It's the holiday season but there's little reason for cheer at one of New York's most elite colleges. A respected professor is dead, strangled and dumped in an elevator shaft. Lola Dakota's lifeless fingers clutch a few strands of hair, and a piece of paper in her pocket reads "The Deadhouse."
Opportunistic murder seems unlikely as assistant D.A. Alexandra Cooper uncovers a distressing pattern of betrayal and terror. There's proof that Lola's husband wanted her dead. And why did Lola have a photograph of Charlotte Voight pinned to her office bulletin board? Charlotte left her dorm room eight months ago and vanished into the night. Are they both victims of the same predator?
Perhaps most puzzling of all are the words "The Deadhouse." What was Lola's connection to this desolate place where people once endured slow and agonizing deaths? And what danger awaits Alex as she targets Lola's killer?
©2001 Linda Fairstein, All Rights Reserved; (P)2001 Simon & Schuster Inc., AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.
"A four-star tribute to good writing, strong characters and the ability to translate expertise into a terrific story." (USA Today)
"A standout...engrossing, atmospheric, and suspenseful." (Amazon.com)
Linda Fairstein is getting in a rut. This book could have been great. I love murder mysteries but "The Deadhouse" is too much like all of her other books to be very enjoyable. There is the woman cop that no one listens to even though her intuition is 99% accurate, the token male that supports her to a limited degree, the female victim, the male perpetrator, and a couple of twists. Though I have a number of criticisms of the book I want to highlight two as examples. I know that books don't/shouldn't mirror real life but seeing as just under 80% of murder victims in real life are males can't we have just one book that deviates from the formula of female victims? Why is it that the female detective, despite being right many times, never earns any trust/credit from her colleagues?
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