Hell Gate Audio CD – Audiobook, Mar 9 2010
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'A tight story with a lot of curves and turns...Linda's books always make me want to take walking tours of New York Bookreporter.com A top-notch plot and realistic situations make Hell Gate a first-class tale Sun-Sentinel Thrills, gossip, sex, history, self-righteous indignation and hints of parallel to the contemporary rich and famous, all whipped to a fine frenzy. Fairstein's most powerful cocktail since Entombed Kirkus Grabs readers at page one and doesn't let go until the breathtaking climax Library Journal --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Linda Fairstein was chief of the Sex Crimes Unit of the district attorney’s office in Manhattan for more than two decades and is America’s foremost legal expert on sexual assauly and domestic violence. Her Alexandra Cooper novels are international bestsellers and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. She lives with her husband in Manhattan and on Martha’s Vineyard.
Top Customer Reviews
Hell Gate is a complex story about how a little power in the wrong hands can be so dangerous when greed and lust are involved. Author Linda Fairstein expertly weaves the two stories together while throwing in a fair bit historical detail regarding the few mansions still existing in New York. This is the first Fairstein novel I’ve read and the depth and detail make it a really good read. Those who prefer a lot of action in crime fiction, however, will probably feel bogged down by the eight pages of description for just one mansion. Still, if you enjoy detail and historical facts with your fiction, then you’ll enjoy this story.
Alex, Mike and Mercer are called out to a shipwreck. Not usually their type of case - until the cargo is discovered to be human. Among the dead is a woman with connections to a prominent politician. The deeper the three dig, the more the past collides with the present. Human trafficking happened in New York City hundreds of years ago - but it looks like it's still happening.....
The plotting is believable, combining political intrigue with crimes ripped from today's headlines. What I always find fascinating in Fairstein's novels is the level of historical detail used. New York City is always the background, but I would wager that even native New Yorkers would not be aware of the history behind many of the settings.
The camaraderie of 'Coop', Mike and Mercer is a major part of the success of this series. The banter between Alex and Mike is a source of amusement and the attraction between the two grows stronger with every book. (Linda - you're making me crazy - will they or won't they?!) Mercer provides the calm voice of reason.
Fairstein knows what she writes. She herself was chief of the sex crimes unit in Manhattan for over 25 years and is a noted expert on sexual assault and domestic violence. Her novels have the unmistakable ring of truth and authenticity to them.
Hell Gate is a fantastic read on it's own - but I'm sure you'll be hunting down the rest of the series!
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The usual cast of characters is back in Hell Gate. The novel opens with the wreck of a human cargo ship and a promising New York politician crashing his car after fighting with his mistress. Sex scandals abound, yet Fairstein keeps the story from becoming salacious. As always, New York City itself is a character in the story, and the reader learns so much about the city's rich history. Some of it's tied to crimes, but much of it is there because it's fascinating.
Hell Gate borrows a few characters from the headlines. Bloomberg isn't mayor here, but he was. Paterson is the governor of New York, and Spitzer did fall from grace. There's a currency to this book that I really enjoyed. If you follow New York City and state politics, you'll enjoy quite a few snarky jabs at familiar faces, names and characters.
If you're a fan of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, you should really read Linda Fairstein. She ran the SVU at the Manhattan District Attorney's office for decades, and now she writes wonderful novels. Thankfully, she manages to write one each year, but I find I even enjoy rereading them, which is rare for mystery novels. She is one of my favorite authors.
Normally, I recommend starting with Fairstein's first novel (Final Jeopardy), but I think the political storylines in this novel might entice fans of political thrillers, and these storylines have some amount of currency to them. Yes, some of the characters may be unfamiliar to new readers, but the focus is really on the mystery and politics in this novel; there are mentions to the social lives of our favorite detectives, but even new readers will be able to follow the story. The novel does begin with a lot of characters. I've read all of Fairstein's novels, and there were a few faces popping up I could not remember. I wasn't sure if they were knew to this book or not, but Fairstein provides enough background that it doesn't really matter if you remember the characters or not. Either way, I really enjoyed it.
The tone is very dreary and dull, the book is tedious. First time in many years that I did not finish a novel -and to admit this about a LF novel is a huge shock. Life's too short to waste on dreary careless writing. When I read a thriller, I want to be enthralled. This one is like reading a list of city employees, none of whom is likeable, nor any would I want to know or meet. Don't waste your time or money.
Unfortunately you are travelling the same downward route as the Scarpetta novels and you have become just as dreary and just as platitudinous and patronising in the exercise of your art. Send Alex out to the suburbs , marry her off, let her have babies but for God's sake dont let her have any further adventures. We dont need to know and you dont need to waste our time.How sad to see such a decline in talent and such a pathetic misconception of fading skills ( or laziness ).