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Watch a video In the latest thriller in Linda Fairstein's bestselling series, Alex Cooper dives deep into the byzantine, sinister world of New York City's powerful religious institutions. It's the middle of the night. Prosecutor Alexandra Cooper is called to Harlem's Mount Neboh Baptist Church, a beautiful house of worship originally built as a synagogue. But the crowd g Watch a video In the latest thriller in Linda Fairstein's bestselling series, Alex Cooper dives deep into the byzantine, sinister world of New York City's powerful religious institutions. It's the middle of the night. Prosecutor Alexandra Cooper is called to Harlem's Mount Neboh Baptist Church, a beautiful house of worship originally built as a synagogue. But the crowd gathered there isn't interested in architecture, or even prayer. They've come for the same reason Alex has: to find out why the body of a young woman has been decapitated, set on fire, and left burning on the church steps. The only identifiable artifact on the charred remains is the imprint of a Star of David necklace seared into the victim's flesh. Alex wonders if the fire was meant to destroy this woman's body, or to draw attention to it. Her fears are confirmed days later, when a second corpse is found at a cathedral in Little Italy. The killings look like serial hate crimes, but the apparent differences in the victims' beliefs seem to eliminate a religious motive. Convinced that another young woman is bound to die, Alex mines the depths of Manhattan's many houses of worship to find a connection between the victims-and in the process uncovers a terrible and perilous truth that takes her far beyond the scope of her investigation, and directly into the path of terrible danger.


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Watch a video In the latest thriller in Linda Fairstein's bestselling series, Alex Cooper dives deep into the byzantine, sinister world of New York City's powerful religious institutions. It's the middle of the night. Prosecutor Alexandra Cooper is called to Harlem's Mount Neboh Baptist Church, a beautiful house of worship originally built as a synagogue. But the crowd g Watch a video In the latest thriller in Linda Fairstein's bestselling series, Alex Cooper dives deep into the byzantine, sinister world of New York City's powerful religious institutions. It's the middle of the night. Prosecutor Alexandra Cooper is called to Harlem's Mount Neboh Baptist Church, a beautiful house of worship originally built as a synagogue. But the crowd gathered there isn't interested in architecture, or even prayer. They've come for the same reason Alex has: to find out why the body of a young woman has been decapitated, set on fire, and left burning on the church steps. The only identifiable artifact on the charred remains is the imprint of a Star of David necklace seared into the victim's flesh. Alex wonders if the fire was meant to destroy this woman's body, or to draw attention to it. Her fears are confirmed days later, when a second corpse is found at a cathedral in Little Italy. The killings look like serial hate crimes, but the apparent differences in the victims' beliefs seem to eliminate a religious motive. Convinced that another young woman is bound to die, Alex mines the depths of Manhattan's many houses of worship to find a connection between the victims-and in the process uncovers a terrible and perilous truth that takes her far beyond the scope of her investigation, and directly into the path of terrible danger.

30 review for Silent Mercy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alex is The Romance Fox

