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"Hunting a killer within New York's urban jungle becomes the biggest case of Alexandra Cooper's career inNew York Timesbestselling author Linda Fairstein's latest riveting thriller. A wild heart beats within New York City. Amid concrete and skyscrapers, the Wildlife Conservation Society works to preserve and protect the animal kingdom both within and beyond the borders of the five boroughs. But dangerous creatures don't always have claws and fangs, as Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper and NYPD detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace know all too well. Predators lurk close to home, and in the aftermath of the shocking assassination of an iconic public figure--someone Alex has worked with for years--the trio must unravel the motive behind the shooting to discover who is the bigger snake: the killer or the victim. The murder investigation provides more questions than answers, as a tangled mess of secrets slowly comes to light. From street gangs to secret societies, from big-game hunting to the illegal animal trade, from New York City zoos to the highest offices in city government, Alex has her work cut out for her--especially since the task force, led by the US Attorney, seems to be more against her than with her. As tensions rise between Alex and the feds, she must determine just how far she is willing to go to uncover the truth--and uphold the integrity of the office she has so proudly served. Deadfallproves once again why Linda Fairstein is hailed as "a champion teller of detective tales."* *USA Today"--
Publisher: New York, New York : Dutton, [2017]
ISBN: 9781101984055
Characteristics: text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Aug 16, 2019

Garbage. Absolute garbage.

Apr 23, 2019

Boring author

Apr 01, 2019

I've read all of Linda Fairstein's books. Deadfall is built upon events in the previous Alexandra Cooper, Killer Look. Frankly I had a hard time remembering the plot of Killer Look so it was initially hard to connect the references in Deadfall.

Those who read Alexandra Cooper will be in for a huge shock in the first two pages of the book. The story tends to go downhill for quite a while from there but then as wildly diverse threads come together the plot begins to engage as Fairstein's always do, although much, much too late in the book. There are some loose threads that just were dropped in Killer Look and some unfinished business with peripheral characters, which are both rather odd for Linda Fairstein. The ending was a bit unsatisfying. It is abundantly clear that Fairstein and Cooper are heading in a new direction. Whether that direction is as interesting and compelling as her past path remains to be seen.

Aug 20, 2017

Another Great Book! Story line is intense and complex what we come to expect from Linda Fairstein. Alex Cooper, Mike and Mercer are wonderful characters they are among my favorites. I enjoy the way they enter act with each other as they solve some of the worst crimes of mankind.
I like the fact than the author brought to our attention the killing of with wild and exotic animals for tusks, horns, scales and etc being used for medicine . Citizens in the US maybe be unaware that many ranches located in in the west are being used for big game hunting a rich man's sport/entertainment. The wild animals are brought in to these ranches from all over the world to be killed for sport. This is among many reasons why so many animals are placed on the endangered list or are now extinct. Our laws are not strong enough to protect the animals and put those responsible in jail.

Aug 16, 2017

DEADFALL is another great read by Linda Fairstein. Alex Cooper is still trying to recover from a previous book's kidnapping fallout. Yet she manages to insert herself in several active investigations and, as always, with the help of Chapman and Mercer races through a complex weave of players and clues that involves both historical information on New York City and, in this case, big-game sport hunting. By the end of the book, her long-standing, complicated relationship with her DA boss is over and there is a hint she may be in for bigger roles in the future. I will say that I was mildly taken aback by Fairstein's undercurrent of animosity regarding hunting. To be fair, she was mostly focused on big-game, trophy hunting for sport - and I generally agree that is an issue. But Cooper's language throughout seemed to hint at similar feelings about hunting in general. I was for many years a hunter both by choice and sometimes necessity. What we killed, we ate. Haven't hunted in many years now - not as a moral choice, but as career and other interests simply took up that time. Bottom line is, I didn't find some of that language and its nuances about hunting generally all that edifying. I get Fairstein is a writer (and a very good one) and that she has the right to use her work to address social issues as she pleases. Anyway, good book, good story and a fun read. Enjoy.

Jul 23, 2017

I am always fascinated by the information that has become such an integral part of Linda Fairstein’s Alex Cooper books. The information and histories she shares about New York City almost becomes more interesting than the story. Almost, but not quite, because Fairstein manages to pull the reader back into her always exciting story.
The book opens with Alexandra in the morgue staring at the body of Paul Battaglia, her long time boss, mentor, and until recently her friend. Just a short time ago he had been assassinated on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, falling and dying in Alexandra’s arms.
Alex shortly becomes part of a federal investigation, but she is not sure if she is a witness, or a suspect. One thing is certain; she will not remain a passive bystander. She decides to be pro-active and to investigate with the help of long time friends NYPD detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace. Alex has been confined-for her safety-to a mental hospital in the wilds of the Bronx. Alexandra decides to finally reclaim her true self. After being kidnapped and held hostage in the book “Devil’s Bridge” Alex seems to have lost her way. Now again becoming feisty and fearless, Alex and her cohorts seeks the truth about secret hunting societies, the history of Chinese gangs and their control of large swaths of the city, and hunters who claim to be the biggest conservationists.
Fairstein manages to weave in information about the death of Supreme Court Justice Scalia on a very private hunting ranch. From his possible membership in a very secretive hunting society to the extremely bungled death investigation- non-existing in other words- Fairstein manages to raise some very important questions about Scalia’s death. Questions that no one seems interested in answering. Talk about a perfect storm of cover-up, neglect, and bad luck. No wonder there are conspiracy theories out the wahoo. The reaction to this could be interesting. Fairstein has added really thought-provoking information.
Fairstein is such an accomplished writer. Smooth as the scotch that Alex likes for self-medication. Her characters have grown and changed over time, but there is no problem picking this one up as a standalone.
Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Dec 17, 2016

(Book 19 in the Alexandra Cooper series)


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