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Night watch / Linda A. Fairstein.

By: Fairstein, Linda A.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Fairstein, Linda A. Alexandra Cooper novels: 14.; Alexandra Cooper: [bk. 14]Alexandra Cooper novels: 14.; Alexandra Cooper: Publisher: London : Little, Brown, 2012Description: 402 pages : map ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781408702451 (hbk.); 1408702452; 9781408702444 (pbk.).Subject(s): Cooper, Alexandra (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Public prosecutors -- Fiction | Women lawyers -- Fiction | Public prosecutors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction | Detective and mystery stories, American | Public prosecutors New York (State) New York Fiction | Detective and mystery stories | France -- Fiction | New York (N.Y.) -- FictionGenre/Form: Legal stories. | Detective and mystery fiction. | Crime -- Fiction. | Detective and mystery stories.
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Forty-eight hours after Alexandra Cooper arrives in France to visit her boyfriend and famed restaurateur, Luc Rouget, her vacation in paradise is cut short when a young woman from the village is found murdered.
Summary: This is a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller that takes Alexandra Cooper into the dark underside of New York City's most storied restaurants and a murder case spanning continents. Forty-eight hours after Alexandra Cooper arrives in France to visit her boyfriend and famed restaurateur, Luc Rouget, her vacation in paradise is cut short when a young woman from the village is found murdered. The only evidence discovered on the body is one of Luc's matchboxes promoting his new restaurant in New York. But before the investigation begins, Alex is summoned back to New York to handle a high profile case. Mohammed Gil-Darsin, the distinguished and wealthy head of the World Economic Bureau, has been arrested and accused of attacking a maid in his hotel. As the world watches in fascination to see how the scandal will unfold, Alex finds her attention torn between preparing the alleged victim to testify and a murder case with ties too close to home. A second body is found with Luc's matchbox, this time in Brooklyn, and Alex begins to fear that the two cases may not be as unrelated as she thought, and that uncovering the sordid secrets of the city's most wealthy and powerful could cost her and her loved ones everything they hold dear.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

<p>Forty-eight hours after New York Assistant D.A. Alexandra Cooper arrives in France to visit her restaurateur boyfriend, Luc Rouget, her holiday is cut short when a young woman is found murdered. The only evidence discovered on the body is one of Luc's matchboxes promoting his new restaurant in New York. Before the investigation begins, Alex is summoned back home to handle a high profile case.</p> <p>Mohammed Gil-Darsin, Head of the World Economic Bureau, has been accused of attacking a maid in his hotel. As the scandal unfolds, Alex finds her attention torn between preparing the alleged victim to testify and a murder case with ties too close to home.</p> <p>When a second body is found with Luc's matchbox - this time in Brooklyn - Alex begins to fear that the two cases may be connected, and that uncovering the sordid secrets of the city's most wealthy and powerful could cost her and her loved ones everything they hold dear...</p>

"An Alexandra Cooper novel" --Cover.

Forty-eight hours after Alexandra Cooper arrives in France to visit her boyfriend and famed restaurateur, Luc Rouget, her vacation in paradise is cut short when a young woman from the village is found murdered.

This is a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller that takes Alexandra Cooper into the dark underside of New York City's most storied restaurants and a murder case spanning continents. Forty-eight hours after Alexandra Cooper arrives in France to visit her boyfriend and famed restaurateur, Luc Rouget, her vacation in paradise is cut short when a young woman from the village is found murdered. The only evidence discovered on the body is one of Luc's matchboxes promoting his new restaurant in New York. But before the investigation begins, Alex is summoned back to New York to handle a high profile case. Mohammed Gil-Darsin, the distinguished and wealthy head of the World Economic Bureau, has been arrested and accused of attacking a maid in his hotel. As the world watches in fascination to see how the scandal will unfold, Alex finds her attention torn between preparing the alleged victim to testify and a murder case with ties too close to home. A second body is found with Luc's matchbox, this time in Brooklyn, and Alex begins to fear that the two cases may not be as unrelated as she thought, and that uncovering the sordid secrets of the city's most wealthy and powerful could cost her and her loved ones everything they hold dear.

