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Linda Fairstein Read-alikes

Linda Fairstein is an American author and former prosecutor focusing on crimes of violence against women and children. She served as head of the sex crimes unit of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office from 1976 until 2002 and is the author of a series of novels featuring Manhattan prosecutor Alexandra Cooper. Wikipedia

If you enjoy reading books by Linda Fairstein, then give these authors a try!

Meg Gardiner

bookcoverInto the black nowhere – “Inspired by real-life serial killer Ted Bundy, an exhilarating thriller in which FBI profiler Caitlin Hendrix faces off against a charming, merciless serial killer In southern Texas, on Saturday nights, women are disappearing. One vanishes from a movie theater. Another is ripped from her car at a stoplight. Another vanishes from her home while checking on her baby. Rookie FBI agent Caitlin Hendrix, newly assigned to the FBI’s elite Behavioral Analysis…

bookcover (1)Ransom River – While most of the town is focused on the tense and shocking circumstances of a high-profile murder case, Rory’s return to Ransom River dredges up troubling memories from her childhood that she can no longer ignore. Selected as a jury member during the trial, she reflects on the accident that ended her affair with a longtime friend. Gradually she becomes aware of her dangerous connection to an unsolved case. But in the wake of a desperate attack on…

Laura Lippman

bookcover (2)What the dead know – Thirty years ago two sisters disappeared from a shopping mall. Their bodies were never found and those familiar with the case have always been tortured by these questions: How do you kidnap two girls? Who’or what’could have lured the two sisters away from a busy mall on a Saturday afternoon without leaving behind a single clue or witness? Now a clearly disoriented woman involved in a rush-hour hit-and-run claims to be the younger of the long-gone…

bookcover (3)Every secret thing – Kicked out of a birthday party, 11-year-olds Alice and Ronnie walk home and encounter a baby left in a carriage. Their earnest desire to do a good deed ends tragically, however, and seven years later they are released from “kid prison” to start their lives anew.



J.A. Jance

bookcover (4)Judgment call – County Sheriff Joanna Brady’s worlds collide when her daughter, Jenny, stumbles upon the dead body of her principal, and the search for justice leads to her own door with the possibility that her daughter may not be what she seems.



bookcover (5)Birds of prey: a novel of suspense – A survivor of childhood trauma, two marriages, twenty hard years with the Seattle P.D. and the bottle, Jonas Piedmont Beaumont has spent far too much time trolling the darker waters of human nature. In the wake of a devastating professional tragedy, he has decided, at long last, to pull the pin. But there is no safety in semi-retirement for a man who, long ago, chose to make a violent world his home. Temporarily at leisure, Beau has agreed to chaperon…

Linda Barnes

bookcover (6)The snake tattoo – Hailed by Sue Grafton as “a true original,” ex-cop turned private eye Carlotta Carlyle risks her neck in Boston’s Combat Zone for two very different clients Carlotta Carlyle is halfway through a pizza when her former boss, Lieutenant Mooney of the Boston Police, shows up at her door needing help even more than Carlotta needs a case. In a Combat Zone bar, Mooney got into a scrap with a stranger over a woman. Now the stranger is comatose, the woman…


bookcover (7)Lie down with the devil – “Carlotta Carlyle–an ace at both sleuthing and cab driving–is beginning to doubt the fidelity of Sam Gianelli, her mob-connected fiance. Carlotta’s suspicions are then heightened when Sam abruptly flees the country right after his supposed mistress turns up dead. To cope with her anxiety, Carlotta takes on a PI job for a jittery bride-to-be with apprehensions about her own fiance’s faithfulness.”–Container.


Sara Paretsky

bookcover (8)Fallout – V.I. Warshawski’s impossible god-daughter Bernie convinces her to look for August, a young film-maker who has disappeared. The evidence indicates that he has gone to Kansas in the company of Emerald, an older black movie actress who wants to film the story of her life. Her search takes V.I. from the military base Emerald was born on, to the farm where she grew up outside a university town, ploughing up past and present-day secrets as she goes. What…


bookcover (9)Bleeding Kansas – The town of Lawrence in the Kaw River Valley in Kansas, two families the Grelliers and the Schapens have farmed the land for over one hundred and fifty years. Both families barely tolerate each other because the Schapens who belong to a fundamentalist church believes the Grelliers are godless heathens. Into this atmosphere comes Gina Haring, a Wiccan and a lesbian, who is the catalyst for a series of events that ends in tragedy and death.

Carol O’Connell

bookcover (10)The chalk girl – “Before Lisbeth Salander, there was Kathy Mallory. The astonishing new Mallory novel from the New York Times-bestselling author. The little girl appeared in Central Park: red-haired, blue-eyed, smiling, perfect-except for the blood on her shoulder. It fell from the sky, she said, while she was looking for her uncle, who turned into a tree. Poor child, people thought. And then they found the body in the tree. For Mallory, newly returned to the Special…


bookcover (11)Bone by bone – In the northern California town of Coventry, two teenage brothers go into the woods one day, but only one comes back. No one knows what happened to the younger brother, Josh, until twenty years later, when the older brother, Oren, now an ex-investigator for the Army CID, returns to Coventry for the first time in many years. His first morning back, he hears a thump on the front porch. Lying in front of the door is a human jawbone, the teeth still intact….

Kathy Reichs

bookcover (12)Two nights: [a novel] – “A childhood spent in a dangerous cult left Sunday Night never with a bone-deep instinct for survival that’s kept her alive into adulthood but left her mostly friendless. Forced into early retirement from the police force due to an injury, Sunnie retreats from an outside world she doesn’t trust and sees little use for, until a wealthy woman contacts her with a plea: her teenage granddaughter has been missing since the day of a bombing near a Jewish…

bookcover (13)Devil bones: a novel – In a house under renovation, a plumber uncovers a cellar no one knew about, and makes a rather grisly discovery — a decapitated chicken, animal bones, and cauldrons containing beads, feathers, and other relics of religious ceremonies. In the center of the shrine, there is the skull of a teenage girl. Meanwhile, on a nearby lakeshore, the headless body of a teenage boy is found by a man walking his dog. Nothing is clear — neither when the deaths…

Lisa Scottoline

bookcover (14)Every fifteen minutes – “Dr. Eric Parrish is the Chief of the Psychiatric Unit at Havemeyer General Hospital outside of Philadelphia. Recently separated from his wife Alice, he is doing his best as a single Dad to his seven-year-old daughter Hannah. His work seems to be going better than his home life, however. His unit at the hospital has just been named number two in the country and Eric has a devoted staff of doctors and nurses who are as caring as Eric is. But when he…


bookcover (15)Daddy’s girl – Natalie Greco loves being a law professor, even though she can’t keep her students from cruising during class. When a colleague talks Nat into teaching a class at a local prison, her comfortable world turns upside. A violent prison riot breaks out, and in the chaos, Nat rushes to help an injured guard. Before he dies, he asks her to deliver a cryptic message. The dying declaration plunges Nat into a nightmare. Suddenly, the girl who has always followed the law finds herself suspected of a brutal murder. Forced into hiding, she sets out to save herself by deciphering the puzzle behind the dead guard’s last words.


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