    Silent Mercy, another riveting crime novel by Linda Fairstein, is the 13th in the Alexandra Cooper Series. Alexandra Cooper, ADA and prosecutor in the sex crimes division and Detective Mike Chapman are investigating two brutal murders in NYC A young woman’s mutilated headless body is set on fire and left burning on the steps of Harlem’s Mount Neboh Baptist Church. When another dead woman’s body is found at the Old St Patrick’s Cathedral in Little Italy, it becomes clear that the two ch Silent Mercy, another riveting crime novel by Linda Fairstein, is the 13th in the Alexandra Cooper Series. Alexandra Cooper, ADA and prosecutor in the sex crimes division and Detective Mike Chapman are investigating two brutal murders in NYC A young woman’s mutilated headless body is set on fire and left burning on the steps of Harlem’s Mount Neboh Baptist Church. When another dead woman’s body is found at the Old St Patrick’s Cathedral in Little Italy, it becomes clear that the two churches, used by the killer as his crime scenes, has religious message. Tightly written mystery delving into religion, church institutions, teaching church institutions, feminism, views on women in the priesthood,"Ursula questioned everything. When the word came from Rome that barring women from the priesthood wasn't a human-rights issue, it was Ursula who stood up to the Magisterium. 'Is it because we don't have rights?' she asked. 'Or is it because we're not human?'"filled with twists, turns and surprises. Interlaced with sub plots giving us a glimpse of Alexandra in a courtroom, prosecuting a priest of sexual abuse and it was good she is during her cross-examination of a bishop, who may be part of a cover-up in the case. We also see how she deals with a rape investigation that has proved the young woman to be lying and what she does to resolve the issue. I just love her no-nonsense attitude. Interesting history of some of NYC”s churches and landmarks, Penikese Island, where Alexandra finds herself in a very dangerous situation as she battles to save the killer’s next victim…..and Cape Cod provide a great backdrop to the story. Alexandra Cooper is a brilliant character that I have come to like a lot- she’s independent, intelligent, a great friend and not afraid to stand up for herself. I just wonder about her choice in men…..Luc Rouget, chef extraordinaire, sexy and French….is an across the ocean relationship….same as her previous newscaster lover……it’s as if she prefers not being totally invested in these men….. I think that another problem is Mike Chapman……..there is definitely a sexual tension between the two…..but it just seems to keep dragging on and on…and nothing happening. Mike’s frustration is palpable….his snarky remarks to Alex are at times really awful…..he can be a total ass that I begin to think that maybe she should just give him a miss!!!!! I always enjoy this author’s books and this is another well-written mystery in this series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Stewart Madden

    How can you support/carry the books of this despicable person of an author Linda Fairstein. She is a corrupt ex NYC prosecutor who took away 5 teenage boys lives away from them allowing her detectives to interrogate these boys and coerced them into making false statements about a rape they had nothing to do with. The 5 boys were convicted of a crime they never admitted to nor never took a plea deal for. They presumed there innocence until the real rapists came forward. DNA testing proved who the How can you support/carry the books of this despicable person of an author Linda Fairstein. She is a corrupt ex NYC prosecutor who took away 5 teenage boys lives away from them allowing her detectives to interrogate these boys and coerced them into making false statements about a rape they had nothing to do with. The 5 boys were convicted of a crime they never admitted to nor never took a plea deal for. They presumed there innocence until the real rapists came forward. DNA testing proved who the real rapist was and NYC exonerated these 5 men but there lives were shattered. In addition, she continues to say these boys are guilty are sufficient DNA testing proved otherwise. Shame on this bookstore to continue to support this author. She is an example of the tyrants who promote injustice in our country. She ruined 5 teenage boys lives.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lois

    This author used to be a prosecutor in NY. She was a part of pushing for charges against The Central Park Five. She still insists they are guilty after the city had to pay them $41 million dollars for malicious and wrongful prosecution. This author is a nasty racist bitch and doesn't deserve to have a publishing contract. https://www.newsweek.com/who-linda-fa... https://thegrio.com/2019/06/03/centra... https://youtu.be/u3F9n_smGWY This author used to be a prosecutor in NY. She was a part of pushing for charges against The Central Park Five. She still insists they are guilty after the city had to pay them $41 million dollars for malicious and wrongful prosecution. This author is a nasty racist bitch and doesn't deserve to have a publishing contract. https://www.newsweek.com/who-linda-fa... https://thegrio.com/2019/06/03/centra... https://youtu.be/u3F9n_smGWY

  4. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Galarza

    If I could give this (or any book written by this dispicable human being) less than one star, I would. Don’t even have to read them to know that they are terrible, fictional, and full of lies just as she is. If you are unaware of who she is and what she has done, educate yourself immediately. Kevin Richardson. Antron McCray. Korey Wise. Yusef Salaam. Raymond Santana Jr. Know their names. Watch #WhenTheySeeUs on Netflix now.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Markina Wilkerson

