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Cold Hit | [Linda Fairstein]

Cold Hit

On a steamy August evening, after an exhausting day in the courtroom, Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cooper joins her longtime pals and partners-in-investigation, NYPD detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, at a somber crime site. In her ten years as a sex crimes prosecutor, Alex has seen many victims, but few more poignant than today's, pulled from the water with her hands and feet obscenely tied to a ladder. Sleep comes uneasily after such a vision, but the knowledge that monsters walk the city's streets, preying on the innocent, motivates Alex and her colleagues with their sometimes heartbreaking work. Perhaps this time they will be lucky. A "cold hit" will match DNA from the crime scene with a suspect's DNA profile in the police database. Or is there a more sinister kind of "cold hit" that claimed the victims life in this case? Who was she? Her elegant clothes and manicured nails suggest affluent connections, but just how well connected suprises even Alex. Illuminating and inspiring, Cold Hit takes us from the paint-chipped offices of cops and D.A.s to the elegant restaurants of Alex's privileged Upper East Side life. The contrast is stunning, but it's all part of the extraordinary world that author Linda Fairstein has brought so vividly to life in this magnificent novel of suspense.
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On a steamy August evening, after an exhausting day in the courtroom, Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cooper joins her longtime pals and partners-in-investigation, NYPD detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, at a somber crime site. In her ten years as a sex crimes prosecutor, Alex has seen many victims, but few more poignant than today's, pulled from the water with her hands and feet obscenely tied to a ladder. Sleep comes uneasily after such a vision, but the knowledge that monsters walk the city's streets, preying on the innocent, motivates Alex and her colleagues with their sometimes heartbreaking work. Perhaps this time they will be lucky. A "cold hit" will match DNA from the crime scene with a suspect's DNA profile in the police database. Or is there a more sinister kind of "cold hit" that claimed the victims life in this case? Who was she? Her elegant clothes and manicured nails suggest affluent connections, but just how well connected suprises even Alex. Illuminating and inspiring, Cold Hit takes us from the paint-chipped offices of cops and D.A.s to the elegant restaurants of Alex's privileged Upper East Side life. The contrast is stunning, but it's all part of the extraordinary world that author Linda Fairstein has brought so vividly to life in this magnificent novel of suspense.

©1999 Robert J. Rotella, All Rights Reserved. (P)1999 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved, AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

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    AndKarena California 01-06-07
    AndKarena California 01-06-07

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    "Maybe I just don't like abridged"

    I liked this story, but it seemed a little bland. Perhaps I don;t like abridged stories. I have not read other fairstein, so I shall have to compare. It was an interesting enough story, but it seemed to lack tension. I tend to try to buy unabridged, because I figure if the story can be cut without damage, then maybe it is not as good as it could be.

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    Bill Burton New Britain, CT USA 02-25-04
    Bill Burton New Britain, CT USA 02-25-04 Listener Since 2003

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    "Cold Hit"

    While the story is classic Fairstein, I just had a hard time with the Reader. Allison Janney has a voice that just makes this book difficult to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kayla 05-21-15
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    The story was good but I really prefer Barbara Rosenblatt as narrator! I love audible

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    Catherine Brisbane, QLD, Australia 02-23-09
    Catherine Brisbane, QLD, Australia 02-23-09
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    "Very poor sound and editing."

    The story is fine and Allison Janney is ok, but the sound of this audiobook and the editing is VERY poor. I've listened to other books read by Allison and she's not too bad but this sounds like it's been played from an old cassette tape that's a bit stretched. There's also small glitches of someone else's voice, or the start or end of a take and even a few with a faulted take and then the corrected one. It was a bit disappointing.

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    Janet Allen, TX, United States 11-07-08
    Janet Allen, TX, United States 11-07-08 Member Since 2006

    I'm an avid listener. Audio books are a mini-vacation for me. They fill my "need to read" when I don't have time - which is most of the time. Great element of multi-tasking!

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    "Janney is a great actress, but..."

    Allison Janney is not the most versitile reader. Her voice is a bit flat throughout, and there are at least 2 places where poor editing has the listener hearing verbal mistakes, followed by the corrected language. Wierd.

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    Earl Shilton, LEI, United Kingdom
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    "Brilliant from beginning to end"

    Fairstein is just great, if you like Patricia Cornwell, Elizabeth George etc you will just love Fairstein. Keeps the suspense going from beginning to end.

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    "Good for an abridged version but performance lacks"
    What made the experience of listening to Cold Hit the most enjoyable?

    I was looking forward to a Linda Fairstein book on audio. And although this one was an abridged version, which is never as satisfactory, it held up well apart from the narration. Overall the narration was alright, however the start was obscured very slightly by some music. It only lasted a short while but was un-necessary and highly annoying. And although I had no major issues with the narrator, the narration also felt rushed at time.


    What other book might you compare Cold Hit to, and why?

    In a similar vein to Kathy Reichs crime novels simply because of personal knowledge by the author of the subject matter, and both sets of novels contain a strong female lead. If you like one, I suspect you might like the other.


    Have you listened to any of Allison Janney’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Never listened to this narrator before, and found she was clear in tone, and managed to put in good inflections to separate the books various characters. Just a shame the narrative felt so rushed at times.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


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