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Date rape is always difficult to prove, and the case against New York consultant Andrew Tripping is no exception. Tripping and 36-year-old investment banker Paige Vallis had had dinner together three times before the March evening when he invited her to his apartment and attacked her. Or so she says. Manhattan Sex Crimes Prosecutor Alexandra Cooper needs to know all the facts if she is to find justice for Paige Vallis, but Paige seems to have something to hide. Paige says she remained in the apartment to protect Andrew Tripping’s young son, Dulles, who showed signs of physical and mental abuse. She wouldn’t leave until she could take the child with her.While cop Mercer Wallace helps Alex with the rape case, colleague Mike Chapman is uptown in a Harlem brownstone where 82-year-old McQueen Ransome has been murdered. What could this old and poor woman have had that would have been worth the risk for a killer? Photos on the wall suggest that she was once beautiful and voluptuous. In fact, she was the mistress of King Farouk of Egypt. Could the king have given her something of great value? Such as a legendary seven-million-dollar Double Eagle gold coin?When the threads of the Vallis and Ransome cases tragically converge, Alex discovers that appearances can deceive, even as she heads for a life-and-death struggle in the dramatic setting of the watery inlets of the Kills, off the New Jersey shore. Rich with courtroom drama, fascinating legal detail, and the lore of a fabulously valuable gold coin, The Kills is powerful, stylish crime writing from a hugely talented New York Times bestselling author.