Linda Fairstein, a Manhattan assistant district attorney, sets her well-crafted thrillers in territory she knows well. Her latest, The Deadhouse, is given a top-notch read with the requisite range of New York inflections by Blair Brown. Alexandra Cooper, the Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor and Fairstein's fictional alter-ego, is investigating the complicated case surrounding the murder of a high-profile, controversial New York academic. Along the way, you get into a little-known, but fascinating aspect of New York history, the possibility of hidden treasure and the non-collegial aspects of the college scene. As Alex begins to put the disparate clues together, she puts herself in deadly jeopardy. A grisly gripper that will keep you guessing and gasping.

Sukey Howard reports on spoken word audio each month.

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