Crime School: A Mallory Novel

August 11, 2017 - Comment

Over the course of six novels, Carol O’Connell has become one of our most acclaimed writers of suspense. Her heroine, Kathy Mallory, is “stunningly unique” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). “O’Connell conjures up a world of almost Faulkerian richness and complexity,” said People, and the Chicago Tribune wrote simply, “O’Connell has raised the standard for psychological thrillers.”

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Over the course of six novels, Carol O’Connell has become one of our most acclaimed writers of suspense. Her heroine, Kathy Mallory, is “stunningly unique” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). “O’Connell conjures up a world of almost Faulkerian richness and complexity,” said People, and the Chicago Tribune wrote simply, “O’Connell has raised the standard for psychological thrillers.”

A wild child turned New York City policewoman, Mallory was adopted off the streets as a small girl. Very little has ever really been known about what happened to her back then, how she lived-but the past is about to come alive. Crime School begins with the discovery of a woman found hanging in a burning apartment, tufts of her own blond hair stuck in her mouth and red candles scattered all around. Immediately, Mallory knows several things. The fire was set so the woman would be discovered. The crime is identical to another one twenty years old. And she knows this woman. She is a prostitute named Sparrow, who took her in all those many years ago, and then betrayed her. There is unfinished business between Mallory and Sparrow, and the quest to settle it will send her spinning back to a time of secrets and desperation, and into the mind of a criminal whose work has only just begun.Mallory, the feral street urchin adopted by an understanding police detective, grew up to be a tough, formidable cop herself, and in the five earlier thrillers featuring her exploits, Carol O’Connell has dropped few clues about her early life. Crime School fills in the blanks with this complex tale about Mallory’s efforts to solve the attempted murder of the knife-wielding prostitute who once sheltered and later betrayed her–a copycat crime nearly identical to another that occurred two decades ago. Fans of this series and its unique, complicated, steely protagonist will welcome O’Connell back to the bestseller lists after a protracted absence, while those who’ve been waiting for the emergence of a kinder, gentler Mallory, able to return the affections of those who love her–like Charles Butler, the quirky criminologist whose unrequited adoration of Mallory knows no bounds, and her partner, Riker, who’s known her since his old friend Markowitz plucked her off the streets–may be disappointed. –Jane Adams

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3 comments on “Crime School: A Mallory Novel

  1. Coach of Alva on said:

    Crime School by Carol O’Connelll NYPD’s most beautiful and ruthless detective investigates a series of hanging attacks on women that a duplicate a twenty-year-old murder. Both Mallory and her partner Riker have a personal interest, for one of the victims is a former junkie-prostitute that mothered Mallory when she was a street urchin. Her friend Charles Butler wants to know why Riker removed a pulp western paperback novel from the woman’s crime scene, only to discover that the young Mallory had a reading club among working…

  2. Patricia Powers on said:

    CRIMIE SCHOOL I just finished this one, loved it. Now I have to wait for the next NEW novel, hope the author keeps writing more and more of these books; if the plot and characters can stay as page turning as they are now. Love that Mallory, Love that Charles, Love that Riker. 

  3. Laurie Fletcher on said:

    Another haunting Mallory mystery What is it about Carol O’Connell’s Kathy Mallory series? Kathy Mallory is about the least sympathetic heroine of any genre…a genuine anti-anti-anti heroine. And O’Connell’s writing is moody and rough – kind of like its places-you’ve-never-been-in-New York setting. These are never easy reads and yet I can’t put them down, especially Crime School. I think it may be because I like Charles Butler and Detective Riker so very much. And because they love Mallory despite everything. And because…

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