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Lethal Legacy (Alexandra Cooper Novel): A Novelby Linda Fairstein
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I want you to open the door for me.
Look through the peephole, I said. I'm not a cop. I'm an assistant district attorney.
I stepped back and squared off so the woman inside the basement apartment could check me out. The hallway and staircase had been cleared of men in uniform, including the detail from Emergency Services poised to knock down her door with a battering ram, who were there when I arrived at the scene a short while ago at one o'clock in the morning.
I didn't hear any sound from within. No sense of her movement.
My name is Alexandra Cooper. You're Tina, aren't you? Tina Barr. I didn't say what my specialty was, that I was in charge of the DA's Office Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit. The police weren't certain she had been assaulted by the man who had earlier invaded her home, but several of them thought she might reveal those details to me if I could gain her confidence.
I moved in against the metal-clad door and pressed my ear to it, but heard nothing.
Don't lose your touch now, Coop. Mike Chapman walked down the steps and handed a light bulb to the rookie who was holding a flashlight over my shoulder. The money on the street's against you, but I'm counting on your golden tongue to talk the lady out so those guys can go home and catch some sleep.
The young cop passed the bulb to Mercer Wallace, the six-foot-six-inch-tall detective from the Special Victims Unit who had called me to the brownstone on the quiet block between Lexington and Third Avenues in the East 90's.
Mercer reached overhead and screwed it in, illuminating the drab, cracked paint on the ceiling and walls of the hallway. Somebody--most likely the perp--shattered the other one. There are slivers of glass everywhere.
Thanks, kid, Mike said, dismissing the rookie. No progress here, Detective Wallace?
We haven't got a homicide, I whispered to Mercer. And they sell light bulbs at the bodega on Lex. I don't know why you think we needed Mike, but please get him off my back.
Damn, I've listened to Blondie charm full-on perverts into boarding the bus for a twenty-five-to-life time share at Sing-Sing. I've seen her coax confessions from the lying lips of the deranged and demented. I've watched as weak-willed men--
Mercer put his finger to his lips and pointed at the staircase.
Tina, these two detectives are my friends. I've worked with them for more than ten years. I paused to cough and clear my throat. There was still a bit of smoke wafting through the hallway. Can you tell me why you don't want to open up? Why it is you won't trust us? We're worried about your safety, Tina. About your physical condition.
Mercer pulled at my elbow. Let's go up for a break. Get some fresh air.
I stayed at the door for another few minutes and then followed Mike and Mercer to the small vestibule of the building and out onto the stoop. It was a mild October night, and neighbors returning to their homes, walking dogs, or hanging around the 'hood were checking on the police activity and trying to figure out what was wrong.
The uniformed sergeant from the 23rd Precinct whose team
Summoned to Tina Barr's apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side by a neighbor convinced that the young woman had been assaulted, Assistant D.A. Alex Cooper finds a terrified and uncooperative victim, but when a murder complicates the case, Alex follows a trail to the wealthy, eccentric Hunt family, longtime benefactors of the New York Public Library. 200,000 first printing.
Summoned to Tina Barr's apartment to investigate a possible assault, Assistant D.A. Alex Cooper finds a terrified and uncooperative victim, but when a murder complicates the case, Alex follows a trail to the wealthy, eccentric Hunt family.
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author LINDA FAIRSTEIN is one of America’s foremost legal experts on crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence. She lives in New York City and on Martha’s Vineyard.
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