Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper and NYPD detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace are dealing with the shocking drive-by murder of someone Alex has worked with for years, but investigations into the death provide more questions than answers as a tangled mess of secrets slowly comes to light.
From bribes to secret societies, from big-game hunting to the illegal animal trade, from New York City zoos to behind closed doors in government buildings, Alex will have her work cut out for her if she wants to uncover the truth - and uphold the integrity of the office she has so proudly served.
The dramatic opening of bestseller Fairstein's 19th novel featuring Manhattan prosecutor Alexandra "Coop" Cooper (after 2016's Killer Look) is sure to jolt series fans: Coop is in the autopsy room of the city morgue, cradling the body of her longtime boss and friend, D.A. Paul Battaglia. Earlier that evening, Coop, who's been on leave in the aftermath of her traumatic kidnapping, was leaving a charity function at the Metropolitan Museum of Art when Battaglia approached her. But before he could speak, he was shot twice in the head by a drive-by shooter and died in Alex's arms. To her further horror, the homicide investigators regard her as more than an innocent bystander and discount her claim that she had no idea what the victim wanted to talk to her about. Coop is less than forthcoming about a previous time she saw Battaglia, and launches her own investigation, assisted by her lover, NYPD Det. Mike Chapman. Unfortunately, the plot takes some implausible detours en route to the over-the-top climax at the Bronx Zoo.