Crime School

Crime School

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Penguin Putnam
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.

Baker & Taylor
New York City policewoman Kathy Mallory investigates the murder of a prostitute named Sparrow, a woman who had taken her in many years ago only to betray her, as part of a crime that seems to mimic one that happened two decades earlier.

Blackwell North Amer
A wild child turned New York City policewoman, Mallory was adopted off the streets as a small girl by police inspector Louis Markowitz, but she is still not altogether civilized now that she is a sergeant in the Special Crimes section. With her ferocious intelligence and green gunslinger eyes, Mallory operates by her own inner compass of right and wrong, a sense of justice that drives her in unpredictable ways.
Very little has ever been known about what acutally happened to her in New York before Markowitz found her, how she lived, the remarkable events that shaped her. Until now.
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 Mallory knows this woman. She is a prostitute named Sparrow, who took Mallory in those many years ago, and then betrayed her. There is unfinished business between the two of them, and the quest to settle it will send Mallory spinning back to a time of secrets and desperation, and into the mind of a criminal whose work has only just begun.

Baker
& Taylor

New York City policewoman Kathy Mallory investigates the murder of a prostitute named Sparrow, a woman who had taken her in many years ago only to betray her, as part of a crime that seems to mimic one that happened two decades earlier. 60,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2002]
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780399149283
0399149287
Branch Call Number: FIC O'Connell, C 100.6 2002
Characteristics: 341 pages ; 24 cm

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deRougemont
Sep 09, 2013

Fans of the Kathy Mallory novels are rewarded with one of the strongest novels in the series to date.

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emerge
May 04, 2012

Mallory is back. After the last one (one of the weakest, in my opinion) I wasn't sure if I wanted to pick up the next in the series but this has more than restored my faith. This is one of the best. It is a police procedural but so much more. After all the veiled hints in previous books, we get the first really in depth look at Mallory's background as a potential murder victim turns out to be a prostitute who once took care of Kathy, the street kid. Because of this, you don't have to have read the backstory to enjoy this one. Riker has secrets of his own as he struggles to keep a lid on the past & honour Markowitz's memory. There are some things Mallory can never know. This is a taught, psychological thriller that keeps you turning the pages, just as eager to learn of Mallory's past as you are to figure out who the heck is killing these women. Oh, and you get to experience a hooker bookclub to boot. Who knew?

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