Written by:
Linda Fairstein
Narrated by:
Barbara Rosenblat

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2011
11 hours 26 minutes
It was a crime scene Edgar Allan Poe himself could have conjured, only it was all too real: workers demolishing a nineteenth-century Greenwich Village brownstone where Poe once lived unearthed the skeleton of a young woman -- buried standing upright behind a brick wall. Manhattan Assistant D.A. Alexandra Cooper takes on the gruesome case while in pursuit of the Silk Stocking Rapist, who is terrorizing the Upper East Side. But Alex discovers that one crime thread leads to the other as she follows a trail of clues to the Bronx Botanical Gardens, where a group of Poe devotees may shed light on a stone-cold, modern-day murder of gothic proportions...and a cunning killer with a bone-chilling tale to tell.
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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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