Terminal City

Terminal City

by Linda Fairstein

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Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper returns in the new breakneck thriller by the New York Times bestselling author of Death Angel who once again captures the essence of New York City — its glamour, its history, its possibilities, and its endless capacity for darkness.

Grand Central Station is hiding more than just an underground train system. When the body of a young woman is found in the tower suite of the Waldorf Astoria, Assistant DA Alex Cooper and Detective Mike Chapman find themselves hunting for a killer whose only signature is a carefully drawn symbol carved into his victims' bodies, a symbol that bears a striking resemblance to train tracks.

After a second body is discovered in a terminal alleyway, attention shifts to the iconic transportation hub and the potential for a bigger attack. With the President of the United States set to arrive for a United Nations meeting, Alex and Mike must contend with Grand Central's expansive underground tunnels and century-old dark secrets — as well as their own changing relationship — to find a killer who's cutting a deadly path straight to the heart of the city.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940163128648
Publisher: Gere Donovan Press
Publication date: 11/07/2019
Series: Alexandra Cooper Series , #16
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 48,977
File size: 595 KB

About the Author

New York Times bestselling 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, which include Death Angel, Night Watch, and Silent Mercy, 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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sharynVA More than 1 year ago
Linda Fairstein has been a favorite writer of mine for quite a while.  I love her finely researched stories and the history of New York that is always a feature in her novels. Unfortunately, her latest books seem to focus more on Alexander's super powers rather than any legal issues.  I often wonder why a woman in charge of the sex crimes unit of the DA's office is always in such precarious places.  I don't need Alex to be superwoman, I like her just as she is - a lawyer dealing with criminals, cops and victims.  Not jumping out of windows and tunneling beneath the City.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An exciting, well-written mystery. The attention to detail in the history of New York's Grand Central Terminal is really what makes this book stand out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been a Linda Fairstein fan for years having read all her previous Alexander Cooper books. I looked forward to her latest, I was dismayed to discover that Alexander's character had morphed from a bright, articulate and confident woman to a whiny, insecure, timid person. What happened??? Did someone besides Mrs. Fairstein ghost write this book? Even the dialogue between the two detectives seemed "off".
susanneleist More than 1 year ago
I have loved reading LInda Fairstein's books. I have been reading them religiously since the first one was published. Not only does she provide a classic mystery, she gives background information about places in Manhattan that I've never visited. As a New Yorker, I've been to Grand Central Station at rush hour, but I've never been underground. Not in my wildest imagination, and I have one, would I have envisioned life below the terminal. Now I know it's a terminal and not a station. Who knew? Her words let me clearly see the President's train hidden on a track in a tunnel beneath the terminal. A train that the President had used to enter the Waldorf Hotel. A train with a wide doorway to allow his limousine inside so that the public wouldn't see President Roosevelt in his wheel chair. I won't say more to give anything away. It's suffice to say that the book holds many surprises. Some are educational and some are fun. And then some are scary. Imagine running across a clear glass walkway right below the majestic ceiling of Grand Central Terminal. Linda Fairstein did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot was very thin and too obvious. The verbal foreplay between Alex and Mike has become banal and juvenile. I've enjoyed Linda's books for years, but this one really fell off the cliff in the quality department.
Lise_Horton More than 1 year ago
As a born and bred New York City gal, Fairstein's crime thrillers always give me a wonderful look at a slice of Manhattan history, all wrapped up in wonderful crime novels. Alex Cooper, Asst. DA in the NYC Sex Crimes unit has a tough task ahead of her in Terminal City when a body is discovered, and then another and she's led into the bowels of Grand Central where she discovers the "mole people" who live in the abandoned tunnels, including flashers and crazies and some savvy street people. Uncovering the identities of the victims, unearthing a train car used by FDR to reach Manhattan in secret, she's also confronted with some distressing news on the romance front. Following their flirtation that escalated to the physical, Alex and NYC detective Mike Chapman are dealing with a prickly awareness and Mike's sudden return after an abrupt "vacation" has Alex' instincts flaring. Something's up and it does look good and when Mike lies to her, she's twisted up by more than her case. When a past threat is linked to the case, when it