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

I was unable to read this book due to some personal issues. I look forward to checking it out at the local library.

One of the best books of the year..

I have loved this series from the beginning and still do. Alexandra is an excellent character who seems so real to me. Always having mike and mercer with her and how it grabs you from word one. Love it

Deadfall is a wonderful, fast-paced book that will grab you from the very first sentence. Assistant D.A. Alexandra Cooper is back on the job after a leave of absence, and is immediately thrown right into the middle of the murder investigation of the NYC District Attorney, in which she is the prime suspect. Although this is a stand alone book, it would have been helpful to me to have read some of the books that came before this one in order to understand her PTSD, a recently solved murder case, and the reason she was on a leave of absence. Alexandra is a great protagonist, and I really liked Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace who always have her back. Deadfall deals with the current issues of illegal animal trafficking and ivory poaching, and it is interesting to see how it leads back to the murder of the NYC D.A. I highly recommend this hard to put down book.

I love Linda Fairstein. She knows how to write a great detective thriller. ADA Alex Cooper is a great flawed heroine. She is at times her own worst enemy. The secrets that she hides drive part of the mystery. I loved wrapping in some real life intrigue as well. Alex's former boss annd mentor is murdered in front of her in the title fashion of a deadfall. I love that the title a central part of the story. Suspicion is cast on Alex because of her tension-filled relationship with her former boss. Why was he desperate to talk to her just before he was murdered? I agree with some of the other reviewers that even though the book is a part of a series, Fairstein has crafted a story that works as a standalone. I would highly recommend whether this is your first in the series or you have read them all.

This was wonderful. I love this group of characters. This book had many twists and turns that really had me guessing as to the bad guys. I could not put this book down. I give this a five of five stars. I so look forward to the next in the series. I received an ebook copy of this book from Firsttoread for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

Deadfall, written by Linda Fairstein, is the nineteenth book in the Alexandra Cooper series. The one thing I must point out is that although this book can be read as a standalone, I highly recommend reading the previous books in the series, especially since this book picks up where the last book ended. In this latest installment, Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper has just had the shock of her life...her mentor and boss, District Attorney Paul Battaglia, has been murdered on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He was seeking out Alex because he needed to talk to her, but instead of having a conversation, he literally died in her arms. She immediately becomes a part of the investigation surrounding the assassination of Paul, but it isn't clear if she is a witness or a suspect. She sets out to clear her name and find out the truth behind his death and recruits the help of two of her closest friends, Mercer Wallace and Mike Chapman, both detectives from the NYPD. As their investigation unfolds, things are discovered that have them questioning more than just the death of the district attorney. Once again, Linda Fairstein takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride filled with twists and turns you will never see coming! As with her previous books, she brilliantly weaves actual history about NYC into the plotline. This allows readers to learn something new about the city, while at the same time, incorporating those facts to play an important role in the story. The characters and crimes are realistic and believable, which makes sense considering the author worked at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office for more than twenty years. Overall, I would highly recommend this book, as well as the previous books in the series. I received an advance copy of this book from First Read and Penguin Group Dutton. My opinions are my own and are in no way influenced by anyone else.

Another great book from Linda Fairstein. Love the dynamic with Alex, Mike and Mercer. I don't want to give anything away-so just pick this one up and enjoy a great read!

Linda Fairstein's 19th tome in the Alexandra Cooper series picks up where the last one left off - the death of DA Paul Battalgia. Alex finds herself on the opposite side of the investigatory table and she is not happy about it. As always Ms. Fairstein treats us to wonderful bits of New York history woven throughout her compelling and intriguing tale. It's worth your time to pick it up and follow as the indomitable Alex, Mike, and Mercer untangle the mystery surrounding Battalgia's death.

This is my first exposure to this book series and to the author. Perhaps I would have benefited from reading the earlier volumes. As it stands, I found myself often disinterested in the characters and groaning with every "Jeopardy" moment. Pretty good plot overall, though not exceptional.

