New York City’s Grand Central Station is the setting for author Linda Fairstein’s new thriller, Terminal City. The latest installment in the best-selling Alex Cooper series, Terminal City features Assistant DA Cooper tracking down a serial killer who carves cryptic symbols on his female victims. The chase leads Cooper to miles of Grand Central’s hidden tunnels reaching several stories under street level, terrifying catwalks hanging hundreds of feet over the terminal floor and a little-known escape route reserved for the President of the United States when he’s in town.
Fairstein was the chief of the sex crimes unit of the district attorney’s office in Manhattan for more than 20 years. She tells us her experiences with real life crime and crime on the page are very different. “It wasn’t always possible to ‘do justice’ in the courtroom,” she says. “As a novelist, I certainly enjoy being able to control the fate of the criminals I created. It’s great fun to create a bad guy…and see him meet an appropriate fate. My perps don’t get away with much.”
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Tue., June 17, 6:30 p.m., 2014