"Final Jeopardy" on ABC-TV 

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The category is "Crime Novelists."

The answer is " Linda A. Fairstein."

For $100, what's the question?

And the winning response is "Who is the former lead prosecutor in New York's sex-crimes unit who wrote 'Cold Hit' and 'Likely To Die?'"

But "Final Jeopardy," a two-hour made-for-TV movie airing Monday, April 9, at 8 p.m. on ABC-TV, has little to do with the game show that made Alex Trebek a household name. Although the lead character in Fairstein's novels — like many of us — loves to play along with "Jeopardy" at home and shout out the answers before the contestants can, her real job is prosecuting sex offenders. And because of Fairstein's professional experience, her novels reek of authenticity.

In "Final Jeopardy," Alexandra "Coop" Cooper (Dana Delany) is a lot like Fairstein. She heads up New York's high-profile sex-crimes unit, but when she comes home from a business trip, she finds the city's tabloid headlines reporting her own vicious murder. Alexandra knows the victim was actually a close friend, an actress who was using Alexandra's beach home, where the crime took place.

Nobody knows whether Alexandra or her friend was the intended victim, so police assign a detective, Mike Chapman (Billy Burke) — another "Jeopardy" fan — to protect her and help find the killer. As the two dig deeper into the crime, they discover that both Cooper and the real victim had more than a handful of enemies.

Fairstein's books are fast-paced page-turners that'll keep you up long past bedtime. ABC is hoping "Final Jeopardy" will have the same appeal — while not interfering with your sleep schedule. Unless, of course, the mystery haunts your


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