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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Abridged edition (Jan. 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743524942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743524940
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 17.4 x 2.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 231 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,465,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Ez on Nov. 5 2004
Format: Hardcover
Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cooper investigates when museum intern South African Katrina Grooten is found dead in a sarcophagus. This was interesting (especially compared to the author's earlier novels), though some bits could've been left out. (B+)
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Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cooper investigates when museum intern South African Katrina Grooten is found dead in a sarcophagus. This was interesting (especially compared to the author's earlier novels), though some bits could've been left out. (B+)
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The glitzy reception at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art should have been a welcome evening off for Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cooper. But the announcement of a cooperative exhibition with the American Museum of Natural History is overshadowed by a 'gruesome discovery: in an ancient sarcophagus bound for a show abroad, customs officials have found the body of a young woman.
Katrina Grooten was a quiet, studious, hard-working intern at the Cloisters, the magnificent but foreboding home of the Museum's collection of medieval art. According to its records, Katrina had left her job several months earlier to return to her native South Africa: her eerily preserved body is grisly proof she'd never made it home. And the, whi lines on her fingernails are the telltale sign of her killer's modus operandi: arsenic poisoning.
But why would anyone want Katrina dead? As Alex and NYPD Detective Mike Chapman begin their investigations, they encounter an establishment whose culture is as curious as the exhibits they display, and whose secrets and rivalries are as ancient. And then, in the depths of the museum, they discover a number of mysterious vaults, whose bones hold the clues to Katrina's murder. . .
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By A Customer on March 22 2004
Format: Hardcover
I was at first pleased with the book but when it drifted into a political statement on the rights of minorities even to the point of a white woman from South Africa being raped by a blackman not seeking to pursue justice as couldn't bring herself to accuse a blackman because of the injustices done to blacks in her native county in the past it lost my interest.
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"The Bone Vault" could have been a swell 250-page mystery. Unfortunately, it's a 500-page stew of red herrings, dead-end subplots and research, research, research.
This was my first time reading Linda Fairstein, so for all I know all of her books are like this, but "The Bone Vault" just seemed overstuffed. I'm sure Fairstein wanted to paint a realistic portrait of the hectic, never-ending schedule of a sex-crimes prosecutor. That is admirable, and much of it kept me turning the pages, but she just keeps piling it on. There's a stalker, backstabbing co-workers, a lying teen, an S&M tape, a weekend in Martha's Vineyard, reflections on Sept. 11 and various romantic yearnings. Yet none of it has anything to do with the main mystery at hand.
Speaking of the mystery, it didn't make much of an impression. Murder among the secret lairs of Manhattan's finest museums is an interesting concept, one that drew me to the book in the first place. And Fairstein obviously did a great deal of research, cramming the book with facts, tidbits and history until it's bursting at the binding. Even worse, most of it is relayed through clunky dialogue and exposition in the form of museum tours the characters take. Some of it is interesting, but a lot of it is as dry as a, well, bone.
Unfortunately, all of it manages to bury the mystery in historical dust and subplot rubble. The suspects are interchangeable, with blank characterizations and hazy motives. The suspense level hums along at relatively low wattage. And with all the frantic goings-on before it, the climax is disappointing.
Still, I liked Alex Cooper and her rapport with cop Mike Chapman. I liked learning new things about the museums I had spent so many hours roaming. And I even liked the breakneck pace of a majority of the subplots.
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By A Customer on Feb. 18 2004
Format: Hardcover
I truly enjoyed this book and it was a page turner for me.
There were points where I got lost with all the characters, leads, museums and vaults, but frankly, I finished it in a few days as I had a hard time putting it down. Kept me interested until the end.
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Fairstein once again draws on her own experiences with protagonist Alexandra Cooper, who works as the head of the Sex Crimes Unit of Manhattan D.A.'s Office, a position previously held by the author. A party at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art soon leads to a murder investigation when director Pierre Thibodaux enlists Alex's help to find out why an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus, awaiting shipment to Egypt from a New Jersey pier, inexplicably contains the well-preserved remains of a young woman, not an Egyptian princess as presumed, but a twenty-first century woman.
When the photograph of the deceased woman identifies her as Katrina Grooten by Thibodaux's assistant, Cooper and Detective Mike Chapman attempt to discover who would have had access to the sarcophagus in which she was buried and why anyone would have wanted the young museum employee dead. Working at the Cloisters, where the Met housed its medieval art, Katrina was part of a project that included the Museum of Natural History in a joint bestiary exhibit studying ancient monster type beasts.
While the varied descriptions of the museum exhibits and the vastness of the holdings may serve for dry reading, Ms. Fairstein keeps the pace flowing with her study of the interpersonal relationship between Detective Chapman and Alex, in an especially touching reminiscence of the aftermath of September eleventh. Fairstein's first-hand knowledge of the Manhattan D.A.'s office allows her to imbue her main character with realism, as she chronicles Alex's complex and ever expanding caseload. This truly stand out read will have readers reaching for more Alex Cooper novels and eagerly anticipating future ones.
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