In KILLER HEAT, Assistant District Attorney Alex Cooper confronts a serial killer whose deadly exploits lead her through the little-known islands surrounding Manhattan. It's August in the city and just as she’s claiming victory in a rape trial, she gets the call: the body of a young woman has been found in an abandoned building. The brutality of the beating is disturbing enough, but when a second body is found off the Belt Parkway, the city’s top brass want the killer found fast, before the tabloids can start churning out ghoulish headlines.
Once again Linda Fairstein brilliantly orchestrates a mix of cutting-edge legal issues, New York City history, and spine-tingling suspense. And at the center of it all is Alex Cooper—stunning, single-minded, accomplished, and not to be trifled with, in or out of the courtroom.
Jenny (USA: NC) (2009/06/12): This book is wonderful Full of suspense and mystery.
Excerpt from book:
Mike Chapman bit into the tip of the Cohiba and held the match to the end of his thick cigar, drawing several deep breaths to make certain it was lighted. "Take a few hits, Coop," he said, passing it to me. I shook my head. "The stench from that corpse is going to stay in your brain for weeks unless you infuse it right away with something more powerful. Why do you think I've always got a couple of these in my pocket?" I took the cigar from Mike and rolled it between my fingers. "Don't look at the damn thing. Smoke it. That broad's been decomposing for days in an empty room during a summer heat wave. Wrap your lips around that sucker and inhale till the smoke comes through your nose and ears, and maybe even from between your toes." I put it to my lips, coughing as the harsh tobacco taste filled my mouth and lungs. There were no overhead lights above the concrete barriers we sat on at the intersection of South Street and Whitehall, which dead-ended at the East River, near the southernmost tip of Manhattan/ "There's no air out here. Not even a breeze off the water." "Almost midnight and it's still ninety-seven degrees. She's cooking in that room," Mike said, tossing his head in the direction of the crime scene that he been working for the last three hours. His black hair glistened with sweat, and the perspiration on his shirt made the cotton Cloth cling to his chest. "Whatever body parts were left intact will be fried by the time they bag her. "Are you going with the guys to the morgue." I asked. "Might be the coolest p;ace in town tonight. You into refrigerated boxes?"