From Publishers Weekly The specter of Edgar Allan Poe hovers, chillingly, over bestseller Fairstein's seventh thriller featuring Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor Alexandra Cooper. Alex's labyrinthine path to a serial killer travels through a lot of forensic evidence and two initially unconnected cases: the Silk Stocking rapist is terrorizing women after a few years' respite and a woman's skeleton is discovered in the wall of an East Village building. Said discovery takes on additional dimension when it's learned that the victim was walled up alive and that the house was once inhabited by Poe. Freelance writer Emily Upshaw appears, at first glance, to be the Silk Stocking rapist's latest victim, but several details feel off to Alex and NYPD detective sidekicks Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace. Emily, it's determined, is the victim of a copycat, but she does have a tenuous link to Poe and to a secret organization called the Raven Society. These are the puzzle pieces that Alex and company work with, in a tale that develops like the proverbial peeled onion, a layer at a time. Alex, fresh from a breakup, also continues her unconsummated flirtation with Mike. It's a tribute to Fairstein's integrity and her clear, measured prose that the novel never tips into prurience. Her methodical presentation of authentic detail engages reader interest more than narrative flourish or cheap thrills. Update 10/1/07: This is the third in my Poe-related bookrays. Suspenseful mystery with a Poe backdrop. A lot of interesting information about Poe was presented as part of the story. I thought the novel took off once the skeleton was found behind the wall and the Poe-related events began. The serial rapist part of the story was kind of thrown in with a hasty outcome. Overall I did enjoy this suspenseful story.
Enjoyed the book. I almost got as caught up in the interesting Edgar Allen Poe information as I was the plot. As the story progresses, we discover two different killers are on the lose. The sub-plot is the relationship forming between Mike and Alexandra. I have PM'd LyekkaMarengo who is the next reader on the list.
Enjoyed this entry in the Poe spiral. All the Poe trivia was almost more interesting than the main story about hunting down the serial killer. I grew up in New York, and didn't even know there was a Poe Cottage, now I'll have to check into it on my next visit "home". The author did a decent job twining the stories together although the final outcome seemed a bit rushed.
I've pm'ed JennyC for her address and am ready to pass it on.
12/19 - Got an address and the book is in the mail.
I finished reading this today. It was a new author for me. I liked the characters and their dialogue, the mystery part of the story just didn't grab me as much as the characters did. Thank you for sharing perryfran! This is the last book read for me in 2007! Wow! :-)
I have the address for ExemploDucemus so I will be sending soon!
Phew! Finally finished today during lunch...it's a long one! Sorry for keeping it so long.
I loved the first 400 or so pages...I really thought that Alex Cooper was a hardcore detective, actually getting stuff done herself rather than relying on a man or a team of men to help her...but sadly, in the last 100 pages, I felt the plot fell apart a bit and Alex showed signs of weakness and just a bit of foofoo [my own word - if you're interested, ask me what it means] but not too much as some cozy detectives. Despite a few stupid pitfalls, Alex pretty much established her presence in the book and established my interest in reading the prior and anterior books in the series. The Poe references were par excellence.
I've got the next address and it will be mailed off very soon!