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I am giving away any book in the Alexandra Cooper series by Linda Fairstein from The Bookdepository. So remember to check to see if they ship to your country.
First let me start by saying, if you are a fan of Law and Order: SVU and you haven't read Linda Fairstein's Alexandra Cooper series you are missing out. Ms. Fairstein actually led the Sex Crimes Unit of the Manhattan District Attorney's office for 26 years. So she really knows what she is talking about and this realism shines through in all the novels. The main character, Alexandra Cooper, is an Assistant District Attorney and leads the Sex Crimes Unit in Manhattan. (Sound familiar?) The next two major characters are Mercer Wallace, a detective in the Special Victims Unit and Mike Chapman, a detective in the Homicide division. The story is told through Alex's POV, but Mercer and Mike are by her side as whatever mystery unravels. There is a whole host of secondary characters, ranging from Mercer's spouse to Alex's DA boss to Mike Lieutenant.
The story starts us off with Alex in France with her boyfriend Luc. She is supposed to be on vacation but just 48 hours into it, she has been called back to New York by her boss, the District Attorney, Battaglia. She is not as upset about heading back as one would think. Especially as the drowning death of a young woman has put Luc under suspicion due to his new New York restaurant's matchbook in her pocket. Plus Alex is confused as to why Luc wasn't more forthcoming with the police about some old human bones left at his home and restaurant that same night. It could be connected. The criminal justice system in France doesn't make sense to Alex and so she heads back to what she is comfortable with.
Alex returns to New York to work on a high profile case that has come in. The current head of the World Economic Bureau, son of exiled African dictator and French national is accused of rape by a housekeeper of the exclusive hotel he is staying at. Alex doesn't have the lead on the case since she was on vacation. Pat McKinney, head of the trial division and always looking for a way to trump Alex, has taken the case and put himself and his team in charge. And of course, since he doesn't have Alex's expertise, is making mistakes that could snowball later on. When another one of Luc's employees shows up murdered and with his new restaurant's matchbook in his pocket, Alex's attention is torn between the two cases, and what is happening with Luc.
I have immensely enjoyed all of the other books in the Alexandra Cooper series and this one is no different. Ms. Fairstein always manages to weave plenty of New York history into the story seamlessly. And the nightly Final Jeopardy tradition between Alex, Mike and Mercer often adds a touch of lightheartedness in what is often a serious subject. I am giving this book 4 stars on Goodreads. An excellent addition to an excellent series.
New York Times bestselling 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 thirteen bestsellers, 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 and 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.