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Killer Heat (Alexandra Cooper #10)

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It's August in New York, and the only thing that's hotter than the pavement is Manhattan D.A. Alex Cooper's personal and professional life. Just as she's claiming an especially gratifying victory in a rape case, she gets the call: the body of a young woman has been found in an abandoned building. The brutality of the murder is disturbing enough, but when a second body is f ...more
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Published January 6th 2009 by Anchor (first published January 24th 2008)
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Charlotte
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ordinarily, I don't like reading series books out of turn. I had no choice with this one, it was lent to me and I just picked it up last night and started reading. I was hooked in very early, and by the time I realized that the familiarity of the characters with one another and the lack of background details to this familiarity meant that I was reading one of a series, it was too late to turn back, I was well into the story.

Although the main protagonist is an Assistant District Attorney in Manha
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Alissa
Nov 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, 2008
Another great entry into the Alex Cooper series. And another fascinating bit of New York history. In her 10th outing Alexandra Cooper is trying a 30 year old rape case, and also trying to solve murders committed by what may be a serial killer. Oh, and she’s trying to make time for romance.

This did not disappoint, and Fairstein has kept this series fresh. All the familiar elements are there, the Jeopardy Final Question bet between Alex and Chapman, the police details, the interesting NYC history
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Holly
Mar 18, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perfect beach/plane book - it has characters with enough depth and a story line with enough bite to keep you going but nothing too strenuous about this. The nice thing is that the author is a very accomplished professional and the book reflects her experiences. There is also a wealth of historical information woven in concerning military outposts on the islands surrounding NYC. I purchased this book headed for a plane ride with nothing left to read...expected nothing from it and was more than pl ...more
Jenny
Oct 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was good but not great. I thought the inclusion of the "ghost islands" off the coast of Manhattan was slightly interesting but the history that Mike spouts off to Mercer and Alex seemed out of place.... I know he majored in history at Fordham but seriously - he 1) learned about all these small uninhabited islands and 2) he remembers it 15 years later? Not very realistic.

Luc the Frenchman love interest is back from the last book, making a fleeting appearance to take Alex out for oysters. He
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Barbara ★
Another great book by Linda Fairstein. I love the camaraderie between Alex, Mike and Mercer. They really work as a team which is why IMHO they solve so many cases. In real police work, each and every cop (detective/boss whatever) is looking to stroke their own ego and toot their own horn. This makes them hold info back from the rest of the team and puts themselves in the spotlight. In real life, it doesn't seem to be about the crime but more a personal aim to advance their careers.

There are seve
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Linda
Nov 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Assistant NYC District Attorney Alex Cooper is a smart, gutsy lady who finds her work, helping victims and putting away those who harm them, deeply satisfying. Working with a skilled, equally devoted team of detectives, she finds herself conducting investigations in the hidden places in and around the city, little known locations that provide the perfect settings for enterprising criminals. This time around, Governor's Island, a military bastion that's been used for defensive purposes since Amer ...more
Barry Rocklin
I first read Fairstein's DEATH DANCE. I found it engaging, and went on to read LIKELY TO DIE, which took some 100 - 150 pages to really get into... NOT a fast read. I appreciate Fairstein's detail, but I like things to move along at a faster clip, with more interjection of character humor. Very little of that in this book, other than a bet on the final question on Jeopardy. I won't neccesarily avoid the rest of the series, but I won't run to it either. KILLER HEAT didn't become can't-put-down un ...more
Lucille Cohen
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
correct locations and excellent description s.

I was born and. Raised in Arverne one block away from the beach. I remember the two bridges, fort Tilden ,and visited Breezy Point (wiped out by hurricane Sandy). I traded the Big Apple for the baked Apple - Tucson, AZ. The accuracy of the locations is to admired. luckyloo
Susannah Carleton
Excellent! A thrilling story with all my favorite elements: Alex in trial, a new case with multiple victims and few clues, and a variety of suspects from which to choose. This is a page-turner that will keep readers up way too late at night because it's almost impossible to put this book down.
Heather Ormsby
Apr 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Maybe a little too much military history for my taste, but the plot clips along, the characters are enjoyable and sincere and their personal angst doesn't take over the book as they sometimes do in Patricia Cornwell novels.
Una Tiers
Nice writing about a miserable part of society. I was half way through before I recognized the book as one I have read. The teaching is not woven into the story line and becomes oppressive.
Martha
Jun 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy this series…set in NYC and the main characters play Jeopardy.
Robyn
While it was a fairly enjoyable read I did find a few things in the book frustrating. The gang members and a few other characters while seemingly necessary for the plot at hte start of the book, seemed to taper into nothing of any particular substance. It felt almost like page filling instead of plot necessary.

