Monday, March 30, 2009

Lethal Legacy

Library. In the eleventh installment of her series featuring Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cooper, novelist Linda Fairstein chooses the New York Public Library as a perfect setting for a thriller titled Lethal Legacy. Alex and sidekick NYPD detective Mike Chapman investigate a murder and uncover a secret world at the library involving a wealthy family’s feud, stolen books with secrets, and a legacy that leads to murder. As with her prior books, Fairstein peppers the text with the results of her research, in this case giving readers insight into rare books and the history of the New York Public Library and its surroundings. Her characters are reliable and behave with consistency to how she has developed them from the first novel on. The plot is interesting, and requires a reader’s close attention. Fairstein’s mini-lessons are instructive to those readers who enjoy getting background and a perspective about places that seem familiar, yet have more to their stories than most of us know.

Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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