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Amanda è morta nel parco (1995)

by O'Connell Carol, Tettamanti S. (Translator)

Series: Mallory (2)

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Title:Amanda è morta nel parco
Authors:O'Connell Carol
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The Man Who Lied to Women (UK) / The Man Who Cast Two Shadows (US) by Carol O'Connell (1995)

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If you're the type of reader who prefers likable, touchy feely main characters, move away from this book (and the entire series). Kathy Mallory is not the character for you. Found living on the streets as a young child, she was taken in and raised by a police officer and his wife, both of whom soon realized that Mallory's sociopathic tendencies required special handling. Mallory does not form relationships like normal people. She doesn't bond; she doesn't chit chat; she doesn't smile; and she certainly doesn't laugh. She's like a hand grenade with a loose pin-- Handle With Care. A small portion of her past is revealed in The Man Who Cast Two Shadows, and although readers will be moved to feel compassion towards her, rest assured that Mallory herself will show none to anyone.

The plot is tight and suspenseful, dealing with the woman's death, Mallory's toying with a killer, and a boy who may have telekinetic powers. The setting of New York City could be declared one of the cast of characters. O'Connell shows a touch of poetry now and again in her prose, but the tone of her poetry is bleak. More of the story could be told from Mallory's point of view, and there are a few too many times when we're told about her behavior rather than seeing it for ourselves. All in all, Mallory is like a black hole at the very heart of this book, and if you can withstand her gravitational pull and resist the need for her to change, you are in for a treat involving one of the most fascinating characters in crime fiction. ( )
  cathyskye | Aug 31, 2013 |
i liked this at the outset but the middle dipped in energy, and in holding my attention. still, it was a fast, pretty fun read. i remember who recommended that i read this, but i'm not sure why, unless maybe it's the strong female lead character. although she's pretty unlikeable, and could have at least been nice to the cat if not to people. i think she was just a tad too close to being sociopathic for my comfort. also i didn't like the side stuff about calling up the dead. the other "paranormal" stuff felt more like it belonged in the story. i don't know, parts of this were really well written, and then there were parts that she could have done better. but overall it's a decent little detective story. ( )
  elisa.saphier | May 9, 2013 |
It has been awhile since I read this series, but I remember being very impressed. The author manages to escape genre as far as I'm concerned, combining fiction/mystery with an entertaining quirkiness. I will be reading this book again and that's rare.
  MarieTea | Apr 28, 2012 |
The badly beaten and decomposed body of a tall blonde woman is found in a New York City park, and when a label inside her blazer states it belongs to Kathleen Mallory the entire NYPD seems to find out in minutes that Mallory is dead. It isn't till her erstwhile partner Riker actually sees the body that he can – with great relief – correct the ID – by which time the press has already gotten the news … The connection makes this personal for Mallory, and – suspension or no suspension (a separate entity from her bereavement leave of the first book), assignment or no assignment, she will be investigating this murder.

The actual victim becomes another character in the cast, as Mallory discovers an unfinished novel on her computer which seems to be her own thinly veiled story – a tale of seduction, pregnancy, and loss, terminating abruptly in midsentence with the words YOU LIAR typed over and over. Mallory is certain that whoever the other half of the victim's real-life affair was had to be the killer; from there it is a matter of determining which of a handful of suspects he is, and what the lie was.

There is a secondary storyline in which a boy whose IQ is off the charts is brought to Charles by his father and stepmother in hopes that a seemingly small but increasingly menacing mystery can be solved: objects have a tendency to fly through the air when the boy is around. His mother died; his first stepmother killed herself; stepmother #2 is growing hysterical with the situation, especially as some of the objects tend to fly toward her, and some of them are pointy. Charles, in his capacity as a genius who evaluates other emerging geniuses, is asked to look into this situation.

Once again, as in Mallory's Oracle, there is an element of magic to the story, an almost paranormal edge, only beginning with the possible telekinesis. It's uncomfortable here, because … is what's happening evidence that a character I like is losing his mind, or is it what it starts out to be, a wildly unique method of investigation? We'll never really know, I suppose. Poor bugger.

Mallory herself is an almost paranormal presence. She is repeatedly described as a sociopath, and this takes some getting used to: a sociopath on the side of the law. Conditioning makes me expect bloodshed and mayhem when I hear (or read) the word – which is not to say that Mallory blinks at either bloodshed or mayhem. However, her conditioning has trained her to distinguish the innocent from the guilty, and she knows – as schoolchildren know the state capitals, by rote – that one does not harm the innocent, annoying as they might be, and one ought not to harm the guilty either but merely apprehend them. The part of that she seems to like is that "ought not" is less rigid than "shalt not", which makes hunting and apprehending the guilty more her cup of tea.

The writing is graceful and smart. If Mallory remains something of a cipher, the characters who surround her are wonderful – everyone should have such a support system. (It might be heart-breaking in reality to see such love and care squandered on someone who shows nothing in return, but in fiction it's a good plot device.) The story is handled in a manner unique to O'Connell. All in all, it's the supporting cast and the writing which keep me coming back. ( )
2 vote Stewartry | Jan 22, 2012 |
This book is one of a series of books by Carol O'Connell about a beautiful, damaged, maverick, and almost sociopathic detective named Kathleen Mallory (who insists on being called simply "Mallory"), and the people that love her despite her flaws: Charles, an intelligent, rich, but ugly family friend; Lou, the cop that takes her in; and Riker, her adopted father's partner. The relationships that develop between these characters as they solve crimes together are the focus of the series.

This story (the second in the series), starts with Riker visiting the morgue to identify what he thinks is Mallory's body; Mallory then goes undercover to discover who killed the woman in the morgue. Riveting, sad, and interesting story. ( )
  cmwilson101 | Mar 24, 2010 |
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This book is dedicated to an old friend, Richard Hughes, who does not sleep at night, but spends these hours counseling terrified children over the anonymous crisis lines—and to Covenant House, which shelters children who cannot go home again.
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The Man Who Cast Two Shadows = The Man who Lied to Women
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0515118907, Mass Market Paperback)

Formerly a child of the streets, now a brilliant computer hacker and NYPD sergeant, Kathleen Mallory's powerful intelligence is matched only by the ferocity with which she pursues her own unpredictable vision of right and wrong. And she will need every bit of that intensity now, in a murder case that strikes close to home in more ways than one.

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Suspended for shooting a suspect, NYPD Sergeant Kathleen Mallory hears on the news that she's been strangled. Mallory moves into the real victim's appartment building to sort out the confusion and pursues a string of clues into a world of illusion and horror.… (more)

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