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Reviews provided by Syndetics

Library Journal Review

Fairstein has written more than a dozen Alex Cooper mysteries. This installment takes the lawyer through a single wild week, starting with a romantic night in France with her lover, three-star restaurant owner Luc Roget, and continuing back in New York City where she helps prosecute one more sex crime. The author plays off the real-life drama of the hotel maid who accused the head of the International Monetary Fund of sexual assault. Complicating the increasingly muddled accusation are -Alex's concerns over two murders that are too close to Luc. The familiar characterization of Alex may be weakened by the romantic angle, but it allows Fairstein to stretch the key roles for Alex's detective allies, Mike Chapman and Wallace Mercer. VERDICT A solid mystery read well by the formidable Barbara Rosenblat, this is recommended for large mystery collections. ["Fairstein's extensive prosecutorial experience adds authenticity to this thrilling procedural, a tasty souffle of escargots, Beaujolais, cocaine, and murder that will entice the author's many fans," read the review of the Dutton hc, LJ 6/1/12.-Ed.]-Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly Review

A too slavish devotion to the details of the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case of 2011 undermines Fairstein's 14th legal thriller featuring her alter ego, Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor Alexandra Cooper (after 2011's Silent Mercy). While Cooper is vacationing with her lover, restaurateur Luc Rouget, in a village outside Cannes, France, the discovery of a former employee of his, Lisette Honfleur, floating dead in a forest pond threatens to spoil their holiday. Soon after, Alex's boss demands she return to New York City to deal with a firestorm. Mohammed Gil-Darsin (aka MGD), head of the World Economic Bureau, has been arrested following an accusation of rape leveled at him by a hotel maid. Just as in real-life, the prosecutors' initial belief in the victim's account becomes less strong the more they learn about her. The major departure from the actual case arrives late while the subplot centering on deaths that may be linked to Rouget doesn't quite deliver, but as usual, ultimately, Fairstein does. Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* While visitng her boyfriend, Luc, an acclaimed chef, in the charming French town of Mougins, NYC prosecutor Alexandra Cooper trips over both literally and figuratively a serial murder case that just might be her undoing. The local authorities appear clueless about forensics; the only thing they seem capable of doing is pointing a finger at Luc. Why? Because the killer's first victim is a young woman who had worked at Luc's restaurant, and the next involves an accident caused by Luc. At the same time, Alex learns that a prominent West African leader living in France is accused of rape by a housekeeper while he was staying in New York, and her colleagues, investigators Mercer and Chapman, get the case. When the couple returns to New York, Alex dives into the rape case as Luc prepares to reopen one of the city's most famous French restaurants, Lutece. Fairstein is in vintage form here, weaving the rape and murder stories together with great detail and clarity. As always, Manhattan becomes a character in itself, with the spotlight shining here on the inner workings of the restaurant industry in all its complexity, splendor, and corruption. A real winner from a legal-thriller master. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Fairstein is on a roll with her Alexander Cooper series and it's likely to continue here.--Wilkens, Mary Frances Copyright 2010 Booklist

Kirkus Book Review

There's no peace for Manhattan Sex Crimes prosecutor Alexandra Cooper, whose vacation on the Riviera is interrupted by two crimes, one outside her bailiwick, one inside, and both very uncomfortable indeed. After a gratuitous brush with a handful of skulls left outside the restaurant owned by her sweetie Luc Rouget, Alex learns of a far more disturbing development when the body of Lisette Honfleur, who'd been helping Luc with the books at Le Relais a Mougins, is fished from Fontmerle Pond. No one's asking Alex to investigate Lisette's murder, but she can't help being concerned about how close the dead girl might have been to Luc, especially since she had a matchbox labeled "LUTECE," the legendary New York restaurant Luc plans to reopen, in her pocket. Before Alex can do more than wonder about the murder, she's abruptly reeled back to Manhattan by her boss, New York County District Attorney Paul Battaglia. Blanca Robles, a Guatemalan chambermaid at the Eurotel, has accused hotel guest Mohammed Gil-Darsin, head of the World Economic Bureau and aspiring president of Ivory Coast, of rape, and she's got the DNA evidence to prove it--or at least to prove that there was a sexual encounter. As Blanca's credibility plummets, Fairstein (Silent Mercy, 2011, etc.) creates a compelling narrative by the simple expedient of plundering news stories about the remarkably similar accusations against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. But lest Alex assume she can forget about Lisette now that she's up to her neck in this new case, the corpse of unemployed waiter Luigi Calamari is pulled from Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal with a matchbox marked "LUTECE" in his pocket, threatening to cut off Alex's romance with Luc at the root. Not surprisingly, the case ripped from the headlines is much more absorbing than the tale of restaurant malfeasance and imperiled love. Alex's 14th is distinctly below average for this bestselling series.]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.