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Carol O'connell - Author

About the Author

Carol O'Connell is one of the finest writers of contemporary thrillers, with her intoxicating mix of rich prose, resonant characters and knife-edge suspense. Her books featuring NYPD detective Kathy Mallory, and the stand-alone novel, Judas Child, have garnered widespread critical acclaim and have appeared on bestseller lists across America. She lives in New York City.

Featured books by Carol O'connell

It Happens in the Dark

It Happens in the Dark

Author: Carol O'connell Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/04/2014

Other books by Carol O'connell

Dead Famous

Dead Famous

Author: Carol O'connell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/10/2018

Mallory Book 7: the seventh NYPD detective Kathy Mallory novel from New York Times bestseller Carol O'Connell, master of knife-edge suspense and intricate plotting. Meet Detective Kathy Mallory. New York's darkest. You only underestimate her once. The jury must die... It's the highest profile acquittal in recent history - and when a serial killer starts taking justice into his own hands, interest hits fever pitch. NYPD detective Kathy Mallory finds herself in a race against time to save the remaining three members of the jury before the Reaper gets to them first. And before the radio shock-jock Ian Zachary plays the next round in his deadly ratings-grabbing game of 'hunt the juror'. Only a monster can play this game This book was originally published in the UK under the title THE JURY MUST DIE.

Blind Sight Kathy Mallory 12

Blind Sight Kathy Mallory 12

Author: Carol O'connell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Mallory Book 12: Blind Sight is the twelfth NYPD detective Kathy Mallory novel from New York Times bestseller Carol O'Connell, master of knife-edge suspense and intricate plotting. Fans of Karin Slaughter and Stieg Larsson will be thrilled by New York's darkest cop. 'Carol O'Connell is a consummate storyteller - a unique talent who deserves to be a household name' - Val McDermid Detective Kathy Mallory. New York's darkest. You only underestimate her once. The nun is dead. Her body lies on the mayor's lawn with three others, all killed at different times, in different places, and dumped there. There should be five - but the boy is missing. One second he was there... Jonah Quill, blind since birth, sits in a car driven by a killer and wonders where they are going. Though blind, Jonah sees more than most people do. He's counting on this secret to save his life. Then gone. Detective Kathy Mallory is counting on herself to save his life. It takes her a while to realise that the missing-person case she is pursuing is so intimately connected to the massacre on the mayor's lawn. But she will find Jonah - she just hopes it will be in time.

Judas Child

Judas Child

Author: Carol O'connell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/03/2015

Sadie Green's purple bicycle was found abandoned at the bus stop. Then her friend, Gwen, disappeared, which led the police to propose a runaway theory to the press. But State Police Investigator Rouge Kendall wasn't convinced. On a barstool in Dame's tavern, where Kendall spent a little too much time, he remembered his own mother, begging for the life of his twin sister, Susan. That was fifteen years ago. And a man had been imprisioned for that murder - a priest, barely in his twenties. Father Paul Marie continued to proclaim his innocence. And current events might prove that he was telling the truth, that someone else might be responsible for all three crimes . . .

Shark Music

Shark Music

Author: Carol O'connell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/10/2014

Mallory Book 9: the ninth NYPD detective Kathy Mallory novel from New York Times bestseller Carol O'Connell, master of knife-edge suspense and intricate plotting. Detective Kathy Mallory. New York's darkest. You only underestimate her once. 'It's Kathy. I'm lost.' The mutilated body is found lying on the ground in Chicago, a dead hand pointing down Adams Street, also known as Route 66, a road of many names. And now of many deaths. A silent caravan of cars drives down the road, each passenger bearing a photograph, but none of them the same. They are the parents of missing children, brought together by the word that children's gravesites are being discovered down the Mother Road. Detective Kathy Mallory drives with them. This book was published in the US under the title FIND ME.

Winter House

Winter House

Author: Carol O'connell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/09/2014

Mallory Book 8: the eighth NYPD detective Kathy Mallory novel from New York Times bestseller Carol O'Connell, master of knife-edge suspense and intricate plotting. Detective Kathy Mallory. New York's darkest. You only underestimate her once. A secret that has yet to claim its final victim When a known serial killer is found at Winter House, with shears sticking out of his chest and an ice pick in his hand, NYPD detective Kathy Mallory is called in to investigate. At the scene of the crime seventy-year-old Nedda Winter immediately confesses to the killing, claiming it was self-defence. Case closed. However, Nedda is in fact the most famous lost child in NYPD history, missing for almost sixty years, thought to be kidnapped following the massacre of her family... with an ice pick. And a remarkable story begins to emerge, of murderous greed and family horror, abandonment and loss, revenge and twisted love.

