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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (June 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671010123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671010126
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #325,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

The crusading longtime chief of Manhattan's Sex Crimes Prosecutions Unit brings to her exciting first novel the same passion and insights into the criminal and crime-busting minds that marked her memoir, Sexual Violence (1994). Fairstein also brings herself to the novel-or at least an alter ego of a narrator, Alexandra Cooper, who's also a middle-aged blonde heading the borough's prosecution of sex offenders. Cooper's typical day of counseling victims and working with the NYPD on sex crimes would probably keep readers fascinated, but her latest problem-the shooting murder of glamorous movie star Isabella Lascar at Cooper's getaway home on Martha's Vineyard-pitches the plot at high intensity right away. Though Cooper is warned by the DA not to play cop, she and homicide detective Mike Chapman, who's assigned to bodyguard her, work together unofficially to solve the crime, carrying on a sort of anti-romance all the while. Fairstein isn't a gifted stylist-her dialogue is as wooden as a judge's gavel-and the details of Cooper's professional and personal lives drive the story forward with more vigor than the murder investigation does. Some readers will be disappointed, too, that Cooper, like any victim, has to be rescued in the end by her fiercely protective and ingenious friends on the NYPD. But then this heroine's greatest appeal lies in the warmth of her friendships, the humanness of her mistakes and her unswerving devotion to protecting the next female from harm. As a woman with grave responsibilities who still puts her pantyhose on one leg at a time, she makes a memorable debut. Literary Guild and Mystery Guild main selections; Doubleday Book Club alternate; author tour.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Like her creator, Fairstein (Sexual Violence, LJ 9/15/93), Alexandra Cooper is New York City's assistant district attorney for sex crimes prosecution. A Hollywood actress staying at Alex's vacation home on Martha's Vineyard and driving a rental car charged to Alex's credit card is murdered. Was Alex really the intended victim and the murderer someone she had once prosecuted? Is that why she's been receiving anonymous nocturnal telephone calls? Or was the actress done in by her estranged lover? Why is Alex's own current lover, an investment banker and former Senate candidate, trying to cover up his own involvement with the actress? This thriller, which will keep readers asking questions and turning pages, has the potential to be one of the summer's big hits. Recommended for popular collections.
--Charles Michaud, Turner Free Lib., Randolph, Mass.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I SAT ON MY LIVING ROOM SOFA AT FIVE O'CLOCK IN THE morning with a copy of the mock-up of the front page of the day's New York Post in my hand, looking at my own obituary. Read the first page
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By A Customer on Feb. 25 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I would have found this story of mystery and murder more engrossing if Fairstein's prose had been less murky, and the dialog less stilted. Conversations read like narrative, and it was often difficult to figure out who was speaking. The overall tone, even given the hard-boiled prosecutor and seen-it-all detectives, was flat and expressionless. With all the tightly written, literate crime novels out there, I wouldn't be inclined to try Ms. Fairstein's works again.
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By Karoline TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 5 2012
Format: Hardcover
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 really that exciting. The only twist was who Isabella's male companion was, but it wasn't that shocking or revealing. However, I'm glad Alexandra didn't mope about and became dramatic diva over that moment. I do like seeing her all up in a temper though - that was really entertaining to watch.

So, the plot was rather mediocre, and although I did like the characters, it wasn't enough to make me fully enjoy the book. What rather killed it for me was, it was rather dry. So dry, it took me a while to finish a book that only had 336 pages. Oh boy, did it ever drag. On top of that, Alexandra also handles many other cases and it's all mixed in with the main case featuring Isabella. Now although this is realistic, to me it felt like it was added to fill in pages of the book. It wasn't exciting, it didn't particularly interest me, and there were many minor characters added you could not keep track without at least back tracking to figure out which case she's talking about now. It came to the point where I skimmed through most of the last third of the book, read the grand climax (which wasn't that great in the first place) and then I was done.

I was just curious what was so great about these series and I just wanted to see how it was like.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Even though most mystery writers give a little past history in the first few pages of their new books, the information I kept getting in the next three books of Fairstein's novels about an ADA who works in sex crimes division on behalf of the victims...well it wasn't enough, and I felt I needed more knowledge obviously given in the first book in order to tie the series into a whole.
For Fairstein's first book she did an admirable job. This area of criminology tends to scare me off...and there are some writers of mysteries who write about children and abuse, and I just out refuse to read them. Fairstein handles this area with great delicacy...she doesn't make the readers go through every traumatic incident. If she did, I would never have made it this far in the series.
I especially like the characterization of Fairstein. The plot is important but way too often do writers forget to fill out their characters and make them three-dimensional. This is not a problem here. As a real ADA Fairstein has dealt with the good, the bad, and the ugly, and she is able to give the readers a real 'feel' for the person she is talking about. The ridiculous betting done between Cooper and her cop friend Mike over the final question in Jeopardy is a hoot, and a realistic trait that I sure someone does somewhere. The title can be seen to have more then one meaning because of this/
Other reviewers have given a bit about the plot line so I won't do it. One thing, if this is Fairstein's first book, she definitely gets better as she goes along. Very enjoyable series.
Karen Sadler
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New York City Assistant District Attorney in charge of sex crimes, Alexandra Cooper, couldn't believe her eyes. There on the front page of the Post was her obituary under the headline "SEX PROSECUTOR SLAIN-FBI, STATE TROOPERS JOIN SEARCH FOR KILLER." What the police didn't know, was that she had loaned her secluded, Martha's Vinyard beach house to beautiful actress and friend, Isabella Lascar. Isabella had said she needed a solitary retreat to read scripts and regroup. The shooting had taken place along the house's winding drive, and the shotgun blast to the face had made identification impossible, so the authorities naturally assumed it had to be Alex. But who was the real target, Alex or Isabella? As Alex and her favorite sidekick, Homicide Detective, Mike Chapman, begin their investigation, they wonder if this could this be a case of mistaken identity, and if so, was Alex in danger, and would the murderer try again? If not, who else, if anyone, knew that Isabella was going to be staying at the beach house, and why would they want her dead.....? Linda Fairstein has written a well-paced, legal thriller that sets you on the edge of your seat, and promises to keep you there until the very last page. Her well crafted, compelling plot is full of twists and turns, intriguing scenes and strong, interesting characters. But it's her indepth knowledge of the legal system and D.A's office, and her expertise in prosecuting sex crimes, that really makes this novel stand out. With a suspenseful ending that brings all the story lines together, and ties them up into a very satisfying package, Final Jeopardy is the beginning of a terrific series that mystery/thriller fans shouldn't miss. So turn off the phone, and lock the door, Alexandra Cooper and company are about to keep you up reading all night.
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