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Hell Gate (Alexandra Cooper #12)

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Head of the Sex Crimes Unit of the district attorney's office in Manhattan for decades, Linda Fairstein is America's most visible legal expert on sexual assault and domestic violence-which is why she writes some of the most compelling crime thrillers of our time and why her Alexandra Cooper series has been topping bestseller list for more than a decade. Fans turn to Fairst ...more
Hardcover, 382 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Dutton Books
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Jenny
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, mystery
Hell Gate is number 12 in the Alexandra Cooper series written by Linda Fairstein. Alexandra Cooper is the Assistance District Attorney for Manhattan and with Detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace. In Hell Gate Alexandra, Mike and Mercer investigate the death of a young girl who was washed up onto land after a migrants boat capsized in the Manhattan Harbour. Readers of Hell Gate will follow the twist and turns of Alex, Mercer and Mike investigation and if you are scarce of heights, you will ...more
Jennifer
May 01, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I accidentally returned this book to the library 1/4 of the way in, so my reading was interrupted significantly! However, once I got it back from the library, it was hard to keep going. I slogged on, trying to keep the players on track in my mind, and to maintain interest in the two separate stories that were very obviously going to merge. Even when I was 10 pages from the ending, I set it down to finish later -- never a good sign with a mystery book! There were few surprises, and too many bad g ...more
Alex is The Romance Fox
The 12th novel in The Alexandra Cooper Series, this is a well-written and taut mystery involving human trafficking, prostitution, corrupt politicians, sex scandals, murder and much more.
The story opens with a Ukrainian ship, carrying human cargo, including young women destined to sexual slavery, runs aground and an up and coming politician who leaves the scene and his mistress, after he had crashed his car.
Alexandra Cooper, Assistant District Attorney and head of New York Special Victims Unit i
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Skyqueen
It is amazing that after her 12th book in the series, Ms. Fairstein can still find unique and interesting niches in New York City to incorporate into her narrative, in fact, usually becoming an integral part of the plot. Definitely a testament to her breadth and width of interest and talent. If I ever get a chance to visit, I will certainly have to make all these spots rather than the declined SNL show or the now defunct Letterman Show. Shall we say a testament to my maturity maybe?
Anyway, as a
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Julia Farrell
I love the Alex Cooper books. I think Fairstein is a good author, she surely knows how to tell a story. Her research into esoteric pieces of NYC history are really great -- I'd read the books just for them but, the story around them is always interesting.
I have one gripe and this is true for all the books (at least the 12 I've read). The book moves along at an excellent pace all the way through. The characters are developed, the story unfolds, the reality is in place and then -- EVERY TIME, with
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judy
Mar 28, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I keep asking myself why I keep reading Fairstein. I'm so comfortable with the characters they almost cease to interest me. I've not been happy with the last several mysteries--and I think this one was the worst. When I open her books, I know exactly what I'm going to get--and that's the problem. As a history buff, I'm always amazed and delighted by the NYC history she imparts. Really fascinating. I follow NYC closely enough that I catch most of the insider references--and that's kind of fun too ...more
Sam
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime
This is a good relatively fast paced crime thriller that combines the worlds of human trafficking, politics and a good dose of New York history. The story itself is good and keeps you interested with lots of twists and turns, although there are possibly a few too many for me. The thing that let this down was the characters, I found Alex somewhat weak willed, particularly for a woman in her position, surely she should have a bit more backbone but every time something remotely bad happens Mike and ...more
Lelah
Jul 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this series, it's exciting and fun to read, since each one focuses on a different New York City historical landmark, or sometimes an aspect of New York City history. Hell Gate was an interesting addition to the series, focusing on human trafficking and Manhattan's Federalist-era mansions. However, if Alexandra and Mike do not so much as kiss in the next book, I might have to start boycotting the series. Come on! They are perfect for each other and the author has kept them scrupulou ...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
I really enjoy Linda Fairstein's Alexandra Cooper Series. I happened upon the former Manhattan DA and her novels by accident, and truly love her mysteries and writing style. She's easy to read, fast paced, and knows how to build suspence without having the reader to suspend too much disbelief. I love how Fairstein brings in Jeopary! to relieve some tense moments. I love that Detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace are walking encyclopedias of NYC history. I always learn a few things when I re ...more
Ausgeoff
Nov 01, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Having read and enjoyed a few of the previous Alexandra Cooper novels, I was profoundly disappointed with HELL GATE.