becomes clear that the President's upcoming visit might be an end game for the killer, the Feds get involved, along with an exemplary cast of characters including a janitor, a transit cop with an affection for the mole people, an informant, it produces an edgy and thrilling mystery that will suck you in as neatly as Alex is sucked into the dark dance with death. In addition to the marvels of crime writing, Fairstein stuffs the book chock full of wonderful in-depth history (almost bordering on the 'too much', though not for me!) of Grand Central station, the history of train travel in the US, the defunct Biltmore and it's romantic "meet me under the" clock and even background on the changing homeless landscape in NYC. The ending is nail-biting and among Fairstein's best plots and I even knew the answer to one of the ubiquitous Jeopardy questions that Alex, Mike and best friend Mercer Wallace bet on. The secondary cast is, as always, superb and varied, and except for the most minute of pacing slow-downs when the historical background is unfolding, this book is red-hot, rocket sharp and intense.
JennMcLean More than 1 year ago
Linda Fairstein has her newest book, "Terminal City", staring Alexandra Cooper coming out on July 17 of this year and I got the chance to review it. I hadn't read any of Fairstein's novels and when I discovered that she has written a series of sixteen mysteries I was thrilled. I also learned that Ms. Fairstein comes by all the meaty details used in her books honestly, she led the Sex Crimes Unit of the District Attorney's Office in Manhattan for twenty-five years. Now I was seriously intrigued and wanted to give this sixteenth book in the series a really fair shake. It seemed only fair that I get to know the character (Alex Cooper) from all of Fairstein's books better, before delving into "Terminal City". I decided to read the first book in the series, "Final Jeopardy", so I purchased the Kindle edition and jumped right in, I'm very glad I did. Linda Fairstein is a terrific writer, the mystery part is intricate and interesting but the best part of her books, the part that elevates the mystery to something seriously special, is all the historic detail contained in each story. It seems that Fairstein chooses a site in every book to illuminate and give spectacular details about. In "Terminal City" she chose Grand Central Terminal, the heart of New York City.  I'll readily admit I am NOT a lover of history. I get bored reading books set back in the olden days. But the incredible and totally cool information given about Grand Central, imparted in an interesting way, made it so enjoyable to read. In fact, I backtracked an entire chapter and read it to my mom just so she could enjoy the incredible historical details about Grand Central. What I read made me add New York City and Grand Central Terminal to a list of places I have to visit, it's now on my bucket list. Fairstein forks out digestible pieces of historical detail, all expertly woven into the mystery that surrounds it.  Alexandra Cooper is an assistant District Attorney for Manhattan in New York City, specifically heading the Sex crimes unit. Homicide detective Mike Chapman and Special Victims detective Mercer Wallace work with "Coop" to solve the city's worst crimes. In "Terminal City" a young woman is found tortured and murdered in the Waldorf-Astoria hotel. The brutal murder is complicated by the fact that the President of the United States is scheduled to arrive and stay in this same hotel next week. The case becomes the city's top priority as the killer continues upping the anti, leaving bodies closer and more connected to Grand Central, the place the President will be terminating his whistle-stop trip after taking the train all over the States, glad handing constituents. Is the killer after the President or is this something else? Alex, Mike and Mercer, along with the FBI must end this cat and mouse game soon and figure out how this all connects to one of the most beautiful and complicated buildings in New York City.  This book was truly a pleasure to read and I'm so glad I took the time to get to know the characters first by reading the first in this sixteen book series, "Final Jeopardy". I truly appreciate the accurate details about how the sex crimes division of the District Attorney's office runs and I reveled in the background cases and goings-on that Fairstein adds to her books. I can, in all confidence, recommend this entire series, book one was a five star, as is "Terminal City", the sixteenth book in this series. Linda Fairstein is a spectacular writer, weaving fact and fiction together so the reader learns something as she enjoys a thrilling mystery. Bravo.
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plot & story good as usual, but Alex has turned into a whiny woman with boyfriend issues.
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PierresFamily More than 1 year ago
