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Death Dance: A Novel (Alexandra Cooper Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – January 23, 2007
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Teaming up with longtime friends -- NYPD's Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace -- Assistant DA Alex Cooper investigates the disappearance of world-famous dancer Natalya Galinova, who has suddenly vanished backstage at Lincoln Center's Metropolitan Opera House -- during a performance.
The three colleagues are soon drawn into the machinations of New York City's secretive theatrical community, where ambition takes many forms, including those most deadly. Among Galinova's lovers is Joe Berk, the colorful, strong-willed boss of the Berk Organization, one of four family companies that own all the legitimate theaters on Broadway. The aging ballerina was using Berk to help revive her career at the time of her disappearance.
Cooper, Chapman, and Wallace go underground and backstage at the Met, explore Berk's unusual apartment on top of the Belasco Theatre with its rumored ghostly resident, and then discover bizarre circumstances at City Center, which has a peculiar history not one of them knew about until now.
Within the glamorous but sordid inner sanctums of the Broadway elite, the team confronts the ruthless power brokers who control both the stars and the stages where they appear. They meet Joe's niece Mona Berk, who is mounting a vicious campaign to extract her share of the family fortune, and stunning starlet Lucy DeVore, whose beauty may be her fatal undoing. Chet Dobbis is the artistic director of the Metropolitan Opera, and therefore privy to the most scandalous exploits among its famous inhabitants. He also knows every inch of the labyrinthine building into which the ballerina disappeared...
Meanwhile, Alex is working on a very different case, using a creative technique to nab a physician who has been drugging women in order to assault them. As Dr. Selim Sengor eludes capture, Alex must navigate the new investigative world of DFSA -- drug-facilitated sexual assault -- intent on proving him guilty.
Complicating her quest is the explosive legal and ethical dilemma of using the existing DNA databank to solve new cases. Can Alex convince a judge to let her prosecute a man for a violent crime using DNA that was collected for a prior case in which he was never charged? Or do the suspect's civil rights prevent law enforcement from keeping his DNA on file to be used against him at any future time?
Death Dance is a spellbinding thriller combining a former prosecutor's fresh insight into hot-button legal issues with the unique history and spectacle of New York theater, and its shocking twists make this novel Linda Fairstein's most chilling adventure yet.
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"Fairstein tells it like it is."
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- Publisher : Pocket Books; Reprint edition (January 23, 2007)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 512 pages
- ISBN-10 : 074348228X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0743482288
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.13 x 1.1 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,439,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I don't mind when the heroine does dumb things in one book, but Alexandra does not appear to learn and does dumb things in every book, such as she always has to go to a seedy, dark, suspicious place BY HERSELF. Almost inevitably she is trapped by the villain and almost killed in every book. I guess she got her law degree at Podunk U and had someone else pass the NY bar exam for her because she shows no intellectual skill in any of these novels. Alexandra does not usually solve any case by the use of her mind or by research, but usually ONLY BLUNDERS BY ACCIDENT into the villain and subsequent solving of the mystery. Unfortunately, to me Alexandra appears to be in her position because she knows someone wealthy & influential (people usually are not influential without lots of money) rather than being competent. She shows no competency in these books, just sheer luck that she stumbles on the villain and doesn't die in the end.
Unfortunately the conclusions from my masochistic reading tendencies is that the premise of each Fairstein book is good but the development of the characters and plots are not done well. The characters are not likable, rather incompetent and Alexandra is extremely accident prone, probably by her own stupidity. Anyway, I'll try one more time and will get it from the library without spending any money for it. I hope that sometime Fairstein will get it right and possibly her 2013 book will do it (4.5 stars so far). The vast majority of her readers pretty much agree with me; of most the authors I read, Fairstein's books (up until this 2013 book) only rate 3-4 stars average, and many are 3-3.5 stars. When dozens or hundreds of reviewers give 3.5 stars average that tells me that the books is at best mediocre.
I luckily only bought the cheapest readable used books of Fairstein's and if I didn't like the book, I don't feel guilty donating it. Maybe the next person will buy my used book and not give more royalties to Fairstein.
Please buy no more Fairstein books; get them from the library, borrow them from a friend, etc. Probably Fairstein will still get royalties from Kindle versions, so please don't do that; used books are often cheaper than Kindle (even with shipping) and I don't believe Fairstein gets royalties from sales of used books.