    How come in your bio you don't mention how you won the Central Park five case since you just know they did it? If you are that good of a lawyer ,like it states you are, stand on it put it in your bio! OR IS IT NOT THERE BECAUSE THE WHOLE THING WAS A LIE? Again asking for a few friends named Real Justice and Truth How come in your bio you don't mention how you won the Central Park five case since you just know they did it? If you are that good of a lawyer ,like it states you are, stand on it put it in your bio! OR IS IT NOT THERE BECAUSE THE WHOLE THING WAS A LIE? Again asking for a few friends named Real Justice and Truth

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ddalton

    This woman is racist and sent five innocent minority children to jail in the Central Park Five case. Who knows how many other innocent minorities she has harmed. What an awful person.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Raquel Bruce

    Linda Fairstein put 5 innocent children in prison because they were black and she thought she was above the law. Their lives did not matter to her. She is a sorry excuse for a human being and no one should buy her stupid books. She came to fame on the broken lives of 5 black boys and their families! Shame on you Linda!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ronald Webster

    You are a liar and a hack!!! I pray that you get the Justice that you gave those young boys in the Central Park 5!!! I will never read anything with your name on it!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Arlene Cruz

    Do not support this author she is evil, corrupt and racist She had 5 children put in prison well aware they were innocent Disgusting and sick to see goodreads support such an evil thing

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Paden

    Im case any of you aren’t educated on Linda’s past, let me enlighten you. This woman sent 5 innocent young black males to jail and tortured them throughout investigations and interrogations. If you choose to support this woman in any way, you are just as disgraceful as she is. I hope your writing career rots just like you will after judgment day.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Anne (Booklady) Molinarolo

    2.5 Stars My Musings Silent Mercy isn't one of my favorite books in the Alexandra Cooper Series. The usually good dialogue was stiff and I had to read some dialogue a couple of times to make sense of it. And the storyline lacked Fairstein's usual easiness, like she didn't really believe the whole scenario either. Her timing and her reliable suspense pacing seemed off. I neither really liked nor disliked Silent Mercy and that is very unusual for this reader, since I am a big fan of Linda Fairstein 2.5 Stars My Musings Silent Mercy isn't one of my favorite books in the Alexandra Cooper Series. The usually good dialogue was stiff and I had to read some dialogue a couple of times to make sense of it. And the storyline lacked Fairstein's usual easiness, like she didn't really believe the whole scenario either. Her timing and her reliable suspense pacing seemed off. I neither really liked nor disliked Silent Mercy and that is very unusual for this reader, since I am a big fan of Linda Fairstein. No series is ever 100% perfect. Book Blurb Prosecutor Alexandra Cooper has been called to a Harlem Baptist Church, where a woman has been decapitated and set on fire on the church steps—with the imprint of a Star of David necklace seared into her flesh. Then a second body is found at a cathedral in Little Italy. Alex is blind to the sick and inconceivable motives feeding a particularly vicious serial killer—until she mines the depths of the city’s vast and serpentine religious history. What Alex follows is a dangerous path that takes her far beyond the scope of her investigation, and directly into the path of a frightening and inescapable truth.