This is the 19th booth in the Alexandra Cooper series. The book picks up where the previous one left off, with the shooting death of DA Paul Battaglia. Since Alex is a witness and the fact that the DA was coming to see her, puts Alex on a side of the law she has never been on. A suspect. With the help of Mike and Mercer, Alex tries to piece together the events leading to Paul's death and who would have wanted him dead. In the course of the investigation they discover a group of hunters who hunt game animals and are also smuggling animals. I love how with each book I learn something more about New York City that I didn't know. WE learn about the Bronx and Central Park Zoos. I love they mystery and it is always fun to learn something new. I am glad that Alex is starting to act like her old self again after where the last book had her mental state. I missed the take charge Alex Cooper. I can't wait for the next one. Thank you to penguin's first to read program for the ARC

Deadfall is another exciting installment in Fairstein's Alexander Cooper series. I have enjoyed all of the books that I have read in this series although not all or in order, but I was able to jump right into Deadfall and its storyline. Fairstein really knows how to jump start an exciting mystery with the brutal murder of a colleague, mentor, and one time friend, Paul Battaglia. With Alex as a witness, the book starts with action and intrigue and never lets go. One of the things I love most about this series is its main characters (Alex, Mike, and Mercer), and I love seeing all three of them together once again. I love how close these three have become and their special little Final Jeopardy game that I look forward to in each book. I also especially loved the new development in Alex and Mike's relationship. Fairstein does a great job with all of these characters. Overall Deadfall is an excellent read that I would most definitely recommend. I enjoy this series very much, and I look forward to Alex's next adventure.

I have read several of the novels in the series, and was pleased to read the most current installment. I'm a sucker for a novel with recurring characters, is it was nice to catch up with Cooper, Mercer, and Mike! The last book left you hanging with the murder of the DA, so I've been excited to see how this story line would unravel. I enjoyed the book, and appreciate some background history on Zoo's and the lottery process for hunting,....intriguing! I would recommend the book!

This is the first book I read by her. I did not realize that Deadfall was the 19th book in a series and while she did not do the normal filling in of back story that can be annoying with other series books she did repeatedly mention a kidnapping that must have occurred in the previous book. This made me feel like I missed something. I will says that it can stand alone as its own book with that little issue of the kidnapping. I liked the book and was very engrossed in to but about half way though I began not to care as much and it took a while to get through that second half. It could have been edited down slightly but otherwise not a bad book.

This is my first Linda Fairstein novel, and I enjoyed it tremendously. Delineated characters, steady progress on the plot, crisp writing that kept you wanting to read more. The end of the bood set us up for the next novel. I'm looking forward to reading the other books in the series.

I have read ALL of Linda Fairstein's books and was very excited to get a ARC from First To Read. Once again I was not disappointed and loved both the story line and the continuing character development. I wish she had added more "historical facts" about NYC as in prior novels as I am a "Yankee" and NYC was my playground growing up yet her knowledge is far greater than mine. I am already looking forward to her next novel and want to thank First To Read for the opportunity to critique "Deadfall". I continue to be one of her biggest fans and will be telling all my reading buddies to purchase or put on "reserve" at their library !

received an ARC of 'Deadfall' by Linda Fairstein from the First to Read program for free in exchange for my review. While I have read one other 'Alex Cooper' mystery, I had not read the immediately previous kidnapping of 'ADA Alex Cooper' and while this book stands alone with few issues, it would be better having read the earlier novel. The book starts out referencing Alexandra's kidnapping and forced leave of absence from the DA's office then has her boss shot through the head as he is rushing to confront her on the steps of a 'gala'. He literally falls grasping and knocking her down in his death. The story takes a number of unusual twists and turns as one would expect with Fairstein. One of the interesting twists was the intersection of Brooklyn Zoo, animal conservationism and the hunting of exotic animals in prepared ranges in Texas and Montana. I will read the other novels by Linda Fairstein and give this novel four out of five stars.

