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Lethal Legacy

(Alexandra Cooper #11)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  4,198 ratings  ·  403 reviews
In Linda Fairstein’s outstanding new novel, the New York Public Library houses dazzling treasures—and deadly secrets.

When Assistant District Attorney Alex Cooper is summoned to Tina Barr’s apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, she finds a neighbor convinced that the young woman was assaulted. But the terrified victim, a conservator of rare books and maps, refuses to
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published February 10th 2009 by Doubleday
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May 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009-reads, bottoms
PROTAGONIST: Alexandra (Alex) Cooper, Assistant District Attorney
SETTING: Manhattan, New York

There are many authors whose books are not only associated with a specific protagonist but also a particular setting. George Pelecanos writes of the Washington, DC, area; Michael Connelly of Los Angeles. Linda Fairstein focuses on New York City and includes many little known facts in her books featuring Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Alexandra ("Alex") Cooper.

The latest case that Alex
Alex is The Romance Fox
I love books and I love New York!! So what could be more exciting than reading Linda Fairstein’s 11th book in her Alexander Cooper Series.

Combining NYC’S landmarks and history, as we have come to expect from this author’s novels, we are pulled right into this fast-paced, suspenseful and well-researched mystery set in the world of rare books
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and maps
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Initially investigating what seems like a sex crime, Alexandra Cooper and her two detective colleagues, Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace soon
Any Length
This book could have benefited from some serious editing. Cut out 200 pages and you get a decent fast moving "who done it" which you can't put down. The way it is I was sooooo bored toward the end I didn't really care who killed who and what for I just wanted the book to end.

The reader (I had the audio version of the book) did not do the book justice either.
I do not want to be age-ist here, but the voice of the reader ought be in sync with the character they
portray. In this case, the character
Jun 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
I'm normally a Fairstein fan, but this book disappointed me. The subjects--rare books and the New York Public Library--interested me, but I just didn't find the mystery here compelling. The book is very long, 450+ pages, and the payoff only comes in the last 80 pages. The camaraderie between Alex Cooper and her police buddies Mike and Mercer falls a bit flat here. I've enjoyed the authenticity of Fairstein's writing, since she actually worked as a NYC district attorney, but I wonder if the ...more
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was intrigued by the information this book gave about the New York Public Library. Linda Fairstein wove not only a most intriguing web of mystery. But also left this reader with some knowledge which most novels don't do. This was my first book by this author. I hope her other book not only entertain but also educate me as this book has.
Jul 18, 2009 rated it it was ok
If I have to rate the plot of this book, I give it two stars. However, if I am rating my interest in the setting and the information that I gained about the world of research libraries, rare maps, and the race to obtain historical artifacts, I would raise the rating to three stars. Unfortunately, the story and the characters intervened. This is the 11th offering in the Alexandra Cooper series. She is an assistant district attorney in New York City, which is, apparently, a much more exciting job ...more
Susannah Carleton
Nov 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
A very good book, but I didn't like some of the secondary characters, many of whom were greedy and villainous, which made parts of the book less enjoyable. Ms. Fairstein has penned another intriguing story that keeps Alex, Mike, and Mercer on their toes, trying to unravel a series of murders and thefts.
Catherine  Mustread
Jan 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery, library or map lovers
Recommended to Catherine by: Goodreads
Shelves: mystery
Loved my free copy -- which I'll now donate to the library! Great story, especially with the rare books and even more fascinating rare maps theme. Wishing I'd read others in series [Alex(andra) Cooper Crime Series:] first so I'd be more familiar with the characters, that'll come next.
Jun 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-finished
This author used to be a prosecutor in NY. She was a part of pushing for charges against The Central Park Five.
She still insists they are guilty after the city had to pay them $41 million dollars for malicious and wrongful prosecution.
This author is a nasty racist bitch and doesn't deserve to have a publishing contract.
Raquel Bruce
Jun 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Lethal Lagacy indeed! That is what she has left in the world a legacy of hate, destruction and profound sadness. Linda Fairstein put 5 innocent children in prison because they were black and she thought she was above the law. Their lives did not matter to her. She is a sorry excuse for a human being and no one should buy her stupid books. She came to fame on the broken lives of 5 black boys and their families! Shame on you Linda! This is your contribution to planet earth are you proud of what ...more
Jun 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
Time to get @LindaFairstein ignorant ass out of here too. A pompous racist and a callous, soulless, moral compass lacking manipulator of justice. How dare you write crime novels when you have knowingly committed a crime and lied in the court of law. You are pathetic & karma will meet you despite how you think you are invincible. #WhenTheySeeUs we see you!
Craig Sisterson
Apr 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime, new-york
I'm a big fan of the SVU edition of the famed Law & Order television drama franchise, which is inspired by the real-life sex crimes unit of the NYPD that Fairstein was heavily involved with in her former role as a Manhattan prosecutor of crimes against women and children. I'm also a fan of legal thrillers, and the New York setting, so you'd think that Fairstein's series starring ADA Alex Cooper would tick boxes for me across the board. In subject matter, yes, in execution, sadly not so much. ...more
Dec 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Tina Barr, a conservator of rare books and maps, is discovered bound and drugged in her apartment with the suspect fleeing the scene in a fireman's gas mask. Assistant District Attorney Alex Cooper is called to the scene to discover if Tina was sexually assaulted in the attack. And when Tina refuses to cooperate and disappears, Alex is directed by District Attorney Paul Battaglia to find her. Alex does find Tina. She finds her dead in Bryant Park.

