Linda Fairstein, BLOOD OATH & Tana French, THE WYCH ELM

Former sex crimes prosecutor and mystery writer Linda Fairstein talks about her latest in the Alexandra Cooper series, Blood Oath. We speak with her not only about Blood Oath, but also about sex crimes against women and girls and what it was like to prosecute them in the 1970s and 80s.

NOTE: When we spoke with Linda Fairstein, we were unaware of the role she played in the Central Park Five case. You can read about that here. Fairstein also defended Christine Blasey Ford during the Kavanaugh hearings for nomination to the Supreme Court.

Then we re-air our 2018 interview with Tana French about her crime novel, The Wych Elm.

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Linda Fairstein
When Linda Fairstein headed the sex crimes unit of the District Attorney’s office in Manhattan, it was before the #MeToo movement. But she was well aware of the problem of sexual harassment—and worse. Then she turned her talents to writing crime fiction, putting her protagonist–and possibly alter ego–Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper at the head of the office Fairstein used to run.

Now, twenty books into the series, Fairstein has come out with a page-turner of a thriller about a predatory prosecutor with political ambitions and his victim, a young woman named Lucy. After years of keeping the assaults secret, Lucy brings her #MeToo case to Cooper, who then has to buck the establishment to go up against some very powerful men.

Read an excerpt from Blood Oath

Tana French
We hear our 2018 interview with Tana French about her mystery novel, The Wych Elm.

Coming up Next Week and More

We talk with Eric Blanc about RED STATE REVOLT: The Teachers’ Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics. Also, Gregory Pardlo tells us about his stunning “memoir and blistering meditation on fatherhood, race, addiction, and ambition”, AIR TRAFFIC.

And here are some of the great books we’re looking to cover in coming episodes, either through author interviews or reviews:

First, the great nature writer Barry Lopez’ new book HORIZON is just out, “From the National Book Award-winning author of the now-classic Arctic Dreams, a vivid, poetic, capacious work that recollects the travels around the world and the encounters–human, animal, and natural–that have shaped an extraordinary life.”

Then Jayson Green’s memoir about the accidental death of his two year old daughter is a searing and intimate look at recovering from tragedy. It’s called ONCE MORE WE SAW STARS.

Finally, two books that look at our southern border. Octavio Solis’ Retablos is a collection of stories from a life lived along the border. And Dan Werb’s City of Omens is about a search for the missing women of the Borderlands. We’ll keep you posted!


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About Francesca Rheannon

Francesca Rheannon is an award-winning independent radio producer. In addition to hosting Writer's Voice, she's a freelance reporter for National Public Radio and its affiliates. Recipient of the prestigious Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Award for reporting on substance abuse issues for her news series, VOICES OF HIV, produced for 88.5 WFCR public radio in western Massachusetts. She is also finishing a book on Provence (PROVINCE OF THE HEART) and working on a memoir of her father, THE ARGONAUTS.