Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.
by Carol O'Connell
Top Five Books of 2013 (1,374)
Favorite Series (178)
Page Turners (147)
No current Talk conversations about this book.
Very readable with some great characters, but the mystery itself didn't have quite the payout I was hoping for. Might read more in the series though. ( )
The investigation of a series of murders of wealthy, elderly women from the Gramercy Park area intensifies when Louis Markowitz, the head of the NYPD Special Crimes Section, is found dead with the third victim. Kathleen Mallory, his adopted daughter and a policewoman assigned to office duty, is beautiful, intelligent, fiercely independent, and obsessed with finding the killer. Mallory's computer skills supplement the street-survival savvy she learned before her adoption and the "wall" of clues and case details left by Markowitz. All of this leads her to seances, magic acts, dysfunctional families, insider trading, and, eventually, the knowledge her father had at his death. (fr Amazon)
Although I enjoyed the mystery, I didn't particularly like the main character - I felt she was too emotionless and disconnected. We aren't given any reason to like or be intrigued by her. Some of the auxiliary characters had more personality than she did!
Kathleen Mallory began life as a thief on the streets of New York City until she was taken in my detective Louis Mankowitz and his wife. Now a police sergeant with an expertise in computer crimes, Mallory must investigate a particularly difficult homicide – the murder of her adoptive father – which is linked to the deaths of several elderly and wealthy women.
I really wanted to like this book but failed in almost every respect. The writing is elliptical and convoluted with too many narrative threads that are difficult to follow and never seem to form a cohesive whole.
None of the characters is particularly likeable, especially the heroine who is a borderline sociopath. Her characterization is too reminiscent of the hero in the television show Dexter, which I stopped watching after three episodes because it is impossible for me to identify with a serial killer no matter how noble his intentions.
The serial killer plot is intriguing and has potential but the paucity of clues makes it virtually impossible for readers to figure it out for themselves. Moreover, the irrelevant subplots involving magicians, mediums and séances add nothing to the suspense, and detract from the murder mystery. In addition, while the identity of the murderer is ultimately revealed, the explanations for his actions are vague and imprecise.
Overall, the disagreeable characters, the excessive number of superfluous conversations and the lack of action make this a difficult book to trudge through. I do, however, recommend another of O'Connell's books - The Judas Child.
I did enjoy this, just had trouble remembering who was who, lol. Very detailed crime, with a couple of good plot twists. The one with his 'ain't was v good, well played out. Mallory did feel at times like a J D Robb/Dallas book without the futuristic universe.
If you enjoyed [b:Girl with the Dragon Tattoo|2429135|The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)|Stieg Larsson|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1275608878s/2429135.jpg|1708725] you would definitely enjoy this one as well.
Belongs to Series
Is contained in
References to this work on external resources.
Wikipedia in English (2)
Adopted off the streets as a child by a policeman's family, NYC policewoman Kathleen Mallory had never shaken the wild nature of her youth, and when her adoptive father is murdered during a series of stabbings, she is driven to find the truth.
No library descriptions found.
Amazon Kindle (0 editions)
Audible (0 editions)
CD Audiobook (0 editions)
Project Gutenberg (0 editions)
Google Books — Loading...
Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.54 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999
Is this you?
Become a LibraryThing Author.