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Crime School: A Mallory Novel (edition 2002)

by Carol O'Connell

Series: Mallory (6)

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Title:Crime School: A Mallory Novel
Authors:Carol O'Connell
Info:Putnam Adult (2002), Hardcover, 352 pages
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Rating:*****
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Crime School by Carol O'Connell

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Crime School is, like Find Me and Dead Famous, a slow starter, but stick with it for a great finish. ( )
  MickMcA | Aug 22, 2013 |
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I love all of Carol O'Connell's novels, but the Mallory series is my favorite. Mallory isn't a bumbling, silly, mistake-prone female detective. She is a hard, tough cop who would have spent her entire childhood on the street if not for a big-hearted policeman who took her into his home and raised her.

She's tech savvy, beautiful, cold, and brilliant. Some of the crimes are disturbing, but Mallory is never scared and never gives up. I've never read anyone like her. ( )
  WotV | Jul 16, 2013 |
NYPD's most beautiful and ruthless detective investigates a series of hanging attacks on women that a duplicate a twenty-year-old murder. Both Mallory and her partner Riker have a personal interest, for one of the victims is a former junkie-prostitute that mothered Mallory when she was a street urchin. Her friend Charles Butler wants to know why Riker removed a pulp western paperback novel from the woman's crime scene, only to discover that the young Mallory had a reading club among working girls. A rookie being tutored by Mallory and Riker apparently is the basis for the title. Or perhaps it refers to young Mallory's own brutal tutelage on the streets.

A good, solid read.

I have an issue with some of the Mallory novels - Shell Game, Crime School, Winter House. O'Connell always provides two endings to her stories, one to the mystery, the other to the emotional conflicts among her regulars. I have noticed that the latter tends to be more satisfying and resonant than the former. In these stories, especially, she provides a plausible culprit but then has said culprit being bluffed into signing confessions that send him or her to jail for good. I didn't believe this the first time O'Connell used it, in Shell Game. I really don't believe it in this case. On the other hand, I nearly teared up at the last scene, when Mallory came to terms with another part of her past. ( )
  Coach_of_Alva | Jun 2, 2013 |
Of Carol O'Connell's Mallory series that I've read, this and "Stone Angel" have been my faves. Can't put it down. ( )
  Julie_Brock | Apr 12, 2013 |
An outstanding book in an excellent series ( )
  jamespurcell | Dec 7, 2010 |
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Mallory, the feral street urchin adopted by an understanding police detective, grew up to be a tough, formidable cop herself, and in the five earlier thrillers featuring her exploits, Carol O'Connell has dropped few clues about her early life. Crime School fills in the blanks with this complex tale about Mallory's efforts to solve the attempted murder of the knife-wielding prostitute who once sheltered and later betrayed her--a copycat crime nearly identical to another that occurred two decades ago. Fans of this series and its unique, complicated, steely protagonist will welcome O'Connell back to the bestseller lists after a protracted absence, while those who've been waiting for the emergence of a kinder, gentler Mallory, able to return the affections of those who love her--like Charles Butler, the quirky criminologist whose unrequited adoration of Mallory knows no bounds, and her partner, Riker, who's known her since his old friend Markowitz plucked her off the streets--may be disappointed. --Jane Adams

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New York City policewoman Kathy Mallory investigates the murder of a prostitute named Sparrow, a woman who had taken her in many years ago only to betray her, as part of a crime that seems to mimic one that happened two decades earlier.

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