This debut novel from Linda Fairstein is a gripping story about the investigations of an assistant District Attorney named Alexandra Cooper in New York City. Fairstein herself was the head of Manhattan's Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit so in this book she is writing about what she knows best which means that this is probably a fairly accurate portrayal of life in a District Attorney's office albeit exaggerated in order to make a more exciting novel.
The story begins when Isabella Lascar, a Hollywood actress and friend of Alex's, is found dead at the wheel of a car rented in Alex's name, at Alex's weekend home in Martha's Vineyard. This means that Alex is forced to confront the possibility that she herself may have been the intended victim. Assigned to act as her bodyguard is Mike Chapman, a homicide detective. The pair set out to investigate the murder, even though it's not Alex's job to do so and she has specifically been warned not to by her boss. The story then takes us throughout New York as they close in on the killer.
I found Alexandra Cooper to be an interesting and engaging character. The story has many interesting twists but unfortunately some of these were a bit too obvious and left the heroine looking slightly stupid to the reader for failing to figure out what was going on. One of the best aspects of the story is the relationship between the heroine and her fellow investigators because it brings some warmth to a tense and chilling story.
The book is well written and you really get a sense of drama and tension as you are reading it. There were parts of the book where I just couldn't put it down, I had to keep reading until a certain situation was resolved.
This is similar to Patricia Cornwell's books, albeit in a different setting, so if you like them then you'll probably enjoy this.