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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Hell Gate by Linda Fairstein

Alexandra (Alex) Cooper works for the DA's office in Manhattan. She gets called to the scene
of a ship grounding where dozens of the passengers, illegal aliens from the Ukraine, have panicked and jumped into the waters. Several of them have lost their lives but at least one was dead when she hit the water. It turns out that this is a case of human trafficking, sex slaves being brought to this country much as other slaves were brought here a couple of hundred years ago. The same night a congressman, Ethan Leighton, is in a car accident and is found to have a mistress who has borne him a child. Alexandra is working both cases and it soon becomes clear that they aren't entirely unrelated.
With political intrigue, scandals, and a good smattering of local history, I enjoyed reading this book even though the action lagged at times and the plot wasn't as tight as I would have liked. This is the 12th book in the series and I think that it would be beneficial to start at the beginning. There were quite a few references that I just didn't get. Despite the subject matter, the author really kept things quite clean. There wasn't much swearing or sex in the book, some violence and of course the subject matter itself is very adult. I especially liked the interplay between the main characters of Alex and Mike. Rated PG-13. She has a wonderful website at www.lindafairstein.com

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