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Final Jeopardy

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Final Jeopardy

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In Season
Linda Fairstein

We gave it a B+

In New York City, Linda Fairstein is already well known as the longtime head of the district attorney’s high-profile sex crimes unit — which just happens to be the job she’s given to Alex Cooper, the heroine of this, her debut thriller. The plot here is standard-issue whodunit: Starlet Isabella Lascar is staying at Alex’s Martha’s Vineyard cottage when she is shot dead. The cops fear Alex may be next and assign her bodyguards, including her old detective pal (and fellow Jeopardy! nut) Mike Chapman, who fulfills the flirtatious Neanderthal sidekick role. Suspects abound, and suspense builds nicely, but even more interesting are Fairstein’s revelations about the methods and frustrations of big-city pervert prosecution. And while most of the characters in Final Jeopardy are as flimsy as file folders, Fairstein’s protagonist most definitely does come to life. Those weary of the typical female slob-sleuth persona will find Alex, with her Calvin Klein suits and shoe-shopping trips to Saks, a breath of Chanel-scented air. B+