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(PB) by Dutton, (US/CAN/UK) 7 June 2016. ISBN 978-0-4514-1730-5
(UK) by Little Brown (HB) 11 August 2015. ISBN 978-0-7515-6033-6. (PB)
In the previous 16 novels in the Alex Cooper series the author selected
one New York City landmark in which to set the crime and exhibit her meticulous
research in giving all the facts and minutiae surrounding the site. In
this novel, however, she chose three: the George Washington Bridge, Liberty
(Bedloe’s) Island, home to the Statue of Liberty, and Devil’s Bridge, a rocky
outcropping at the foot of the bridge atop of which is the only lighthouse in
Gotham [NYC, that is], the Little Red Lighthouse.
And then to continue on a different path, the victim
is Alex herself, who is kidnapped:allowing the author to delve more deeply into her new paramour, Mike
Chapman, now that their relationship has deepened. Of the three sites,
only the George Washington Bridge is described perfunctorily: opened in 1931,
connecting the narrowest point between northern Manhattan and Ft. Lee, New
Jersey. Everything you’d want to know, and then some, is provided
on the other two landmarks.
There are two questions facing Chapman and the rest of
the NYPD: Is her abduction related to a case she is prosecuting, or to
her relationship with Chapman, With entire resources of the City and its
police force, it still remains for Mike’s intuition to arrive at an answer,
while contributing his knowledge of military history and the various forts in
the city, including the one beneath the statue of Miss Liberty and the two
originally constructed where the bridge now stands during the Revolutionary War
by George Washington. It was interesting to witness a conference at One Police
Plaza during which the Commissioner led a group laying the groundwork to help
find and rescue Alex. Equally absorbing was following Chapman’s various
thought processes as he investigates his lover’s kidnapping. Obviously,
the novel is recommended.
Linda Fairstein is
an American author and former prosecutor focusing on crimes of violence against
women and children. She was born 5 May 1947 in New York. She was
educated at Vassar
College, University of
Virginia School of Law. She has written 14 books featuring Alex
Cooper-NY District Attorney, and Detective Mike Chapman.
Ted and Gloria Feit
live in Long Beach, NY,
a few miles outside New York City.
For 26 years, Gloria was the manager of a medium-sized litigation firm in
Her husband, Ted, is an attorney and former stock analyst, publicist and
writer/editor for, over the years, several daily, weekly and monthly
publications. Having always been avid mystery readers, and since they're
now retired, they're able to indulge that passion. Their reviews appear
online as well as in three print publications in the UK and US. On a more personal
note: both having been widowed, Gloria and Ted have five children and nine
grandchildren between them.