Linda will be at Murder by the Book on March 29th. Linda Fairstein has long been heralded as “a champion teller of detective tales” (USA Today), and her next highly anticipated thriller proves that tribute yet again by expertly blending the two worlds she knows best: page-turning thrillers and prosecuting sex crimes. And of course, Fairstein is also well-known as a legal expert and is a fixture on CNN, MSNBC, CBS This Morning, and other national outlets.
Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper of the Manhattan Sex Crimes Unit is finally back at work following a leave of absence, and not a moment too soon. With more women feeling empowered to name their abusers, Alex is eager to return to the courtroom to do what she does best. But even she can’t anticipate the complexity of her first case when she meets Lucy, a young woman who testified years earlier at a landmark federal trial . . . and now reveals that she was sexually assaulted by a prominent official during that time. Yet Lucy’s isn’t the only secret Alex must uncover, with rumors swirling about one colleague’s abusive conduct behind closed doors and another’s violent, mysterious collapse. As the seemingly disparate cases of her client, adversary, and friend start to intertwine, Alex, along with NYPD detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, finds herself in the uncharted territory within Manhattan’s Rockefeller University, a premier research institute, hospital, and cornerstone of higher learning. But not even the greatest minds in the city can help her when unearthed secrets begin to collide in dangerous ways . . . and unless she can uncover the truth, the life-saving facility just may become her grave.
I enjoyed this book and was unaware that this was the 20th book in an “Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper” series by Linda Fairstein of which most have been New York Times best sellers, including Deadfall, which I look forward to reading very soon. It was interesting the way Blood Oath leads the reader through the process of preparing a case for court and reads like a courtroom drama without the courtroom. Linda Fairstein certainly knew the subject matter as a legal expert on sexual assault and domestic violence and was able to project information from a first-person perspective with great detail. I can see why she has had 20 successful books in this series, Ms. Alexandra Cooper is a great character!
Linda Fairstein was chief of the Sex Crimes Unit of the district attorney’s office in Manhattan for more than two decades and is America’s foremost legal expert on sexual assault and domestic violence. She is a regular contributor on criminal justice issues to magazines, journals, and online publications like The Daily Beast, and does on-air commentary for all the major television network and cable news shows. Her Alexandra Cooper novels are international and New York Times bestsellers and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. She lives in Manhattan and on Martha’s Vineyard.