A turgid, bifurcated storyline that took far too long to develop any direction; far, far too much trivial detail about the NY mansions, and particularly Gracie Mansion. The historical minutiae may be of interest to native New Yorkers, but to someone like me in the antipodes, it's simply extraneous padding. If I wanted to know anything at all about Gracie Mansion (which I don't) the
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Kelly
Jul 07, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Debra
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Assistant district attorney Alexandra Cooper is called out on a freezing January morning to investigate the body of a young woman washed ashore. The woman is only one of several bodies from a Ukrainian freighter containing 300 illegal aliens, however, this woman was stabbed to death before she hit the water. She also bears the tattoo of someone destined for sexual slavery. Complicating Alexandra’s job is the murder of a congressman’s mistress who was sporting a similar tattoo. How do these women ...more
Kendra
Mar 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 12 in the Alex Cooper series deals with human trafficking, which I found both sad and interesting. Best part of the book: Fairstein is finally devoting a little more time to the Mike/Alex dynamic. Worst part: Alex comes across as wimpy and submissive in this book. Every male she interacts with is condescending toward her -- and I absolutely GET that it happens, believe me, but she could at least act offended and take some action. There is no sense of her as a tough, take-charge prosecutor i ...more
Kimberly
Mar 24, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read all of Fairstein's Alexandra Cooper novels, but this one will be one of my least favorite. I enjoy reading about the recurring characters and the historic places in New York City - no other series makes me want to visit New York the way hers do. But, this one was so full of politicians and crooked officials and overlapping plots, it just seemed too full and jumbled. And the almost relationship between Cooper and Chapman is very frustrating. There is always just the hint of attraction ...more
Susanhayeshotmail.com
This may well be my last Fairstein read. I remember enjoying these Alex Cooper mysteries but this time I kept asking myself what was it previously enjoyed so much I would pick up another one. The NYC historic bits were as always interesting, I even looked up the mansions online, interesting stuff. As for the rest, bleh. Too much political tediousness with too many bad guys to keep track of and the almost but never really yet never really not either romance (fauxmance?) between Alex and Mike were ...more
Shellye M.
One of her less satisfying efforts. Neither of the two intersecting plotlines will hold your interest for long. You'll get a history lesson on Manhattan's Mansions (particularly Gracie Mansion, the Mayor's official residence), and the usual scenes of meals with Mike and Mercer, as well as the Jeopardy final question. There's the obligatory mention of the possible attraction between Chapman and Alexandra Cooper, but it's only a mention, nothing of note. I'll hope for a more compelling mystery in ...more
Petula Darling
May 10, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
I found this one thoroughly confusing. I couldn't seem to keep the characters straight despite taking notes.
A bigger problem, though, is my increasing dislike for Mike Chapman. I liked him in books #1 and #2, then I had to skip to book #5 when I couldn't find #3 & #4 on audio. Since then, he's been becoming a bigger jerk to Alex with each successive novel, while at the same time it seems as if we're supposed to view him as a potential romantic partner for her. Yick.
Audrey
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nyc
Political infighting + mushy descriptions and bizarre historical infodumps solidly falls flat on this outing. By the last 75 pages I didn't care who'd done it or why. Back to the library it goes, thank goodness.
Monica
Jul 11, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've read other books in this series. Usually am a fan, but this one was ok - didn't feel the energy of previous ones.
Lynn Ashley
Wow!! I struggled to finish that!! And I'm glad I have. One of the most boring books I have read for a long time. Glad to have finished!!
Susannah Carleton
Nov 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A dark topic---human trafficking---but a gripping story with a cast of entitled characters and corrupt politicians to add to the usual cast in the DA's office and the NYPD.
Jenny
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another less than thrilling installment.... but it was a decent whodunnit in that I didn't see it coming about who was guilty of the murders and of tailing Alex (because when ISN'T she followed in one of these stories?! (view spoiler) ...more
Maureen Huerter
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wandering through the mansions of NYC.

It's always nice to be familiar with the location of a book, and this one was even more fun because I have never been to any of the places except Poe cottage. The actual mystery through a light on human trafficking and it was a great read as usual. I am glad that Alex always manages to overcome the obstacles in her way.
Sharples
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chose this book because of the New York history the author inckudes in her stories. The sgoryline was good but not as much history in this one. Im getting to know the characters more - this is book three. Whats sad is the perps are in the police force.
Toni O'Connor
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Linda hits it out of the park again

Great story and since I am a New Yorker I can relate to all the places they refer to in this story.
Philip
Her books are beginning to become predicable.
LibraryEnthusiast
Started to read them out of sequence. This one had a lot of really interesting NYC historical facts.
Jill Morrissey
It was a slow start and picked up a bit in the middle.
Cornerofmadness
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Craig Sisterson
Apr 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime, new-york
In HELL GATE, the twelfth instalment in her Alex Cooper series, Fairstein’s heroine (who in many ways comes across as an aspirational version of the author) finds herself investigating a shipwreck that spills illegal immigrants into the frigid waters off Manhattan. At the same time a promising young congressman is caught up in a sex scandal that leads to murder. Alternatively flanked, lead, and pulled along by regular NYPD detective sidekicks Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, Cooper, an Assistant ...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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