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The Chalk Girl (2011)

de Carol O'Connell

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Sèrie: Mallory (10)

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"Before Lisbeth Salander, there was Kathy Mallory. The astonishing new Mallory novel from the New York Times-bestselling author. The little girl appeared in Central Park: red-haired, blue-eyed, smiling, perfect-except for the blood on her shoulder. It fell from the sky, she said, while she was looking for her uncle, who turned into a tree. Poor child, people thought. And then they found the body in the tree. For Mallory, newly returned to the Special Crimes Unit after three months' lost time, there is something about the girl that she understands. Mallory is damaged, they say, but she can tell a kindred spirit. And this one will lead her to a story of extraordinary crimes: murders stretching back fifteen years, blackmail and complicity and a particular cruelty that only someone with Mallory's history could fully recognize. In the next few weeks, she will deal with them... all in her own way. "--… (més)
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I had never read anything by Carol O'Connell before so I did not know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised.

Mallory, the detective in this series, finds an eight-year-old child in Central Park. She is dirty and extremely friendly. She tells a wild tale. She calls herself Coco. Coco is the first clue to a series of murders and attempted murder that lead Mallory back in time.

Years ago in a private school a little girl died by falling from the roof. Her body was outlined in chalk. In a strange tradition, every year the chalk drawing is repeated on the walkway.

How the present-day murders connect to students at that school long ago is what Mallory eventually finds out.

Mallory is an odd detective. She's unpredictable, has good instincts, tends to have something of an autistic personality. She likes to threaten people. She doesn't do anything half-ass. She's a bit of a comic character.

Her partner and her chief generally understand her and protect her from herself as well as from higher-ups who prefer that cops play by the rules. She's really a bit of a caricature, yet she's likable enough. I felt she was a bit over the top but I'd read another book in this series. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
This book starts off with a bang. I was totally engrossed. The writing is excellent. I stopped reading about 12% into it for two reasons. The story of the crime and descriptions were too upsetting for me. The other thing was that the main character is not at all likable. Her flaws are too much to be redeemed by her ability as a detective.
  ajlewis2 | Jul 11, 2018 |
Stumbled upon this series ~years~ ago... may have read Judas Child (stand-alone) first. Was very taken with this authors style of psychological thriller/mystery. She does not disappoint, Mallory is still a cold psycho cop.... but we get the most minute hints that there might be more... maybe.
(would love to meet Charles Butler, still & always my favorite character) ( )
  kmajort | Feb 9, 2018 |
This was my first in the series. Interesting protagonist in Detective Kathy Mallory. Intricate plot, but am I to believe everyone in a family is a psychopath? I hadn't heard of Williams Syndrome before.

Excellent narration by Barbara Rosenblatt, as usual. ( )
  MidwestGeek | Dec 29, 2017 |
Carol O'Connell non delude mai, bellissimo thriller con la detective Kathy Mallory. ( )
  Angela.Me | Jun 10, 2017 |
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Mallory’s idiosyncrasies make her a natural for this bizarre case, but her professional skills and belligerent manner are broadcast in a comic-book idiom so lurid it would make even Lisbeth Salander blush.
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This book is dedicated to my cousin John, a vet from the Vietnam era, a laid-back sould with scuffed boots, a '63 Chevy and a dry sense of humor.  He like ballgames and cigarettes.  A working man who rolled his own, he claimed no ambitions beyond the next Saturday night.
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The first outcry of the morning was lost in a Manhattan mix of distant sirens, barking dogs and loud music from a car rolling by outside the park.
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"Before Lisbeth Salander, there was Kathy Mallory. The astonishing new Mallory novel from the New York Times-bestselling author. The little girl appeared in Central Park: red-haired, blue-eyed, smiling, perfect-except for the blood on her shoulder. It fell from the sky, she said, while she was looking for her uncle, who turned into a tree. Poor child, people thought. And then they found the body in the tree. For Mallory, newly returned to the Special Crimes Unit after three months' lost time, there is something about the girl that she understands. Mallory is damaged, they say, but she can tell a kindred spirit. And this one will lead her to a story of extraordinary crimes: murders stretching back fifteen years, blackmail and complicity and a particular cruelty that only someone with Mallory's history could fully recognize. In the next few weeks, she will deal with them... all in her own way. "--

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