Nightwatch (Alexandra Cooper #14)
by Linda Fairstein
Published July 2012 by Dutton
Thanks to TLC Book Touring and the publisher for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein returns with a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller that takes Alexandra Cooper into the dark underside of New York City’s most storied restaurants and a murder case spanning continents.
In her thirteen bestsellers, Linda Fairstein has taken millions of fans inside sinister worlds that most of us can’t even imagine. Thanks to her extensive experience as a New York City prosecutor, she creates situations that are stunning for both their compulsive readability and their authenticity. Taking Alexandra Cooper into the fascinating world of New York City’s most beloved and storied restaurants, Night Watch continues her tradition of breathtaking suspense storytelling.
Forty-eight hours after Alexandra Cooper arrives in France to visit her boyfriend and famed restaurateur, Luc Rouget, her vacation in paradise is cut short when a young woman from the village is found murdered. The only evidence discovered on the body is one of Luc’s matchboxes promoting his new restaurant in New York. But before the investigation begins, Alex is summoned back to New York to handle a high profile case.
Mohammed Gil-Darsin, the distinguished and wealthy Head of the World Economic Bureau, has been arrested and accused of attacking a maid in his hotel. As the world watches in fascination to see how the scandal will unfold, Alex finds her attention torn between preparing the alleged victim to testify and a murder case with ties too close to home. A second body is found with Luc’s matchbox—this time in Brooklyn—and Alex begins to fear that the two cases may not be as unrelated as she thought, and that uncovering the sordid secrets of the city’s most wealthy and powerful could cost her and her loved ones everything they hold dear.
This is my first foray into the world of Alexandra Cooper, and I quite enjoyed the time I walked in a world where her professional and personal life seemed to intertwine too precariously. Just a few days into her vacation in France with her boyfriend Luc, one of his ex-employee’s is found dead in a pond not far from his restaurant. While suspicion is turned Luc’s way, Alex is called back to New York City to deal with the ripped from the headlines rape scandal of a hotel maid by a bureaucrat. When another person with ties to Luc’s restaurant businesses turns up dead, this time in New York, Alex is left wondering if he’s the person she thinks he is.
Since this was the first time I’ve read this series, I felt the author did a great job of revealing just the right amount of back story for each of the main players so I knew who was who and what their deal was. And you can imagine after thirteen books, there is a ton of history between prosecutor Alex and the detectives she routinely works with, Mercer and Chapman. The rapport between the characters was interesting and flowed well, making me want to go back and read the other books to see how their story has developed over the course of this series.
The pieces of the main mystery of this book slowly came together and weren’t too predictable. The secondary rape story was twisted so it was very different from the real case that had happened a few years ago, and it was interesting how that was revealed with the victim and attorneys. Since the author was an attorney for many years, it’s nice to read a book that is authentic when it comes to all of the law and procedures.
I give this one a four out of five. With some New York history and restaurant insider information mixed in to make it even more interesting, it was a highly enjoyable mystery that wasn’t too predictable. The pacing was a little slow in a few places, but it picked up steam and thundered throught to the end.