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Likely To Die
By Linda Fairstein

Pocket Books, 1997

Reviewed by S. E. Warwick

Fairstein, who herself runs a sex crimes unit for the Manhattan District Attorney, writes about, surprise (!) a lawyer in a sex crimes unit of the Manhattan District Attorney.

While sex crimes are particularly horrible and vicious, and nothing to take lightly, Fairstein's work seems dredged out of a personal journal, one stuffed with receipts from the Big Apple's most expensive stores.

This is a "rich girl does good because she has a social conscience" tale. It's too long and some of the details are a little foggy. After a while, I really didn't care who "done it." I just wanted the endless nouveau riche inventory of possessions to stop.

The "I have more money than god, but I'm just one of the guys" attitude just doesn't work either. It's too bad, because the secondary characters are very interesting and the red herrings quite clever.

One of the annoying things about Likely To Die is a continuing game of Jeopardy between Alex Cooper and one of the detectives she works with. Cooper learns the category and refuses to play. One of the endearing things about Jeopardy is that sometimes you can reason the answer out of the question, even if you have little knowledge about the subject.

Sorry, Alex, I won't wager on this one!


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