Linda Fairstein follows up her 13th bestselling Alexandra Cooper thriller with another taut, fascinating foray into the dark side of New York City, this time centred around the city's most glamorous and storied restaurants. With the help of NYPD's Mike Chapman, Alex is set to uncover the shocking secrets that have lurked just beneath the surface of the bustling metropolis for centuries - only to come screaming to light in the present day.
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Highs & Lows
I actually originally bought the ebook to read, but gave up because I was so frustrated by the French male characters at the start - both the boyfriend Luc & the police chief in Mougins. I switched to the audio version because it often helps me push through. I'm glad I did.
The storyline about preparing the prosecution of 'MGD' (Fiarstein's fictional version of the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case) was Fairstein at her best. As with some of her other work, it is evident you're experiencing the situation as only an insider could tell it.
The other storyline about the murders associated with the restaurant industry eventually picked up and stopped feeling like such an uphill effort to get through. That said, Alex's response to her relationship with Luc is unspeakably aggravating. I take comfort from the fact that Fairstein is clearly working her way towards getting rid of him.
With respect to Rosenblat's reading, I can't say I'm crazy for the way she does the two male cops (Mike & Mercer), but she is to be commended for her talent in reading and portraying a story packed with varying accents. I particularly enjoyed her rendition of the maid/accuser in the MGD case.