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.

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