Linda Fairstein is well-known for illuminating the dark histories in many of New York s forgotten corners and sometimes in the city s most popular landmarks. In Terminal City, Fairstein turns her attention to one of New York's most iconic structures Grand Central Terminal.
From the world s largest Tiffany clock decorating the 42nd Street entrance to its spectacular main concourse, Grand Central has been a symbol of beauty and innovation in New York City for more than one hundred years. But the world s loveliest station is hiding more than just an underground train system. When the body of a young woman is found in the tower suite of the Waldorf Astoria one of the most prestigious hotels in Manhattan Assistant DA Alex Cooper and Detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace find themselves hunting for an elusive killer whose only signature is carving a carefully drawn symbol into his victims bodies, a symbol that bears a striking resemblance to train tracks.
When a second body bearing the same bloody symbol is discovered in a deserted alleyway right next to the terminal building, all attention shifts to the iconic transportation hub, where the potential for a bigger attack weighs heavily on everyone s minds. With the President of the United States set to arrive for a United Nations meeting at the week s end, Alex and Mike must contend with Grand Central s expansive underground tunnels and century-old dark secrets as well as their own changing relationship to find a killer who appears to be cutting a deadly path straight to the heart of the city."
- ISBN-13: 9780525953883
- ISBN-10: 0525953884
- Publisher: E P Dutton
- Publish Date: June 2014
- Page Count: 379
- Dimensions: 1.25 x 6.5 x 9.25 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.35 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-04-28
- Reviewer: Staff
The area of Midtown Manhattan around Grand Central Terminal, with its host of landmark buildings, serves as the backdrop for bestseller Fairstein’s gripping 16th novel featuring ADA Alexandra “Coop” Cooper (after 2013’s Death Angel). An unidentified young woman lies dead in a luxury suite on a high floor of the Waldorf Astoria hotel, with “lines that appeared to have been sliced by a sharp instrument into her upper thighs.” With the U.S. president scheduled to arrive at the Waldorf in just a few days, Coop teams with Special Victim Unit detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, the highest-ranking African-American in the squad, in a race against the clock to track down the deranged individual responsible for this and subsequent brutal murders with the same m.o. Meanwhile, a complicated and evolving romance between Mike and Coop muddles the pursuit, as the detective’s shady recent past puts Coop on edge. The tour of Midtown, both above and below ground, is alone worth the price of admission. Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM. (June)