Shell Game - Kathleen Mallory, Bk 5 Author:Carol O'Connell It is fall in New York City. The recreation of a legendary magic trick goes horribly awry on live television--a terrible accident, everyone agrees. But two people know it is not. One is an aged magician in a private hospital in the northern corner of New York state. What a worthy performance, he thinks, murdering a man while a million people wat... more »ch.
The other is Kathleen Mallory. Once a feral child, loose on the city streets, she is now a New York City policewoman, and not much changed--a tall young woman with green gunslinger eyes and a ferocious inner compass of right and wrong. For her, the death is too dramatic, too showy, and she is convinced that it will happen again--this perp loves spectacle. But even she cannot predict the spectacular chain of events that has already been set in motion, or the profoundly disturbing consequences it will have for those she holds most dear. For misdirection is the heart of magic. The lady never really gets sawed in half, does she?
First I have to say that I read this for part of my 2009 challenge of new authors. I normally don't read regular mystery books (I prefer cozies) but when I started reading this I absoutely loved it. I even laughed aloud a few times while reading this book. So many twists and turns it left me guessing until the very end what exactly happened. I did feel the ending took a bit long to get to the conclusion, but when I closed the book, I did so with a smile on my face. I loved how she encompassed WW2 and the Nazi's in this book as well--unexpected little twist. Now that i've read this one, i'm going to go back and get the first 4 in the series. (My mom actually had this copy and lent it to me for my challenge) I'm hoping all her other Kathleen Mallory books are as good as this one was!!