I've been curious about Linda Fairstein and was excited to receive an advanced copy of Deadfall from First to Read. Although this book is deep into a series , it does work as a stand alone story. The tempo was established immediately, picking up where the previous book ended. The reader is thrown right into chaos after an assassination murder. That absolutely worked for me. However, halfway through I started to stall out with all of the information that felt like it went on and on and I didn't stay as engaged as I'd hoped. The other quibble is that a real life Supreme Court Justice was used while all other characters were fictional. I'm not sure that worked for me here. Overall I did enjoy Deadfall though and will pick up another Linda Fairstein novel

First Book read by Linda Fairstein. I have had her books on my to-read list but it took winning a advanced look on First to read to get one read. I am glad as this book had a very captivating plot to where I could not put the book down. It starts off with Alex Cooper the ADA, having her boss killed right in front of her with him landing on her. It goes from her being a suspect to Alex working with friends to uncover the real motive behind the DA's murder. It goes through several twists and turns with many suspects arising to finally uncover the real lot. Definitely worth your time and I will be going back to read more of this author's books. If you like COP/DA type stories this is for you!

I received an ARC via Penguin’s First to Read program. This book begins from where the last book ends - on the steps of the Met where the DA has been shot in front of Alex. I’ve given this a four but really probably more like a 3.5. I’ve grown tired of the variation of a theme in these books. Alex is treated as a suspect in the murder of her boss.I don’t feel like there was a really good understanding of why that would be the first place they would be looking for a suspect. I didn’t really buy it. In this book we learned about the Brooklyn Zoo which was interesting. But Alex as usual is not following the rules. Overall I still enjoy the New York history that we get in every book. I feel like I always get a new perspective of these places. The mystery? It’s all right, although some of this I found much less plausible than past books. I unfortunately am really tiring of the formula of these books but if you find yourself still invested its along the lines of previous books.

I hadn't read any of the other books in the series which might be part of the reason I didn't fully enjoy this one. Normally, I find it easy to jump into the middle of the series but in this case it was difficult to fully understand the character of Alex and her motivations. I thought the concept of having her boss murdered right in front of her an excellent way to start off the book. Unfortunately, I was bored throughout most of the wildlife stuff and how it related to the murder. So while, I didn't particularly enjoy this book, there were things in the book I liked, including her friendships, so I might check out the earlier books in the series. Thank you First To Read for giving me the opportunity to review an advance digital copy!

Deadfall picks up exactly where the last installment ends and reads much like a continuation of the last novel. It's a gripping read, and Fairstein deftly moves long-running storylines along, while also focusing on a satisfying mystery. Perhaps most importantly, the stage is once again set for the stunning next installment in this long-running series.

I have read several of Linda Fairstein's books featuring Alex Cooper. This one is a well crafted wild ride featuring endangered species hunting and trading, heroin, Asian gangs, world wide business and much more, all intersecting in New York City. The ties seemed unrelated yet Fairstein draws them all together in a successful conclusion. The characters that reappear in each novel are well thought out and they develop and progress again in this novel. I enjoy mysteries and I can never "see the end" and enjoy the ride. Deadfall certainly delivers in this genre.

Linda Fairstein is ever so skilled combining her extensive legal background and her passion for New York in this latest Alex Cooper thriller. Sad to say that her boss, the larger than life Manhattan Dustrict Attorney, is the assassination victim. Alex leads us in a quest to find out the reason for his murder and the murder investigation wades us into an unsuspecting location, the Bronx Zoo. We encounter characters who challenge our notions about the wildlife conservation. While the book is part of a series, the reader can piece enough together to enjoy this book on its own. Alex does continue to be an independent, high spirited and intelligent protagonist to lead us to solve this quick read of a murder mystery. Thanks to First to Read for this chance.

This is the first Linda Fairstein I have read. While the book does reference previous Alex Cooper's books, I didn't need the other books to enjoy Deadfall. Ms. Fairstein's uses words to paint a vivid picture of the zoo and the pitfalls of dealing with political situations. I will read other Linda Fairstein books.

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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