein is a very clever writer and will continue to read a ...more
Erika Daniels
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction-thriller
I'm so disappointed in the way that Coop and Chapman have developed as characters. Coop used to be so smart, strong, and sassy. Now she is whiny and wavers between judgmental and clueless. And then I really don't understand why Chapman is so patriarchal and patronizing toward her. Also, Coop has always enjoyed a Dewars at the end of a long day, but there was never any hint that she had an alcohol problem so this focus on her drinking (over the last 4 or so books) is a little bizarre. Either she ...more
retronerd  Steinkuehler
Aug 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
Good NYC details which is the only saving grace to this book. However, the details can be overwhelming. And, in fact, there was Too Much Information when it got into possible motives for the crime....

BUT the book is too doormaty again with the Coop character and Mike is AGAIN too chauvinistic. Even 'blondie' is old-school demeaning, as is "the broad," and Mercer is condescending when he pats Coop on the head!! Why??? Lessons my liking this series more and more.... and the introduction of so many
Sep 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Sadly, I was disappointed. I've read all the previous books in this series and have enjoyed them immensely; especially the relationships between the main characters and the education I received about NYC landmarks.

Deadfall reminded me of the Robert Parker books that have been written by other authors since he died. They're imitations; they look a bit like Parker and they sound a bit like Parker, but they have no heart. This book had no heart; Alex was snarky to the point where I wanted to smack
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime-fiction
I believe I'm done with Linda Fairstein.

Her protagonist, Alexandra Cooper, is assistant DA in NYC, and supposedly very smart and capable. But to me she seems like a spoiled brat, always breaking rules because she feels like it or demanding (and getting) special treatment. She relies on her boyfriend Mike (a murder cop)and another cop Mercer to run interference fir her and basically abet her in everything. It just doesn't seem plausible to me that things would work that way; nor does Cooper seem
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This story picks up immediately where the last book finished. The DA had been murdered and Alex witnessed the entire thing. She's struggling with the fallout and her already fragile mental health. As the investigation begins Alex can't stop herself from getting involved as it seems the investigating offices are looking at her for the crime. Of course Mike and Mercer have her back and they all start looking at people who could have wanted Paul dead.

Their questions lead them to a group of
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Linda Fairstein has done it again. An action filled, suspense drama that held my interest so much that I could not put it down.

This time, Linda takes us to yet another New York City landmark, the Bronx Zoological (something I can't remember and it's not on their website, sorry), it can't be called just a zoo anymore. Calling it a zoo would imply it's just a petting zoo. This is an animal habitat, where animals are shown living in their own environments. Frankly, I've never been there, but accord
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
On page one, Alexandra Cooper is in the morgue looking at the body of her boss Paul Battaglia. He was racing up the stairs towards her at the Met when he was shot. He collapsed and died in her arms. Alex is being treated as a suspect in his death. Although she is the primary witness and may be next in line to be killed, she is determined to solve the murder of the man who took her under his wing for many years.

I liked seeing Alex stop using alcohol as a crutch in this story. I know she's still r
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: firstreads, mystery
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

A PC conspiracy thriller. When the DA of New York is gunned down on the street, Alexandra Cooper and Co. has to find the killers to clear her name. By the end of the book, I was thinking they shouldn't have bothered.

It's all the machinations of an order of hunters dating back to the middle ages, so of course, we get a lot of anti-hunting propaganda. Fairstein doesn't seem to actually know much about the sport.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
This is the 19th booth in the Alexandra Cooper series. The book picks up where the previous one left off, with the shooting death of DA Paul Battaglia. Since Alex is a witness and the fact that the DA was coming to see her, puts Alex on a side of the law she has never been on. A suspect. With the help of Mike and Mercer, Alex tries to piece together the events leading to Paul's death and who would have wanted him dead.

In the course of the investigation they discover a group of hunters who hunt
Lisa Reads & Reviews
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
The one and only interesting takeaway was the description of the world of exotic animal hunting and poaching. Some people really don't deserve to be so rich that they act invincible and operate outside the law. If only we had a government immune from the arrogant and lawless sphere of affluence. So, I ranted during this story against one of the ugliest aspects of humanity. Otherwise, I found the characters, etc, not noteworthy at all. Recommend a pass on this one. ...more
Jean Jenkins
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it
When the DA is gunned down right in front of her following a charity event, ADA Alex Cooper needs to figure out the "why" to make sense of it all. The cops have little to go on, and as the closest living witness, Alex's role becomes both more important and more deadly. Known for her love of NYC history and for setting her stories around pieces of that history, Deadfall's information about the Bronx Zoo feels forced and fact-laden dialogue forced and awkward. There seems to be too much of Alex an ...more
Aug 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very disappointing. I really love all of her previous books. Linda Farstein has gone the way of lots of other fantastic authors. They've obviously lost any good ideas and there are no longer any page turning twists in any of their new books. What a shame. It was difficult to finish the book as it was so boring. ...more
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Readers of Linda Fairstein’s previous books are well aware of NY assistant DA Alexandra Cooper’s mixed relationship with her boss, Paul Battaglia. What started off as a close one with her regarding him as a mentor, had deteriorated as his ambition and ego increased. The situation definitely changes in the first page of DEADFALL when she is with his body in the autopsy room of the morgue. He was shot as he rushed up the stairs of the Metropolitan Museum of Art to speak to her. As he collapsed, h ...more
Craig Wakefield
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is perhaps the 19th book written about Alexandra Cooper. Sometimes when I come in on the middle of a book series I say to myself. I need to back to book number one and read all the books in order so that I can get a true feel for the growth of the author, the character and the scenes around the main character. Unfortunately, (or perhaps fortunately since it will save me from reading 18 other books about Alexandra Cooper) I don't feel that need here. When you stop reading a book at page 192 ...more
Gloria Feit
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Still reeling from her harrowing experience in the preceding novel in the series, Alex Cooper may have reason to be portrayed in “Deadfall” as the weak, wishy-washy female rather than the forceful prosecutor she has been in this long-running story, in which this is the 19th entry. But it doesn’t seem to be in character. Yes, she has always enjoyed a drink. But to almost become an alcoholic? And to be warned and even forced to stop drinking? Sure, there is some justification when her boss and men ...more
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Deadfall continues on from where Killer Look left off, I can't say much more owing to spoilers. What I can say is that this isn't overburdened with romance as the previous book had been and Cooper is regaining her bite. Again we are left hanging as to what will happen in the next Cooper novel and I look forward to seeing what Coop will do. ...more
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