This story picks up immediately where the last book finished. The DA had been murdered and Alex witnessed the entire thing. She's struggling with the fallout and her already fragile mental health. As the investigation begins Alex can't stop herself from getting involved as it seems the investigating offices are looking at her for the crime. Of course Mike and Mercer have her back and they all start looking at people who could have wanted Paul dead.
Their questions lead them to a group of people who hunt big game animals in the US and it also leads them into the world of smuggled animals and animal parts. As in all of these books, the author incorporates parts of New York and it's history into the plot. (Honestly it's my favorite thing about this series and the reason that's I'm still reading them all these years later.) In this one we learned about the history of the Bronx and Central Park Zoos. Interesting stuff.
This was a pretty entertaining story and I enjoyed it more than the last book. I'm a bit weary of Alex's personal problems but it seemed by the end that maybe that plotline will be coming to an end soon. Overall this was good and I think fans of the series will like it. If you haven't read any of the other books in the series though I would not recommend starting with this one. Too much of the plot ties in to the last book.
Hunting a killer within New York’s urban jungle becomes the biggest case of Alexandra Cooper’s career in New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein’s latest riveting thriller.
A wild heart beats within New York City. Amid concrete and skyscrapers, the Wildlife Conservation Society works to preserve and protect the animal kingdom both within and beyond the borders of the five boroughs. But dangerous creatures don't always have claws and fangs, as Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper and NYPD detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace know all too well. Predators lurk close to home, and in the aftermath of the shocking assassination of an iconic public figure—someone Alex has worked with for years—the trio must unravel the motive behind the shooting to discover who is the bigger snake: the killer or the victim.
The murder investigation provides more questions than answers, as a tangled mess of secrets slowly comes to light. From street gangs to secret societies, from big-game hunting to the illegal animal trade, from New York City zoos to the highest offices in city government, Alex has her work cut out for her—especially since the task force handling the investigation, led by the US Attorney, seems to be more against her than with her. As tensions rise between Alex and the feds, she must determine just how far she is willing to go to uncover the truth—and uphold the integrity of the office she has so proudly served.