From New York Times bestselling author and former top
prosecutor Linda Fairstein comes an electrifying new
thriller rich with the riveting behind-the-scenes
authenticity that only she can offer....
It's going to be a tough trial. Manhattan sex-crimes
prosecutor Alexandra Cooper's case, involving an attack on
investment banker Paige Vallis, would be difficult to prove
even without the latest development -- it seems that Paige
has something to hide.
Most of her story is clear. She'd had dinner with New York
consultant Andrew Tripping three times before the March
evening when she accepted his invitation to accompany him
to his apartment. But what occurred that night? Why didn't
she leave the apartment when he started to act strangely?
What about Tripping's little boy, Dulles? What happened to
the child that fateful evening? And who is the strange man
whose appearance in the courtroom seems to terrify Paige?
While Alex's police detective friend Mercer Wallace helps
her learn more of the sad details behind the increasingly
puzzling rape case, colleague Mike Chapman is uptown in a
decaying Harlem brownstone where eighty-two-year-old
McQueen Ransome has been murdered, her apartment ransacked.
What could this impoverished, elderly woman have possessed
that could have inspired such violence? Photographs on the
wall suggest that "Queenie" was once a beautiful and
voluptuous young woman who traveled to faraway places.
Could there be a clue to her murder in her exotic
Her murder will be only the first. Others follow, as the
tragic strands of the Paige Vallis and McQueen Ransome
cases begin to converge in a poignant alliance of two women
from very different worlds.
Faced with formidable personal and professional choices,
Alex must learn the old lesson that appearances can
deceive, even as she heads for a showdown in which her wits
and her courage will be tested as never before.
With its winning combination of courtroom drama, historical
detail, and the intriguing lore of a rare object whose
fabled provenance provides a glistening thread through the
story, The Kills is powerful, stylish writing from a hugely
appealing crime-writing star.