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  • Silent Mercy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Linda Fairstein
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    It's the middle of the night. Prosecutor Alexandra Cooper is called to Harlem's Mount Neboh Baptist Church, a beautiful house of worship originally built as a synagogue. But the crowd gathered there isn't interested in architecture, or even prayer. They've come for the same reason Alex has: to find out why the body of a young woman has been decapitated, set on fire, and left burning on the church steps.

    Beverly says: "Not up to Fairstein's Usual Flair"
    "Quite a vendetta"
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    First let me say that I'll buy anything that's read by Barbara Rosenblatt. She could read the list of contents on a box of Wheaties, and I'd normally find it fascinating. That said, she had to struggle with this one.

    I may be tiring of Linda Fairstein -- used to love her books, waited for them to appear. But the last several have been just too...... what? educational, I guess, for me. I have nothing against education -- and certainly not with history -- but the history lectures in these books are getting to be too much. I'm sure Miz Fairstein gets rave reviews from her own social circle for all the good she's doing, in terms of trying to educate us rubes along with offering a piece of fiction, but the books are becoming way too weighted down with excessive erudition. When I want to read history, I'll do it. If I want mental escape through fiction, i wish fiction writers wouldn't try to slip in too much learning or you'll find me drifting away.

    Especially when the 'learning' comes from such a overwhelmingly prejudiced viewpoint. In this book, her vendetta against the Catholic Church is so excessive it makes even me -- a Jew -- cringe. Good grief!

    I realize she operates from the "my clients never lie" theory of legal representation -- which as a lawyer myself I find ludicrous -- but really, a little bit of moderation would go a long way to making a more believable story.

    I dunno. I listened to the book, the whole thing -- but if anybody other than Barbara Rosenblatt had been reading it, I probably would have checked out early.

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