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Dead Famous (O'Connell, Carol) [Hardcover]

Carol O'Connell
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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons; First Printing edition (Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399150846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399150845
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 15.4 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,311,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Already published under a different title. 12 Feb 2010
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Beware,this book is also published under the title 'The Jury Must Die'.This is really not necessary,if I had not read the reviews I would have bought it!Otherwise another good Mallory novel.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! another of o'connell's hits! 14 Jan 2004
Carol o'connell has undone herself on this one. THe character of Malloy enchants us all with her cat eyes and stelth movements and this book is no exception.
It is focused around a jury, who's members keeping turning up dead. Malloy and Riker have to both figure this out on their own with Riker sharing more of the limelight in this book. IT STILL MAKES IT EXCELLENT! If you love carol o'connell you'll love this new installment of her characters. Although, i would have liked a bit more of Charles!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe I'm giving Mallory 5 stars!!! 13 Jan 2004
Those of you who have read my earlier reviews of Mallory books know that I started out hating the gal, although with later novels STONE ANGEL and CRIME SCHOOL, I softened a bit, but still had no love for the principal character.
Now, Carol O'Connell gives us DEAD FAMOUS and I personally consider it the best crime story I've read this year. It had an hypnotic effect on me and I thoroughly enjoyed it from the beginning to the last word, and that last word just about blew me away. (Don't anyone dare peek because knowledge of the last word of the book will ruin much of your enjoyment)
I'll follow the lead of the staff reviewer and not go into the plot. I'll just say that it isn't your standard murder mystery. As a matter of fact, this isn't a true Mallory novel because she actually plays a supporting role this time.
The story is dominated by a hunchbacked lady, a radio shock-jock and his engineer...Crazy Bitch, and a cat which provides a symbolic link to the cat in an earlier Mallory novel. Mallory's former partner, Riker, is the most important series character in the book, and we come to know him quite well, better in fact than Mallory herself knows him. And it seems to me that there is another entity in the book, one of which I had some awareness in earlier books. It is as if New York City itself is an important character, a rather malignant being which feeds upon its denizens.
The book ends with a magnificent epilog in which Mallory is honestly trying to understand what is going on, but doesn't really have a clue.
The one difficulty here is that this book can't be read alone. To get the most out of it, you need to read the entire series and if you're like me, you will have a big problem with the main character.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Satisfying Character Study 31 Oct 2003
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This novel continues the revelation of new aspects of the characters we have all grown to love. However, Carol O'Connell does not share a lot of new information about Kathleen Mallory with us in this novel. Instead, Mallory's partner Riker is the focus. He is on leave from his police work after an injury, and Mallory is attempting to ensure that leave is temporary.
The mystery plotline is almost secondary in this novel. It is overshadowed somewhat by the development of a romantic relationship between Riker and a cleaning woman with secrets of her own, which factor into Mallory's current investigation.
Carol O'Connell writes well, as always. She is an under-appreciated novelist who deserves more accolades for her work. Getting to know her characters is extremely gratifying.
However, if you have not read her Kathleen Mallory books before, you will not fully appreciate this book. Do yourself a favor and start at the beginning with Mallory's Oracle.
For those who have read all of the previous Mallory novels, this one is also high quality, although there may not be as much of Mallory as you might like.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not the usual 29 Sep 2003
By Michael Shouse - Published on
No need to re-cap the storyline; that's available elsewhere. But I feel a warning is necessary. A line on the cover labels this "A Mallory Novel." But you'll be half-way through the book before FAMOUS becomes a Mallory novel. It concentrates on her partner Riker and another character, Johanna Apollo for fully half the book; Mallory is barely a supporting character. If you can tolerate that, you'll enjoy FAMOUS. In addition to an intricate story, it offers new insight into Mallory's relationship to her partner, Riker. "Sociopath" Mallory is gradually learning how to be normal, as this novel shows. But she still has a long way to go, which is fortunate for those of us who love this non-standard issue heroine. Author O'Connell has created something truly unique here, and more readers should be aware of it. But FAMOUS is not the place for newcomers to start.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't ask for much more. 5 Dec 2004
By A. J Thompson - Published on
Twelve jurors declare an accused murderer innocent, much to the public's disbelief and disgust. Someone has taken it so personally that they're picking off all the members of that jury, one by one. Shock radio jock Ian Zachary has cashed in on the public's ghoulish interest with the case, earning his show some super ratings and the kind of publicity that you couldn't ever pay for. His ongoing game of "spot the juror" may get a lot of people killed as the killer tagged as "The Reaper" goes along his merry, murderous way - but in Zachary's own opinion, the public and everyone else is really only there to serve him, in any way that the egomaniac sees fit.

Not entirely sure whether the NYPD still has him in their employ or not, Detective Sgt. Riker spends the down hours managing a family business that gets him just as close to the evils that men and women can inflict on one another. His specialist cleaning business takes away some of the horror by removing all the blood and gore and getting the client's house or place of business looking again pretty much the way it did before someone decided to commit a murder in it.

Riker's former partner Kathy Mallory takes a personal offense in Riker's reluctance to return to the force; in particular as she disregards personal hurt once the obvious physical scars have healed. Four bullets to the chest may have taken Riker down, but Mallory refuses to let that take him out of her world. As the Reaper gets closer to eliminating the last of the twelve, Riker is drawn into the chase for very personal reasons. One of those jurors is someone who has become very dear to him.

"Dead Famous" is not the thriller that it might sound - the killer hunting down a jury who delivered a verdict he violently disagreed with. O'Connell's considerable talent is displayed here with the interaction of her characters and in particular the voice of Johanna Apollo, one of the jurors. Some of the drama veers close to the sob of melodrama but fortunately never crosses that line. It's disturbing to hear how O'Connell refers to the character of Apollo repeatedly as a "hunchback" (the character has a spinal deformity) but if she is attempting to harden the reader to her fictional world of New York, she succeeds. "Dead Famous" is the seventh novel in the Kathy Mallory series (also titled "The Jury Must Die" in other print editions), and features less of this female character as her lead in this book. The intensity never lets up in this read, and those emotional punches just keep coming out one after the other.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars O'Connell's Best Mallory book EVER! 18 Sep 2003
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This is ellen in atlanta and have stayed with the Mallory series through thick and thin - and can only tell you that this book is the BEST of the series and if Carol backpedals to mediocrity, I'll do something Mallory-like and tear up the book - yeah, right...
This book focuses on Riker, Mallory's partner, and as close to a friend as the impaired Mallory can get - Enter a hunchback, a beautiful and sensitive person on Riker's brother's crime cleaning service who is not who she seems - It is riviting and touching and I am proud of the jump in writing that occured in this book.
Am also glad that the book lessens on Charles' unrequited love for Mallory - he is a wonderful character and deserves a love interest who will be worthy - maybe shaking Mallory into seeing what she's missing??? yeah, right.
For Mallory fans, a must read book. For novices, a good time to jump in and connect. For series, I generally suggest to buy back issues and 'catch up', but in the case of O'Connell, use your judgement -
But the ending is worth the price of the book. And more's the pity that Mallory doesn't get the gravestone's message.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Savored every page of this book 15 Feb 2004
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I was thrilled to find a new Kathy Mallory novel in the bookstore late last year. I immediately grabbed it and gave it to my husband. "This is a Christmas present for me!" And so it was.
Couldn't put this one down at all -- I love the intricacies and characters in all of the Kathy Mallory novels. This one, in particular, kept me guessing until the end, and actually made me cry. Excellent, excellent book.
When is the next one coming out? Can't wait!
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