Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Night Watch by Linda Fairstein

9781611760415HWhat was suppose to be a quiet romantic vacation with her lover in France turned out to be anything but.

Manhattan Prosecutor Alexandra ‘Alex’ Cooper’s week started off well enough with her arrival to see her boyfriend, famed restaurateur Luc Rouget. When a young woman is found murdered, the only piece of evidence leads back to Luc.

As the investigation begins Alex has to return to New York to handle a high profile case. The head of the World Economic Bureau, Mohammed Gil-Daisin, has been charged with raping a hotel maid. Working to shift through a web of lies, Alex learns of a connection between Luc and Mohammed.

Meanwhile, Luc arrives in New York to oversee the opening of a new high-end restaurant. When a second body is found linked to him, Alex realizes she really doesn’t know Luc at all.

The more she works to conclude her case, the more connections and surprises she discovers. There are twists and turns along the way in both cases to keep you guessing.

Author Linda Fairstein has taken national headlines and turned them into a gripping, heart-pounding book. Her characters are well developed. The interaction and camaraderie between Alex and her two co-workers, Mike and Mercer, will have you in stitches at times.

Narrator Barbara Rosenblat does a superb job bringing the story to life with the varied personalities. She captures the accents beautifully and is able to switch genders with ease. Her ability to portray the characters’ emotions enhances the story.

NIGHT WATCH is intriguing with surprises that take listeners in new directions. Great detail is given to the behind-the-scenes of restaurants, as well as the history of Prohibition in New York.

This is the 14th installment in the Alex Cooper crime series, but can be read/listened to on it’s own. Fairstein gives a look at what the headlines would be if Alex was on the case.

Author Linda Fairstein’s website is  
Night Watch by Linda Fairstein, An Alex Cooper Crime Novel, Read by Barbara Rosenblat, Penguin Audio, @2012, ISBN: 978-1611760415, 11 Discs, Listening Time: 13 Hours 30 Minutes

FTC Full Disclosure - This audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
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  1. Mason - This sounds like a really interesting combination of thriller, whodunit and humour. And I always enjoy a story with strong senses of place. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. I have this book on my shelf waiting its turn to be read.


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