The pace of the book is quick, each chapter ending with a mini-cliff hanger that kept me enthusiastically moving from page to page to page. I always have books in hand. There are active tunnels for trains and closed tunnels. I have a separate page for legal mysteries. Chapman spends most of the book treating Alex to verbal abuse and using her as the butt of not so funny I've been ambivalent about Ms Fairstein's books for a while. Soon, another body is found very near Grand Central Station with the same markings: defini 4.
Grand Central Terminal is the very center of the city. And what could the page - an old map - possibly lead to? Etiam pulvinar, mi et molestie vestibulum, neque tellus pulvinar massa, vel varius nulla tellus at tortor. Oh and I ran across this which Ms. He's an offensive moron with a child's mentality and an obvious case of small-dick syndrome. I absolutely loved the way Fairstein weaves the rich history of Grand Central Terminal and the city of tunnels underneath the station and the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel into the narrative - I am a sucker for history and historical fiction! The crimes seem to be associated with Grand Central Station, and complicating the situation is the expected arrival of the President in a few days by rail. The murders are all samey and I really was not interested in whodunnit this time.
The book is a real page turner set almost exclusively in the few blocks around and beneath Grand Central Station. I love good thrillers and suspense novels: Michael Connelly, Harlan Coben, Lisa Scottoline, Lisa Gardner, Robert Crais, and lots of others. There were thousands of patients, medical and nursing staffs, florist deliveries, linen and food deliveries and thousands of people going in and out, all of whom could be potential suspects. Though the book is named Terminal City, I wasn't aware that when the terminal was designed, the plan was to have an underground city within Manhattan, so a traveler could disembark from a train and walk underground to a hotel room in the Waldorf, or the Yale Club. The wrap-up seemed hasty and incomplete, leaving me unsure of the bad guy's motivation. A series of underground passages led passengers from the trains to the Yale Club and buildings such as the Biltmore, Commodore now the Grand Hyatt , and Roosevelt Hotels.
Soon, Manhattan's top sex-crimes prosecutor discovers that the actual victim is film star Isabella Lascar, who had sought refuge at Alex's private retreat. After a second body is discovered in a terminal alleyway, attention shifts to the iconic transportation hub and the potential for a bigger attack. I used the hospital as a metaphor for the city. Over recent years I've found Linda Fairstein's novels very hit and miss, unfortunately this is another on the growing list of misses. Chapman spends most of the book treating Alex to verbal abuse and using her as the butt of not so funny jabs, There is no witty banter, no softening of the verbal knife thrusts. From 1976 to 2002 she served as head of the sex crimes unit of the Manhattan District Attorney's office.
She's strong professionally, but flawed in her personal life. Cooper and company are in a race against time to ensure that motive for the crime isn't in some way political. One scene that stands out for me as poor is when Alex is interviewing the roommate of a murder victim. This was a complete surprise to me and became a device to use in plotting bad things in the novel. But, there was nothing more given. Mike Chapman is the absolute worst of the worst.
I can't believe Linda Fairstein, a long-time sex crimes prosecutor, would create such an offensive toad and expect us to see him as a hero. It now seems implausable that they would find each other attractive with Alex's new found neediness and Mike's mysogin Over recent years I've found Linda Fairstein's novels very hit and miss, unfortunately this is another on the growing list of misses. I strive to review all Saskatchewan mysteries. Do you ever refer to actual courtroom transcripts when writing certain scenes? First Alex doesn't act like herself, all whiny and insecure acting because she and Mike have finally admitted their attraction for each other. Linda Fairstein needs no introduction. Soon, another body is found very near Grand Central Station with the same markings: definitely train tracks. Now that I'm travelling on tour, I'll be reading a great deal of crime fiction.
I toured the terminal with an architect from the firm that did the magnificent restoration. Her interruption enhances the already intriguing story. Just when the reader is expecting one thing, Fairstein puts a nice twist to what the reader thought was going to happen. A real winner from a legal-thriller master. The fact they work together in a professional capacity also makes it sexual harassment. Surprisingly, I do look forward to this author's next book.
This is my first experience with a Dean Koontz novel and I really enjoyed the book. In fact, it is so chock full of little- or even unknown facts that it boggles the mind. Oh, things heat up between escaped rapist Raymond Tanner and Alex. Mike's supposed jabs at Alex just were not funny and she was always thinking about a hidden meaning, especially after finding that he had lied to her. I have to confess I have not read any of the other fifteen, but they are now firmly on my list. I personally look up to people like Stephen Breyer.