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BOOK REVIEW: LETHAL LEGACY
BY LINDA FAIRSTEIN
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Tina Barr, librarian, is assaulted by a man seen running from her apartment by a neighbor. The strange thing is he is dressed in a firefighter suit. Why? Well, just think how easy it would be to open your door if you see a man in a firefighter suit and smelled smoke. You probably wouldn't give it a second thought!
Alex Cooper, Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor, conducts the investigation and finally convinces Tina to go to the hospital for an examination. Tina disappears before anyone has a chance to examine her.
Tina’s body is discovered and Alex gets help with the investigation from Detective Mike Chapman and Mercer Williams who is in the Special Victims Unit. The investigation took them to the New York Public Library where Tina worked as a conservator for rare maps and books. Are these maps and books so valuable that someone would kill to get their hands on them? Apparently, the answer is yes.
The story gets a little more complicated when Karla Vastasi is found murdered in Tina’s apartment. Karla is the housekeeper for Minerva Hunt. Minerva’s father is a collector of many valuable maps. The detectives assigned to the case now have a connection between the deaths.
Are the detectives able to solve this case before someone else is murdered?
Linda Fairstein has written a novel that combines many interesting details about the New York Public with a thriller that is tightly woven. The story moves along at a rapid pace and kept me glued to the pages. It is obvious that this author has done an enormous amount of research in order to be able to write this book. This is the first book I have read by Linda Fairstein and I am looking forward to reading others that she has written.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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