  12. 5 out of 5

    ReadandRated

    If you’ve read my other reviews you’ll know that I don’t usually reveal anything about the story, I prefer to tell you my opinion of it and leave you to enjoy the story for yourself if you choose to read it. However, as I’m deeply unimpressed with something about this book I’m not sticking to my usual principles! I loved the synopsis on the back of this book, it hooked me by saying the was based in New York (I love it there) and starts by saying “In the middle of the night, the burnt headless bod If you’ve read my other reviews you’ll know that I don’t usually reveal anything about the story, I prefer to tell you my opinion of it and leave you to enjoy the story for yourself if you choose to read it. However, as I’m deeply unimpressed with something about this book I’m not sticking to my usual principles! I loved the synopsis on the back of this book, it hooked me by saying the was based in New York (I love it there) and starts by saying “In the middle of the night, the burnt headless body of a young woman is found on the steps of a Baptist church in Harlem…” my kind of book! I enjoy the two lead characters, Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper and NYPD Cop Mike Chapman, and how they work together. The story itself isn’t a bad one. However, that’s where the good stuff ends! For me, there were so many faults with this book that I’m surprised it got to print, such as: The relationship between Cooper and her boyfriend Luc is weak and irrelevant. The story is incredibly slow and hard to get into, it starts very slowly and in a lot of places, although the complexities of the Cooper/Chapman relationship remain, everything else seems an afterthought. But what really, really lets the book down is the fact that the ‘villain’ is only a villain because he has been diagnosed with Leprosy. What an enlightened and helpful view that is! I’d love to know what @Lepra_HinA think about this? In fact, @Lepra_HinA if you want to see the book let me know and I’ll post you my copy, don’t go out and purchase another one.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lizzie Hayes

    ‘Silent Mercy’ By Linda Fairstein Published by Little Brown, March 2011. ISBN: 978-1-4087-0241-3 This latest thriller featuring Assistant DA Alex Cooper and NYPD Detective Mike Chapman opens with the discovery of a headless body on the steps of a church in New York. Within days a second body turns up also left at a church, and not just any church, it is clear that the killer is making a particular point To try and get in the mind of the killer Alex and Mike explore various religious beliefs trying ‘Silent Mercy’ By Linda Fairstein Published by Little Brown, March 2011. ISBN: 978-1-4087-0241-3 This latest thriller featuring Assistant DA Alex Cooper and NYPD Detective Mike Chapman opens with the discovery of a headless body on the steps of a church in New York. Within days a second body turns up also left at a church, and not just any church, it is clear that the killer is making a particular point To try and get in the mind of the killer Alex and Mike explore various religious beliefs trying to get a handle on the message being left by the killer. With Mike being Catholic and Alex of Jewish decent there are many interesting discussions. Tackling a religion is never an easy subject but Linda does it in an interesting and non confrontational way As with all the books in this acclaimed series Linda’s research is meticulous and we learn much about the history of New York landmarks. In this book we learn of the many churches in the city and in particular the Church of St John the Devine –the largest cathedral in the world. Mercer Wallace completes the trio of pursuers of justice which take them to a stunning climax on Cape Cod. A marvellous entry in this excellent series. ---- Lizzie Hayes

  14. 4 out of 5

    Gloria Feit

    This deeply researched series highlighting New York landmarks featuring Alexandra Cooper and Mike Chapman takes the reader in a somewhat different direction from previous entries. This time the author tackles religion, albeit in a non-controversial manner. While New York continues to be the prime real estate, the murderer the duo is chasing has committed the same crime in other states, ending up on Cape Cod. But various religious institutions set the stage for the chase as the culprit leaves his This deeply researched series highlighting New York landmarks featuring Alexandra Cooper and Mike Chapman takes the reader in a somewhat different direction from previous entries. This time the author tackles religion, albeit in a non-controversial manner. While New York continues to be the prime real estate, the murderer the duo is chasing has committed the same crime in other states, ending up on Cape Cod. But various religious institutions set the stage for the chase as the culprit leaves his victims on display at various churches, apparently making a statement. And Alex and Mike visit a couple of leading teaching institutions undergoing a crash course in various religions and beliefs in an effort to learn what the murderer is attempting to say. As usual, the reader learns a lot about the streets and history of New York City, always an important part of reading a novel in the series. But equally important is the tightly written mystery and analytical approach to solving it. This author’s books are always a delight to read and this newest one, as all her prior novels, is recommended.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Trisher

