Fairstein always does a marvelous job with the history of New York's buildings and institutions, and as usual the historical parts are fascinating
The iconic Grand Central Terminal gets the most historic detail, and indeed, it is a remarkable structure with a compelling history. Also interesting, the historic information about the Waldorf-Astoria and the (no longer in existence)Biltmore Hotel.
On the other hand, I found the mystery aspect of this one slow, dependent on coincidence, and concocted mainly to connect it with Grand Central Terminal.
I usually like Mike Chapman, but this time he was annoying and his typical repartee felt too caustic and too forced. Is that just me? Did anyone else want back-hand him after some of his "clever" remarks? Maybe I've just been reading this series for too long.
What would make a fascinating book is one that covers all of the historic sites that Fairstein has included in her novels. The historic element has long been a draw in her novels for many readers; unfortunately, it was about the only draw in this one for me.
Crime/Police Procedural. June 17, 2014. Print length: 384 pages.