Deadfall (Alexandra Cooper Series #19)

Deadfall (Alexandra Cooper Series #19)

by Linda Fairstein


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Deadfall 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish it had not ended. Was a very good book. Staryed out with a bang
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As to be expected, the characters are smart, creative thinkers that never quit. The plot twists are sensible and believable. Best of all I haven't been able to guess the ending. In most all of the stories,
Kiean More than 1 year ago
I don't care for the writing of someone who single handedly condemned the lives of five black and latino children back in 1989, and who, to this day doesn't acknowledge her wrongdoings. Its actually insane that these men have now been exonerated since 2002 and she has had a successful career as a novelist since. As this information is just now coming to light to a new generation, we seek to correct what our justice system has failed to do. I, a latino college student and budding writer will be boycotting my favorite store's services until all works of Linda Fairstein are pulled from the shelves, and online stores, an action, I hope and know many of my peers will take part in. I ask you Barnes & Noble and its customers from the bottom of my heavy heart to disconnect your store from, this author and to not purchase this book. Thank you.
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bmamca36 More than 1 year ago
Good Book -- Good Series
nfam More than 1 year ago
The Bronx Zoological Park is Background for a Murder Investigation Paul Battaglia, New York DA and Alexandria Cooper’s mentor, is dead. He was murdered on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In fact, he fell onto Alex, knocking her down. Alex is not in top form. She’s still suffering from the ordeal of being kidnapped and held hostage. She’s drinking too much and isn’t her usual feisty self. Her position regrading Battaglia’s death is unclear. Is she a witness or a suspect? When she finds herself taken into protective custody and stashed in a mental hospital in the Bronx, it feels more like she’s being treated as a suspect. However, the ordeal yanks her back into her old self and with Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, she sets off to solve the mystery. The background information about New York, particularly the Bronx Zoological Park is fascinating, as is the information about exotic animals captured in other countries and smuggled into the US to serve as sport for avid hunters. I was particularly intrigued by Fairstein including information about Justice Scalia’s death at a hunting ranch suggesting foul play. I was disappointed in Alex in the beginning of the book. She was more passive than usual. However, she recovered and the ending was up to her usual standard. Mike Chapman is a very understanding partner. In spite of Alex’s scratchiness, he took care of her. It wasn’t the best Alex Cooper novel, but it’s a good read with interesting bits of history. I received this book from Dutton for this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps you guessing until the end
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
Still reeling from her harrowing experience in the preceding novel in the series, Alex Cooper may have reason to be portrayed in “Deadfall” as the weak, wishy-washy female rather than the forceful prosecutor she has been in this long-running story, in which this is the 19th entry. But it doesn’t seem to be in character. Yes, she has always enjoyed a drink. But to almost become an alcoholic? And to be warned and even forced to stop drinking? Sure, there is some justification when her boss and mentor, DA Battaglia, is shot in the head on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and falls on Alex, pushing her to the ground beneath him. But until now we have been led to believe she is made of stronger stuff. Or perhaps she is changing as the result of her love affair with Mike Chapman, her detective boyfriend. Be that as it may, the DA’s assassination sets off not only a murder investigation, but a much more complicated look into an international crime based on importation of narcotics and valuable animal parts, like ivory tusks, rhino horns and bones. As part of their investigation, Alex and Detectives Mike and Mercer visit the Bronx Zoological Park, to learn more about the organization running it and the society charged with helping preserve endangered species, as well as giving the author the opportunity to exhibit her deep research into another New York City landmark. The plot is so complicated that some readers may be put off by the book. While the denouement is not so far fetched, it takes Ms. Fairstein several twists and turns to get there, although the conclusion is pretty much a forgone conclusion almost from the start. Probably a little simplification could have prevented making the reader work through the various machinations Alex and Mike are put through. It’s a tough way to finally get a Dewar’s on ice. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always look forward to Fairstein's books. I wish we didn't have to wait a year for the next Alexandra Cooper novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Because of my own work in the justice system, I've always loved Fairstein's books, and drummed up customers for her among family and friends. She is an excellent writer, and for the most part her characters, cases and stories ring true; in fact, she has long been my favorite author. I have always enjoyed learning about new topics, from history to animal poaching, a cause close to my heart. But for the first time, this Cooper story inserted biased politics that weren't necessary to the plot. Many of us read good books to escape from a world where Antifas hurl urine bombs at police officers & drag elderly ladies to the ground because of their flags. This will be my last Fairstein book. Don't waste your money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as good as previous ones? Not as good as previous ones. Not as good as previous ones.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another awesome Alexandra Cooper book, it was intense from begin to end. I can't wait to see what's next for Cooper and Chapman.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