    I've read all the other books in the series. After the last one, I wasn't sure I was going to bother. Mike Chapman isn't really endearing enough to pull off all of the offensive and obnoxious stuff he says. I don't see how it's necessary. I mean, he says horrible things but then the main character, Alex Cooper, thinks "well, I know he's a really good guy deep down". Yeah, ok. So he's a cop and saves lives. It's hardly an excuse to be a complete a-hole about absolutely everything else. Anyway, he' I've read all the other books in the series. After the last one, I wasn't sure I was going to bother. Mike Chapman isn't really endearing enough to pull off all of the offensive and obnoxious stuff he says. I don't see how it's necessary. I mean, he says horrible things but then the main character, Alex Cooper, thinks "well, I know he's a really good guy deep down". Yeah, ok. So he's a cop and saves lives. It's hardly an excuse to be a complete a-hole about absolutely everything else. Anyway, he's a little less over-the-top in this book while Mercer is barely in it. It felt a little rushed and disjointed. I'm only bothering to write this review because it could have been much better and that's what's disappointing. The first half of the book was good; the second half left a little to be desired. Maybe if it were longer and more in-depth, it could have lived up to the potential.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    In this latest installment of the Alexandra Cooper series, Linda Fairstein takes us on a wild thrill ride on her latest case yet. We're so deeply involved into this one, when it deals with females and religion, and their beliefs. We root for Alex to find out a connection between old and new murders of this serial killer, which takes us all over to New York. There's plenty of surprises in this one, that would leave you breathless on every twist and turn she has in store for you, the fellow reader In this latest installment of the Alexandra Cooper series, Linda Fairstein takes us on a wild thrill ride on her latest case yet. We're so deeply involved into this one, when it deals with females and religion, and their beliefs. We root for Alex to find out a connection between old and new murders of this serial killer, which takes us all over to New York. There's plenty of surprises in this one, that would leave you breathless on every twist and turn she has in store for you, the fellow reader. I love this series. Alex's closeness to Chapman and Mercer and her fellow colleagues, even a bitter rival with Pat McKinney, and how intact she is to her French chef. From the court room to the scene of the crime, this one is the finest one yet, except for Night Watch, which just came out this month.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lexy

    You’re gonna die in hell

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mark Richard

    A BURNING HEADLESS BODY, outside a church. Great Start A FREE FALL into a court case which seems to be as boring as it is long. If I wanted to read about a court case I would have grabbed a GRISHAM. This ain't no GRISHAM. The book ambles along struggling to keep my interest. Why a man can be a Priest. Why a woman can never be a Priest.etc etc. After a while you start thinking that this is a bit like a SCARPETTA. But there ain't no SCARPETTA. And there ain't no MARINO. YOU DECIDE TO STICK TO CORNWELL N A BURNING HEADLESS BODY, outside a church. Great Start A FREE FALL into a court case which seems to be as boring as it is long. If I wanted to read about a court case I would have grabbed a GRISHAM. This ain't no GRISHAM. The book ambles along struggling to keep my interest. Why a man can be a Priest. Why a woman can never be a Priest.etc etc. After a while you start thinking that this is a bit like a SCARPETTA. But there ain't no SCARPETTA. And there ain't no MARINO. YOU DECIDE TO STICK TO CORNWELL NEXT TIME.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Paul Weiss

