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Shell Game Hardcover – 4 Nov 2000

3.5 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Hutchinson; 1st edition (4 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091801990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091801991
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,251,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Takes the reader to places no other crime writer visits. It's a trip worth making (Val McDermid)

One of the most unique, interesting and surprising heroines you've ever come across (Nelson Demille) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The stage is set for detective Kathy Mallory in this acclaimed thriller by New York Times bestseller Carol O' Connell, as she investigates the "accidental" death of a magician. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
Unlike the previous reviewer I highly enjoyed this continuation of the story of Mallory, however I think it is too easy to dismiss the book as incomplete if you can't read the nuances that O'connel has inured the book with, it's a bit like sex if you don't like it the first time round it doesn't mean that your not going to try again! And maybe that what this book needs the appreciation of a good lover who goes back and tries again because read with care this book encapsulates the elegant brutality which is Mallory,and turns the reader into the victim of a literary mugging which could only have the signature of O'connell.
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Format: Paperback
Carol O'Connell's sociopathic New York Police Department detective Kathy Mallory is an early incarnation but on the right side of the law - if barely - of Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander, and like Salander you can't help rooting for her. It's harder to root for this particular book in the series, though: there's no doubt its story of magic, murder and mayhem amongst a bunch of old magicians is an absolute tour-de-force, but despite its origins in the death of one of the characters' wives way back in the Second World War, it feels claustrophobic and you feel you want to escape from it - which is no doubt as the author intends, because it is a magician's book of secret locked rooms, trapdoors and misdirection. Yet I didn't really care for any of the characters except Mallory herself, despite O'Connell's elegant prose and intelligent plotting. She'll have rightly been very pleased with this book, and I feel a little guilty as a reader to have been rather less enamoured. If it could have been mounted (perhaps it was), I suspect it would have made a wonderful stage play.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book did not disappoint. If you have read any of the other Kathy Mallory stories you will be delighted with this one. And although I read this out of order (got the later ones first) it hasn't spoiled the enjoyment.
The condition of the copy I bought was just as described and very good value.
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Format: Hardcover
Shell Game was eagerly awaited by this reader but what a tremendous disappointment it was, Focusing on murder amongst elderly magicians, this novel was at first hopeful but became bogged down in confusion and boredom. I kept hoping that it would improve as her other novels were terrific. This one should be shell-ved permanantly.
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Format: Hardcover
having read all the previous books by carol o,connell,i couldnt wait to get into shell game .what happened carol?..this was not up to the usual standard,and i was so very dissapointed .oh well,im gonna read one of her other books again .
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By ac on 30 Aug. 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I so enjoyed one of her more recent novels, I purchased some older work. This story is ok, but, as with some of her other earlier works, this does not match up to her more recent stories.
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By A Customer on 10 Jun. 2000
Format: Hardcover
This was a disappointing continuation of the Mallory series. If I had read this first I wouldn't have looked at the others.
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