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Linda Fairstein - Author

About the Author

Linda Fairstein was the Assistant DA of Manhattan's sex crimes unit before taking early retirement in 2002 to concentrate on her writing. She divides her time between New York and Martha's Vineyard.

Photograph by Sigrid Estrada

Featured books by Linda Fairstein

Death Angel

Death Angel

Author: Linda Fairstein Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/04/2014

'Maybe she blessed the waters a century ago, but now she's a magnet for murder. She's an angel all right,' Mike said, staring at the beautiful sunlit figure that towered over us. 'A death angel.' In New York's Central Park, Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper and Detective Mike Chapman race to track down a serial killer before yet another young woman is found dead. The enormous urban park, a sanctuary in the middle of the city for thousands of New Yorkers and tourists who fill it every day, may very well become a hunting ground at night for a killer with a twisted mind ...

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Other books by Linda Fairstein

Blood Oath

Blood Oath

Author: Linda Fairstein Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/12/2019

New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein returns with a timely, captivating thriller about the deep - and often deadly - reverberations of past sins. _________________ Assistant DA Alex Cooper is taking on the case of a young woman who testified years earlier at a landmark Federal trial . . . and now reveals that she was sexually assaulted by a prominent law enforcement official during that time. As the case grows more complex, Alex, along with NYPD detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, finds herself in uncharted territory within Manhattan's Rockefeller University, a research institute born of tragedy that has evolved into a premier scientific facility, hospital, and cornerstone of higher learning. But when dark secrets of the century-old institution intersect with life-threatening events, the experience may just help determine whether Alex will keep her job, or throw her hat in the ring to become the next district attorney of New York County . . . if she can survive that long. _________________ PRAISE FOR LINDA FAIRSTEIN 'Her stories never fail to thrill' KARIN SLAUGHTER 'Fairstein makes the legal issues more exciting than any high-speed chases' NEW YORK TIMES 'Linda Fairstein is truly the queen of intelligent suspense' LEE CHILD 'An authentic and authoritative voice' THE TIMES

Blood Oath

Blood Oath

Author: Linda Fairstein Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 12/09/2019

Bestselling author Linda Fairstein returns with a timely, captivating thriller about the deep and deadly reverberations of past sins. Alex Cooper takes on the case of a young woman who testified years earlier at a landmark Federal trial - and now reveals that she was sexually assaulted by a prominent law enforcement official during that time. As the case grows more complex, Alex, along with NYPD detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, find themselves in uncharted territory within Manhattan's Rockefeller University, a research institute born of tragedy that has evolved into a premier scientific facility. But when dark secrets of the century-old institution intersect with life-threatening events, the experience may just help determine whether Alex will keep her job, or throw her hat in the ring to become the next district attorney of New York County if she can survive that long. Blood Oath is the latest instalment in Fairstein's acclaimed series of crime novels featuring Manhattan prosecutor Alexandra Cooper.

Blood Oath

Blood Oath

Author: Linda Fairstein Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/2019

New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein returns with a timely, captivating thriller about the deep - and often deadly - reverberations of past sins. _________________ Assistant DA Alex Cooper is taking on the case of a young woman who testified years earlier at a landmark Federal trial . . . and now reveals that she was sexually assaulted by a prominent law enforcement official during that time. As the case grows more complex, Alex, along with NYPD detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, finds herself in uncharted territory within Manhattan's Rockefeller University, a research institute born of tragedy that has evolved into a premier scientific facility, hospital, and cornerstone of higher learning. But when dark secrets of the century-old institution intersect with life-threatening events, the experience may just help determine whether Alex will keep her job, or throw her hat in the ring to become the next district attorney of New York County . . . if she can survive that long. _________________ PRAISE FOR LINDA FAIRSTEIN 'Her stories never fail to thrill' KARIN SLAUGHTER 'Fairstein makes the legal issues more exciting than any high-speed chases' NEW YORK TIMES 'Linda Fairstein is truly the queen of intelligent suspense' LEE CHILD 'An authentic and authoritative voice' THE TIMES

Blood Oath

Blood Oath

Author: Linda Fairstein Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/03/2019

Alex Cooper takes on the case of a young woman who testified years earlier at a landmark Federal trial - and now reveals that she was sexually assaulted by a prominent law enforcement official during that time. As the case grows more complex, Alex, along with NYPD detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, find themselves in uncharted territory within Manhattan's Rockefeller University, a research institute born of tragedy that has evolved into a premier scientific facility, hospital, and cornerstone of higher learning. But when dark secrets of the century-old institution intersect with life-threatening events, the experience may just help determine whether Alex will keep her job, or throw her hat in the ring to become the next district attorney of New York County . . . if she can survive that long.

Deadfall

Deadfall

Author: Linda Fairstein Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/06/2018

Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper and NYPD detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace are dealing with the shocking drive-by murder of someone Alex has worked with for years, but investigations into the death provide more questions than answers as a tangled mess of secrets slowly comes to light. From bribes to secret societies, from big-game hunting to the illegal animal trade, from New York City zoos to behind closed doors in government buildings, Alex will have her work cut out for her if she wants to uncover the truth - and uphold the integrity of the office she has so proudly served.