    Organized religion has a lot to answer for in this world! Linda Fairstein, chief of the Sex Crimes Unit of Manhattan’s District Attorney’s office for more than two decades, has parlayed her writing skills and her experience into a best-selling legal thriller series portraying the exploits of her accomplished protagonist, Alexandra Cooper. It’s not big news that lots of people object strenuously to some of the decisions that Ms Fairstein made during her tenure in the Manhattan DA’s office, but nob Organized religion has a lot to answer for in this world! Linda Fairstein, chief of the Sex Crimes Unit of Manhattan’s District Attorney’s office for more than two decades, has parlayed her writing skills and her experience into a best-selling legal thriller series portraying the exploits of her accomplished protagonist, Alexandra Cooper. It’s not big news that lots of people object strenuously to some of the decisions that Ms Fairstein made during her tenure in the Manhattan DA’s office, but nobody can deny that her thinly disguised fictional memoirs make for some mighty fine legal thriller reading. SILENT MERCY, #13 in a series that now extends to a rather breathtaking 20 entries, is a winner. Organized religion takes center stage as the bad guy in the two primary sub-plots that Fairstein has woven together in a rather clever fashion. Given Fairstein’s life experience dealing with crimes against children and women, it’s no surprise that she has taken aim, first, at the clergy sex abuse scandal of the Roman Catholic Church and, secondly, at the patriarchal misogyny that, to this day, remains endemic in the Abrahmic religions around the world. As a confirmed atheist and recovering Catholic myself, I would have relished seeing a few more pages dedicated to criticism of the global pedophile ring known as the Vatican and the Roman Catholic Church, but … that said, I confess that I read SILENT MERCY full speed ahead and polished it off in a satisfying two sittings. Highly recommended. Paul Weiss

  20. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    Do not support this monster (author Linda Fairstein) who ruined the lives of children for her own personal gain.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Whentheyseeus

    Time to get @LindaFairstein ignorant ass out of here too. A pompous racist and a callous, soulless, moral compass lacking manipulator of justice. How dare you write crime novels when you have knowingly committed a crime and lied in the court of law. You are pathetic & karma will meet you despite how you think you are invincible. #WhenTheySeeUs we see you!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Franny Lions

    Every book is terrible just like the lies you formed against the Central Park Five

  23. 4 out of 5

    Erin Deanna

    She’s the reason the Central Park 5 men went to jail.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Julian D'achille

    Not Fairstein’s best. Also for someone who claims to know New England so well, you don’t take I-95 from Providence through Fall River and New Bedford to Cape Cod (it’s I-195) and from that direction you would take the Bourne bridge, not the Sagamore.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    Linda Fairstein is one of handful of writers with series that I enjoy enough to always read whatever the latest is. It's a relatively select group that provides me with great reading comfort food and sometimes that's just what you need. I have a lot of respect for Linda Fairstein and her pioneering work as a Sex Crimes DA back in the days when the victim deserved it. As bad as it is now, it is much much better than it used to be and women like Linda Fairstein helped make that happen. Bonus that Linda Fairstein is one of handful of writers with series that I enjoy enough to always read whatever the latest is. It's a relatively select group that provides me with great reading comfort food and sometimes that's just what you need. I have a lot of respect for Linda Fairstein and her pioneering work as a Sex Crimes DA back in the days when the victim deserved it. As bad as it is now, it is much much better than it used to be and women like Linda Fairstein helped make that happen. Bonus that she writes good crime fiction. All of that said it's feeling like she's running out of steam in this series. I still enjoyed it, particularly due to her penchant for teaching about the history and architecture of New York, but she's starting to head into Patricia Cornwell territory and that means I'll stop reading her at some point. Both this book and the last one were pretty annoying. Her books have great secondary characters, including her detective friends Mercer and Mike, but she's pretty much doing nothing for these characters. It's great that Alexandra is one of the guys, but for two books now Mercer has played little role and Mike is just so snarky that I don't know why anyone would stay around - and yet Alexandra always has an excuse for him. There's subtle victimization in the relationship that makes me really uncomfortable given the context. I think I'll read one more of her books and if there isn't huge improvement, we'll part ways.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    I didn't realize this was a series when I started reading, so imagine my surprise when I discovered it was release 13. How I managed to miss this author, I can't imagine, but I'll be watching for her next release in the future. Now to the book. I really enjoyed it. The characters are well developed, have good relationships, the plot moves along at a fast pace and the premise could have jumped off the pages of any major city newspaper. I loved the tidbits of historical trivia about the various dif I didn't realize this was a series when I started reading, so imagine my surprise when I discovered it was release 13. How I managed to miss this author, I can't imagine, but I'll be watching for her next release in the future. Now to the book. I really enjoyed it. The characters are well developed, have good relationships, the plot moves along at a fast pace and the premise could have jumped off the pages of any major city newspaper. I loved the tidbits of historical trivia about the various different religious institutions of New York and how the author integrated them into the story line. The courtroom scenes, witness cross examinations and police procedures worked well. Mike and Alex make a good team but they definitely manage to get themselves into plenty of trouble. That means action, danger and the treat of death. The culmination of catching the killer worked fine for me but the portion after seemed rushed and unrealistic. There's no way Alex would have must gone off to her weekend house without filing a full report to her boss the DA.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alissa

