The Man Who Cast Two Shadows (Kathleen Mallory Series #2)

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Formerly a child of the streets, now a brilliant computer hacker and NYPD sergeant, Kathleen Mallory's powerful intelligence is matched only by the ferocity with which she pursues her own unpredictable vision of right and wrong. And she will need every bit of that intensity now, in a murder case that strikes close to home in more ways than one.

At the heart of O'Connell's new novel is NYPD Sergeant Kathleen Mallory--introduced in Mallory's Oracle--a wild child whose...

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Formerly a child of the streets, now a brilliant computer hacker and NYPD sergeant, Kathleen Mallory's powerful intelligence is matched only by the ferocity with which she pursues her own unpredictable vision of right and wrong. And she will need every bit of that intensity now, in a murder case that strikes close to home in more ways than one.

At the heart of O'Connell's new novel is NYPD Sergeant Kathleen Mallory--introduced in Mallory's Oracle--a wild child whose powerful intelligence is matched only by the ferocity with which she pursues her own vision of right and wrong. And Kathleen needs every bit of that intensity when a young woman mistaken for her is murdered.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
O'Connell's second novel (after Mallory's Oracle) brings back NYPD Sergeant Kathy Mallory, plunging this tough-minded yet soulful heroine into another convoluted case. When a woman killed in Central Park is mistakenly identified as Mallory, the former street urchin and computer whiz sets herself up as bait by moving into the apartment building that houses her three main suspects. Using a computer and the building's electronic bulletin board to psych out the killer, she stirs up more than she bargained for-including someone who wants her dead. Other elements in the intelligent plot include a crime of passion, a suspenseful cat-and-mouse game and a boy who may be telekinetic and whose stepmothers keep dying. The dialogue is crisp, the prose supple, but the overall tone is dour, sometimes, in fact, mournful. Not enough of the story is told from Mallory's point of view, however, and O'Connell tends to evoke her mysterious behavior through description rather than through action. As a result, Mallory-who with her bitter youth, street smarts and rough edges carries echoes of Andrew Vachss's Burke-remains an enigma, a major absence at the center of the plot. BOMC and QPB selection. (June)
Library Journal
Few mysteries embody the intensity of O'Connell's second Kathy Mallory title. Mallory, a street urchin fostered by a now-dead New York cop and his wife, follows in her father's footsteps as a primo detective. Taken off suspension to cover the murder of a woman at first identified as Mallory herself, she pits her uncanny intelligence and formidable computer skills against a compulsive and evasive adversary. Moments of wry humor invade the author's incisive prose, tempering an admirable female protagonist sure to gather a following. Highly recommended. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/95.]
Emily Melton
TITLR HO'Connell, Carol. After the unprecedented press hype, instant best-seller status, and critical raves garnered by O'Connell's first novel, "Mallory's Oracle" , it's hard to believe the budding author could produce, scarcely a year later, another book that's just as intense, powerful, and affecting. But it looks like she has. Tough, callous, unrepentant Kathleen Mallory, ragged street urchin turned computer-whiz cop, once again plays the heroine in a story that pits her against a clever (but not clever enough) murderer. Mallory takes a personal interest in the case when the evening news reports that one Kathleen Mallory has been murdered on New York's Upper West Side. Of course, it's not Mallory at all but a case of mistaken identity--the victim was wearing Mallory's blazer. The single-minded cop uses a combination of intuition, intrigue, and some not-quite-legal computer tricks to pursue the killer. But Mallory's old friend Charles Butler, the gentle giant genius, argues that Mallory should use more orthodox methods of simple logic and deductive reasoning, and the two inevitably clash. The plot is highly original and intensely gripping, especially since O'Connell reveals a few more tantalizing tidbits about Mallory's formative years, but it's the characters--Charles, Riker, Coffey, and Mallory herself--who make this story unique. Three cheers for O'Connell, who has now moved from neophyte writer to established literary superstar.
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NYPD sergeantKathleen Mallory will need every bit of the ferocious intensity she's known for when she's faced with the death of a woman found with her neck snapped and a label in her jacket that reads "Kathleen Mallory." From the author of Mallory's Oracle.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515118902
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Series: Kathleen Mallory Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 406,849
  • Product dimensions: 4.36 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.87 (d)

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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  • Posted October 25, 2013

    Outstanding series ... each one better than the one before!

    When I discovered the Mallory series I read the third book ... and then could not wait to get them all. Now the entire series is on my Nook and I can hardly put it down. If you are a new mystery reader or a mystery addict of long standing, you must include the Mallory series in your library. I guarantee you will not be disappointed!

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  • Posted January 31, 2012

    Great Series

    I am really enjoying this series. The author has a great way of writing and keeping you guessing. I will read them all.

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

    two shadows

    excellent book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2006

    Sublime!

    This was my first ever Carol O'Connell book. I thought it was fantastic, this book was filled with mystery, suspense, and oddly enough some dry humor-which was very refreshing.

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