Digging for Trouble

Digging for Trouble

Author: Linda Fairstein Format: eBook Release Date: 07/11/2017

Twelve-year-old supersleuth Devlin Quick heads to Montana to dig out dinosaur bones, but instead she uncovers a mystery in this second book in the thrilling series from New York Times bestselling author Linda FairsteinAfter successfully apprehending a map thief at the beginning of summer, Dev is going to spend the second half of her summer vacation in Montana with her best friend, Katie, exploring the outdoors and NOT getting into trouble. But after participating in a dinosaur dig, Katie and Dev suspect that someone bad is in the Badlands when Katie's found fossils are switched out for old rocks. The good news? With Mom back in New York, no one can stop Devlin from investigating! But the fossil thief isn't the only danger here, as snakes, scorpions, and bears abound, making Montana a treacherous place for finding answers. And when the mystery takes Dev and Katie back to Manhattanto the Museum of Natural Historythe case gets even more complicated, even with Dev's friend Booker there to help. Dev has to use her brains, brawn, and yes, okay, the lessons learned from her police commissioner mother if she wants to dig up the truth once and for all. This is the perfect read for fans of Nancy Drew and Theodore Boone.

Deadfall

Deadfall

Author: Linda Fairstein Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/07/2017

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 drive-by murder of an important city employee - someone Alex has worked with for years - the trio must discover who the bigger snake is: the killer or the victim. Investigations into the death provide more questions than answers, as a tangled mess of secrets slowly comes to light. From bribes to secret societies, from big-game hunting to the illegal animal trade, from New York City zoos to behind closed doors in government buildings, Alex will have her work cut out for her if she wants 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

Killer Look

Killer Look

Author: Linda Fairstein Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/02/2017

New York City is one of the fashion capitals of the world, well-known for its glamour and style. Yet high fashion means high stakes, as Alex Cooper quickly discovers when businessman and designer Wolf Savage is found dead in an apparent suicide, days before the biggest show of his career. When Savage's daughter insists his death was murder, the case becomes more than a media sensation. With her own job at the DA's Office in jeopardy, and spiralling into a reliance on alcohol, Alex is not anyone's first choice for help. But she is determined to uncover the grime - and the possible homicide - beneath the glitz. Soon she and police detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace are investigating the family secrets Savage kept so well hidden, even from those closest to him - just as things are about to get deadly on the catwalk.

Into the Lion's Den

Into the Lion's Den

Author: Linda Fairstein Format: eBook Release Date: 15/11/2016

Watch out, Nancy DrewDevlin Quick is smart, strong, and she will DEFINITELY close the case in this thrilling new mystery series for girls and boys fromNew York Timesbestselling author Linda FairsteinSomeone has stolen a page from a rare book in the New York Public Library. At least, that's what Devlin's friend Lizathinksshe's seen, but she can't be sure. Any other kid might not see a crime here, but Devlin Quick is courageous and confident, and she knows she has to bring this man to justiceeven if it means breathlessly racing around the city to collect evidence. But who is this thief? And what could the pagean old mappossibly lead to? With her wits, persistence, and the help of New York City's finest (and, okay, a little bit of help from her police commissioner mother, too), Dev and her friends piece the clues together to uncover a mystery that's bigger than anyone expectedand more fun, too.With all of the heart-pounding excitement that made her internationally bestselling Alexandra Cooper series a hit, Linda Fairstein paves the way for another unstoppable heroine . . . even if she is only twelve.

Killer Look

Killer Look

Author: Linda Fairstein Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2016

New York City is one of the fashion capitals of the world, well-known for its glamour and style. Yet high fashion means high stakes, as Alex Cooper quickly discovers when businessman and designer Wolf Savage is found dead in an apparent suicide, days before the biggest show of his career. When Savage's daughter insists his death was murder, the case becomes more than a media sensation. With her own job at the DA's Office in jeopardy, and spiralling into a reliance on alcohol, Alex is not anyone's first choice for help. But she is determined to uncover the grime - and the possible homicide - beneath the glitz. Soon she and police detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace are investigating the family secrets Savage kept so well hidden, even from those closest to him - just as things are about to get deadly on the catwalk.

Killer Look

Killer Look

Author: Linda Fairstein Format: eBook Release Date: 26/07/2016

New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein delivers a heart-pounding thriller that explores the dark secrets of Manhattan's iconic fashion scene in her latest Alexandra Cooper novel. New York City is one of the fashion capitals of the world, well-known for its glamour and style. Nowhere is this more apparent than on the runway, where American haute couture continually astounds with its creativity, daring, and innovation in the name of beauty. Yet high fashion means high stakes, as Alex Cooper quickly discovers when businessman and designer Wolf Savage is found dead in an apparent suicide, mere days before the biggest show of his career. When the man's daughter insists Savage's death was murder, the case becomes more than a media sensation: It is a race to find a killer in a world created entirely out of fantasy and illusion. With her own job at the DA's office in jeopardy, and the temptation to self-medicate her PTSD with alcohol almost too strong to resist, Alex is not anyone's first choice for help. But she is determined to uncover the grimeand the possible homicidebeneath the glitz. Along with detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, Alex must penetrate the twisted roots and mixed motives among the high-profile players in the Garment District. The investigation takes the trio from the missing money in Wolf Savage's international fashion house to his own recovery from addiction; from the role of Louisiana Voodoo in his life to his excessive womanizing; and to the family secrets he kept so well-hidden, even from those closest to himjust as things are about to get deadly on the catwalk. With Killer Look, Linda Fairstein proves once again why she is the ';Queen of Intelligent Suspense.'* *Lee ChildLinda Fairsteinwas 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.From the Hardcover edition.

