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Silent Mercy

(Alexandra Cooper #13)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  4,854 ratings  ·  377 reviews
Watch a video In the latest thriller in Linda Fairstein's bestselling series, Alex Cooper dives deep into the byzantine, sinister world of New York City's powerful religious institutions.

It's the middle of the night. Prosecutor Alexandra Cooper is called to Harlem's Mount Neboh Baptist Church, a beautiful house of worship originally built as a synagogue. But the crowd g
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by Dutton
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Alex is The Romance Fox
Silent Mercy, another riveting crime novel by Linda Fairstein, is the 13th in the Alexandra Cooper Series.
Alexandra Cooper, ADA and prosecutor in the sex crimes division and Detective Mike Chapman are investigating two brutal murders in NYC
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A young woman’s mutilated headless body is set on fire and left burning on the steps of Harlem’s Mount Neboh Baptist Church.  photo 6278760658_ce0b700839_z_zps1c58783f.jpg
When another dead woman’s body is found at the Old St Patrick’s Cathedral in Little Italy, photo 16075103_zpsb480dd7e.jpg it becomes clear that the two churches, us
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
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.
Elizabeth Galarza
Jun 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
If I could give this (or any book written by this dispicable human being) less than one star, I would. Don’t even have to read them to know that they are terrible, fictional, and full of lies just as she is. If you are unaware of who she is and what she has done, educate yourself immediately. Kevin Richardson. Antron McCray. Korey Wise. Yusef Salaam. Raymond Santana Jr. Know their names. Watch #WhenTheySeeUs on Netflix now.
Markina Wilkerson
How come in your bio you don't mention how you won the Central Park five case since you just know they did it?

If you are that good of a lawyer ,like it states you are, stand on it put it in your bio!


Again asking for a few friends named Real Justice and Truth
Jun 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
This woman is racist and sent five innocent minority children to jail in the Central Park Five case. Who knows how many other innocent minorities she has harmed. What an awful person.
Raquel Bruce
Jun 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
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!
Ronald Webster
Jun 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
You are a liar and a hack!!! I pray that you get the Justice that you gave those young boys in the Central Park 5!!! I will never read anything with your name on it!
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
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 your writing career rots just like you will after judgment day.
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
2.5 Stars

My Musings

Silent Mercy isn't one of my favorite books in the Alexandra Cooper Series. The usually good dialogue was stiff and I had to read some dialogue a couple of times to make sense of it. And the storyline lacked Fairstein's usual easiness, like she didn't really believe the whole scenario either. Her timing and her reliable suspense pacing seemed off. I neither really liked nor disliked Silent Mercy and that is very unusual for this reader, since I am a big fan of Linda Fairstein
Apr 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
If you’ve read my other reviews you’ll know that I don’t usually reveal anything about the story, I prefer to tell you my opinion of it and leave you to enjoy the story for yourself if you choose to read it. However, as I’m deeply unimpressed with something about this book I’m not sticking to my usual principles!

I loved the synopsis on the back of this book, it hooked me by saying the was based in New York (I love it there) and starts by saying “In the middle of the night, the burnt headless bod
Lizzie Hayes
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
‘Silent Mercy’ By Linda Fairstein
Published by Little Brown, March 2011. ISBN: 978-1-4087-0241-3

This latest thriller featuring Assistant DA Alex Cooper and NYPD Detective Mike Chapman opens with the discovery of a headless body on the steps of a church in New York. Within days a second body turns up also left at a church, and not just any church, it is clear that the killer is making a particular point

To try and get in the mind of the killer Alex and Mike explore various religious beliefs trying
Gloria Feit
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
This deeply researched series highlighting New York landmarks featuring Alexandra Cooper and Mike Chapman takes the reader in a somewhat different direction from previous entries. This time the author tackles religion, albeit in a non-controversial manner.

