Deadfall (Alexandra Cooper #19)
by Linda Fairstein
Book Blurb (from Goodreads):
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 unputdownable thriller.
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 drive-by murder of an important city employee someone Alex has worked with for years the trio must discover who the bigger snake is: the killer or the victim.
Investigations into the death provide more questions than answers, as a tangled mess of secrets slowly comes to light. From bribes to secret societies, from big-game hunting to the illegal animal trade, from New York City zoos to behind closed doors in government buildings, Alex will have her work cut out for her if she wants to uncover the truth and uphold the integrity of the office she has so proudly served.
My husband and I listened to this title during a recent trip to Disney World. This is the first and only Alex Cooper novel I will listen to on audio book.
Rating: 3 doughnuts out of 5 🍩🍩🍩
I’m sad to have given Deadfall only 3 stars, yet at the same time I feel I am being generous. The story was very long and drawn out, but Alex finally stopped whining to and about everyone and everything. I feel like we finally got the old Alex back, for the most part. There was so much of this story that I felt was repetitive, confusing, and unnecessary. However, I usually adore Linda Fairstein’s writing so I am chalking this up to the fact that the story and I just didn’t mesh well and that’s okay. The majority of the story revolves around poaching and big game hunting. Just a bit of a warning before you start reading. Those topics are away upsetting for me and I have a hard time getting them out of my brain. Also, the ongoing discussion of Alex’s PTSD left me a little confused at times. I can’t think of a better way of explaining my feelings on her PTSD except that it was talked about a great deal and then it sort of seemed to disappear *poof* just like that. A side note: I may be more sensitive to the mention of PTSD and its treatment in this book because I myself have been diagnosed with PTSD. I find that I get very picky, maybe unreasonably so (I don’t think so 🙂 ), when mental illnesses are included in the story line.
Now, onto where my true complaint lies. I have read every Alex Cooper novel and I feel so connected to Alex, Mike, Mercer, and Vicki. I had the hardest time reconciling the voices on the audio book to the voices I created in my head over the past 21 years that it took a toll on how much I was truly able to enjoy the audio book. I don’t want to get too picky or disrespectful, but Mike’s voice is just the worst – in my opinion. He sounds like a little old man who has smoked for the majority of his however many years on this earth. Mercer’s voice I am not a fan of either. I feel like it should be more powerful, deeper… now, at the same time I am complaining, I realize that many audio books have only one narrator and that she is doing her very best to portray a myriad of characters. And this book had plenty of characters! I respect that very much. I just wanted to give my true opinions.
While I hit a bump in the road with Deadfall, I will still continue to read this series. I think that’s bound to happen, especially with an author and/or series I hold in such high esteem. 🙂
Would I Recommend this Novel?:
To Whom Would I Recommend this Book?:
Those readers who have been along for the ride since book one, Final Jeopardy. And I would recommend reading it as opposed to listening to it, if you are able.
Thank you for reading my review!