Lethal Legacy (Paperback)

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Description


In Linda Fairstein's outstanding new novel, the New York Public Library houses dazzling treasures--and deadly secrets.
When Assistant District Attorney Alex Cooper is summoned to Tina Barr's apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side, she finds a neighbor convinced that the young woman was assaulted. But the terrified victim, a conservator of rare books and maps, refuses to cooperate with investigators. Then another woman is found murdered in that same apartment with an extremely valuable book, believed to have been stolen. As Alex pursues the murderer, she is drawn into the strange and privileged world of the Hunt family, major benefactors of the New York Public Library and passionate rare book collectors.
Eventually Alex connects their internal family rivalries to a priceless edition of "Alice in Wonderland," which also contains the world's oldest map. Would one of the well-bred Hunts be willing to kill for the treasures? The search for the answer takes Alex and her team on a breathtaking chase from Manhattan's grandest apartments to the secret tunnels and chambers of the New York Public Library, and finally to a nineteenth-century underground vault. There, in the pitch-black darkness, Alex comes face-to-face with the killer who values money more than life.
Featuring a cast of elite, erudite, and downright eccentric characters, and a complex trail of clues that will have you guessing until the final pages, "Lethal Legacy" is Linda Fairstein's most beguiling thriller yet.

About the Author


LINDA FAIRSTEIN, America's foremost legal expert on crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence, led the Sex Crimes Unit of the District Attorney's Office in Manhattan for twenty-five years. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, she is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Virginia School of Law. Her first novel, "Final Jeopardy", introduced the critically acclaimed character of Alexandra Cooper and was made into an ABC Movie of the Week starring Dana Delaney. The celebrated series has gone on to include the "New York Times" bestsellers "Likely to Die", "Cold Hit", "The Deadhouse" (winner of the Nero Wolfe Award for Best Crime Novel of 2001, and chosen as a "Best Book of 2001" by both "The Washington Post" and the "Los Angeles Times"), "The Bone Vault", "The Kills, Entombed", "Death Dance", and "Bad Blood". Her novels have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Her nonfiction book, "Sexual Violence", was a "New York Times "Notable Book of the Year. She lives with her husband in Manhattan and on Martha's Vineyard.

Visit her website at www.lindafairstein.com.

Praise For…


“One of the best crime writers in fiction today.”
—Nelson DeMille

“Fairstein … makes the legal issues more exciting than any high-speed chase.”
New York Time

“A champion teller of detective tales.”
USA Today

“Alexandra Cooper, like her creator Linda Fairstein, is a force to contend with: smart, tough, and literate to boot!”
—Sue Grafton

Product Details
ISBN: 9780739327708
ISBN-10: 0739327704
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Random House Large Print Publishing
Publication Date: February 10th, 2009
Pages: 543
Language: English