The Chalk Girl

The Chalk Girl

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Penguin Putnam
The eight-year-old girl appeared in New York’s Central Park one day: red-haired, blue-eyed, dirty-faced, smiling widely. She looked perfect, like a porcelain fairy—except for the blood on her shoulders. It fell from the sky, she told the police. It happened while she was looking for her Uncle Red, who had turned into a tree. Right, they thought, poor child. And then they found the body in the tree.

For Mallory, newly returned to the Special Crimes Unit after three months’ lost time, spent she will not say where, there is something about the girl that she understands. Mallory is damaged, they say, dangerously unstable, but she can tell a kindred spirit when she sees one. And this one will ultimately lead her to a story of extraordinary crimes, to murders stretching back fifteen years, to blackmail and complicity and a particular cruelty that perhaps only someone with Mallory’s history could fully recognize. In the next few weeks, she will deal with them all…in her own way.

Baker & Taylor
Returning to the Special Crimes Unit after three months, Kathy Mallory investigates the Central Park killing of a man whose body was discovered near his young niece, a case linked to a chilling series of murders stretching back fifteen years.

Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2011
ISBN: 9780425250303
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY OCO
Characteristics: 373 p. ;,24 cm.


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Jan 12, 2016

A very strange book. I am not sure I would read her again. "R" for gore .

Oct 25, 2012

I've read the Mallory series since the very beginning in the 90's. O'Connell doesn't disappoint in this newest installment of Mallory. If anything, her writing is even sharper and tighter. She's an intelligent writer, which makes the books all that much better. This was one of my favorites - the last two weren't quite as good in my opinion, but Chalk Girl is a great read. I couldn't put it down.

Aug 24, 2012

Another winner in this series. Sometimes it's like watching a train crash through your fingers as you follow Mallory through the investigation of a case...there WILL be carnage. But you have to keep reading, to find out who-dun-it & who survives. Always a smart & intricately plotted thriller.

Aug 04, 2012

Mallory of the Special Forces Crime Unit deals with crime in her own way. Good story, interesting characters

Jul 08, 2012

Great to have Mallory back! Absolutely loved it!

(Staff) Kyla Zerbes Jul 02, 2012

Amazing! Mallory is in fine form. My only complaint is that there's always so long between the books that I feel as if I've missed something.
Time to start at the beginning again :)

Jun 19, 2012

Loved this, as I have all of O'Connell's novel. Wish she was a tad more prolific, though. A book I'd highly recommend.

Jun 13, 2012

O'Connell has crafted another tight, complex thriller featuring one of the most original and compelling protagonists to come along in years. More, please!

Braxxarb May 17, 2012

Have been a fan of Ms. O'Connell and her protagonist, Kathy Mallory from the very beginning. Each successive novel is better than the last. I can't wait for the next one. Now if only someone in Hollywood would turn these books into a movie. Problem would be who could play the character of Mallory and do it justice. Good read from first to last page.

yoalgreenberg Apr 05, 2012

goood character, good series, good book

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