While New York continues to be the prime real estate, the murderer the duo is chasing has committed the same crime in other states, ending up on Cape Cod. But various religious institutions set the stage for the chase as the culprit leaves his
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
In this latest installment of the Alexandra Cooper series, Linda Fairstein takes us on a wild thrill ride on her latest case yet. We're so deeply involved into this one, when it deals with females and religion, and their beliefs. We root for Alex to find out a connection between old and new murders of this serial killer, which takes us all over to New York. There's plenty of surprises in this one, that would leave you breathless on every twist and turn she has in store for you, the fellow reader ...more
Jun 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
You’re gonna die in hell
May 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
I've read all the other books in the series. After the last one, I wasn't sure I was going to bother. Mike Chapman isn't really endearing enough to pull off all of the offensive and obnoxious stuff he says. I don't see how it's necessary. I mean, he says horrible things but then the main character, Alex Cooper, thinks "well, I know he's a really good guy deep down". Yeah, ok. So he's a cop and saves lives. It's hardly an excuse to be a complete a-hole about absolutely everything else.

Anyway, he'
Mark Richard
May 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime
A BURNING HEADLESS BODY, outside a church.
Great Start
A FREE FALL into a court case which seems to be as boring as it is long. If I wanted to read about a court case I would have grabbed a GRISHAM. This ain't no GRISHAM.
The book ambles along struggling to keep my interest.
Why a man can be a Priest. Why a woman can never be a Priest.etc etc.
After a while you start thinking that this is a bit like a SCARPETTA.
But there ain't no SCARPETTA.
And there ain't no MARINO.
Jun 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Do not support this monster (author Linda Fairstein) who ruined the lives of children for her own personal gain.
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!
Franny Lions
Jun 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
Every book is terrible just like the lies you formed against the Central Park Five
Erin Deanna
Jun 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
She’s the reason the Central Park 5 men went to jail.
May 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011
Linda Fairstein is one of handful of writers with series that I enjoy enough to always read whatever the latest is. It's a relatively select group that provides me with great reading comfort food and sometimes that's just what you need. I have a lot of respect for Linda Fairstein and her pioneering work as a Sex Crimes DA back in the days when the victim deserved it. As bad as it is now, it is much much better than it used to be and women like Linda Fairstein helped make that happen. Bonus that ...more
Feb 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I didn't realize this was a series when I started reading, so imagine my surprise when I discovered it was release 13. How I managed to miss this author, I can't imagine, but I'll be watching for her next release in the future.

Now to the book. I really enjoyed it. The characters are well developed, have good relationships, the plot moves along at a fast pace and the premise could have jumped off the pages of any major city newspaper. I loved the tidbits of historical trivia about the various dif
Apr 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller, series, 2011
I usually really enjoy an Alex Cooper novel. However, this one just didn't do it for me.
It started out quick with a gruesome murder. We had a slice of Alex in court. However, the writing just wasn't that taut, and several things were repeated in the text (a bit about Alex's religious background).

I thought the writing wasn't as good as in previous novels. I had a hard time following the plot and the motivations of the characters.

There was a really dumb subplot too that just distracted from the
Susannah Carleton
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Excellent and riveting! Alex is helping to try a case against a defrocked priest and teacher who molested a number of young boys, but members of the Catholic Church hierarchy are incensed when a former Bishop is questioned at length about the church's response to such complaints and about secret archives. (To keep the trial out of the headlines, Alex isn't the lead prosecutor, but she's the one who questions the Bishop.) Someone is killing religious women, in gruesome manners, leaving their bodi ...more
J. Ewbank
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book by Fairstein is well put together. It is a mystery that is mysterious. The characters are interesting and they get involved. You want to keep turning pages to find out what is happening. I think the attorney, Alex, does more than most do but it makes the story. You'll enjoy it.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" and "To Whom It May Concern"
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Linda is one of my favorite authors. This novel's first "incident" was found just a few blocks from where my daughter and family lives in New York. Makes me want to visit all of the churches involved in the story. Beautiful architecture it sounds like. Also this novel of hers dealt with some important feminist and other issues facing the church today which was exciting for me.
Mar 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent story from Linda Fairstein. She is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.
Betsy Baird
Aug 07, 2013 rated it liked it
It was decent, but I felt it got a bit more outlandish that many of the others. I won't add how, as that would be a spoiler of sorts, but you'll see.
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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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