Night Watch (Alexandra Cooper Series #14)

Night Watch (Alexandra Cooper Series #14)

by Linda Fairstein


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New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein returns with a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller that takes Alexandra Cooper into the dark underside of New York City’s most storied restaurants and a murder case spanning continents.

In her thirteen bestsellers, Linda Fairstein has taken millions of fans inside sinister worlds that most of us can’t even imagine. Thanks to her extensive experience as a New York City prosecutor, she creates situations that are stunning for both their compulsive readability and their authenticity. Taking Alexandra Cooper into the fascinating world of New York City’s most beloved and storied restaurants, Night Watch continues her tradition of breathtaking suspense storytelling. 

Forty-eight hours after Alexandra Cooper arrives in France to visit her boyfriend and famed restaurateur, Luc Rouget, her vacation in paradise is cut short when a young woman from the village is found murdered. The only evidence discovered on the body is one of Luc’s matchboxes promoting his new restaurant in New York. But before the investigation begins, Alex is summoned back to New York to handle a high profile case.

Mohammed Gil-Darsin, the distinguished and wealthy Head of the World Economic Bureau, has been arrested and accused of attacking a maid in his hotel.  As the world watches in fascination to see how the scandal will unfold, Alex finds her attention torn between preparing the alleged victim to testify and a murder case with ties too close to home. A second body is found with Luc’s matchbox—this time in Brooklyn—and Alex begins to fear that the two cases may not be as unrelated as she thought, and that uncovering the sordid secrets of the city’s most wealthy and powerful could cost her and her loved ones everything they hold dear.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525952633
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/10/2012
Series: Alexandra Cooper Series , #14
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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 assault and domestic violence. Her Alexandra Cooper novels are international bestsellers and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. She lives in Manhattan and on Martha’s Vineyard.


New York, New York and Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

May 5, 1947

Place of Birth:

Mount Vernon, New York


B.A., Vassar College, 1969; J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1972

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“The historical facts sprinkled with the compelling crimes and characters create a worthwhile read that fans of the Law and Order TV series will savor. After finishing Silent Mercy, readers will eagerly seek out her other novels.”
— Associated Press on Silent Mercy

