After a lull of four years, the 'silk stocking rapist' is back at work on the Upper East side, but this time Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper and Detective Mike Chapman have perfect DNA evidence to work with. They also have a much older case to work on - a skeleton has been found entombed in the wall of a house Edgar Allan Poe once lived in, but it turns out to be a relatively modern murder - from 1978. On the day the discovery of this body is leaked to the press, Alex gets a call that the silk stocking rapist has struck again, this time fatally. Or has he? The m.o. isn't precisely the same as the others, and it transpires that the victim worked in Poe's old house in 1978. Are the cases linked or is someone trying to silence possible witness to a thirty-five-year-old murder?
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Four years ago the 'Silk Stocking' rapist terrorised New York, then vanished. Now he's back, and Assistant District Attorney Alexander Cooper, plus Detectives Wallace and Chapman have the case. But then at a party to celebrate the dedication of a new law school, a skeleton is discovered in the building due to be demolished, where once Edgar Allen Poe lived and worked, and Alex has a new case to worry about. Unlikely as it may seem, the body is not two hundred years old as first appeared, but a mere twenty-five. And the dead woman appears to have been buried alive. But then, an even stranger thing happens as another woman with a fixation with Poe and a fear of premature burial is murdered by someone who wants the cops to think that the rapist has struck again. So begins a strange journey for Alex and her detective buddies. From Manhattan to the Bronx, from fact to fiction, Poe's legacy of poetry and prose lead them through a labyrinth of murder and deceit, where The Raven waits in a fantastic garden in the middle of the city slums. Fascinating! (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Linda Fairstein
Linda Fairstein was the Assistant DA of Manhattan's sex crimes unit before taking early retirement in 2002 to concentrate on her writing. She divides her time between New York and Martha's Vineyard.