Crime School

  • Title: Crime School
  • Author: Carol O'Connell
  • ISBN: 9780399149283
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Crime School 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 u
    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 tOver 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.

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    About Carol O'Connell


    1. Born in 1947, Carol O Connell studied at the California Institute or Arts Chouinard and the Arizona State University She lives in New York City.Series Kathleen Mallory


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    1. "It's an old idea that cops and killers are twins"Another macabre masterpiece of crime fiction from O'Connell: someone is stalking and killing blondes in NYC but the story that unravels behind this trope of the genre is more gruesome, more emotionally-wrenching than anything your average writer could produce.After dipping in and out of this series, I'm now reading it in the correct order and can see how precisely O'Connell rations information about Mallory, deepening both our understanding of he [...]

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    2. A most excellent 5 star read! Kathy, at some point you need to become human

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    3. Excellent. O'Connell digs into our brains and hauls out empathy, repulsion, anger, regret, pity, insanity. Mallory's world is not one I want to live in, but six books into the series, I feel like a rookie ghost standing by the sergeant's desk at the foot of the stairs leading up to Special Crimes Unit, watching. O'Connell knows we can never understand the gears that propel Mallory, or the pain that Riker lives with, or the unique and combustible combination of elements that is Charles Butler. I [...]

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    4. I always love Carol O'Connell's Mallory novels. This, the sixth in the series, is no exception. It's written with her usual flair, wit, insight and excellent storytelling. As always, it is extremely well structured so that the story and tension build slowly but grippingly and the climaxes are both thrilling and surprising.The crime story itself is about a serial killer who, it emerges, has links to characters from Mallory's childhood on the streets, so the story is interwoven with revelations ab [...]

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    5. This was the first Kathy Mallory book I read. Apparently this is the 5th book. I probably should have read them in order. The story was wonderful (or should I write the plot), but I didn't get into the characters. Also there seemed to be so much that I didn't know about what happened 'before'. I've read other series and most times a book in a series can stand alone. This one could not.

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    6. I felt like there was information that I was supposed to already know as I read this book, but somehow I didn't. But it was a bit lighter than the last one in the series, and I enjoyed it more. I might need a "happy book" break before I start the next one.

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    7. Kathleen Mallory is not your typical policewoman. First she was a street child until found and adopted by a policeman. She uses her gut instinct to solve crimes and takes no guff from anyone. Now she is working the murder of a bag lady.

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    8. Andis one was back to being great! This series is really frustrating--one good, one not, one good, one not. There's something about it that has caused me to hang in there, butw I'm off to read three books for teen book clubs! Maybe I will revisit it after.

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    9. Swallowed this in less than 2 days! The insight into Mallory's childhood and Detective Riker, are fascinating and poignant. As always, it's a mystery through the last pages and a race to try and save the next victim while Mallory follows clues regardless of department policy. Going to break from O'Connell to read one of my favored sci-fi stories. But I'll rush back to the next Mallory story soon after!

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    10. Another tantalizing piece of the Mallory origin story, this book is thrilling and fascinating at the same time. When you experience such conflicted feelings toward a protagonist, and still really care intensely about her, you know you are in the hands of a master.

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    11. These books pull me in. The main character, Kathy, is so damaged from her childhood, that the way she protects herself now makes so much sense. The mystery brings her back to parts of her childhood, which is hard but enlightening.

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    12. What distinguishes this book from other crime novels is its ending, or more precisely, its epilogue. The author could have ended the novel when all the action is over, the murders solved. By adding the short epilogue, however, she made the book more than just a crime novel. She made Mallory a real person, and she did it brilliantly. Excellent.

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    13. One of my favorite Mallory novels!! It’s exciting and interesting. It opens up more of Mallory’s story too.

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    14. This one was very confusing. Still not sure "whodunit" or even what the crime was

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    15. Crime School by Carol O'Connell is the sixth book of the Kathleen Mallory detective series set in late-20th-century New York City. At age ten, Mallory was surviving on the streets by her wits. When NYPD homicide detective Louis Markowitz successfully caught Mallory, he and his wife Helen adopted her. Mallory lived with them until Helen's death, remaining fiercely independent and keeping her past secret. Mallory joined NYPD and was Markowitz's star pupil, the youngest detective and most talented. [...]

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    16. 4.5 starsSo far, this is my favorite among the Mallory novels. More gaps in Mallory's past are filled in – while still leaving mysteries – and more light is shone into the dark inner recesses of her strange mind. It is discovered in Crime School that, in a way, the narrator of these books is somewhat unreliable, because the story the reader has been told several times of Kathy's coming into the custody of Louis Markowitz isn't quite true. A hooker is found dead – hanged, her hair cut off a [...]

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    17. Il poliziotto le corre dietro nei sotterranei della metropolitana, lei lo scansa è un diavolo ma non ha che dieci anni, è sporca e bionda. Tutto questo finchè un giorno il poliziotto le tende una trappola e l'agguanta. È così che una bambina di strada priva di qualsiasi morale finisce a vivere nella famiglia di un poliziotto, a nutrire per il padre e la madre la devozione di un cucciolo di lupo salvato dall'inverno. È così che nella Polizia di New York approda un detective robotico e sedu [...]

