Silent Mercy

Silent Mercy

Book - 2011
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In the latest thriller in Linda Fairstein's bestselling series, Alex Cooper dives deep into the byzantine, sinister world of New York City's powerful religious institutions.

It's the middle of the night. Prosecutor Alexandra Cooper is called to Harlem's Mount Neboh Baptist Church, a beautiful house of worship originally built as a synagogue. But the crowd gathered there isn't interested in architecture, or even prayer. They've come for the same reason Alex has: to find out why the body of a young woman has been decapitated, set on fire, and left burning on the church steps.

The only identifiable artifact on the charred remains is the imprint of a Star of David necklace seared into the victim's flesh. Alex wonders if the fire was meant to destroy this woman's body, or to draw attention to it. Her fears are confirmed days later, when a second corpse is found at a cathedral in Little Italy. The killings look like serial hate crimes, but the apparent differences in the victims' beliefs seem to eliminate a religious motive. Convinced that another young woman is bound to die, Alex mines the depths of Manhattan's many houses of worship to find a connection between the victims-and in the process uncovers a terrible and perilous truth that takes her far beyond the scope of her investigation, and directly into the path of terrible danger.



Baker & Taylor
When the burnt headless body of a young woman is found on the steps of a Baptist Church in Harlem, Assistant D.A. Alexandra Cooper is one of the first on the shocking scene. With NYPD cop Mike Chapman, Alex begins to investigate, but before long another woman is slaughtered and found on the steps of a Catholic church in Little Italy.

Blackwell Publishing
It's the middle of the night. Prosecutor Alexandra Cooper is called to Harlem's Mount Neboh Baptist Church, a beautiful house of worship originally built as a synagogue. But the crowd gathered there isn't interested in architecture, or even prayer. They've come for the same reason Alex has: to find out why the body of a young woman has been decapitated, set on fire, and left burning on the church steps.

The only identifiable artifact on the charred remains is the imprint of a Star of David necklace seared into the victim's flesh. Alex wonders if the fire was meant to destroy this woman's body, or to draw attention to it. Her fears are confirmed days later when a second corpse is found at a cathedral in Little Italy. The killings look like serial hate crimes, but the apparent differences in the victims' beliefs seem to eliminate a religious motive. Convinced that another young woman is bound to die, Alex mines the depths of Manhattan's many houses of worship to find a connection between the victimsùand in the process uncovers a perilous truth that takes her far beyond the scope of her investigation and puts her square in the face of terrible danger.

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& Taylor

Investigating the murders of two women whose bodies were left in houses of worship, prosecutor Alexandra Cooper rules out initial suspicions about hate crimes and begins a race against time to prevent further killings. By the best-selling author of Hell Gate.
Investigating the murders of two women whose bodies were left in houses of worship, prosecutor Alexandra Cooper rules out initial suspicions about hate crimes and begins a race against time to prevent further killings.

Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2011
ISBN: 9780525952022
9780451413154
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY FAI
Characteristics: 387 p. :,map ;,24 cm.

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2016parker
Jul 20, 2017

please hold until tuesday the 25th

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Doris527
Sep 23, 2015

Good reading almost to the point of staying up late to finish it. \plus you get a history of early New York churches.

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astrella
Jan 21, 2012

Great series.

debwalker Feb 02, 2011

13th caper for Alex Cooper, diving deep into the byzantine, sinister world of Manhattan's powerful religious institutions.

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