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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (Jan. 13 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743223551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743223553
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.3 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,758,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Brett H #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on June 18 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the sixth in the Alexandra Cooper series, but this is the first of them that I have read. I did not think that not having read the others made very much difference. The Kills started off looking like a somewhat standard court room type story, competent, but nothing special. Some books are a bit of a slow burn and start off in a fairly pedestrian manner but then take to flight. However, that was not the case here and it was almost a book of three parts.

A rare American gold double eagle coin, worth a huge sum of money enters the scene in the second part of the story. To my mind this was the most interesting phase of the book and this is what sets it apart - the history of the coin, and its subsequent travels and ownership and the intrigues surrounding it make for good reading. Finally we finish off with some fairly frenetic action as the author ties up the loose ends. Unfortunately, by then I felt there were really too many ingredients in the mix and I found it hard to take it at all seriously.

This is quite a long book, and I am sorry to say that I felt quite relieved when I had finished it. That is not to say it is all bad. As previously mentioned I thought the coin aspect was interesting and if the tale could have been edited down by a hundred pages or so and more tightly focused around this I believe the result would have been much more absorbing. I think the problem was that the author was a just a bit too ambitious and wanted to cover too much ground in the plot.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cooper finds a link between an elderly woman murdered and Alex's recent client also murdered. And believe it or not, they have something to do with the CIA and King Farouk of Egypt. While I believe that Farouk existed, I don't believe that McQueen Ransome did, and I don't think it's right to mess with history. And for the author to give her husband Justin Feldman a cameo? The character could've easily just been given a fictional name. After all, having Colin Firth in Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones sequel was terrible. (B)
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By A Customer on April 23 2004
Format: Hardcover
I was surprised to see Harriet Klauser, the doyen of Amazon book reviews, refer to "The Kills" as character Alexandra Cooper's "third" starring role in a Linda Fairstein novel. Actually, it's her sixth. You're slipping, Harriet,
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Format: Hardcover
The Kills by Linda Fairstein is a page-turning suspense that held my attention during the entire book.
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By matt on April 2 2004
Format: Hardcover
I do not know why but i justed hated this book, i could not even finish it so i could not tell you what its about.
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By A Customer on Feb. 28 2004
Format: Hardcover
The denouement is gripping, we get a tour of parts of New York City and learn fascinating WWII history, but the story is slow-moving and characterization is flat.
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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book because Jeffrey Deaver wrote a recommendation on the inside jacket. What was he thinking...or more likely, what was he paid?! This book is nothing like his novels. It's tedious, over-written drivel, with way too much time spent on absolutely nothing!
To be honest, I can't even critique the ending since I've stopped reading the thing after chapter 8.
Yes, I've wasted 20 bucks, but I'm pretty sure I can sell it to the local used bookstore.
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Format: Hardcover
As a certified Linda Fairstein fan, I picked up this book without reading a single review. The book jacket copy gives no clue to the story, which is why I was caught by surprise mid-book and actually stopped reading. The book jacket describes the story's opener -- a potentially riveting courtroom drama, very timely in light of the Kobe Bryant case: a young woman claims she was date-raped by a wealthy financier -- the kind of man who seems immune to prosecution. It's a he-said/she-said case, although the man's young son will be a witness for the prosecution if he can be found.
If I had been on the jury,I would not have bought the woman's story of being "forced" to submit to rape and her actions to "save" the little boy seem questionable and possibly illegal. But as Fairstein's character points out,
women of my age rarely sympathize with these victims.
Meanwhile, Alexandra Cooper's cop friends become involved in a murder that initially seems unrelated. Now here's where the book takes a sharp detour that will delight some readers and frustrate others, depending on how you feel about historical characters mingling with fictional characters. And some readers will enjoy the introduction of FBI and CIA intrigue, while others will resist the mixture of spy and courtroom genres.
However, Fairstein is a masterful storyteller, and she seems fascinated by historical events, especially those related to New York City, and behind-the-scenes glimpses of places like the yacht club. So when I picked the book up again, after my shock at finding King Farouk's mistress in a courtroom thriller, I found myself absorbed in the story and learning an amazing amount about Egyptian royalty and double-eagle coins.
However, I felt cheated!
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