Linda Fairstein has done it again. An action filled, suspense drama that held my interest so much that I could not put it down. This time, Linda takes us to yet another New York City landmark, the Bronx Zoological (something I can't remember and it's not on their website, sorry), it can't be called just a zoo anymore. Calling it a zoo would imply it's just a petting zoo. This is an animal habitat, where animals are shown living in their own environments. Frankly, I've never been there, but according to this book, it sounds like a great place to go. The book opens with Alexandra Cooper's major antagonizer, Paul Batagglia, being killed. While there is a huge list of who would want that to happen, the story deals with his dedication to preserving the animals. Hence, the Bronx Zoo. Another great book in a long list of great books delivered to us by Linda Fairstein. I, yet again, thoroughly enjoyed this one. Thanks to Penguin Group/Dutton and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quite simply, one of the best books I have read all year! Linda Fairstein takes Alex, Mike, and Mercer on a twisty tale through the Zoological Society of New York to the wilds of Montana. Her descriptive detail to the characters' surroundings, as well as insight to their deep feelings and battles, makes this a page turner. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and am anxiously awaiting the next Alex Cooper book! Five stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always, the best. Love her relationship with Mercer, Vickers and Mike
booklover- More than 1 year ago
The 19th book in this amazing series opens with the shooting death of Alex's boss, the District Attorney, Paul Battaglia. Alex finds herself being treated more as a suspect than a witness when the FBI steps in. The US Attorney seems to have a problem with Alex, but they've never met, so what could he have against her? NYPD Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace are trying to investigate the case even though they've been ordered to stand down. That has never stopped them before ... it certainly won't stop them now. The more answers they find, the more questions they need to ask. Who would want the DA dead? Why had he seemed to be angry with Alex for months before his death? Who would have anything to gain? DEADFALL takes the reader on an astonishing journey from the the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art to an animal sanctuary in Montana to a stint in a mental hospital to the Bronx Zoo. They meet good people and lots of bad people. With each and every book in this series, I have learned more about the history of New York City than I would never have known otherwise. And of course, there is always Final Jeopardy to count on. I have followed this author for years and always look forward to a new Alex Cooper book. All these books can be read as stand-alones, but it's so much more entertaining to start at the very beginning. 5 Stars for DEADFALL. 5 Stars for the series. Many thanks to the author / Penguin Group Dutton / Netgalley for the advanced digital copy of DEADFALL.
MaraBlaise More than 1 year ago
Entombed, book seven in the Alexandra Cooper series was the first book I read by Fairstein and I loved it. Since then have I read two other books in the series before I read this one. One of them was the book previous (and the other is the first book in the series) and that one ended with a cliffhanger, which I remembered when I started this book. And, the beginning was very strong, with Alex saying goodbye to Paul Battaglia, her mentor who in her eyes has lately fallen from the pedestal, but he had such a great impact on her life that it's still hard to grasp for her that he has been murdered. It doesn't get better when she starts to be seen as a suspect, despite being the one that was with him as he was shot. The question is, who really shot Battaglia and why? The Alexandra Cooper series in one of my favorites. I have a couple of unread books waiting to be read at home and I was thrilled to get the chance to read this book. Now, you don't have had to read the previous book to read this book. The events that happened in the last book is mentioned, but it will not make this story confusing, despite the fact that Battaglia was killed in the end of the last book. What this book, unfortunately, lack that the previous books I have read are an interesting villain and a thrilling plot. Don't take me wrong, the beginning was strong and I liked reading the book. But, the plot ended to be a lot wordier than I liked, the kind of book when one tends to zone out a bit while reading. As much as I like to read Fairstein's usual history lesson about New York, this time Bronx Zoo and its past were there just so much dialog that I found myself a bit bored, to be honest. And, the whom the villain turned out to be, well that was hardly a surprise. So, Deadfall was not as engrossing as the previous books I have read, it's still a good book, but not the one I would recommend starting with if you want to read the series (go for Entombed, they find a body entombed in a house where Edgar Allan Poe once lived).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exciting right out of the gate!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very suspenseful. It is a must read.