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Final Jeopardy [Mass Market Paperback]

Linda Fairstein
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June 1 1997 Alexandra Cooper Mysteries
This critically acclaimed, explosive thriller is a book only prosecutor Linda Fairstein could write. Patricia Cornwall knows the morgue; John Grisham knows the courtroom; but no one knows the inner workings of the D.A.'s office like Linda Fairstein, renowned for two decades as head of Manhattan Sex Crimes Unit. Now that world comes vividly to life in a brilliant debut novel of shocking realism, powerful insight, and searing suspense.

Alexandra Cooper, Manhattan's top sex crimes prosecutor, awakens one morning to shoking news: a tabloid headline announcing her own brutal murder. But the actual victim was Isabella Lascar, the Hollywood film star who sought refuge at Alex's Martha's Vineyard retreat. Was Isabella targeted by a stalker or -- mistaken for Alex -- was she in the wrong place at the wrong time? In an investigation that twists from the back alleys of lower Manhattan to the chic salons of the Upper East Side. Alex knows she'sin final jeopardy...and time is running out. She has to get into the killer's head before the killer gets to her.

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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Fair story, poor prose Feb. 25 2004
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't think I'll go further... March 5 2012
By Karoline TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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By Kel
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This was a pretty good book. It is an excellent dipiction of what happens in the "sex crime unit" as an assistant district attorney. The story line was pretty decent as well. Alexandra is an assistant DA in the "sex crime unit" in NY. Her actress friend borrows her place on Martha's Vineyard and while she is there, she is murdered. At first the authorities think the murder was mistaken identity (should have been Alex) but as it turns out it wasn't. With a few twists and turns, the book continues nicely coming full circle at the end. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable and easy read Feb. 24 2004
By Tin Man
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was my first introduction to Linda Fairstein. I'm more of a Patricia Cornwell fan. Overall, the book reminded me of tv shows Law & Order SVU and CSI. I had a hard time getting into the book at first, but quickly eased into Linda's writing style. The story flowed pretty quickly and smoothly, although the main character came across a little "dim-witted" between the middle and end of the book. The only odd thing I've noticed about Linda's books is that they aren't listed in order from book to book. I had to go to her web site to make sure I followed the proper order.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decided to go back and read the first one... Oct. 7 2003
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Can I make it a true Daily Double? Aug. 21 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Being a big Jeopardy fan, I loved the fact that there were some Final Jeopardy questions thrown in. :-) Wonder if Alexandra is named for Alex Trebek? Will Jeopardy be a constant theme in all her books?
Alex Cooper is a nice character. Wouldn't mind meeting her. Why wouldn't she date that detective though? I'm not sure that was ever clear to me. I mean, after she broke up with her boyfriend, that is.
The plot twist at the end was great. Did not see that one coming at all. But I guess I still don't like the boyfriend for what he did. The scumbag! Cooper deserved better.
Yes, this is nitpicky, but she claims to be an English major from Wellesley, and yet calls the Alumnae Association the Alumni Association??? Yikes! It's Alumnae because Wellesley is all women! Well, other than that, I mostly enjoyed the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of pulp, lots of fun.
The best thing that "Final Jeopardy" has going for it is its utter lack of pretension. Fairstein seems to know exactly what she's writing: fun, fast pulp fiction. Read more
Published on March 17 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like this one
When I read the back cover of this book I thought it sounded interesting, but I was wrong. I read 100 pages of this book before finally giving up. Read more
Published on June 22 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Meet Alexandra Cooper.....
New York City Assistant District Attorney in charge of sex crimes, Alexandra Cooper, couldn't believe her eyes. Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2002 by Roz Levine
5.0 out of 5 stars First-Rate First Novel!
Linda Fairstein has served for many years as New York's Assistant District Attorney in charge of prosecuting sex crimes. And according to all accounts, she is brilliant at her job. Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2002 by Wendy Kaplan
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Enjoyable Mysteries
I enjoyed this book enormously. It is well written, although tends to get weighed down in detail at some points and I have to admit to skimming some paragraphs. Read more
Published on May 17 2001 by "seveusa"
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like Kathy Reichs, you'll Love this book
Great insights into the legal and crime world... Obvious from the author's background... I won't give the plot away but it was a BIT too predictable. Read more
Published on Sept. 13 2000 by JR Geoffrion
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Crime Novel Ever
I really did not like this book at all
Published on Feb. 9 2000
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