Deadfall by Linda Fairstein


Linda Fairstein

Deadfall proves once again why Linda Fairstein is hailed as "a champion teller of detective tales." (USA Today)

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Hunting a killer within New York’s urban jungle becomes the biggest case of Alexandra Cooper’s career in New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein’s latest riveting thriller.
A wild heart beats within New York City. Amid concrete and skyscrapers, the Wildlife Conservation Society works to preserve and protect the animal kingdom both within and beyond the borders of the five boroughs. But dangerous creatures don't always have claws and fangs, as Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper and NYPD detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace know all too well. Predators lurk close to home, and in the aftermath of the shocking assassination of an iconic public figure—someone Alex has worked with for years—the trio must unravel the motive behind the shooting to discover who is the bigger snake: the killer or the victim.
The murder investigation provides more questions than answers, as a tangled mess of secrets slowly comes to light. From street gangs to secret societies, from big-game hunting to the illegal animal trade, from New York City zoos to the highest offices in city government, Alex has her work cut out for her—especially since the task force handling the investigation, led by the US Attorney, seems to be more against her than with her. As tensions rise between Alex and the feds, she must determine just how far she is willing to go to uncover the truth—and uphold the integrity of the office she has so proudly served.
Deadfall proves once again why Linda Fairstein is hailed as “a champion teller of detective tales” (USA Today).

Advance Galley Reviews

Many series grow old and readers get tired of the same old formula but I can guarantee you that after 18 previous book, Alexandra Cooper has not gotten old and her character and the plot are as fresh as book 1. Thanks to First to Read for an early copy of this book to read and review. One of the things that I've liked most about the series is that the author picks a landmark in NYC and along with setting the story there, she shares a lot of information about that location. In this book, the landmark is the Bronx Zoo. As usual, Cooper is investigating a case that she's been told to stay away from. When the DA is killed on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he has come to confront Alex and falls into her after he is shot, she becomes one of the main suspects in the case. Her two good friends from previous books, Mike and Mercer help investigate the case even though they've been told to stay away from it because of their involvement with Alex. As the three of them try to untangle the secrets surrounding the DA's shooting, they get deeper into the case. It's a real page turner until the end to find out the answer to all that has caused the shooting. Note -- this is a series that really should be read in order because there's a lot in each book that refers back to the previous book. That is especially true with this book because it happens right after book #18. This is a great fun roller coaster of a read and it's a fantastic series.

This was the first Linda Fairstein novel I have read, and I enjoyed it. While I did not know what “Deadfall” meant, I liked the twist of a triple entendre but I feel like Alex was too clingy in this book for a strong women. In general, an all-around great degree details that show history and places are woven together in the story. The crimes are authentic and the solutions are handled in a reasonable way.

This is my first book by Linda Fairstein and I have to say, I want to read more of her novels. This book grabs you from the very beginning with the assassination of a high profile public servant The impact of the bullets propel the victim into the arms of Assistant DA, Alexandra Cooper. The identity of the victim is shocking. Why would anyone want to shoot him? Alex, along with NYPD detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, work closely together to try and separate the good guys from the bad guys and determine why anyone would target this well known person. Not only is this a well written mystery but I also enjoyed the romantic interaction between Coop and Mike. This was an easy book to read as it flowed seamlessly and the characters were well developed. You won't correctly guess the who and why in this whodunit so sit back and let Ms. Fairstein entertain you with her latest book, DEADFALL.

One quiet afternoon I started my introduction to Linda Fairstein’s latest novel, “Deadfall.” Ms. Fairstein is a new author for me, so I was anxious to begin. “Riveting” is the term the publicist used, an apt description indeed, for I was 70 pages into the story before I stopped to catch my breath. It’s the case of Manhattan district attorney Battaglia’s assassination on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art just after midnight. There are so many pieces to the puzzle that intrigue is built to a point you wonder, as you near the end of the tale, how the author will pull it together. But pull together she does. From the Museum steps to the Bronx Zoo, to a shooting club in Montana, ivory poaching in Africa, rusting subway cars, a dead fashion designer, and, of course, heroin smuggling, not to mention the American from Hong Kong and the successful safari to kite surfing businesswoman from India. It’s quite a ride, but I know you will enjoy untangling the clues!

I started reading Fairstein's books from the first Alex Cooper novel, but had missed the last 2-3, so before I read this, I was able to read "Killer Look" that ends right as this one picks up. That was great in some ways, but bad in one key way. Since I picked this one up right after I finished the other, it was fresh in my mind. So fresh I noticed a pretty big continuity issue that hindered my total enjoyment of "Deadfall." In "Killer Look," Alex Cooper went to the Wolf Savage fashion show in disguise. The point was made, several times, that NO ONE recognized her as she walked by, including her friend Lily... She NEVER spoke to Lily at the show, so it made the premise that begins Deadfall (why Battaglia came looking for Coop), a hard to reconcile. Most people read Killer Look a year ago, so the detail may not flag for them. Otherwise, it was great to see Alex Cooper get back to being herself. There was action and suspense, great detective work, and great friends. It was an enjoyable read, The characters are strong, and fun to see again.

I read all the Alex Cooper books, so I was really excited to see this one on offer. I love how Fairstein uses each book to delve into some aspect of New York City, this time, the Bronx Zoo. The book was very readable but I would not say it's my favorite of the series. The end seemed kind of thrown together/ anti-climactic. But I will no doubt continue to read this series.

