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LETHAL LEGACY
LINDA FAIRSTEIN
ISBN#: 978-0-385-52399-8
2009
Doubleday
1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
Hardcover
$26.00
372 Pages
Mystery/Suspense
Rating: 4 Cups

Alex Cooper is an Assistant District Attorney for the Borough of Manhattan. She is a well-respected prosecutor and assists in the investigation of many cases. She is currently involved with a French restaurateur named Luc.

Tina Barr is a conservator of historical documents, specializing in old maps. She repairs the documents and is well known in her field. A skilled artist, is she a forger as well?

The New York Public Library is a repository for more than books. Benefactors over the years have left the institution works of art and old maps as well. Many of these works have been disappearing by both theft and sale by trustees of the Library. An ancient map seems to be at the center of conservator Tina Barr’s disappearance and the well-known and wealthy Hunt family is also involved in some manner. Alex and her friends in the NYPD will get to the bottom of the mystery.

This is a really good mystery with a well-written and suspenseful plot and great characters. It is part of a series, but although you will probably want to read all of the other books due to the quality of the writing, the book stands alone very well. The author has a very good grasp of both police procedure and the working of a District Attorney’s Office and uses it to advantage here. I got very absorbed in the plot early on and did not put it down. The subplot of the eight year old murder case and its revolutionary DNA investigation is also fascinating. The idea of theft, murder, and intrigue in the public library is too unique to pass by.

Maura
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