Book: Cold Hit
Author: Linda Fairstein
Release date: August 17, 1999
Source: Borrowed from local library
Series: Alexandra Cooper Mysteries #3
Summary: (from Goodreads) Alexandra Cooper has seen many murder victims, but few more disturbing than the silk-clad body of a woman, her hands and feet tied to a ladder, pulled from the turbulent waters at Manhattan’s northern tip. With her colleagues, including NYPD detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, Alex races against the clock and hopes for a “cold hit” — a DNA match that would reveal the identity of the murderer by linking the crime to someone already in the police database. But as the case pulls her into the exclusive world of East Side auction houses and cutting-edge Chelsea galleries, Alex discovers she may be marked as an expendable commodity in a chilling and deadly scheme.
First impressions: I adore this series, so I settled right in to the narrative. The book opens with a crime scene, which always makes for interesting reading.
Lasting impressions: This was definitely not one of the most memorable crime novels I’ve read. The book was incredibly slow through the middle, and the ending seemed anti-climactic, despite a lot of action.
Conflicting impressions: The plot revolves around the art world, which seemed to be a really exciting premise, but somehow it didn’t quite create a compelling enough story. I found the discovery phase of the investigation quite boring.
Overall impressions: Alexandra Cooper is a great character. She’s a wealthy New Yorker, heads the sex crimes division of the District Attorney’s office in Manhattan, and relaxes with ballet on the weekends. Her cop friends that help her investigate the crimes are playful, yet tough, and they have a good working relationship accompanied with some old-fashioned ribbing.
Though the book unfurls at a snail’s pace, the glimpse into the cut-throat nature of the art bidding process and how rich people build up their collections is quite interesting. I’m not convinced that it was tied in well enough to the actual crimes, however. When the big reveal came at the end, the motivation just didn’t quite gel enough to the severity of the crime.
Still, this was a satisfying way to quench my mystery thirst. I enjoy the characters enough to let a little plot fizzle slide, and I’ll pick up another Cooper mystery when I get the chance.
Rating: 3/5 stars