The murder of a homeless or runaway girl would probably not make the news if it hadn't happened in the city's jewel, Central Park. But, Alexandra Cooper, the prosecutor in charge of the Special Victims Unit for Manhattan shows up when the body is found, not knowing if it was a sex crime. Coop likes to team up with two favorite officers, Mercer Williams and Mike Chapman. Mike's been assigned the case, but because of the high profile of the location, there's close scrutiny of the case.
At the same time, there's close scrutiny of the relationship between Chapman and Coop. It seems Chapman had a relationship with a woman who blames Coop for the break-up, and she's threatening to take her story to the media. It could become an enormous scandal for the city.
While Chapman faces a deadline on the scandal, the trio tackle a case that takes them through Central Park on the trail of a killer and a rapist, to shelters for the homeless, and a shelter for the super-rich, the Dakota. It's a story that manages to capture the history of a great landmark, while solving a contemporary murder and a cold case, cases that all lead back to Central Park
Anyone familiar with Linda Fairstein's series will welcome the return of three favorite characters in a mystery that combines a strong storyline with fascinating history. All of those elements combine to make every Fairstein novel unique while still having the appeal of familiar, well-loved characters. Fans of the series will appreciate the hint at a change in a relationship. And, for those who haven't yet discovered Linda Fairstein's world, Central Park is a wonderful place to start. Death Angel is a treat for those of us who love Fairstein and her city, as well as newcomers to the world of Alexandra Cooper, Mike Chapman and Mercer Williams.
Linda Fairstein's website is www.lindafairstein.com
Death Angel by Linda Fairstein. Dutton. 2013. ISBN 9780525953876 (hardcover), 369p.
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