Top positive review
Fine Addition to Popular Series
Reviewed in the United States on May 31, 2010
Linda Fairstein knows her New York City well, and what she does not know she bones up on before doing her novels. As a result we are treated to a good look at some aspects of the City scene as well as getting acquainted with an interesting set of characters whose job is crime fighting. One, Assistant District Attorney, Alexandra Cooper, is heroine of the books, while two detectives are teamed with her on the investigative side. In this particular case, a young woman who was the victim of an unsolved rape just outside the NYC Metropolitan Museum's Cloisters branch is found dead some months later. The link with the Metropolitan brings DA Cooper into touch, first with the Met and then with the Museum of National History, across Central Park, who are cooperating on a joint project. In the course of the investigation, we and Alexa learn about these two landmark American and World Institutions. The twists and turns of the plot forces her into the twists and turns of these two museums through which we accompany her picking up information as we go. In this book there is feint toward a multiple crime police procedural, but it is half-hearted, to my relief, since I prefer to focus on one thing at a time. A few featured characters are drawn with some degree of complexity but for the most part it is the DA and her two police buddies who get most of the attention.
All in all, I found that the novel maintained its interest, in characters, settings, and crime pursuit. As some reviewers did point out, the ending sort of pops up without much preparation. I wasn't bothered by this relative abruptness (which the ethics of mystery reviewing prevents me from speaking about). I would recommend the book to readers with some degree of interest in the NYC setting, with crimes against women, and, generally, with the mystery genre.