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Killing Critics [Paperback]

Carol O'Connell
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17 July 1997
Andrew Bliss, art critic pens the phrase "art terrorism" to describe the murder of artist Dean Starr. No one suspects he knows anything about a crime committed in a gallery 12 years earlier. Detective Kathy Mallory wants to reopen the case and a number of people in high places start to get nervous.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd; New edition edition (17 July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099163926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099163923
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Old ghosts rise up for maverick detective Kathy Mallory as an artist is dramatically murdered in the latest installement of Carol O'Connell's New York Times bestselling series. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Born in 1947, Carol O'Connell studied at the California Institute of Arts/Chouinard and the Arizona State University. She lives in New York City and her sixth novel, Shell Game has also been published to great acclaim.

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3.0 out of 5 stars No writer can be perfect! 6 Jun 2005
This is my least favourite of O'Connel's work, I found it slower than some of her other work, but still well worth reading as it does give more insight into the character of Kathy, and it still is a readable book!I will always favour Crime School and Mallory's Oracle over any of her other books though!
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3.0 out of 5 stars not her best 20 July 2013
By ac
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Mallory is a great character, but this is not one of her better stories. I found it a bit slow.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Mallory book. 30 April 1999
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This is a fascinating development in the Mallory series. A clever and demanding read with some wonderful black humour.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery with meat... 15 Jun 2005
By Cynthia K. Robertson - Published on
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Carol O'Connell's Killing Critics is her third Kathleen Mallory mystery, and they just continue to get better. This book has it all: complex plot, memorable characters and some brilliant detective work.

An artist, Dean Starr, is discovered murdered in the middle of an art gallery exhibition. His death is made to look like performance art. NYPD Special Crimes Unit detectives Mallory and Ricker are called in to investigate. Twelve years previous, there was a brutal double homicide in an art gallery owned by the same man, and the circumstances are very similar. Mallory's late father, Markowitz, was on that case and although he got a confession and a conviction, he never for a minute believed that he had the right man. As Mallory and Riker find out more about this new murder, the more parallels there are to the old one. Yet, the NYPD considers the old case closed, and will not allow them to "officially" investigate. The list of suspects is very long, and there are also a good number of people who would like to see the murders remain unsolved. Those in high ranking office are vulnerable including the police commission and a state senator.

In Killing Critics, O'Connell gives us a crash course on the New York City art world, including artists, works of art, galleries, gallery owners, art shows, art critics, art patrons and art investors. It truly is fascinating. She also opens the door wider into Mallory's troubled childhood, and we better understand why she remains so scarred. All the major characters (Mallory, Riker and Butler) are fleshed out in greater detail.

Two things kept me from giving this book five stars. First, I thought it was a bit slow at the beginning, although it quickly picked up speed and the ending will blow you away. Second, I thought it stretched O'Connell's credibility to have Mallory challenge a former Olympic gold medalist to a fencing duel (she only had one semester of fencing in college). Still, these criticisms aside, this is an awesome story and O'Connell is one of the few writers who gives us mysteries with meat.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mallory Grabs You and Won't Let Go 14 May 1998
By Debra Thomson ( - Published on
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In Killing Critics, Carol O'Connell's lead character Kathy Mallory continues to evolve into one of the most fascinating heroines in the genre. In each of her three appearances, (Mallory's Oracle, The Man Who Cast Two Shadows, and Killing Critics), Mallory reveals slivers of her past, intriguing insights into her missing childhood, even as she regains the memories that torment her. The mystery of Mallory is as compelling as any of the murders found in these tales, and will be the reason I will keep reading O'Connell's new works. Kathy Mallory isn't finished yet, and I look forward to seeing her deal with her demons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Move over Scarpetta, here comes Mallory! 4 May 1997
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This book did not disappoint. After reading her previous books I couldn't wait to read Mallory's latest adventure. O'Connell gives us more background into why Mallory has turned into the detective she is. Some of the characters I Idid not care for(Bliss for instance, and Emma Sue Halloran) but I like Charles,Riker, and Coffey. These people are true to life.
Sometimes O'Connell is hard to follow as she brings in caharacters and events in The Big Apple that don't seem to tie in with the story. Here's hoping her next novel The Stone Angel is a continuation of Sgt. Mallory.I would like to know more about the elusive Carol O'Connell
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Killing Critics Will Slay You 1 Jan 1997
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You know a mystery is good when you can overlook some problems in the plot and still come away relishing the whole thing. Carol O'Connell's latest Katherine Mallory book Killing Critics falls in this category. The book opens with a murder that ties to a 12-year old murder, both of artists/art critics. The final solution is one so unlikely, you have to gulp and shake your head. One critic seals himself off on the roof of Bloomingdale's, as unlikely a scenario as you will find, and the plot is strangely reminiscent to one by Agatha Christie, but O'Connell miraculously pulls the whole thing off. The characters, however eccentric, come across as real, which is one key to greatness. The reader who loves detective Kathy Mallory will want to stand up and shout "Wait a minute!" when Mallory heads off out of New York at the book's end. The real mystery: is Mallory finished as a series character or will she be back in a new location? After this flawed gem, readers will clamor for more. If Ms O'Connell thinks she's going to get rid of Mallory so easily, she may find herself bumping into the legend of Sherlock Holmes... Jorge Ribeiro (
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling blend of horror and heartache 26 April 2003
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This was the first Carol O'Connell book I read and still one of my favorites. It's the only book that ever scared the hell out of me while making me cry for so many characters who were irreversibly devastated by their loss. Carol O'Connell has a wonderful way of creating characters who are rarely likable or sympathetic but who are almost always interesting.
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