Friday, April 13, 2007

2007: book number eight

It's mid-April, and I finally finished book number eight. It's time to step up the pace.

Bad Blood by Linda Fairstein
3 stars - loved it

Bad Blood is Fairstein's best book yet. It's an intelligent and riveting mystery as well as intriguing look into the history and present of New York City. Fairstein takes much of the story underground, way underground, and explores the generations of men known as sandhogs, who built the subway system and build the water tunnels beneath the subway lines. It's a world I never thought of, but one that is extremely fascinating. Both the mystery and the history are intricate, but Fairstein deftly weaves the two together to bring even more depth to both.

For those who haven't read any of the Alexandra Cooper mysteries, I do recommend beginning with Final Jeopardy, the first one, and reading them in order. The novels do keep improving, but the characters are strong from the beginning, and readers will miss the joy and pain of their lives by jumping out of order.

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