Sunday, February 27, 2011

Review: Entombed by Linda Fairstein

Series heroine Alexandra Cooper, head of Manhattan's sex crimes unit, returns in a novel that might have been titled "Nevermore,": focused as it is on the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe. When the body of a two-decades-old skeleton is found bricked up behind a wall in a soon-to-be-demolished building where Poe once lived, it looks like a very cold case indeed. But then that old murder is linked to a more current slaying, one that at first looks like the work of the Silk Stocking Rapist, Alex's old enemy, who terrorized the upper East Side of Manhattan several years ago but hasn't been heard from since. As usual, Alex and her good friends, detectives Mercer Wallace and Mike Chapman, take the reader to an area of New York most tourists never see--in this case, the Bronx Botanical Gardens and its wild, forested environs--and bring it dramatically to life. Just in case Poe ever has his own category on Alex's favorite TV show, there’s enough trivia included about the master of the macabre's life and work to propel any reader to Final Jeopardy. Entombed is a smart, stylish, well-told tale.


My third Alex Cooper book and so far the series for me is just fantastic. This time around, a killer is using Edgar Allan Poe's poetry to murder innocent victims. The victim was entombed inside a wall. How scary that must have been if that person was still alive. Imagine yourself in that situation. I, for one wouldn't want that kind of death. Just shoot me and be done with it. Prolonging someone's death is the most heinous crime possible for me. 

I learned so much from this book, Linda provided detailed background about Edgar Allan Poe, I get to know Edgar's life, his poetry, his family and his tragic love story. It's so much fun to learn important people in a way that you won't get bored. Thanks Linda for educating me in a very unique way! 

The book for me, was just excellent. All the three main characters (Alex, Mike and Mercer) are just superb. Alex was also entombed! For just a brief moment. Talk about getting in over your head. But that's the price someone has to pay when you're doing police work. It's also interesting that Alex and Mike are having a kind of romance-in-the-air vibe.  That would really spice things up! I'm looking forward to the next book, Death Dance! 

My Rating: 4 ½ Stars

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