"Who is trapped in the Deadfall?"
Reviewed by Sharon Salituro
Posted September 20, 2017
"Deadfall a trap so constructed that a weight (such as a
heavy log) falls on an animal and kills or disables it."
Alexandra is an assistant DA and on leave, because on her
last case she was kidnapped. Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace
have always had Alex's back. Mike a little bit more than
Mercer. At a gala banquet, the DA Paul Battaglia is gunned
down and falls into Alex's arms. The first suspect, of
course, is Alex. Alex has no idea why they would think she
would murder her boss. Paul did call Alex several times
during the course of the evening. Alex has no idea why.
Mike and Mercer know there is no way that Alex would have
killed Paul. The investigation into this case leads the
three of them on a pretty wild ride. One of the clues that
have come up has to do with the zoo and hunting down wild
animals. But what would Paul be doing hunting animals when
he supports bills to protect them?
The FBI is also involved in this case; Stern is another
person investigating this case. Alex and Mike feel that
there are some clues that they are not going to give up to
the FBI. One of the people that Alex just can't overlook is
a man named George Kwan. Paul had met up with him a few days
before his murder. But why? Kwan claims he doesn't know Paul
and has never met with him. All clues seem to have
something to do with the zoo. Is it drugs, or could it be
Linda Fairstein writes a great book. I was guessing the
whole way through DEADFALL. Every time I thought I had it
figured out, she throws another twist into the mix. I
wondered how Ms. Fairstein knew so much about the DA's
office. But once I read the back I understand now as she
was the chief of the sex crime unit at the DA's office so
I'm wondering if this is based on a true story.
I also enjoyed the interaction between the main characters.
Even though Alex and Mike have a relationship, it didn't
seem to get in the way of investigating this murder. Hoping
that Linda writes more books with these characters in it. I
can't wait to read another book by Linda Fairstein. DEADFALL
is out now, pick it up if you love mystery and suspense.
Learn more about Deadfall
Hunting a killer within New York’s urban jungle becomes
the biggest case of Alexandra Cooper’s career in New York
Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein’s latest
A wild heart beats within New York City. Amid concrete and
skyscrapers, the Wildlife Conservation Society works to
preserve and protect the animal kingdom both within and
beyond the borders of the five boroughs. But dangerous
creatures don't always have claws and fangs, as Assistant DA
Alexandra Cooper and NYPD detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer
Wallace know all too well. Predators lurk close to home, and
in the aftermath of the shocking assassination of an iconic
public figure—someone Alex has worked with for years—the
trio must unravel the motive behind the shooting to discover
who is the bigger snake: the killer or the victim.
The murder investigation provides more questions than
answers, as a tangled mess of secrets slowly comes to light.
From street gangs to secret societies, from big-game hunting
to the illegal animal trade, from New York City zoos to the
highest offices in city government, Alex has her work cut
out for her—especially since the task force handling the
investigation, led by the US Attorney, seems to be more
against her than with her. As tensions rise between Alex and
the feds, she must determine just how far she is willing to
go to uncover the truth—and uphold the integrity of the
office she has so proudly served.
Deadfall proves once again why Linda Fairstein is
hailed as “a champion teller of detective tales” (USA
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