Mallory's Oracle (Kathleen Mallory Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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Escaping from the streets of New York when a kind police sergeant takes her in, Kathleen Mallory grows up to become a proud member of the NYPD and embarks on a dangerous case to find her father's murderer.

Kathleen Mallory was saved from the streets of New York and taken in by a police sargeant when she was ten. Fifteen years later, she too is part of the NYPD and about to embark on the case of her life--finding her father's murderer. "There may not be enough ...

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Overview

Escaping from the streets of New York when a kind police sergeant takes her in, Kathleen Mallory grows up to become a proud member of the NYPD and embarks on a dangerous case to find her father's murderer.

Kathleen Mallory was saved from the streets of New York and taken in by a police sargeant when she was ten. Fifteen years later, she too is part of the NYPD and about to embark on the case of her life--finding her father's murderer. "There may not be enough superlatives to describe O'Connell's book . . . one of the top reads of the year."--Booklist.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Serial killing, insider trading, the occult and the vices of wealthy Manhattan widows are the themes that collide in this heavy-handed first novel starring an unusual policewoman. Kathleen Mallory was an 11-year-old thief living on the streets of New York City when Detective Louis Markowitz rescued her and raised her in his home. The novel opens a decade later when Markowitz, a widower, is found dead beside the third in a series of Gramercy Park dowagers slashed and murdered in broad daylight. Mallory, whose early criminal instincts and keen intelligence have been loosely channeled into computer science, is forced to take a leave from the department and decides to seek vengeance on her own. O'Connell peoples her tale with colorful characters, both Mallory's allies and suspects, but there is little nuance to any of them. Particularly lacking in dimension is the heroine herself, who proceeds through the plot with a robot-like, if intense, predictability; the voices of Markowitz's friends repeatedly refer to Mallory's brilliance and appeal, but little in her actions suggests notable insight or charm. The broadly stroked narrative of this much-publicized debut has commercial potential, but the absence of subtlety or consistency suggests a short shelf life. 50,000 first printing; BOMC and QPB selections. (Aug.)
Library Journal
The investigation of a series of murders of wealthy, elderly women from the Gramercy Park area intensifies when Louis Markowitz, the head of the NYPD Special Crimes Section, is found dead with the third victim. Kathleen Mallory, his adopted daughter and a policewoman assigned to office duty, is beautiful, intelligent, fiercely independent, and obsessed with finding the killer. Mallory's computer skills supplement the street-survival savvy she learned before her adoption and the ``wall'' of clues and case details left by Markowitz. All of this leads her to seances, magic acts, dysfunctional families, insider trading, and, eventually, the knowledge her father had at his death. Mallory is the major, but not the only, complex and successfully realized character to emerge in this skillfull debut, which has the international publishing world's attention. Highly recommended. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/15/ 94; BOMC and Quality Paperback Book Club selections.]-V. Louise Saylor, Eastern Washington Univ. Lib., Cheney
Emily Melton
First-time author O'Connell is off to a flying start. Putnam has paid a whopping $800,000 for American rights to this novel and another one. (In a reversal of the normal pattern, New Yorker O'Connell sold her novel to a British publisher before selling it here.) She's getting a megabucks advance, along with plenty of prepub publicity, and the book will benefit from a 50,000 first printing, a national ad campaign, and selection as a featured title of the Book-of-the-Month Club. Is the hype justified? The answer is a resounding yes. O'Connell's writing is stunning in its luminosity, originality, simplicity, and power. Her plot is ingenious, inventive, and enigmatic, and her characters sparkle with originality and charm. Heroine Kathleen Mallory was a wild street urchin-orphan who was adopted by cop Louis Markowitz and his wife, Helen. Tamed by their love, Mallory grows up to become a cop like her adopted father. But not for her the everyday cop world of boring surveillance, gritty street crime, and dead stiffs. Her bastion is megabytes and motherboards, and with her dazzling talent for computers, there's not a network, mailbox, or bulletin board she can't crack. But when Louis is murdered during the investigation of a serial killer, Mallory leaves the safety of her electronic world to single-mindedly seek out and systematically destroy the killer. There may not be enough superlatives to describe O'Connell's book, but there's no doubt it belongs on the shelves of every library. One of the top reads of the year.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101465936
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/1/1995
  • Series: Kathleen Mallory Series , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 55,826
  • File size: 343 KB

Meet the Author

Carol O'Connell is the author of eight previous Mallory novels, including the national bestseller Winter House, and of Judas Child.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2007

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    I read this when it first came out and have been hooked on the Mallory series ever since. The characters and their relationships are complex, flawed and fascinating. Carol O'Connell never lets Kathy Mallory become a stereotype. It's great to have an intelligent female represented in writing.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2012

    Recommend

    If you need another book to read, and you enjoy puzzles and mysteries, then this book is a good read. I enjoyed it even though at times it was a bit confusing to me. It seemed to be a different style of writing than I have been reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2011

    OK

    Not for me - too graphic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2003

    Two Thumbs Down!

    There was so much going on and so many characters in this book that it made my head hurt to read it!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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