New York Times best-selling author Linda Fairstein returns with a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller that takes Alexandra Cooper into the dark underside of New York City’s most storied restaurants and a murder case spanning continents.
In her 13 best sellers, Linda Fairstein has taken millions of fans inside sinister worlds that most of us can’t even imagine. Thanks to her extensive experience as a New York City prosecutor, she creates situations that are stunning for both their compulsive readability and their authenticity. Taking Alexandra Cooper into the fascinating world of New York City’s most beloved and storied restaurants, Night Watch continues her tradition of breathtaking suspense storytelling.
Forty-eight hours after Alexandra Cooper arrives in France to visit her boyfriend, the famed restaurateur Luc Rouget, her vacation in paradise is cut short when a young woman from the village is found murdered. The only evidence discovered on the body is one of Luc’s matchboxes promoting his new restaurant in New York. But before the investigation begins, Alex is summoned back to New York to handle a high profile case.
Mohammed Gil-Darsin, the distinguished and wealthy Head of the World Economic Bureau, has been arrested and accused of attacking a maid in his hotel. As the world watches in fascination to see how the scandal will unfold, Alex finds her attention torn between preparing the alleged victim to testify and a murder case with ties too close to home. A second body is found with Luc’s matchbox - this time in Brooklyn - and Alex begins to fear that the two cases may not be as unrelated as she thought, and that uncovering the sordid secrets of the city’s most wealthy and powerful could cost her and her loved ones everything they hold dear.
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In fact I have nominated Night Watch for my Book Club, and I feel sure it will generate a great deal of discussion, both around the book and the broader issues of abuse.
I found the book to be quite gripping, awfully credible and was engrossed right through to the end. Excellent narration helped. The unfolding of the story provided an insight into controlling and abusive behaviours and to the almost inevitable effects, both short and long-term on the victim and others in her orbit.
There are good lessons for us all in being more observant of others' health and well-being and providing support where it is (rather obviously, in this case) needed.
An excellent listen.
This series has always been a comfort read for me. Alex is a grown-up Nancy Drew and because they're so formulaic, I always know what to expect and Alex has a charmed life (well aside from the occasional murdered friend) that is fun to peek in on. One aspect I do like is the NYC history info that is peppered throughout. This time though, it was info-dump overload! Restaurant regulation info. The Paris Catacombs. French drug-running. African art. Wine buying. 21's secret rooms. Wine storage. Ugh! It was too much. Way too much. And please find Alex's spine, Ms. Fairstein. I think she lost it. Maybe it's at the Vineyard or maybe in France or maybe even in the drawer of pantyhose and deodorant in her office, but wherever it is, please give it back to her. If she wasn't a stunned puppy she was blubbering or being confused and snippy. She was hysterical most of the time. Or horny. Or both. Oy. Way too much scenery, backstory and info and way too little crime and investigation.
I appreciated the rape case angle and usually those are secondary plot lines, but this time that case was way more interesting than what was going on with Luc. Who is a jerk, btw. He hasn't had as much screen time prior to this novel so both we readers and Alex got to know his less romantic side and it ain't pretty. I didn't like him much before and now it's even less. There is only one book left in the series unread for me and if it isn't an improvement, I'm afraid it will be my last.
A funny aside...I use a wine storage facility in CT with an eeriliy similar name to the one in the book. Unless a reader is a customer, they wouldn't catch it, but I did. Interesting name change and a bit too close for comfort I think.
I enjoy the audio edition as I am in my car a great deal of the time. I prefer audio books.
John Sanford's mysteries.
I love Barbara Rosenblat. Her performances are always very good. I look for her as a reader.
I had no extreme reaction to the book.
I love the series. The 3 main characters reveal an interesting and realistic working relationship. I thought the beginning was a little slow, but after Alexandria left for the US, it really picked up pace.
I am not a history buff, but presented the way it is in this book makes it so interesting.
Barbara Rosenblat is great!
No, but that is not my style.
The first audio book that I listened to was narrated by Barbara Rosenblat. She turned it into such an amazing experience that I was immediately hooked on audio books.
This book, just like the other books in this series, is filled with interesting facts about New York City, depending on the subject of the story. There are also scenes set in famous restaurants and descriptions of gourmet entrées. In all of the books, the neighborhoods, parks and boroughs of New York City, not to mention the people who come from all over the world to live in the city, are written with obvious knowledge and respect.
Linda Fairstein is an author who loves The Big Apple. I would recommend her books to anyone else who also does, and likes a good mystery.
I really enjoy the story and listening to them on audio makes for long drives more tolerable. I'm not a fan of the "Mike Chapman" voice this narrator uses. Its more a mumbly, raspy voice that the narrator in the first books didn't have. To me, it makes it seem that Det. Chapman is a clone of Columbo.
The story itself is fascinating. Alex once again finds herself in the middle of an intrigue -- this time an international one. Her love, Luc, is somehow at the center of it and she is beginning to realize that she's had her blinders on during their entire relationship. She only knows those things about him that he wants to share and nothing more.
As more and more facts come to light, Alex begins to wonder just how much Luc is keeping from her and can she live with the knowledge that she will always be on a need to know basis?
The variety of voices used by Barbara Rosenblat really adds to the listening of the story.
Up until now I have enjoyed every book of this series. Barbara Rosenblat, is as always an excellent narrator, and brings all characters to vivid life, love her. The story line, which is good, but has way to much filler stuff that we can do without. Got a little tired of all the dialog and visiting restaurants, without much meat in the story. As always there is a lot of history thrown in here and there, which I enjoy a lot, but in this book, it just goes on and on. Get the feeling the book could have been a couple of hours shorter and still get to the point quite nicely. Still one of my favourite series, but hopefully the next book will be a little more to the point.
I look forward to new additions to the series but this was a big disappointment. Alex whined through the entire book. She was so annoying that I considered not finishing it. She has always been such a strong female character - I don't know why Fairstein wrote her personality this way in Night Watch. Barbara Rosenblat is my favorite reader but even she shouldn't redeem this.
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