Linda Fairstein - Silent Mercy - Little, Brown Book Group

Silent Mercy

By Linda Fairstein

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Sex crimes, torture, hate - it's got Alex Cooper written all over it.

When the burnt headless body of a young woman is found on the steps of a Baptist Church in Harlem, Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper is one of the first on the shocking scene. Alex has seen some gruesome crimes committed in New York, but the barbarity of this latest discovery leaves her nauseous.

With NYPD cop Mike Chapman, Alex begins to investigate, but before long another woman is slaughtered and found on the steps of a Catholic church in Little Italy; her throat slashed and her tongue cut out.

It becomes clear there is a zealous serial killer on the loose. Now Alex and Mike must keep one step ahead of a religious fanatic bent on silencing the women he believes are bringing shame to his beliefs - before he kills anyone else.

Biographical Notes

Linda Fairstein was Assistant DA in Manhattan before taking early retirement to concentrate on her writing. She continues to work for several charities supporting the victims of sexual crimes. She divides her time between Manhattan and Martha's Vineyard. Linda was the winner of the 2010 Silver Bullet Award from the International Thriller Writers.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9780751543858
  • Publication date: 27 Oct 2011
  • Page count: 464
  • Imprint: Sphere
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