Linda Fairstein Questions and Topics For Discussion
1. What unique perspective does Linda Fairstein’s background—head of the Sex Crimes Unit of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office—allow her to bring to her novel? How much of the author do you think there is in Alexandra Cooper?
2. How would you describe Alex? What are her strengths and weaknesses? Is her professional persona at all different from her private one?
3. This novel blends a classic whodunit with multiple other story lines. While involved with Isabella Lascar’s murder, for instance, Alex is also trying to bring a serial rapist to justice and is helping her staff try a number of other cases. Did you like the way that the various stories were woven together?
4. What roles do Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace play in Alex’s life? What do they have in common with each other, and what makes each unique?
5. Did Isabella Lascar remind you of anyone in particular? Had you mentally cast a particular movie star in the role?
6. FINAL JEOPARDY feels strikingly realistic. The scene in which men are selected for a line-up, for instance, offers a memorably authentic view of the day-to-day workings of police department. Did other, similar details stand out for you? Did you learn anything new in this novel?
7. Why is Martha’s Vineyard such an important place for Alex? Why is it a significant