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Linda Fairstein was Assisitant DA in Manhattan, specialising in the prosecution of sex crimes, and is now a consultant to the District Attorney. She is involved with a number of charities supporting the victims of sexual and domestic abuse. She is marri

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In the exciting ninth Alexandra Cooper legal thriller from bestseller Fairstein (after Death Dance), the Manhattan prosecutor is confronted with the trial lawyer's greatest fear-a witness who's destroyed on the stand. When the defense attorney shows that Kate Meade, the lead witness in Cooper's circumstantial case against Brendan Quillian for the murder of his wife, Amanda, has concealed her affair with the defendant, this revelation of Meade's potential bias has a devastating effect on the prosecution's case. As Cooper struggles to recover, the case takes a whole new twist when a fatal explosion in New York City's third water tunnel, which is under construction, suggests that Amanda's death is connected with other violent acts in the Quillian family's past. While Cooper may engage in a few too many action sequences for legal purists, the crisp writing and Fairstein's enviable capacity to translate her own experience as a prosecutor into an accessible plot puts this series a cut above most entries in this crowded subgenre. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

New York City assistant district attorney Alexandra Cooper is prosecuting wealthy Brendan Quillian for the murder of his wife. Her case is weak, but then Brendan escapes the courtroom. Joining her in the investigation are her NYPD detective companions Mike Chapman and Wallace Mercer. An explosion in a water tunnel that is under construction and the murder of a young woman 20 years earlier leave Alexandra knee-deep in another mystery (and under water), while listeners are treated to bits of information about water tunnels, tunnel workers, and abandoned subway lines. Along the way Mike continues to snipe at Alex, a level of teasing that seems to go beyond sincere friendship to something else. Barbara Rosenblat's reading is clear and helps bring the characters to life. Although the story line is more concerned with legal procedure and tunnel trivia than with the mystery itself, this fast-paced tale has enough plot twists to make it interesting. Recommended.--Denise A. Garofalo, Astor Home for Children, Rhinebeck, NY Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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