With many years of experience working in the justice system, I can't abide most so-called crime stories. But this was the best crime novel I have ever read; in fact, it was the first one I have ever been able to finish reading. I know too much to be able to enjoy most of the best-selling crime authors. Just because someone is a lawyer, doesn't mean s/he writes authentically. But Linda Fairstein's stories and characters ring true. Terminal City is susenseful, unpredictable and very true-to-life. Now I'm excited about going back and reading Linda's first 15 Alex Cooper novels. Normally I think series are just lazy writing; the author already has the characters and basic storylines and can fill in particulars. But in Linda's case, her writing is so authentic, that it's like a slice-of-life inside the criminal justice system. HIGHLY recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the last book so far in this series i have loved everyone of them and can't wait and hope Book 17 comes out soon Its great read
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
Linda Fairstein is noted for the meticulous research she does for each of her mysteries which take place in a different New York City landmark. And she outdoes herself in this novel which revolves around the century-old Grand Central Terminal, both above and below ground, well along the tracks north. In fact, it is so chock full of little- or even unknown facts that it boggles the mind. Who knew, for instance, that there is an elevator connecting the below surface area to the other landmark known as the Waldorf-Astoria? Or that the elevator was large enough to carry the polio-crippled FDR and his automobile from the tracks below up to street level and to allow him to enter the lobby? The plot begins with the discovery of a woman, nude, raped with her throat cut from ear to ear, in a suite in the Waldorf Tower. Two additional murders occur, one a man who lives in the underground byways along the tracks and another woman, murdered in the same manner as the first, found in a private railroad car parked along the tracks. The crimes seem to be associated with Grand Central Station, and complicating the situation is the expected arrival of the President in a few days by rail. Obviously, the denouement takes place in the terminal, but not until Mike Chapman and Alex Cooper pick up where they left off at the end of the previous book in the series (after a slight detour). As in previous installments, the plot is tight, writing succinct, and characterization and dialogue superb. Obviously, the novel is recommended.
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Having just come back from New York I found this novel and was hooked! My partner and I stayed at the Affinia 50 just a block from the Waldorf Towers and walked all thru every area written about. The story was great and I could not put it down, I found my self staying awak all night because I wanted to get to the end. I was even guessing who I thought the suspect was. When a novel gets you to interact with it like that you have the best escape in your hands. Run do not stop to get this great read!
Billyt1 More than 1 year ago
Good story with fascinating history of train transportation in NYC. Good development of continuing relationship between main characters.
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Ronniedean More than 1 year ago
Linda is one of my favorite writers. Love learning about NYC...she always writes her story around some great historical part of the city..The characters are interesting & fun...can't wait to see how Coop & mike's relationship progresses to next level.
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I learn so much about the history of NYC from Fairstein's mysteries. I just wish she didn't list what Alex Cooper and friends had for their meals. Also, the bantering with Mike, her NYPD partner gets too predictable. But the issues are interesting and the plot fast paced.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the characters n her books. Also learn interesting things about the history of NYC.
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literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Assistant District Attorney Alex Cooper is called to the scene of another horrific murder.  This time the victim is a young woman who was obviously raped and knifed by a vicious killer.  One odd piece of evidence remains; a carving on the woman’s body that looks like a precisely carved ladder.  Add to this that the murder took place in the famous Waldorf Astoria, the notable hotel in which the President of the United States is to be a resident in a few days.   Hundreds of videos need to be screened, dozens and dozens need to be interviewed, and of course relatives need to be notified.  Mercer and Mike are among others required to find the killer before POTUS arrives in three days. Meanwhile, what seemed to be a unique crime is followed by other murders, each with the singular carving of what appears to be a ladder. A few days later while searching for anyone who would have seen someone carrying a large case into the hotel, the mystery becomes more complex.  An underground city exists with residents who are homeless but who feel safe in this putrid, filthy place with its caves and rules and regulations. So the search continues. A mystery also concerns Mike who had taken a three month leave of absence and is now lying to Coop (Alex Cooper) for her own safety, supposedly. She’s not quite buying it! Terminal City: A Novel is a fast-moving, intriguing criminal mystery that will satisfy readers who like this genre as well as new readers.  Linda Fairstein knows how to pace the tension and clues, while adding many funny moments to deflect the horror of the crimes that rear their heads during the investigation.  Nicely done, Linda Fairstein!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. Look forward to the next.