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Surfing the Panther: An Original Short Story

Linda Fairstein, Steve Martini

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Fiction, Crime & mystery

In this short story from the New York Times bestselling thriller anthology Face Off, Linda Fairstein and Steve Martini - along with their popular series characters Alex Cooper and Paul Madriani - team up for the first time ever.

Paired together on a legal conference panel, Assistant Manhattan D.A. Alexandra Cooper and Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Paul Madriani butt heads over a hypothetical case. But Madriani - currently representing a defendant in the suspected murder of an L.A.-area madam - runs afoul of Coop within minutes over the issue of empathy for the victim, real or hypothetical. Still, after the panel there are no hard feelings and the two colleagues plan to enjoy a drink at one of Coop's favourite New York City watering holes - that is, until they are approached by an audience member claiming to know something about Madriani's real-life case that will exonerate his client.

Cooper and Madriani's meeting with the source will lead them into the thick of a global conspiracy that reaches to the highest echelons of power - and ultimately, justice will be done.

For more exciting short story pairings, don't miss all eleven short stories in Face Off!

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Linda Fairstein

Linda Fairstein is a former prosecutor and one of America's foremost legal experts on crimes of violence against women and children. For three decades she served in the office of the New York County District Attorney, where she was Chief of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit.

In 2010 she was the recipient of the Silver Bullet Award from the International Thriller Writers association. Her Alexandra Cooper novels have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have debuted on the Sunday Times and the New York Times bestseller lists, among others. She lives in Manhattan and on Martha's Vineyard.

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