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Final Jeopardy

(Alexandra Cooper #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  14,519 ratings  ·  570 reviews
This critically acclaimed, explosive thriller is a book only prosecutor Linda Fairstein could write. Patricia Cornwall knows the morgue; John Grisham knows the courtroom; but no one knows the inner workings of the D.A.'s office like Linda Fairstein, renowned for two decades as head of Manhattan Sex Crimes Unit. Now that world comes vividly to life in a brilliant debut nove ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 1st 1997 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 1996)
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Jessica Paden
May 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
Im case any of you aren’t educated on Linda’s past, let me enlighten you. This woman sent 5 innocent young black males to jail and tortured them throughout investigations and interrogations. If you choose to support this woman in any way, you are just as disgraceful as she is. I hope you writing career rots just like you will after judgment day.
Pamela Fonseca
Jun 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Linda Fairstein is a despicable and morally corrupt racist person. It’s unfair that she has lived a comfortable life and the Central Park 5 were suffering. If she put as much effort into finding the real rapist instead of trying to form a bogus narrative about the Central Park 5, then the real culprit wouldn’t have raped and killed another woman and five innocent men would have lived their teenage and adult years without pain. She was clearly an incompetent prosecutor and an even shittier advoca ...more
Tiana Love
Jun 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
I have no words to even express half of what you deserve for FAILING those young boys the way you did! 5 innocent black boys lives were destroyed because of your doing. Hell would even be too good for you.
I'm marking all Fairstein books as OPPOSED TO READING because I am morally opposed to her, her past work as an unjust, racially biased prosecutor for NYC and for her continued insistence that the Central Park Five are guilty despite a confession to the contrary and DNA proof that clears these men. Fairstein is so racist and morally reprehensible that she insists that if they did not do that crime, which they did not, then they should rot in jail for other crimes that they "might" have committed. ...more
Jun 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
Leaving a note for myself. I have not, nor will not read this author. None of my hard earned money will support anything she does. Her role in the conviction of 5 teenage boys (the central park 5) is despicable.
Sakina Carter
Jun 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
So, first I didn't read this book and normally I wouldn't rant on this website for something like this, however, Linda Fairstein has since blocked her FB and Twitter because she can't take a little online bullying for the 5 lives of young innocent men that she destroyed with her racism and prejudice. How dare you make money of the pain and torture of young black men, no not even men, children!!!!! They were 5 children who needed help and this bitch used her hate to put them in jail.

I am livid,
Jun 17, 2019 added it
i didn't read this. i just wanted to say FUCK YOU LINDA. stone cold cunt. Netflix's When They See Us reminded me of the Central Park Five case and now i'm pissed. Linda Fairstein, Elizabeth Lederer and the police men that were involved should rot in jail. THEY WERE CHILDREN. THEY CONVICTED INNOCENT 14-16 YEAR OLD CHILDREN. fucking bitch has no shame, making an article saying the series is bullshit..... ROT IN JAIL.... Mike Sheehan *the lead NYPD detective* died from heart attack this month i thi ...more
Jun 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
A confusing plot, how can the author go from wrongly framing innocent young black boys to then making a living out of such stories. Horrible lady, her and trump their day is coming. Bad karma is serious.
Aug 05, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I thought, as a Law and Order SVU fan, this might be something I might like (except in book format). Well, it was all right at first. I liked Alexandra. A very strong willed character, although she had her girlie moments, she wasn’t a stone cold woman of ice either. That was good. Her friendship with Mike Chapman was really fun to read. Chapman made the story more interesting with his sense of humor. His jabs towards Alexandra (and vice versa) were fun to read.

The plot was all right. It wasn’t
Funda Demir
Jun 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nope
Piece of shit. #whentheyseeus
Eleshia Lusane
Jun 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
The author is a horrible woman who was complicit with convicting and incarcerating 5 innocent boys. She better pray God forgives her because we won't. ...more
Kelli Babb
Jun 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Linda Fairstein is trash. She was behind prosecuting 5 innocent black and Latino boys and sending them to prison for 6 to 14 years. She never apologized or admitted their innocence since they were exonerated in 2002. She's vile. See the Netflix movie, "When They See Us". ...more
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, thriller
Final Jeopardy is book one of the Alexandra Cooper series by Linda Fairstein. Alexandra Cooper through her life was perfect with a lovely man to love and job she adores. One morning Alexandra Cooper opened her morning paper and saw the front page heading stating she was dead and when Alexandra Cooper realise that the body belongs to her friend Isabella Lascar. With the help of Detective Mike Chapman started to investigate her murder. The readers of Final Jeopardy will follow the twist and turns ...more
Raquel Bruce
Jun 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Horrible human being. She LIED to put 5 black children in prison because she is an opportunist. Dishonest, poor character of a person who doesnt deserve a dime of your money. Shame on her! She stole the childhoods of the #Centralpark5 because she's a racist pig. ...more
Brooke Banks
Jun 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
No way in HELL am I ever going to read or support the prosecutor of The Exonerated Five.

