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5.0 out of 5 stars Mallory is back
After the good yet slightly disappointing "Shell game", Carol O'connell is back in true form. With plenty of glimpses into Mallory's childhood on the streets as well as a gripping mystery, this book delivers what readers of the Mallory series have come to expect. I still think that O'connell's best book is the only one not featuring Mallory (Judas child), but this is...
Published on 31 Aug. 2002

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1.0 out of 5 stars Are We Really Supposed To Believe
That there is such a character as Kathy Mallory? Carol O'Connell has consistently depicted her as a machine while contrasting the flawed human warmth of Riker. It's a wholly unrealistic vision of humanity, in fact there is not one character in the book that does not fall into stereotype (the hard bitten cop with the heart of gold or the intellectual unable to love). Add...
Published on 18 Feb. 2004


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5.0 out of 5 stars Mallory is back, 31 Aug. 2002
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This review is from: Crime School (Hardcover)
After the good yet slightly disappointing "Shell game", Carol O'connell is back in true form. With plenty of glimpses into Mallory's childhood on the streets as well as a gripping mystery, this book delivers what readers of the Mallory series have come to expect. I still think that O'connell's best book is the only one not featuring Mallory (Judas child), but this is another fine read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Mallory story, 21 Sept. 2002
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Mallory and Riker are a fascinating police partnership, despite a deep bond they still can't trust each other. As well as an excellent murder/dtective story with the usual twist at the end, we learn a bi more about Mallory's early life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mallory is Back, 17 Sept. 2002
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Once again carol O'Connell has produced an excellent novel. The plot is a page-turner looking into Mallory's past on the streets and a particularly gruesome series of murders. Even better the writer is an expert at characterisation even those featured for a few pages are expertly described. There is no real need to read the past novels first (though I do recommend them!) this serves as a great introduction to an excellent crime-writer
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another fast paced thriller featuring Mallory and Riker, 22 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Crime School (Kathleen Mallory Novels) (Paperback)
I was very much looking forward to this latest instalment in the Mallory series and wasn't disappointed. Although it's not as gripping as 'Flight of the Stone Angel', I found myself completely absorbed in the plot. Mallory and Riker hunt the killer of Sparrow, a former prositute and Mallory's protector when she was still a street kid; and one time snitch for Riker.
Mallory's true character is still a subject for debate and unease amongst those closest to her and as we gain more insight, little chinks begin to show in her formidable armour. It's not the best Mallory thriller, but it's still a thoroughly enjoyable read!
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Are We Really Supposed To Believe, 18 Feb. 2004
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That there is such a character as Kathy Mallory? Carol O'Connell has consistently depicted her as a machine while contrasting the flawed human warmth of Riker. It's a wholly unrealistic vision of humanity, in fact there is not one character in the book that does not fall into stereotype (the hard bitten cop with the heart of gold or the intellectual unable to love). Add to that, the plot is thin to say the least and you've got a poor piece of crime writing. Characters have to change and evolve through a series and Carol O'Connell has not achieved it. If you want a decent and well written crime book then go and read Ian Rankin or Lawrence Block.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whodunnit with a difference, 18 Oct. 2003
Carol O'connell does it again!!! Another intriguing case involving her sociopathic police detective Mallory. The novel features an unusual mystery as complicated and disturbing as the main character herself. One for the more discerning of readers.
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