Assistant D.A. Alexandra Cooper is deeply involved in a complicated, high-profile homicide case against defendant Brendan Quillian, a prominent young businessman charged with the brutal strangulation of his beautiful young wife. His conviction is not a certainty: Quillian was conveniently out of town on the day of the killing, and his defense attorney seems to be one step ahead of Cooper's effort to prove Quillian paid a hit man to commit the crime.
Halfway through the trial, a major catastrophe alters the course of Cooper's case. A cataclysmic explosion rips through New York City's Water Tunnel #3, a spectacular feat of modern engineering that will be completed years in the future. Was the blast caused by terrorism? Political retribution? Or was it merely an accident? Cooper is quickly drawn into the tragedy when she discovers a strange connection linking Brendan Quillian to the tunnel workers killed in the explosion.
Told with Linda Fairstein's trademark blend of brilliant detective work, cutting-edge forensics, and electrifying courtroom drama, Bad Blood is packed with the twists and turns that never fail to thrill her legions of devoted fans.
©2011 Linda Fairstein (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
"Fairstein tells it like it is." (Michael Connelly)
"A champion teller of detective tales." (USA Today)
"Fairstein really knows what she's writing about." (James Patterson)
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
The opening chapter is worth the cost of Bad Blood. The later technical discussions of getting fresh water into Manhattan is informative and entertaining. The discussions of DNA are very informative. The story itself becomes boring. Overall, this book has significant interest and value despite the weak story. 3 Stars for narration is being kind.
I by far enjoy the books read by Barbara Rosenblat the most. Her narration of the 3 main characters has really given them their unique personalities. I can visualize them as she is narrating. With other narrators I cannot follow the story as well. I have to remind myself who's talking because I don't recognize the voice.
Books are a mainstay of my life! Even the preschoolers and toddlers in my care, have several hundred books, which I rotate based on need.
I'd recommend it with a caveat: it's a good read/listen IF one enjoys lots of complications, especially within the final hour of the book.
I was able to follow the complicated plot until the final hour, or so, when far too many people and events took place.
Hard to label just one as a favorite - I like the interplay between Mercer and Cooper. He's an incredibly wonderful character, whom I wish I could know in real life!! Probably the most surprising and dramatic scene was the one that took place in the courtroom that had one of the characters snatching a loaded gun and using it.
Yes because of the numerous twists and turns.
I think Barbara Rosenblatt could read a phone book and have my rapt attention - she is definitely among the best narrators. Anything she reads is worth listening to !
Natasha R Zar
No, I would not. The story was not original and the author went to great, far fetched lengths to throw in twists and turns to keep the reader interested. She even branched off with other, random characters that had nothing to do with the plot at all.
I was bored listening to the story and often found myself switching off all together.
The narrator, though expressive and able to narrate the voices of several different characters well, ruined it all with her loud, wet swallowing noises and gasping, It actually made me cringe and wrinkle in my nose in disgust every time I heard it, which was often.
Yes and no. I can deal with a story that may use the "same ol, same ol" idea of a murder, who did it, was it x, was it z. As long as the characters are real and I can relate to them I am happy. The characters in Bad Blood were all one dimensional, I couldn't relate to any of them, I didn't care about any of them.
None for me, no.
I really regret buying Bad Blood. It was a waste of money.
I enjoy listening to great detective mysterie & also great thrillers. I enjoy books also by Vince Flynn, David Baldaci including assasins.
Yes. Great story and plot.
Mike Chapman. He always speaks his mind. He likes Jeopardy.
This listen was a great part of the series. Definitely better than Death Dance.
I have two rescue dogs. One Scottish born husband. And a love of books that goes back to childhood and bookmobiles!
I do like this series! really good characters.
This time we start in the court room with a man Alexander want to prove killed his wife.
During the story, I learned about the law and spousal abuse, the history of what lies below the city, how the city gets water...so much more...and it will end under the city!
Over the road truck driver and an avid fan of audiobooks.
If you want to listen to Barbara Rosenblat suck cough drops and swallow her saliva and gasp for breath during every pause; by all means feel free to waste a credit on this book.
It was so annoying that I stopped listening after 10 minutes.
While I love Linda Fairstein, and ordered her entire "Alex Cooper" series, the reader makes it impossible to listen to them.
Sorry to have wasted my $$$ and credits.
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