As Linda Fairstein's numerous fans already know, her Alexandra Cooper novels (Cold Hit, The Deadhouse, The Bone Vault) are a skillful blendof fast-paced action and gripping story development. Fairstein uses a deft touch to fuse complex plots with believable characters in order to produce outstanding thrillers.This time out, sex crimes prosecutor Alexandra Cooper finds herself immersed in two convoluted cases: a date-rape involving a 36-year-old woman and a suspect who also stands accused of abusing his own son; and the murder of an elderly woman named Queenie Ransome, a former WWII spy who stole an Egyptian treasure so valuable it has attracted the attention of both the CIA and the Mob.In a neat double twist, the book's title refers to both the murderous mayhem of the story and the channels feeding into New York Harbor. Fairstein has done her homework, unearthing several fascinating historical tidbits about World War II, New York City, and even the legendary King Farouk. Beautifully crafted, expertly paced, and graced with a mesmerizing narrative voice, The Kills is dynamic crime fiction at its best.
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