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Silent Mercy (Alexandra Cooper #13)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  4,449 Ratings  ·  344 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
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.
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
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'
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
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
Shelves: thriller
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.
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.
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I still don't quite understand why the killer was targeting pariahs, but I have to say - I learned a lot from this book! It was more interesting than the subject matter about the mayor's house and the subway tunnels, that's for sure. I didn't know that Penikese existed, and it's interesting that in 2011, it stopped operating as an alternative school for juvenile delinquents.

The book starts with Alex and Mike finding a decapitated body on the steps of a church in Harlem. Is there significance to
Aug 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
Rating: 2.5 because I feel generous
Setting: NYC, New Jersey, and Massachusetts

Silent Mercy is the thirteenth novel in the Alexandra Cooper series. Cooper is the Assistant District for the Special Crimes Unit (Sex Crimes Unit.) Her colleagues includes Detective Mike Chapman of the Manhattan North Homicide Division, and Detective Mercer Wallace who works throughout Manhattan and supports the SCU full time. Cooper is the historian of the book, and most time his in depth look at the buildings and hi
Paula Atkinson
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love the Alexandra Cooper novels because the characters all have relationships that are believable. While the books are all based on murder, no two plots are the same so you can never guess in the first chapter who it is that is killing.
Something I have been disappointed by when reading other books.
I did find a few bits of the dialogue confusing & having re-read them, they still didn't make sense. However, that is clearly an error that was not picked up during proof reading.
Still think thi
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was the most gruesome story I've read by a Fairstein. I am taking a break. I like the continuing love story between Coop and Mike but this story surround was too much for me. I read til the end - I wanted to know who the killer was and why but I could barely handle the gruesome details. As usual her tid bits about the history of New York is all intertwined in the book. It's why I read them as well.
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've read several of this series and enjoy the relationship between Alexandra Cooper the assistant DA and the police officer she partners with and the fact there is little bad language. I think I even learned a little about several different religions because of the body being placed at a Baptist Church that used to be a synagogue.
Maureen Huerter
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The plot thickens

Starting this book, I felt the atmosphere changing between Mike and Alex. I enjoyed the mystery as always but this time I found myself hoping Luc would stay in France and Alex would wake up and smell the roses. Good mystery, ending is leaving me hanging.
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, suspense
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Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
An Alex Cooper mystery. Starting out with a discovery of a decapitated body on fire and placed in front of a Harlem baptist church. A second body is found at a cathedral in Little Italy. Alex feels there is a connection between houses of worship. A good suspense novel. Recommend
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this - always like the Alex Cooper books - the ending wrapped up pretty quickly - maybe too quickly !
Jerry King
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
2011 O said boring
Chick Marks
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My first Alex Cooper mystery. I'll be back for more.
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Audio book.
Mish Middelmann
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Easy reading, good New York history
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good suspense. I do like Alex Cooper. She does insist in getting involved in murder scenes but the police find her approach works well.
Her books are beginning to become predicable.
Dianna Shimizu
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
Another great Alexandra Cooper story!
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