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The Manhattan waterfront is one of New York City's most magnificent vistas, boasting both the majestic Statue of Liberty and the busy George Washington Bridge. But Detective Mike Chapman is about to become far too well acquainted with the dangerous side of the Hudson river and its islands when he takes on his most personal case yet: the disappearance of Alex Cooper.
Coop is missing - but there are so many leads and terrifying complications: scores of enemies she has made after a decade of putting criminals behind bars; a recent security breach with dangerous repercussions; and a new intimacy in her relationship with Mike, causing the Police Commissioner himself to be wary of the methods Mike will use to get Coop back... if he can.
In bestseller Fairstein's subpar 17th novel featuring ADA Alexandra "Coop" Cooper (after 2014's Terminal City), a paralegal steals Coop's files for a sex trafficking case and gives them to the defendant. Then investigators find a connection between the theft and a shady self-styled pastor and community agitator with suspiciously close ties to Alex's boss, DA Paul Battaglia. When Alex disappears, her friends assume that she's taking a break from professional stress and her new romance with NYPD homicide detective Mike Chapman, but in fact she's been kidnapped. Mike takes over the first-person narrative from Coop, but this shift reduces his smart, gritty persona to a clich d tough-but-sensitive cop. The search for Coop allows Fairstein to show off Chapman's encyclopedic New York knowledge, which becomes didactic at times, and delve into backstory about his legendary cop father and a brutal Irish gang. Series fans should enjoy the glimpse into his past, and Battaglia's possible corruption promises to figure in a future installment.