5 Crime Novels Alex Cooper Would Love

The problem with creating a protagonist in a crime series and writing her in the first-person voice is that often readers – and my friends – confuse her traits with my own. Alex Cooper is a prosecutor in New York City – a job I held for thirty years – but unlike me, she’s got a trust fund, a lively social life that doesn’t get in the way of her courtroom appearances, and a fabulously sexy detective who covers her back while she tries to figure out whether to let him into her bed. The one thing I know for sure about Coop is what’s on her night table, as she tries to unwind with a glass of Scotch after a day on Manhattan’s mean streets....