I'm not the right reader for this book. I didn't realize it was so dependent on earlier stories and since it is #17 (?) I'm not engaged enough by the writing or topic to catch up.

Love this book! I love Alex Cooper and look forward to each new book with great anticipation. This one had me interested from beginning to end. The plot was well thought out and researched. I appreciated the fact that Alex has some issues from being kidnapped. We all would. I know the impulse must be to keep her strong but it's good to see that she's just like the rest of us. Even though it's in a series, you can read this one alone and still enjoy the book. I'm definitely looking forward to the next one!

I wish books were better about showing they are part of a series, especially since this one has so many. The book sounds really good but I'm pretty anal about reading books in order to it will be quite a while before I get to this one. Awesome cover though!

I didn't realize that there were 16 other books of this series. Not having read any of the others I found it to be a little confusing at times not knowing the back story. I didn't really care for any of the characters and found it to be very boring. I was not able to finish the book.

Once again Linda Fairstein has written a gripping story. Alex Cooper and team are in the thick of things from Page 1. Fairstein keeps the story flowing with various theories being presented. When you think it is going one way, suddenly a new path opens. I highly recommend this book. Thank you First to Read for the advance reader copy

I have read all but one of Linda Fairstein's books (more about that later) and have always enjoyed her mysteries. While the "who done it" can be predictable, there is enough doubt thrown in and the reader is more involved with the plots rather than just the solution. What really attracted me to books was the excellent character development (you get involved and care for them), believable story lines, accurate locales, and interesting historical insight into those locales. For the most part, "Deadfall" does offer most of the things that I mentioned; however, there are a few areas that I feel fall short. Ms. Fairstein's books do refer to events and characters from previous novels but usually do not require reading them in chronological order. She usually recaps recurring plot lines to fill in new readers, without dwelling too long so as to bore her regulars. As I mentioned, I have read all but one book and unfortunately, that one book is "Killer Look." "Deadfall" is a sequel to "Killer Look" but does not recap the events of the previous book as clearly as it should. Once you get by figuring out what happened before enough to get into the new plot, you can sit back and enjoy that new plot. There are a few more issues that I have with this book, at the risk of being "picky." There seems to be much less historical details that were so attractive to me in the other books, like facts about Grand Central Station, NY Public Library, Botanical Gardens, etc. Growing up in NYC I appreciated this background information and learned much about these landmarks and neighborhoods--often checking Google Maps to locate areas that I knew so little about. I am also a little disappointed in the development of Alex Cooper. It seems that after so much experience dealing with criminals and killers, being tough in the courtroom, and holding her own in previous tight situations, she has become less courageous and weaker in this book, Finally, Ms. Fairstein has always impressed me with her research for her novels. "Deadfall" seems too obsessed with its anti-hunting and anti-gun themes without offering facts about how controlled hunting has actually increased herds, and differentiating hunting for sport and for food. The issues that I have are mostly personal and "Deadfall" does offer a good mystery. I would encourage newcomers to read her earlier books, and her regulars to read this one. You never know, you may need to know what happened in order to fully appreciate her next one.

Thrilled to have been able to read this ARC version of the latest in the Alex Cooper series. Once again Fairstein hits one out of the park! "Deadfall" opens where "Killer Look" ends - on the steps of the Met. But what happens next will keep you on the edge of your seats! As in each of the Alex Cooper novels, we learn something new about a famed NY establishment. In this novel, it's the Bronx Zoo but we are also taken out west to Montana to explore and learn more about big-game hunting. Of course, Alex, Mike, and Mercer have a major role in this novel. They are always there for each other both personally and professionally. That is part of what makes the Cooper stories unique and fun to read. It's like "seeing" a friend who you haven't "seen" in a while and picking up where you left off. No spoilers but be sure to run, don't walk, and get "Deadfall" when it hits the shelves in July!

I liked it but I think I would have liked it more if I had read previous Alexandra Cooper novels. There seemed to be a lot of historical references in her relationships/life that I simply didn't understand. It did turn me on to the series so now I am interested in starting at the beginning. The story itself was interesting. I read it in 48 hours.

I have read all of Linda Fairstein's Alex Cooper books. And it's one of my favorite series of legal thrillers. Her last book, Killer Look, I thought, was sub-par. I honestly thought that she phoned it in. The book was lacking the spark that most of her previous books had. I suppose that after you have written 17 novels, it is hard to keep things fresh. I was unhappy that Alex Cooper, after her kidnapping, became a whiner and a semi-alcoholic. Deadfall picks up where Killer Look leaves off, with the assassination of the District Attorney in front of Alex and her cop boyfriend, Mike Chapman. Deadfall starts with Alex still being whiney and simpering as she's being questioned by a NYPD detective who seems not to like her. Some people think that either Alex set up the DA or that she was the target of the assassin. I was ready to stop reading and be mad a Linda Faristein for writing another bad book. But I am eternally glad I stuck it out. Alex comes back and comes back strong. The book weaves a story that has several twists and turns in its plot. It is a well-written book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. As usual, Ms. Fairstein uses New York City as a character as well. This time the Bronx Zoological Society is a supporting character in the book. Her vivid description of location adds another layer to her writing that I love. While the cliff hanger at the end of this book is not jaw dropping like it was in Killer Look, it will still bring me back to get an answer. If you are looking for a good mystery and a thrill ride, this is the book for you. I got a digital advance copy of this book from First to Read. I was provided no other compensation in exchange for my review. The opinions expressed herein are mine and mine alone.


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