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.
I am a big fan of Linda Fairstein’s Alexandra Cooper series and this latest book in that series did not disappoint. This narrative includes the characters we already know and love – Coop (who in this instance plays a pivotal yet behind the scenes role in this one) and Detective Mike Chapman – it is Chapman’s voice we hear narrating most of this story. The reader gets a opportuntity to learn a lot more about Mike’s background – the incidents and places and people that helped shaped his life and we get a fantastic visual of New York’s waterways, history and culture, now and during Mike’s childhood. We are privy to lessons on waterfront gangsters, Hell’s Kitchen’s family feuds, history and the architecture of this famous city; I feel I have already visited this city, I can see the images so clearly in my mind. But more than a reminiscence of life gone by this is a story of families, relationships and revenge with a love story in the mix and what a great story it is. Some people hold grudges for a long time – what a waste of energy and in this case – of lives.
I look forward to reading this next instalment in this vital series.