Sunday, July 20, 2014

Review: Terminal City by Linda Fairstein

With her newest Alexandra Cooper novel, Terminal City, New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein delivers another breakneck thriller that captures the essence of New York City—its glamour, its possibilities, and its endless capacity for darkness. 

Linda Fairstein is well-known for illuminating the dark histories in many of New York’s forgotten corners—and sometimes in the city’s most popular landmarks. In Terminal City, Fairstein turns her attention to one of New York's most iconic structures—Grand Central Terminal. 

From the world’s largest Tiffany clock decorating the 42nd Street entrance to its spectacular main concourse, Grand Central has been a symbol of beauty and innovation in New York City for more than one hundred years. But “the world’s loveliest station” is hiding more than just an underground train system. When the body of a young woman is found in the tower suite of the Waldorf Astoria—one of the most prestigious hotels in Manhattan—Assistant DA Alex Cooper and Detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace find themselves hunting for an elusive killer whose only signature is carving a carefully drawn symbol into his victims’ bodies, a symbol that bears a striking resemblance to train tracks.

When a second body bearing the same bloody symbol is discovered in a deserted alleyway right next to the terminal building, all attention shifts to the iconic transportation hub, where the potential for a bigger attack weighs heavily on everyone’s minds. With the President of the United States set to arrive for a United Nations meeting at the week’s end, Alex and Mike must contend with Grand Central’s expansive underground tunnels and century-old dark secrets—as well as their own changing relationship—to find a killer who appears to be cutting a deadly path straight to the heart of the city.

Received for review.

I haven't really kept up on the Alexandra Cooper series but I do catch a book once in a while and I was excited to pick up this latest novel as it is set in New York's Grand Central Terminal.  Having visited it a few times as a tourist it was fun to read about it, seeing it from a completely different angle.

It was nice to visit with Alex and the other characters again.  There's such an easy flow to the writing that it just sucked me in and kept me flipping pages as fast as I could read them.  The mystery was thought provoking and the behind the scenes interactions were entertaining.

Whether you are a diehard fan of the series or this is your first experience with it you will be very impressed.  I highly, highly recommend this.

★★★★ = Really Liked It

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