Killer Heat by Linda Fairstein

I’m a big Linda Fairstein fan – I love her books! Ironically, I have never met anyone who has read any of her books & I really do not understand why. Linda is a fantastic writer & Alexandra Cooper is a brilliant character! I wait eagerly each year for the next installment & each time I am so disappointed because I devour the book in a day or two, then have to begin that bloody long wait all over again!

From Amazon:

“In District Attorney Alexandra Cooper’s line of work, the discovery of a corpse isn’t unusual. Not even the corpse of a young woman who was bound, bludgeoned and tortured to death. It’s the location which is unusual – an abandoned Ferry Terminal at the southern tip of Manhattan. The ferries from here only went to one destination, the now uninhabited Governors Island. Also known as Ghost Island. The corpse is identified as that of a part-time prostitute with a side-line in kink and a high-end client list. A list to kill for and, clearly, to die for .. but the list is missing, and so is another girl. Alex, along with Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, fear the killer will find more victims before they can identify him. And when another young woman disappears at an isolated site not far from Governor’s Island, Alex has no hesitation in joining the desperate hunt for a singularly depraved murderer. A chase which catapults her into one of the most chilling encounters of her life.”

I have read some reviews for Killer Heat where people have said that Fairstein took an unexpected departure from her usual brilliance, but I don’t agree with them. I thought Killer Heat was as strong as any of the other 9 Alexandra Cooper novels before them.  There was the usual chemistry & friendly antagonism between Alex & Mike Chapman, Mercer provides his usual support & the book is chock full of interesting facts about New York. I think that’s one of the best things about these books – you get your standard Murder Mystery, mayhem, but you also get a history lesson, but not one that is in your face.

I think that Linda has a winner in Alex’s character & the relationship she has with the other lead characters in the books. Mercer, her protector, Mike her…….well, what  exactly is the relationship between her & Mike? Mike loves to ridicule Alex & do his best to drive her crazy & she always does her best to not react, but deep down I think the two of them are so in love with each other, but they don’t dare explore where that might take their relationship. This adds to the complexity of all of the books in this series & I really hope that at some point Alex & Mike realise just how much they belong together! What a great crime fighting partnership they are & could be!


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