New York Times bestselling author, former New York prosecuting attorney turned writer, Linda Fairstein, has created another successful legal thriller with book 7 in the Alexandra Cooper series, “Entombed.” This book takes Alex and her detective friends on a journey into the world of Edgar Allen Poe upon the discovery of a decades-old body concealed within the walls of a brownstone being demolished.
Manhattan’s Prosecuting Attorney Alexandra Cooper, assigned to the police department’s Special Victims Squad (sex crimes), together with Detective Mercer Wallace, arrives at the apartment of an attempted rape victim, who successfully survived the attack. All clues appear to confirm the attacker to be the Silk Stocking Rapist.
Later, Alex attends a lecture with her associates at the NYU Law School, located in a 200-year old brownstone. Construction was underway in the basement to tear down the old structure to make way for a new building. As the crew slowly chipped away at one wall, they uncover a skull.
Detective Mike Chapman, from homicide, and Andy Dorfman, the medical examiner, work together and determine the skeletal remains are a woman in her early 20’s. Additional evidence puts her death around 25 years ago. They are further informed that the old building used to be the home of Edgar Allen Poe and was called Poe House. Efforts to identify the remains lead Alex and her detective friends into the past and the world of Edgar Allen Poe.
While investigating the case of the Silk Stocking Rapist, along with the gruesome case of the entombed young woman, facts uncovered lead them to the Bronx Botanical Gardens, a source hosting very special Poe fans. One-by-one, clues begin adding up indicating that several cases are connected via one common denominator, a very clever killer.
With their busy case load, Alex is still getting used to being single again, Mercer is greatly enjoying his new and exciting relationship, while Mike receives some devastating news.
Linda Fairstein has wielded a story that eventually melds several cases together in a way that totally surprises the reader. They don’t see certain events coming. Although the beginning of the story took a bit to bring the reader in, it eventually entices and captures one’s interest as the story unfolds and events become connected. Very chilling effects that somewhat creeps one out. It almost makes you feel like you are there.
The author’s writing clearly expresses her great legal knowledge and experience, along with her skills in thoroughly researching subjects. However, certain descriptive details could have been left out. The reader can easily lose interest with too much detail.
Overall, this book was an excellent read, packed with lots of references to Edgar Allen Poe and his life, along with emphasis on the Manhattan neighborhoods and surrounding areas. Poe devotees won’t want to miss this one.
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