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    18. This is the 6th book in the Kathy Mallory series. I had enough background from previous books, although I haven’t read them all, to catch up. Mallory is an enigma, a child of the streets who was looked after by hookers. She is damaged emotionally, unable or unwilling to allow herself to trust anyone. She was adopted by NYPD Detective Louis Markowitz and his wife Helen and became very close to them both. She is now a Detective herself and partnered by Markowitz’s old partner, Riker. Tough and [...]

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    19. This is the 6th book in the Kathy Mallory series by Carol O'Conell and it is another exciting addition to the series. This mystery begins with the hanging of a whore, Sparrow who happens to have been a friend of Kathy's when she was a homeless child running the streets of New York.The story is really good and we discover a lot of Mallory's early history and how she survived before Lou and Riker found her and she found a loving home with Lou and his wife Helen. This hanging is connected to an old [...]

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    20. 5th in the Mallory series.[return][return]This will be the last book with Mallory as a protagonist that I will read. I simply can not take more O Connell s inability to realize her protagonists as real characters and her seeming inability to demonstrate what she says about her characters rather than constantly telling us what we should believe.[return][return]Which is too bad, because O Connell can plot and her other characters other than Mallory, Charles and Riker are fascinating. Her writing i [...]

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    21. My dad sent me a few of the mysteries in this series, and this one was the first I read. It might be the only one, since it was just okay. Honestly, at the beginning I actually disliked it. The prose is kind of bad in places (for example, in one paragraph between the use of pronouns and a shift in the narrative perspective, I couldn't figure out which character was being described) and rather repetitive. I kept reading, though, and the mystery plot itself was fairly interesting. I never felt ver [...]

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    22. This book is one of a series of books by Carol O'Connell about a beautiful, damaged, maverick, and almost sociopathic detective named Kathleen Mallory (who insists on being called simply "Mallory"), and the people that love her despite her flaws: Charles, an intelligent, rich, but ugly family friend; Lou, the cop that takes her in; and Riker, her adopted father's partner. The relationships that develop between these characters as they solve crimes together are the focus of the series. This story [...]

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    23. I am hooked on Carol O'Connell and the Mallory series. I was disappointed with this one, however. I thought it went too overboard with all the gore and could have used more of the "sentimental" character development of her previous novels. The grisly descriptions became repetitive and dull, as well as nauseating. I feel that it was being used to fill and push the edge -- the shock factor. I also thought some things were stretched to the implausiblee idea of this book group and some of Charles' d [...]

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    24. This was the first Kathy Mallory book I'd read and, while part of a series, it can _definitely_ stand alone. The characters' motivations and backgrounds are revealed slowly, morsel by morsel much the same way we usually discover the histories of people we meet in adulthood. Both the plot & Kathy Mallory are scary and scarily satisfying, even though the lead character is a walking contradiction (also just like real-life humans). Definitely add this book to your must read shelf! I am adding th [...]

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    25. Excellent, excellent book. I will give this one a 10 of 10 rank. The Mallory series is intricately plotted, with favorite characters revealing in each book a few more layers of insight into their character and actions and this one is no exception. Three separate crimes are being investigated, one a twenty year old murder, two recent murders are eerily similar. The NY setting, the glimpses of so many diverse and interesting characters and police procedural details combine with the compelling and [...]

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    26. Kathy Mallory continues to be a fascinating and flawed character. The fifth book in O'Connell's series provides a lot of Mallory's backstory, fleshing out some of the reasons for Mallory's prickly and standoffish personality. But what I liked best about this book was that Riker had a bigger role. But there wasn't nearly enough of Charles. He played a role throughout the book, but it was almost as if O'Connell wrote each scene and then realized she had left Charles out and did a quick rewrite to [...]

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    27. c2002. Great again. O'Connell never disappoints. Jonathan Kellerman is quoted as saying "Kathy Mallory is a marvellous creation" And I agree whole heartedly. There is enough subtle pathos drawn into the character that although you know that her public persona never gives an inch, there is still a small feral child within. Loved it! "Head bowed, she sat in the absolute darkness - awaiting the video's next run - so she could continue to nurse her deep hatred of Sparrow."

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    28. Another good installment in the series about slightly sociopathic detective Kathy Mallory, and her usual crew of sloppy alcoholic long time partner Riker, and homely patrician PhD Charles Butler. Mallory has unusual reactions (I did mention the slightly sociopathic, right?) and a mania for solving crimes. Her friends have to live with her "quirks" and some of the story is about how she came to be that way and how they help her cope.

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    29. A glimpse into the pastSecrets are revealed and the great heroes in KATHY's life truly do have feet clay. We learn so much more about KATHY's early life on the street. She was not alone and others did shield her. Abramowitz did not just happen across her but hunted her for months. Mallory appears so much more human and her rescuers

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    30. Well I decided to give the "Mallory" series another shot and I am glad that I did. I liked this story and the way that it was written. It was much closer to the fantastic Judas Child and Bone by Bone. I may have to go back and reread the books that I didn't like now that I have some of the backstory.

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