    I usually really enjoy an Alex Cooper novel. However, this one just didn't do it for me. It started out quick with a gruesome murder. We had a slice of Alex in court. However, the writing just wasn't that taut, and several things were repeated in the text (a bit about Alex's religious background). I thought the writing wasn't as good as in previous novels. I had a hard time following the plot and the motivations of the characters. There was a really dumb subplot too that just distracted from the I usually really enjoy an Alex Cooper novel. However, this one just didn't do it for me. It started out quick with a gruesome murder. We had a slice of Alex in court. However, the writing just wasn't that taut, and several things were repeated in the text (a bit about Alex's religious background). I thought the writing wasn't as good as in previous novels. I had a hard time following the plot and the motivations of the characters. There was a really dumb subplot too that just distracted from the central action. Also, the central murder didn't hold much interest for me, usually an interesting piece of NY history is woven in to the story - the architecture of the churches didn't do it. I'll read the next one, but might have to quit this series. 3 words to describe this novel: gruesome, murder, religion

  28. 5 out of 5

    Susannah Carleton

    Excellent and riveting! Alex is helping to try a case against a defrocked priest and teacher who molested a number of young boys, but members of the Catholic Church hierarchy are incensed when a former Bishop is questioned at length about the church's response to such complaints and about secret archives. (To keep the trial out of the headlines, Alex isn't the lead prosecutor, but she's the one who questions the Bishop.) Someone is killing religious women, in gruesome manners, leaving their bodi Excellent and riveting! Alex is helping to try a case against a defrocked priest and teacher who molested a number of young boys, but members of the Catholic Church hierarchy are incensed when a former Bishop is questioned at length about the church's response to such complaints and about secret archives. (To keep the trial out of the headlines, Alex isn't the lead prosecutor, but she's the one who questions the Bishop.) Someone is killing religious women, in gruesome manners, leaving their bodies at churches and a severed body part at another church. Now, another woman is missing, and Alex, Mike, and Mercer search for her. Alex and Mike find the woman in the nick of time (while Mercer keeps watch over the likely fourth victim).

  29. 5 out of 5

    J. Ewbank

    This book by Fairstein is well put together. It is a mystery that is mysterious. The characters are interesting and they get involved. You want to keep turning pages to find out what is happening. I think the attorney, Alex, does more than most do but it makes the story. You'll enjoy it. J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" and "To Whom It May Concern" This book by Fairstein is well put together. It is a mystery that is mysterious. The characters are interesting and they get involved. You want to keep turning pages to find out what is happening. I think the attorney, Alex, does more than most do but it makes the story. You'll enjoy it. J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" and "To Whom It May Concern"

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    Linda is one of my favorite authors. This novel's first "incident" was found just a few blocks from where my daughter and family lives in New York. Makes me want to visit all of the churches involved in the story. Beautiful architecture it sounds like. Also this novel of hers dealt with some important feminist and other issues facing the church today which was exciting for me. Linda is one of my favorite authors. This novel's first "incident" was found just a few blocks from where my daughter and family lives in New York. Makes me want to visit all of the churches involved in the story. Beautiful architecture it sounds like. Also this novel of hers dealt with some important feminist and other issues facing the church today which was exciting for me.

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