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Hell Gate

A book by Linda Fairstein

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Fairstein follows he writing style

  • Jun 13, 2010
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Linda Fairstein writes good stories. Some readers may not find them gripping or suspenseful, but they are interesting, filled with information, and frequently quite clever.
Fairstein's style is to present us with an independantly-wealthy over-scrupulous New York Assistant District Attorney who works with two police officers who are very faithful to her. One constantly makes jokes about her. She heads a unit involved with sex crimes.
The ADA is usually involved in at least two cases throughout most or all of the novel, but becomes involved briefly with about a half dozen other very interesting cases.
This is Fairstein's forte. She spices her books - and spices is a good word - with a host of very interesting case stories, and facts about the city of New York, places in the city that we never heard of, the history of the city, the police force, how cases are handled, the mayor's office, the DA's office, the morgue, and many other subjects.
This novel focuses on illegal immigrants that are shipped to Manhattan apparently for the slave trade, also on a congressman who wants to run for mayor but is caught in a DWI which leads to a disclosure of his adulterous relationship and a death, also the DA fighting with the mayor while the DA wants to get his man a position as a judge causing striff between the DA and the ADA, also inter office rivalries between the ADAs.

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Dr. Israel Drazin is the author of twenty books, including a series of five volumes on the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible, which he co-authors with Dr. Stanley M. Wagner, and a series of four … more
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At the outset of bestseller Fairstein's winning 12th legal thriller featuring New York County ADA Alex Cooper (afterLethal Legacy), the bodies of human trafficking victims wash up on Rockaway Beach. At least one young woman appears to have been dead before she hit the frigid waters. Meanwhile, Ethan Leighton, a rising Manhattan congressman, has fled the scene of a car accident, possibly to avoid exposure of an extramarital affair and a love child. Leighton's paramour, who calls 911 to report that Leighton has threatened her, later disappears amid signs of violence. Both cases attract the keen attention of Vin Statler, New York's ambitious post-Bloomberg mayor, who adds political pressure to the crime solving. Fairstein throws a City Council slush fund into the mix, but manages to resolve the various plot threads nicely. While the main criminal's identity will surprise few, readers seeking a realistic depiction of law-enforcement work will be more than satisfied.8-city author tour. (Mar.)
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ISBN-10: 052595161X
ISBN-13: 978-0525951612
Author: Linda Fairstein
Publisher: Dutton Adult

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