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review 2014-11-13 10:45
Crime School (Mallory #6)
Crime School - Carol O'Connell

Author: Carol O’Connell

Published: In paperback 2003 by Arrow Books

Category: Crime/Suspense/Thriller


Fifteen years have passed since a junkie whore and police informer, known simply as Sparrow, cared for a feral child when she was lost and alone. Now, on a hot August afternoon, in an East Side apartment, a woman is found hanged. Carefully placed red candles and an enormous quantity of dead flies suggest a bizarre ritual.


I was supplied with a copy of the book through Bookbridgr in return for an honest review.


This is the 6th book in the Kathy Mallory series. I had enough background from previous books, although I haven’t read them all, not to be left floundering. Mallory is an enigma, a child of the streets who survived on her wits and 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. Since their deaths the people closest to her are Detective Riker, Markowitz’s former partner, now Mallory’s and her business partner and friend, Charles Butler, who worships her.


Fifteen years had passed since Kathy Mallory had roamed the streets as a child. Being homeless was damned hard work and running the tired little girl to ground had been the job of Riker’s old friend, Louis Markowitz, but only as a hobby. Lost children had never been the province of Special Crimes Unit, not while they lived. And they would have to die under unusual circumstances to merit a professional interest. So Kathy had become the little blond fox of an after-hours hunt. The game had begun with these words, spoken so casually: “Oh, Riker? If she draws on you, don’t kill her. Her gun is plastic, it fires pellets – and she’s only nine or ten years old.”


This story unravels more of Mallory’s complicated and dubious past when a serial killer strikes. One of the victims is Sparrow, a whore who held a special place in the young Kathy’s heart until, as Kathy saw it, Sparrow betrayed her. They never spoke again. Now Mallory has to confront her demons as the investigation progresses. Twenty years ago a similar murder occurred  but due to bad policing the murderer was never caught. But what bearing does that have on the present murders? Is the connection Mallory herself?


A very grim, grisly and complex murder plot with very graphic descriptions, sometimes too much so. Mallory is definitely a unique protagonist, someone who could conceivably be dangerous, and is now in the homicide division of the NYPD. Tough and intimidating, she takes no prisoners and can be very cruel and insensitive. Towards the end there is a slight glimmer, are emotions beginning to tap on the hard shell surrounding Mallory? A character development of sorts is long overdue for Mallory. How much longer can she continue to be so cold, contained and manipulative towards the those who care for her. Surely she has been shown enough kindness and love since the Markowitz’s adopted her to merit even a small crack in her armour.


I found the writing distracting and a little awkward in parts, not quite as I remember. It was a long time ago though, and maybe I should have caught up with previous books before embarking on this one.

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review 2013-07-21 20:58
The Fetch of Mardy Watt: Can You Believe Your Eyes?
The Fetch of Mardy Watt - Charles Butler It's bad enough that Mardy's dad is dead and her brother is a semi-permanent invalid in hospital and her mother is consumed by thoughts of her brother getting better, but she finds herself being haunted by herself. Or rather a fetch of herself. She doesn't know whats happening or who to trust, and all of the parties have agendas, except her longtime friend Hal. A cross between a fetch (which more often predicts the death of a person) and a changeling this is an interesting and rewarding read, my only complaints would be that it kept me up and was almost too short!
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review 2013-07-21 20:58
The Darkling (Dolphin Paperbacks)
The Darkling - Charles Butler Petra is 15, her mom died, her dad lost his job because of alcohol. She has a job delivering newspapers and one of the houses on the list is the old century house, with creepy Mr Century. When he dies everything that she knows as normal starts to unravel.
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review 2009-10-07 00:00
Calypso Dreaming - Charles Butler Sadly, my library has nothing by Butler...
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review 2009-02-13 00:00
Four British Fantasists: Place and Culture in the Children's Fantasies of Penelope Lively, Alan Garner, Diana Wynne Jones, and Susan Cooper - Charles Butler Why: I don't know Alan Garner, but I love the other writers listed. I did not know that they all studied at Oxford when Lewis and Tolkien where lecturing there. Interesting. The library doesn't have it, so I've requested they order it because I don't really want to spend $45 to buy it. One review said, "this important title...belongs in any library that serves a liberal-arts curriculum. It is highly readable, commandingly intelligent, and refreshingly jargon-free. A seminal work of criticism."
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