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Night Watch 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
Two characteristics of the Alex Cooper series are a crime based on real events and inclusion of some landmark or aspect of New York City. This novel is no exception. The crime is a thinly disguised recap of the Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair in which the former managing director of the World Bank was accused by a hotel chamber-maid of attempted rape. The landmark is a loose one in this case, the former renowned restaurant Lutece, allowing the author to include a lot about the eatery business. The story begins with Alex taking a vacation with her lover, Luc, in southern France, where he has a three-star restaurant. Le Relais a Mougins. In previous books, his plan to open a new Lutece in Manhattan was unveiled, and in this book the project begins to come to fruition. A former bookkeeper at Le Relais is found dead, setting up the subplot involving Luc, especially when a waiter supposedly recruiting for Lutece turns up with his throat slashed in the Gowanus canal in Brooklyn. Somehow, the stories don’t fully come up to the level of previous novels, especially Cooper’s sidekicks, detectives Chapman and Wallace. The usual touches, including Jeopardy questions and the like, permeate the story, but perhaps the DSK affair is still too fresh in one’s mind to have it practically repeated here, bogging down the other plot which seems to receive short shrift and perfunctory treatment. Still, Ms. Fairstein, as always, tells a good story, and so “Night Watch” is recommended.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
Another enjoyable tale from Linda Fairstein. I thought Night Watch was an improvement on her last couple of books, which is a good sign. We always learn something new about New York from her novels. I would suggest that Alex may be getting a good bit higher class than her readers might like. Not all of us can eat at these fancy restaurants.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent plot, great characters and wonderful locations. What more could you ask for!
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 an aching a and tired heart to disconnect your store from this author and to not purchase this book. Thank you.
Twink on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Linda Fairstein's latest release, Night Watch, marks the fourteenth book in her highly successful Alex Cooper series. This has been one of my favourite crime series over the years. Alex works in the New York P.D. Sex Crimes Unit. Fairstein herself Linda Fairstein was chief of the Sex Crimes Unit of the district attorney¿s office in Manhattan for more than two decades and is a legal expert on sexual assault and domestic violence. This gives her novels that unmistakable ring of truth and attention to detail - only one of the things that has kept me coming back to read the newest novel. In Night Watch, Alex has headed over to France to visit with her latest love - Luc, a Michelin three star restaurant owner. When a young woman is found murdered in the idyllic French village, the local constabulary suspects Luc - there are connections he has neglected to mention that look suspicious. Also suspicious are the old skulls and bones left on his home's doorstep. Alex has plans to stay in France for two weeks, but a desperate plea from her partners Mike and Mercer and a distinct order from her boss have her heading back to New York. A high level diplomatic and world figure is being accused of rape by a hotel maid. (yep, lots of similarities to recent headlines) Mike and Mercer are another one of the reasons I love this series. Fairstein has created a wonderful group of protagonists - each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Mike is brash, bold and fearless. Mercer is quieter, thoughtful and thinks before he acts or speaks. But the three of them together make for a team that gets results. The camaraderie between these three has grown and solidified over the course of many years. Of the two supporting characters, I prefer Mercer and would like to see him more of a larger storyline. Luc is also planning to open a high end restaurant in New York. Cleared to travel, he heads to oversee his new enterprise.....but a second body is found.....again, with ties to Luc. Is Luc really the man Alex thought he was? Is he telling the truth or is someone railroading him? Between those worries and the fact that the witness in the high stakes rape case keeps changing her tune, Alex is spreading herself awfully thin. And it shows. In Night Watch, Alex doesn't seem to have the same forceful personality I've come to love. Yes, she is still on top of her legal game. But, her relationship with Luc seems to have her making excuses and behaving out of character. Maybe part of it is that I really don't like Luc at all. He makes numerous misogynistic and racist comments in the first few opening chapters. They're quite offensive and I can't believe Coop doesn't take umbrage with them. Her mooning about their relationship and Mike's willingness to feed that neediness just plain rubbed me the wrong way. The third thing I love about Fairstein's novel is the New York history she always weaves into her novels. This time it's about the Prohibition era and the various ways that the ban was circumvented. I found the piece on 21 restaurant fascinating and went crawling the web to read more. I'm still a big fan of this series and will happily pick up the next book. While I enjoyed Night Watch, it just fell a little flat for this reader. All the right pieces were there - all that was missing was the Alex I know. My advice - dump Luc.
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If I could give zero stars i would.  This is a terrible book that appears to have little purpose, is poorly crafted, amateurishly presented and left me so unfulfilled that i did something I rarely do - i did not finish it.  Sorry Farstein fans but this is a lousy book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read all her books and look always forward to a new one. While I wasn't as interested in this storyline, I enjoyed this book. I particularly like her historical knowledge of New York and how well researched her current data is. Both often send me in search of other books to read. Didn't know cocaine was now an Ivory Coast industry.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
First let me start by saying, if you are a fan of Law and Order: SVU and you haven't read Linda Fairstein's Alexandra Cooper series you are missing out.  Ms. Fairstein actually led the Sex Crimes Unit of the Manhattan District Attorney's office for 26 years.  So she really knows what she is talking about and this realism shines through in all the novels.  The main character, Alexandra Cooper, is an Assistant District Attorney and leads the Sex Crimes Unit in Manhattan. (Sound familiar?) The next two major characters are Mercer Wallace, a detective in the Special Victims Unit and Mike Chapman, a detective in the Homicide division. The story is told through Alex's POV, but Mercer and Mike are by her side as whatever mystery unravels.  There is a whole host of secondary characters, ranging from Mercer's spouse to Alex's DA boss to Mike Lieutenant.  The story starts us off with Alex in France with her boyfriend Luc.  She is supposed to be on vacation but just 48 hours into it, she has been called back to New York by her boss, the District Attorney, Battaglia.  She is not as upset about heading back as one would think.  Especially as the drowning death of a young woman has put Luc under suspicion due to his new New York restaurant's matchbook in her pocket.  Plus Alex is confused as to why Luc wasn't more forthcoming with the police about some old human bones left at his home and restaurant that same night.  It could be connected.  The criminal justice system in France doesn't make sense to Alex and so she heads back to what she is comfortable with. Alex returns to New York to work on a high profile case that has come in.  The current head of the World Economic Bureau, son of exiled African dictator and French national is accused of rape by a housekeeper of the exclusive hotel he is staying at.  Alex doesn't have the lead on the case since she was on vacation. Pat McKinney, head of the trial division and always looking for a way to trump Alex, has taken the case and put himself and his team in charge.  And of course, since he doesn't have Alex's expertise, is making mistakes that could snowball later on. When another one of Luc's employees shows up murdered and with his new restaurant's matchbook in his pocket, Alex's attention is torn between the two cases, and what is happening with Luc. I have immensely enjoyed all of the other books in the Alexandra Cooper series and this one is no different.  Ms. Fairstein always manages to weave plenty of New York history into the story seamlessly. And the nightly Final Jeopardy tradition between Alex, Mike and Mercer often adds a touch of lightheartedness in what is often a serious subject.  I am giving this book 4 stars on Goodreads. An excellent addition to an excellent series.
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BettinainNYC More than 1 year ago
I read all Linda Fairstein's books -- I always love the opportunity to learn about NYC history in her books and I enjoy reading about the same cast of characters This one is a departure for Fairstein, because the subject is "ripped from the headlines" and since I followed the Strauss-Kahn story, I find this fictional story very interesting. I hope Linda Fairstein continues to write this series for a long time.
WIT-writer-in-training More than 1 year ago
As in Linda Fairstein fashion, her alter ego, Alexandra Cooper, continues her journey over two continents when her fiance's business venture crosses over into Alex's latest case, causing major life decisions for Alex...well defined characters often reflect on everyday situations that we all encounter. Enjoyable, fast paced adventurous read.
FloridagalSB More than 1 year ago
Suspense is good...and super entertaining book.
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Aggiepolo80 More than 1 year ago
Not any different from most of her others. Wasn't written near as well as some of her earlier works. Something to read, but nothing special.
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Good book, a very fast read
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