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Title:
Night watch
Author:
Fairstein, Linda A.
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Publication Information:
New York : Signet Select, 2013.
Physical Description:
486 pages : map ; 19 cm
Summary:
This is 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. 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.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780451416148
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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.

While Alexandra Cooper is in France visiting her famed restaurateur boyfriend, Luc Rouget, one of his matchboxes promoting his new restaurant is found on the body of a murdered young woman. But before the investigation begins, Alex is summoned back to New York.

The distinguished and wealthy Head of the World Economic Bureau has been arrested and accused of attacking a maid in his hotel. Alex prepares the alleged victim to testify, but when a second body is found with Luc's matchbox, she 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.


Author Notes

Linda Fairstein was born in Mt. Vernon, New York on May 5, 1947. She received a B. A. in English literature from Vassar College in 1969 and a law degree from the University of Virginia in 1972. She was appointed to the staff of the New York County District Attorney's office in 1972. She investigated crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence. She retired in 2002. She is the author of the Alexandra Cooper Mysteries series and one nonfiction book entitled Sexual Violence: Our War Against Rape.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* While visitng her boyfriend, Luc, an acclaimed chef, in the charming French town of Mougins, NYC prosecutor Alexandra Cooper trips over both literally and figuratively a serial murder case that just might be her undoing. The local authorities appear clueless about forensics; the only thing they seem capable of doing is pointing a finger at Luc. Why? Because the killer's first victim is a young woman who had worked at Luc's restaurant, and the next involves an accident caused by Luc. At the same time, Alex learns that a prominent West African leader living in France is accused of rape by a housekeeper while he was staying in New York, and her colleagues, investigators Mercer and Chapman, get the case. When the couple returns to New York, Alex dives into the rape case as Luc prepares to reopen one of the city's most famous French restaurants, Lutece. Fairstein is in vintage form here, weaving the rape and murder stories together with great detail and clarity. As always, Manhattan becomes a character in itself, with the spotlight shining here on the inner workings of the restaurant industry in all its complexity, splendor, and corruption. A real winner from a legal-thriller master. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Fairstein is on a roll with her Alexander Cooper series and it's likely to continue here.--Wilkens, Mary Frances Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

A too slavish devotion to the details of the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case of 2011 undermines Fairstein's 14th legal thriller featuring her alter ego, Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor Alexandra Cooper (after 2011's Silent Mercy). While Cooper is vacationing with her lover, restaurateur Luc Rouget, in a village outside Cannes, France, the discovery of a former employee of his, Lisette Honfleur, floating dead in a forest pond threatens to spoil their holiday. Soon after, Alex's boss demands she return to New York City to deal with a firestorm. Mohammed Gil-Darsin (aka MGD), head of the World Economic Bureau, has been arrested following an accusation of rape leveled at him by a hotel maid. Just as in real-life, the prosecutors' initial belief in the victim's account becomes less strong the more they learn about her. The major departure from the actual case arrives late while the subplot centering on deaths that may be linked to Rouget doesn't quite deliver, but as usual, ultimately, Fairstein does. Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Fairstein has written more than a dozen Alex Cooper mysteries. This installment takes the lawyer through a single wild week, starting with a romantic night in France with her lover, three-star restaurant owner Luc Roget, and continuing back in New York City where she helps prosecute one more sex crime. The author plays off the real-life drama of the hotel maid who accused the head of the International Monetary Fund of sexual assault. Complicating the increasingly muddled accusation are -Alex's concerns over two murders that are too close to Luc. The familiar characterization of Alex may be weakened by the romantic angle, but it allows Fairstein to stretch the key roles for Alex's detective allies, Mike Chapman and Wallace Mercer. VERDICT A solid mystery read well by the formidable Barbara Rosenblat, this is recommended for large mystery collections. ["Fairstein's extensive prosecutorial experience adds authenticity to this thrilling procedural, a tasty souffle of escargots, Beaujolais, cocaine, and murder that will entice the author's many fans," read the review of the Dutton hc, LJ 6/1/12.-Ed.]-Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.