Synopses & Reviews
Manhattan Assistant D.A. Alexandra Cooper is working feverishly on a tough trial, seeking justice for investment banker Paige Vallis. But in a heated "he said, she said" case, Alex learns that Paige herself has something to hide. Uptown, the murder of an elderly woman with an intriguing past has NYPD officer Mercer Wallace and detective Mike Chapman hunting for an item of stunning value that may have cost McQueen Ransome her life: a legendary Double Eagle gold coin. The twisting threads of the seemingly unrelated tragedies soon entangle Alex in a life-and-death struggle in the watery inlets of New Jersey known as the Kills...where a violent predator is determined to silence her forever.
Manhattan ADA Alexandra Cooper is back in the latest stylish thriller by the "New York Times" bestselling author. As Alex is in the middle of prosecuting a date rape case, she's suddenly drawn into a murder investigation that involves a legendary coin.
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;LINDA FAIRSTEINandlt;/bandgt;, America's foremost legal expert on crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence, led the Sex Crimes Unit of the District Attorney's Office in Manhattan for twenty-five years. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, she is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Virginia School of Law. Her first novel, andlt;Iandgt;Final Jeopardyandlt;/iandgt;, introduced the critically acclaimed character of Alexandra Cooper and was made into an ABC Movie of the Week starring Dana Delaney. The celebrated series has gone on to include the andlt;Iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt; bestsellers andlt;Iandgt;Likely to Dieandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;Iandgt;Cold Hitandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;Iandgt;The Deadhouseandlt;/iandgt; (winner of the Nero Wolfe Award for Best Crime Novel of 2001, and
Reading Group Guide
1. In THE KILLS, Alexandra Cooper's date rape case takes a dark turn, and she once again teams up with Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace to investigate a murder. What makes the three of them such an effective team? What unique talents does each bring to the table?
2. The demands of Alex's profession are starting to wreck havoc on her relationship with Jake Tyler. What other issues are coming between them? Do you think that Jake will return in the next book?
3. During the trail, Peter Robelon dismisses a number of female jurors, assuming that they'd be prejudiced in favor of the alleged rape victim. Instead, Alex tells us that this is a classic mistake: women are often more critical of the victim. Why is this the case? Did this information come as a surprise to you?
4. Why does Chapman prefer to handle murders rather than sexual abuse cases?
5. As Alex reviews the photographs of McQueen Ransome's murdered body, she mentally catalogs the number of people who would also be looking through them. How is the murder investigation itself in some ways another act of violation against the victim, however unintentional?
6. What other cases -- and hazards -- does Alex have to contend with while dealing with Paige Vallis's trial? What do these subplots add to the story, and what do they tell us about Alex?
7. In her ballet class, Alex wonders what it would be like to be as unburdened by daily tragedy as the other people in her class were. Do you think Alex's life would be much different if she were in another line of work? What else could you imagine her doing?
8. Why do you think that we never actually see Dulles Tripping in this novel, despite how integral he is to the story? Do you think it was an oversight or a deliberate choice on the author's part?
9. When Chapman turns Alex down for a friendly nightcap, she worries that the dynamic of their friendship is changing. What accounts for this shift? What do you think the ideal form of their friendship would be?
10. Did you think that Queenie's affair with King Farouk entitled her to make off with some of his treasures? What did you think of Queenie's character?
11. How has Chapman's relationship with Val affected him? What does his willingness to shoulder the burden of her illness tell us about him -- and about his feelings for her?
12. Jake's plan to drive out to Martha's Vineyard during the storm sets off all of Alex's alarm bells. How does Adam Nyman's death so many years earlier continue to affect her? Why is Jake so reluctant to believe her reason for asking him not to come?
13. What does Alex's last act of the novel -- erasing the messages on her answering machine without listening to them -- suggest?