Killer Charm

Killer Charm

Author: Linda Fairstein Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2016

A fascinating and disturbing collection of true crime stories drawn from legal expert Linda Fairstein's real-life personal files. In this collection of horrifyingly true stories, Linda Fairstein provides an in-depth look inside the minds of such psychopaths as Ted Bundy and the Craigslist Killer. Drawing on decades of experience as a sex crimes prosecutor in New York City, she delves into the atrocities of these cold-blooded criminals and explains how they target their unsuspecting victims. A true victim advocate, she deftly touches on taboo subjects like law enforcement's astounding failure to process rape kits, as well as the false rape claims that ruin innocent people's lives. With her background in the Special Victims Bureau, Fairstein offers an unfiltered view of rape in the United States. But she doesn't stop there: She uses her understanding of the inner workings of violent criminals' minds to outline ways for women to protect themselves. Originally published in Cosmopolitan magazine and collected here for the first time, each essay features a new introduction by the author.

Devil's Bridge

Devil's Bridge

Author: Linda Fairstein Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/02/2016

The Manhattan waterfront is one of New York City's most magnificent vistas, boasting both the majestic Statue of Liberty and the busy George Washington Bridge. But Detective Mike Chapman is about to become far too well acquainted with the dangerous side of the Hudson river and its islands when he takes on his most personal case yet: the disappearance of Alex Cooper. Coop is missing - but there are so many leads and terrifying complications: scores of enemies she has made after a decade of putting criminals behind bars; a recent security breach with dangerous repercussions; and a new intimacy in her relationship with Mike, causing the Police Commissioner himself to be wary of the methods Mike will use to get Coop back... if he can.

Devil's Bridge

Devil's Bridge

Author: Linda Fairstein Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/08/2015

The Manhattan waterfront is one of New York City's most magnificent vistas, boasting both the majestic Statue of Liberty and the busy George Washington Bridge. But Detective Mike Chapman is about to become far too well acquainted with the dangerous side of the Hudson river and its islands when he takes on his most personal case yet: the disappearance of Alex Cooper. Coop is missing - but there are so many leads and terrifying complications: scores of enemies she has made after a decade of putting criminals behind bars; a recent security breach with dangerous repercussions; and a new intimacy in her relationship with Mike, causing the Police Commissioner himself to be wary of the methods Mike will use to get Coop back... if he can.

Devil's Bridge

Devil's Bridge

Author: Linda Fairstein Format: eBook Release Date: 11/08/2015

In her seventeenth Alexandra Cooper thriller, New York Timesbestselling author Linda Fairstein takes readers where they have never been before: Inside the mind of NYPD Detective Mike Chapman.The Manhattan waterfront is one of New York City's most magnificent vistas, boasting both the majestic Statue of Liberty and the George Washington Bridge, the world's busiest span for motor vehicles. But in Devil's Bridge, Detective Mike Chapman will discover the peril that lurks along this seemingly benign expanse as he takes on his most personal case yet: the disappearance of Alex Cooper.Coop's sudden disappearance is fraught with terrifying complications: scores of enemies she has made after a decade of putting criminals behind bars; a recent security breach with dangerous repercussions; and a new intimacy in her relationship with Mike, causing the Police Commissioner himself to be wary of the methods Mike will use to get Coop back... if he can. Once again, Linda Fairstein proves why she is ';one of the best crime fiction writers in America today'* with her most intense Alexandra Cooper novel yet. *Nelson DeMilleFrom the Hardcover edition.

Surfing the Panther

Surfing the Panther

Author: Linda Fairstein, Steve Martini Format: eBook Release Date: 07/07/2015

In this short story from the New York Times bestselling thriller anthology Face Off, Linda Fairstein and Steve Martini - along with their popular series characters Alex Cooper and Paul Madriani - team up for the first time ever. Paired together on a legal conference panel, Assistant Manhattan D.A. Alexandra Cooper and Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Paul Madriani butt heads over a hypothetical case. But Madriani - currently representing a defendant in the suspected murder of an L.A.-area madam - runs afoul of Coop within minutes over the issue of empathy for the victim, real or hypothetical. Still, after the panel there are no hard feelings and the two colleagues plan to enjoy a drink at one of Coop's favourite New York City watering holes - that is, until they are approached by an audience member claiming to know something about Madriani's real-life case that will exonerate his client. Cooper and Madriani's meeting with the source will lead them into the thick of a global conspiracy that reaches to the highest echelons of power - and ultimately, justice will be done. For more exciting short story pairings, don't miss all eleven short stories in Face Off!