Linda Fairstein delivers in ‘Silent Mercy’
Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 8:01 pm
By JEFF AYERS
For The Associated Press
“Silent Mercy” (Dutton), by Linda Fairstein: Linda Fairstein has delivered another compelling crime novel set on the all-too-real streets of New York in “Silent Mercy.”
Someone is leaving body parts on the steps of churches throughout Manhattan, and Alexandra Cooper, prosecutor in the sex crimes division, teams up with police officer Mike Chapman to stop the killer before he strikes again.
The institutions of church and religion go under the microscope as Cooper and Chapman explore the history of the targeted churches to see if the killer has a vendetta against the buildings — or perhaps has a God complex.
Cooper already has her hands full with a case involving a teenage girl who cried rape. The investigation proved there was no attack, but her parents still want justice.
Fairstein was the chief of the sex crimes unit in the district attorney’s office in Manhattan for over 20 years, so she brings the authenticity necessary to make the story believable. She makes the city of New York so vivid, it becomes a character as well.
The historical facts sprinkled with the compelling crimes and characters create a worthwhile read that fans of the “Law & Order” TV series will savor. After finishing “Silent Mercy,” readers will eagerly seek out her other novels.
Jeff Ayers is the author of “Voyages of Imagination: The Star Trek Fiction Companion” (Pocket Books, 2006).
Published in The Messenger 3.8.11