Night Watch Audio CD – May 15, 2012
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About the Author
Linda Fairstein is an author of crime fiction.
- Publisher : Recorded Books, Inc. and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (May 15, 2012)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1664617396
- ISBN-13 : 978-1664617391
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The book started out as a solid three star book. The heroine (Alex Cooper) is in the DA's office in NYC. She has a boyfriend who is French (Luc Rouget) and owns and operates a Michelin Guide 3 star restaurant in the countryside near Cannes. The heroine seemed whiny and clingy at first. She also is fairly quick to get angry. But she knows her law, although where her boyfriend is concerned, she does some stupid things in the first half of the book that one would not expect from a top notch prosecutor, when her boyfriend becomes a suspect in a murder in France and another in NYC. She has two long term friends in the NYPD, Mercer Wallace in SVU and Mike Chapman in Homicide. I really liked the characters of both Mercer and Mike. Like the heroine, I was not sure if Luc could be trusted.
About halfway through, the book started to move up from a 3 star mystery to a 4 star mystery. There are two plot lines in the book. Both plots became more interesting at the midway point. It started to twist and turn. By the end of the book, I decided I would definitely read another Linda Fairstein and I could confidently pass this book along to my sister-in-law's friend.
There are two incidents in the book that just fly in the face of how Alex has been portrayed in all the preceding books.
1. There are several characters who, when speaking to Alex, say "young lady". That is extremely disrespectful and condescending. I just don't believe Alex would take that crap from anyone.
2. Alex is standing at the elevator with another attorney, the Lem character I think, and he grabs her by the wrist and won't let her go. She tries to pull away but doesn't put up much of a fuss. Again, I don't see Alex, the head of a special victim crime unit, putting up with that crap. The Alex I'm used to in this series would have kneed him in the groin or knocked him into the wall.
I haven't finished the book yet, but I'm disappointed. I just don't think Fairstein wrote it--perhaps an intern or co-writer.
In addition, she invented another story with a diabolic villain. One has actually absolutely nothing to do with the other except for the fictional characters inherited from her previous books, with all their annoying idiosyncrasies.
There is nobody to like in the book except, perhaps, the black detective. Detective Mike is extremely annoying and possess more knowledge than IBM Watson who recently defeated human Jeopardy contestants.
For instance, it is a complete nonsense to spend page after page on the details how New York '21' restaurant was built during the Prohibition. It is completely implausible.
And, of course the real Lutece restaurant in New closed its doors for good in 2003, I think.
NOT recommended at all.
Back to the gritty scenes of New York and the genuine interesting cases that occur.
I do suspect though that this book was a segue into a new era for Alex, the working relationship she began developing with Pat McKinney was interesting plus the internal dialogue as Coop considers her attraction to Mike. Perhaps Ms Fairstein is reinventing this series and so I will be kind and give 3 stars.
For all fans of this series it is a pleasant read and it is worth the money and the time, just not up to the usual terrific standard.
Top reviews from other countries
Sadly we didn’t visit her home on Martha’s Vineyard – a place that always fascinates me and brings a true sense of calm and relaxation to her otherwise hectic life. But a short trip to Mougins in France provides a little pleasure to what turned into one of the more dramatic cases so far.
This is not a bad book as the characters are pleasant and have a good camaraderie, there is plenty of interesting trivia about New York and the writing style is good enough to keep you reading but the plotting is a bit underdone as if it's writing by numbers rather than with passion and depth. This is a shame as I've read this series from the beginning and have spent many pleasant hours with Coop and crew.
I doubt I will be buying another of her books.