Number 7 of the Mallory series. Complex character development in this intelligent series pairs with suberb, complicated plot.
"America's answer to Ruth Rendell" according to the book jacket, and they are right. Carol O'Connell is a great writer, and her Mallory books are addictive. She is one of the most interesting female detectives, and characters, going. It's better to start somewhere near the beginning - jumping right into this without background isn't nearly as much fun, but it's still an excellent mystery. In this one, juror's on a controversial trial are being murdered one by one, and a nasty shock jock is making it worse. Great read.
I love the Mallory series. Carol O'Connell is one of the best writers in this market today. Not only a strong storyteller, but she really writes well! Also recommend you begin at beginning of series...unlike many writers who spend 1/2 the book clueing you in on what happened in previous books, the reader is left on their own to understand much of the undercurrents that go on here...maybe that's one of the reasons I like it so much!
Really unique mystery. Very dark, psychological plot. Believable & flawed characters you've never come across before. Well written, not just a plot heavy page turner.
I love all of the Mallory books and this one was no exception, Mallory and her friends lives expand and contract and leaves her questioning the outcome.
Always good - a Kathy Mallory mystery.
Continuing story of Mallory. If you read the first books of this series you will enjoy this one.
This is a psychological thriller, and a curious one at that, but I recommend it. A young cop is the hero, the mover, the enforcer. Yet she is cold, unemotional, ruthless at times, and always in control. While she is not an anti-heroine, nei-ther is she particularly sympathetic because she is never in peril.
By contrast, there are two victims (not in the fatal sense) who are warm, living humans with faults, whom you root for. The first is another cop who was traumatized after being shot four times prior to the start of this book. The en-tire plot focuses on our cop heroine strategizing to shock him into recovering his former sense of self while identifying a serial killer. The second victim is a psychiatrist who seems capable of always saying the right words, taking the correct actions, to move the story line along. Both of these two are the ones you want to see win.
While it becomes fairly obvious who the perpetrator is well before the book ends, the suspense arises from how the tale plays out and how it will end. And there is the surprise, bittersweet, you will discover should you decide to read.
What I found especially intriguing is that the author was able to portray all the mind games that the layman usually associates with psychiatry and its practi-tioners. If her portrayal is accurate, she has done an excellent job.
This is the sixth or seventh in the series involving this cop, but the first I have read. I suspect some of the cast of characters repeat in the other books. I in-tend to read more of this author.
who could resist this title? it's great.
A++ This series has excellent plot lines, you will enjoy each and every one.