Written by:
Linda Fairstein
Narrated by:
Blair Brown

Abridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2005
6 hours 0 minutes
New York Times bestselling author and famed former Manhattan prosecutor Linda Fairstein delivers a chilling new Alexandra Cooper thriller, in which Alex matches wits with the master of detective fiction himself -- Edgar Allan Poe...

Workers demolishing a nineteenth-century brownstone where Poe once lived discover a human skeleton standing -- entombed -- behind a brick wall. When assistant district attorney and sex crimes prosecutor Alexandra Cooper hears about the case, it strikes her as a classic scene from Poe's fiction...except that forensic evidence shows this young woman died within the last twenty-five years.
Meanwhile, Alex is furious at the news that an old nemesis may be preying on women once again. The Silk Stocking Rapist first struck four years ago, leaving a string of victims in his wake, then abruptly disappeared before Alex and the NYPD could identify him. Now, with improved forensic technology and a national DNA databank to draw from, a fresh attack may give Alex a new lease on many old crimes, just in time to beat the statute of limitations.
Masterful and exhilarating, this heady thriller combines dramatic New York City lore and the macabre world of Edgar Allan Poe with the authentic legal and forensic detail that only Linda Fairstein can offer. Entombed is electrifying crime writing at its very best.
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My review is limited to the abridged 5 cd version. I enjoyed it very much but I wonder if the longer version would have kept my interest. I am encouraged to try other books by this author. (Good narrator, also.)

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Completely entertaining - not to mention educational! Great story that makes one anxious for the next in the series. Fairstein's use of New York City locations and history in her novels has made me pull out the maps to find all the places I never knew existed. A big huzza huzza for Entombed!

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I expected this story to hold more suspense, history on the connections between Poe's work and the killer, and a little bit of the supernatural or at least unusual. This book did not hold much of any that I expected. The story opens with Alexandra Cooper and her police detective buddies researching a rape case, and in the process, end up also researching a 25 year old murder of a woman who was bricked behind a basement wall alive in the old home of Edgar Allan Poe. The killing bears a resemblence to a Poe story and it is thought that the killer is modeling his murders after other Poe stories as well. The story bounces between the two cases, consumed by constant useless banter between the characters that only fills time/space instead of moving the story further and ends with very little suspense and no twists. Overall, I was very disappointed by this book.

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Didn't hold my interest. Maybe the unabridged version is worthwhile.

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