The search for Tina's murderer and the man who
Sep 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-thriller
i'd start listing all the ways in which this book is objectionable if it hadn't kept me out of my book funk for a good three-four days. for this, it gets stars. and a hug. but here are the good parts: lots about old books, old maps, the new york public library, and the way in which beautiful ancient documents are preserved and come to be part of our cultural patrimony. wish fairstein had managed to keep the cute & helpless female trope to a minimum, but if i started complaining about that ...more
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Centering around the New York Public Library one not only gets a good mystery but learns much about the library's history. Greed for rare books and maps are at the root of murders taking place to people connected with the library.
Oct 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
This woman railroaded The Central Park Five and she is just able to walk away and have a successful career as an author (I use that term loosely)? She also will delete anything you post on her FB page asking about her part in this outrageous miscarriage of justice. Reader beware.
Aug 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Bibliophiles will love this one. Well narrated. Recommended.
A quick and entertaining read, with some intrigue. Certainly more interesting and better developed than other genre writing I've seen.
Jana Bouc
May 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
I thought it would be interesting, being a murder mystery combined with the history of the new york public library and its contents. But I couldn't get past the boring and awkward writin.
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting background information about NYPL. I always enjoy the characters who surround Alex in her work.
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review: Lethal Legacy by Linda Fairstein.

I was intrigued by this well written book. Fairstein did some researching and filled the novel with plenty of great depth information and facts about legacies, history, rare books, rare maps and book binding done in the New York Public Library. Plus, she added insight of other numerous cultural institutions.

The story starts out with Tina Barr; a conservator of rare books and maps who is attacked in her apartment by someone she thought was a fireman.
What a wild romp through the NYPL map collections, the research libraries, and bibliomania. As a librarian who teaches about rare books and worked at NYPL (a long time ago), I couldn't put this book done. I had to stay up late to find out what wonderful twists and turns Fairstein put into this thriller.

I wasn't disappointed! Fairstein mentions all the important collectors and thieves including E Smiley Forbes, aka Eddy, and the Waldseemuller map, all 12 parts of it, the rarest map in the world
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, art, books-owned
I really enjoyed this book. It focuses on a lawyer from the District Attorney's office in New York City, Alexandra Cooper. She's young and bright with two city cops that work with her to solve crimes and all three make a great team and an entertaining mystery series. This is the first one I've read but will be coming back to read more.

In this particular book, our team tries to solve murders that are connected with the rare books and maps in the New York Library. The staff and unusual but
Stewart Madden
How can you support/carry the books of this despicable person of an author Linda Fairstein. She is a corrupt ex NYC prosecutor who took away 5 teenage boys lives away from them allowing her detectives to interrogate these boys and coerced them into making false statements about a rape they had nothing to do with. The 5 boys were convicted of a crime they never admitted to nor never took a plea deal for. They presumed there innocence until the real rapists came forward. DNA testing proved who the ...more
Jennifer Irons
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
I love Linda Fairstein and her Alexandra Cooper novels but Lethal Legacy was definitely NOT one of her better books. I won't give any spoilers here but it was very boring for the most part. The premise of the book seemed interesting at first, but Ms. Fairstein goes into too many details regarding the NY Public Library and its books and maps which are the focal point of the storyline. I really struggled to finish the book and the only reason I kept on reading was that I was curious to find out ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Alexandra Cooper is called to help an assault victim who refuses to cooperate. Cooper starts on an investigation, looking into her former job at the New York Public Library, where her client seems mired in a theft and smuggling theme.

The story is, of course, steeped in New York City lore, much of which melds into the plot, and sometimes clogs the narration, but also helps the story stand out apart from other books with similar parts. The highlight of the book was a character recounting her
K. East
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anytime I can learn something about history or the world woven into an entertaining plot, then I'm quite the happy reader/listener. I consumed this book via audiobook, mostly in my car, but later while stitching up a quilt as the plot took on some urgency. Who knew that most of the NY Public Library is housed under Bryant Park?? And the information about maps and their history was also fascinating. The plot was pretty complex but it certainly kept you on your toes, keeping track of who knew who. ...more
Susan Gottfried
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this out of order so I could pass it along to my mom and as always, Linda Fairstein doesn't disappoint. Technical, convoluted but brilliantly plotted, and with so much detail, it borders on the most fascinating info dump in history (that's actually a compliment). I simply adore this series and am glad my mom jump started me into picking them up again. Now to fill in the crack (I need Killer Heat, I believe) and then go forward.
Pat Timpanaro
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is another solid title in the Alexandra Cooper series. As with most books in this series, a New York City landmark is featured -- in this case, the New York Public Library. I enjoyed reading the background and historical information about the library and its collections.

The plot was interesting, but not special. I listened to this book in the car and was able to keep track of all the characters and plot developments, even with several days between listening sessions.

Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Lethal Legacy is the 11th book in the Alex Cooper series. I gave this book 3/5 stars. I skimmed some sections that were a little too detailed in the history and details of maps, I have to say it was a bit boring for me. I also found it annoying with the little side case that Alex worked at the beginning of the book but never seem to get resolved by the end and didn't know why it was even mentioned.
All in all even though the book was ok for me I will definitely read more in this series.
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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

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