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The Deadhouse | [Linda Fairstein]

The Deadhouse

From Linda Fairstein, author of Cold Hit, comes this newest Alexandra Cooper mystery, a richly nuanced synthesis of history and suspense. Fairstein's real-life experience as head of the New York district attorney's Sex Crime Unit gives her fiction an eerie ring of truth.
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Publisher's Summary

One of New York City's most haunting buildings is the Deadhouse. This abandoned structure - which sits on a small island in the middle of the East River like the ghostly remains of a castle - plays in the imagination as a likely place for murder.

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.

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"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)

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    Carmen Alhambra, CA, United States 01-02-12
    Carmen Alhambra, CA, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "New Fan"

    Great story, love the facts about New York. Gives me a sense of being in New York. Enjoy all the dialog.

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    Jim Toronto, ON, Canada 09-06-08
    Jim Toronto, ON, Canada 09-06-08 Member Since 2005
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    "In a Rut"

    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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