Check out When They See Us on Netflix.

White people, we need to do better. Start by watching this and withdrawing all support as THE LEAST YOU CAN DO.
Mayank Saboo
Jun 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Fuck her
Arlene Cruz
Jun 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Do not support this author she is evil, corrupt and racist
She had 5 children put in prison well aware they were innocent
Disgusting and sick to see goodreads support such an evil thing
Jan 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audible, 2013
Craptastic writing. I listened to the audio version narrated by the spectacular Barbara Rosenblat, which is its only saving grace.

I'm mortified that this woman built her literary career on the wrongful conviction of the Central Park Five. How does Linda Fairstein sleep at night?
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
Janet Robel
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the first book in the series. I think Alexandra Cooper is one tough-as-nails woman. She's a sex crimes prosecutor and pulls no punches in the courtroom. Someone is out to get her. Is it a case of mistaken identity? I'm looking forward to reading more about her in the next book. ...more
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just went on a legal kick and am getting immersed in the world of Alexandra Cooper. My mom had some of her books and I of course just grabbed a random one (The Deadhouse) and remember being really annoyed by the character of Mike Chapman. Yes, even at the age of 21 I called him an ass and didn't see what his friendship with Alexandra (Alex) was all about. Through the years I randomly grabbed and read two of her other books and never thought about reading them in order. I finally decided to do ...more
Nto Mbeng
In case you aren’t educated on Linda’s past, let me enlighten you. This woman sent 5 innocent young black males to jail and tortured them throughout investigations and interrogations. If you choose to support this woman in any way, you are just as disgraceful as she is. Remove from Shelf.
Tiffany Sifford
Jun 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
The writer is a vile and corrupt woman who is guilty of sentencing innocent black and brown teenagers to prison. #centralpark5
Jun 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
Linda Fairstein, you are a racist and disgusting human being and should spend the rest of your life locked up because you ruined others. All of her books should be taken down!!
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
That went quickly. I should have realized that with so few chapters that it was abridged. The library has subsequent book in the series on audio, and this was good enough that I'll read more. I like the main protagonist Alexandra Cooper. It's pretty light, but not a bad mystery. ...more
Denise Mullins
Dec 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
In the case of "Final Jeopardy", Linda Fairstein’s debut crime thriller, the author attempts to create a tough but sophisticated female SVU prosecuting attorney who juggles an ever increasing caseload as she tries to solve the brutal murder of her actress friend. While this protagonist type promises appeal to reading fans ranging from Patricia Cornwell to John Grisham, Alexandra Cooper proves to be a heroine lacking any qualities that might endear her to such readers.
Sobbing for hours over a fr
Marilyn Rondeau
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
At the suggestion of a friend of mine, I decided to give the critically acclaimed author Linda Fairstein a
try and was extremely pleased to be able to find her very first debut novel in my preferred format - audio!

The heroine, Alexandra Cooper is Manhattan’s top sex crimes prosecutor who wakes up one morning to learn some shocking news - the newspapers and news channels were discussing her brutal murder! Naturally, she was far from dead, but knew at once from the reports that the body found was
Dec 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Alexander Cooper is Manhattan’s top sex-crimes prosecutor who finds herself a part of a murderous tangled web. A “friend” is murdered while staying at Alex’s home in the Vineyard and everyone at first suspects that Alex was the victim. This book includes unexpected twists and turns that leave the reader guessing. The main character comes across as a little rich girl at times, but she definitely is gutsy and someone to admire. I found the first half of this book slow, perhaps because I did not ha ...more
Fairstein, Linda - 1st in Alex Cooper series

"I sat on my living room sofa at five o'clock in the morning with a copy of the mock-up of the front of the day's New York Post in my hand, looking at my own obituary." Alexandra Cooper, Assistant DA in New York, had lent her retreat in Martha's Vineyard to a Hollywood star. When a woman is found murdered at the wheels of Alex's car in her own driveway, the police assume it is her. When it turns out to be the house guest, a snake pit
Brittany Kantack
Jun 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
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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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