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Likely to Die

Linda Fairstein

Average Review Rating Average Rating 8/10 (1 Review)
Book Details

Publisher : Warner Books

Published : 1997

Copyright : Linda Fairstein 1997

ISBN-10 : PB 0-7515-2120-5
ISBN-13 : PB 978-0-7515-2120-7

Publisher's Write-Up

Gemma Dogen, a leading neurosurgeon, is found in her office at a New York medical centre, soaked in her own blood and rightly considered a case likely to die before she can be got to the emergency room. She has also been sexually assaulted and Mike Chapman bypasses the rota system to make sure he has Alexandra Cooper, Manhattan's top sex-crimes prosecutor, on hand for what promises to be a messy case.

It is possible that the killer was someone who knew Gemma a prickly thorn in the side of some of her colleagues but the police rapidly discover that the hospital is as secure as a wall-less building. Scores of homeless men and women inhabit a maze of tunnels beneath the complex and roam it at will; there are no checks on staff, deliverymen, patients or visitors.

Making sure any evidence left behind is treated correctly and securely, as well as trawling her files for any similar modus operandi, are just two elements to juggle in the high-pressured timetables of Alexandra's working day. But as Mike Chapman concentrates on possible suspects and motives, Cooper realizes that someone is fearful of her knowledge and that she, too, might be likely to die'.

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Review by Chrissi (010102) Rating (8/10)

Review by Chrissi
Rating 8/10
This was the second book by Linda Fairstein, who has since released two more (both of which I got for Christmas, so reviews will be forthcoming...) This is one talented lady, she bases her stories on the work of an Assistant District Attorney, working on sex crimes in New York City, which, co-incidentally, is her real life job, as well, she would be someone that I would love to meet and talk to, her enthusiasm for her work and the way that she communicates are wonderful, and I think that she has a great future writing books with Alexandra Cooper, her character.

This lady does it all so well, the stories are tight, Alexandra is likeable, and there are added bits which make her a more rounded human being, she works horrendous hours, but she may have more than one case in her life at any one time, without which there can seem to be a one-sided-ness about the characters. I have said before, and bored you rigid with, why I like authentic detail, and I would imagine that those little anecdotes that creep into the stories are probably some of the more tame day to day details that Ms F has had to deal with in her working life, but even so, they add to the feelings that you get about the job that she does, and that has got to be good for the books.

Likely to Die is about the death of a hospital doctor, a woman found in such a bad way that she is literally "likely to die" - in Accident and Emergency, they do not think that she is going to make it, and because she was sexually assaulted while being killed, this brings in Alexandra and Chapman. You would not think that there were so many awful people working in hospitals, and it makes me feel quite ashamed to say that I work in one, there are corrupt doctors and people who should not be within one hundred miles of patients, but they are, and so Alexandra has to get to the bottom of it all, to find out why this woman was polished off, I do not know where she finds all the hours in the day, I really do not...

I do enjoy my thrillers, mysteries and stuff, and female writers are very close to my heart, I have all of the Sue Grafton alphabet series, Janet Evanovich, and Val McDermid, although I have read few of the Cornwells, I have enjoyed them, and hope that more ladies take up the challenge, after all we are not all wanting to read about Phillip Marlowe and Hercule Poirot, although they are perfectly nice gentlemen, it is nice to read about ladies with lives as well as cases.

If you like those named above, and you have not read any of the Fairstein books, then you would enjoy them, it is not particularly important that you read them in order, but it does add a certain something if you start at the beginning, but even so, you would enjoy any of them, I certainly have, although I do not think that I would want to live in New York, there are just too many weirdoes there...
Chrissi (1st January 2002)

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