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Prosecutor Alexandra Cooper and detective Mike Chapman are called to the scene when the naked corpse of a young woman turns up in Central Park. Working to identify her and to determine whether a serial killer is on the loose, the two must search Central Park's vast reaches, with its many hidden lakes, waterfalls, and caves. Readers are also swept into the inner recesses of one of New York's most storied icons, the legendary Dakota apartment building, when clues left at the murder scene lead Coop and Chapman to a private collection of one of the building's residents. Despite Fairstein's tendency to relay vast amounts of exposition through her characters' dialogue, making them sound, at times, like obnoxious know-it-alls, there's no denying that Central Park's topography and history are plenty fascinating, and she nicely contrasts the natural beauty of the park and the dark deeds committed within its environs. The promise of romance between the longtime series leads also adds a certain frisson to this solid fifteenth entry in the series. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Fairstein's Alexandra Cooper novels are international best-sellers that have been translated into more than a dozen languages; her fifteenth entry in the series is likely to follow suit.--Wilkinson, Joanne Copyright 2010 Booklist
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In bestseller Fairstein's engrossing 15th novel featuring ADA Alexandra "Coop" Cooper (after 2012's Night Watch), the Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor digs into the history of Central Park when the murdered body of a teenage girl is found near Bethesda Fountain with its angel statuette. With help from detective pals Mercer Wallace and Mike Chapman, Coop soon connects the crime to the park's forgotten 19th-century black enclave, Seneca Village, and a railroad tycoon who fashioned extravagant figurines for his daughter. Simmering under the tense investigation is the chemistry between Mike and Coop-which eventually kindles the wrath of Mike's ex-lover, Judge Jessica Pell. After another female victim turns up, Coop gets on the trail of a rapist will a tell-tale clue-the words "Kill Coop" tattooed on his hand. In the end, Fairstein combines the many disparate strands in fortuitous ways to bring about a surprising finale. 7-city author tour. Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.