Mike was the only character I actually enjoyed though even then the dialogue of history got a tad tedious. I will be keeping an eye out for books earlier in the series though - perhaps th
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RaceTo230
I've always enjoyed the Alex Cooper series as they are generally pretty fast-moving and keep you engaged. While the hunt for the killer was on in this one, the geography of it all was a bit much. For someone who isn't familiar with the layout of the boroughs of NY and the various islands, really understanding how close or far apart the various locales are left a lot to be desired. The overall premise was good, just the geographical descriptions left me needing (wanting) a map to understand where ...more
Miriam
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I stayed up late to finish this thriller. Serial rapists, murder, and a heart-pounding tour of "ghost" forts in the NYC area. Cooper, Chapman, and Wallace team up to figure out who is kidnapping, raping, torturing, and then murdering young women. There's a connection between them, there must be. The randomness plays a big role in the tension of this installment.

What else does Fairstein have in store for her readers? I guess I'll find out as I indulge in binge reading her books.
Any Length
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A gripping thriller made all the better a wonderful reader. I had the audio book and have awarded one extra star for Barbara Rosenblat who has to be one of my all time favourite audio book readers. Her ability to make a book come to life is astonishing.

Clayton Yuen
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining murder mystery that was twisted and bloody, but very descriptive adventure. My first read on the series, so I'll have to go back and catch up, probably find the first books enlightening.

Four stars from my point of view ....
Jeannine
Good, but not one of the best. I always like how she keeps several cases going at the same time and is not always sure which events belong to which case - a nice dose of reality.
Barbara Rosenthal
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written

A few too many details for my liking but enjoys it overall. Look forward to more of her novels which I have put on reserve.
John
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First time I read a novel by Linda Fairstein. Really enjoyed it. It was a good thriller and fun reading about areas in New York that I'm familiar with. I'll certainly try more of her books.
Barbara
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5. Good suspense. The historical notes of NYC islands & old military facilities were top rate.
DGT
Mar 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What distinguishes Linda Fairstein’s thrillers from most others is the intriguing use of locations, in these novels New York City locations, not as inert background or local colour but as integral parts of the otherwise routine, though often exciting, plots. In Killer Heat, published in 2008, the literally overlooked Governors Island (no apostrophe) at the foot of Manhattan provides the main location, together with the abandoned Maritime Building which, at the time of the novel, was being opened ...more
Judith
Jun 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read other books in this series and found them to be reasonably good legal "thrillers". I had trouble getting engaged in this one. I didn't find the primary character, Alex Cooper, interesting in her own right; side characters didn't add much; and of course the main villain had no redeeming qualities.

The plot hangs together and is complicated, however. It's carefully crafted and introduces us to a number of New York-area features that one might never otherwise hear about. Police shooting
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Zach Schmidt
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a novel that was written in first person, I have to say that it was pretty good. Usually I would get annoyed with it but it was an enjoyable read. Some details were left out that I wanted to hear but it actually contributed to the character. For example, I wanted to hear the protagonist's thoughts but after thinking about the fear that the character would feel, I thought that it might make the character look weak if those thoughts we told to the audience. With this in mind, it actually made ...more
Kathy
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Terry
Those who want their heroines tough, strong, and super intelligent know they've found her in Alex Cooper. She's a D.A. in Manhattan and as we meet her again in the tenth offering by Linda Fairstein, she's enjoying victory. It was a tough rape case but Alex won it (and incurred the animus of Latin Princes gang members along the way).

Nonetheless, her winning feeling is soon lost as she is notified that the body of a young woman has been found in an abandoned building. Now, author Fairstein knows
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Pam
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy Linda Fairstein's writing style. Alex Cooper, Mike and Mercer are great characters. They totally trust each other which is really important when you are putting your life on the line. I like the concern and care they have for each other even when it isn't wanted or sometimes appreciated at the moment. I love the history of the area that Mike shares and their game of jeopardy. The legalities in this story are disturbing, the prisoners learn how to work the system and are right back on the ...more
Sharon
It is hard for me to rate this book. I really liked this series when it first started, but I have some issues right now, as I will explain.

In this book: Three murdered women. Are they connected? Yes, the team of Alex, Mike, and Mercer figure out the connection and solve the crime. Alex gets into a dangerous situation, as usual. And barely escapes getting killed, as usual. Side story of a 25-ish year-old rape case being retried based on DNA evidence. The side story was interesting. The main story
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Abby Zampardi
My mom got me this book and a couple of other Linda Fairstein books from the nursing home where she works, thinking I'd like them because Fairstein bases her writing on her actual experiences in the Manhattan D.A.'s office. This was a pretty good legal thriller; sometimes I can figure out where the book is going to go fairly early on but I didn't with this one. You can tell that Fairstein has used her experiences well to shape Alex Cooper's courtroom and negotiating persona. I enjoyed a lot of t ...more
Joan
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Love the Alex books because they always have historic and game show facts. I feel so much smarter after reading Fairstein's books. Alex is involved in a case to jail a man who jumped bail 30 years ago for rape. Now DNA has come into play. One of the woman raped is willing to testify against the man who raped more than 60 woman. She comes to town and the man is found guilty even though normally the statute of limitations would have stopped the trial, but the man jumped bail. Also, Alex is being s ...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.

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