Crime School

Crime School

Author: Carol O'connell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/09/2014

Mallory Book 6: the sixth NYPD detective Kathy Mallory novel from New York Times bestseller Carol O'Connell, master of knife-edge suspense and intricate plotting. Detective Kathy Mallory. New York's darkest. You only underestimate her once. A street kid turned cop. Fifteen years have passed since a junkie whore and a police informer, known simply as Sparrow, cared for a feral child when she was lost and alone. Why did she let the hangman in? 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. NYPD detective Kathy Mallory does not recognise her immediately. But soon finds that she is staring her bitter past in the face, as she pursues a case which also has its origin in an unsolved murder committed years ago.

Shell Game

Shell Game

Author: Carol O'connell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/09/2014

Mallory Book 5: the fifth NYPD detective Kathy Mallory novel from New York Times bestseller Carol O'Connell, master of knife-edge suspense and intricate plotting. Detective Kathy Mallory. New York's darkest. You only underestimate her once. A cop who knows there is no magic in the world At a sell-out festival of magicians in Manhattan, in front of a live audience and eight million television viewers, a death-defying trick goes tragically wrong. NYPD detective Kathy Mallory has learned the hard way that things are rarely what they seem. But she is the only cop who believes the death is not an accident. Welcome to the darker side of NYPD. Hiding behind the smoke and mirrors is a ruthless killer who will soon strike again.

Killing Critics

Killing Critics

Author: Carol O'connell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/08/2014

Mallory Book 3: from New York Times bestseller Carol O'Connell, master of knife-edge suspense and intricate plotting. Detective Kathy Mallory. New York's darkest. You only underestimate her once. A deadly familiar crime. An artist is murdered, in a stylish, surprising and deadly act of performance art. The murder almost goes unnoticed, but it reminds NYPD detective Kathy Mallory of an older, more brutal crime investigated years before by Mallory's now dead adoptive father. A maverick cop with attitude. As soon as Mallory starts to work on the new crime, old ghosts rise up, and the word comes down from on high to close her down, to shut her out of the case. What if her father had been right? What if the butcher was still out there? But for Mallory, rules exist only to be shattered ...

Flight of the Stone Angel

Flight of the Stone Angel

Author: Carol O'connell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2014

Mallory Book 4: the fourth NYPD detective Kathy Mallory novel from New York Times bestseller Carol O'Connell, master of knife-edge suspense and intricate plotting. Detective Kathy Mallory. New York's darkest. You only underestimate her once. Where angels fear to tread... Seventeen years ago, a six-year-old girl disappeared from the small town of Dayborn, Louisiana. She vanished the day of her mother's murder, and all assumed that she, too, was dead. Now, Kathy Mallory has returned home. She has left her badge and her police issue revolver behind in New York City. She is no longer a cop. Just a daughter in search of a very personal revenge. This book was published in the US under the title STONE ANGEL.

Mallory's Oracle

Mallory's Oracle

Author: Carol O'connell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2014

Mallory Book 1: the first NYPD detective Kathy Mallory novel from New York Times bestseller Carol O'Connell, master of knife-edge suspense and intricate plotting. Detective Kathy Mallory. New York's darkest. You only underestimate her once. When NYPD Sergeant Kathy Mallory was an eleven-year-old street kid, she got caught stealing. The detective who found her was Louis Markowitz. He should have arrested her. Instead he adopted her, and raised her as his own, in the best tradition of New York's finest. Now Markowitz is dead, and Mallory the first officer on the scene. She knows any criminal who could outsmart her father is no ordinary human. This is a ruthless serial killer, a freak from the night-side of the mind. And one question troubles her more than any other: why did Markowitz go in there alone?

The Man Who Lied to Women

The Man Who Lied to Women

Author: Carol O'connell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2014

Mallory Book 2: the second NYPD detective Kathy Mallory novel from New York Times bestseller Carol O'Connell, master of knife-edge suspense and intricate plotting. Detective Kathy Mallory. New York's darkest. You only underestimate her once. No one in New York's Special Crimes section knows much about Sergeant Kathy Mallory's origins. They only know that she can bewitch the most complex computer systems, can slip into the minds of killers with disturbing ease. When a woman is murdered in Central Park, it appears to be a case of mistaken identity. Mallory goes hunting the killer, armed with under-the-skin knowledge of the man's mind and the bare clue of a lie. Mallory holds on to one truth: everybody lies, and some lies lead to death. And she knows that, to trap the killer, she must put her own life at risk. This book was originally published in the UK under the title THE MAN WHO LIED TO WOMEN.

It Happens in the Dark

It Happens in the Dark

Author: Carol O'connell Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/04/2014

It Happens in the Dark

It Happens in the Dark

Author: Carol O'connell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2013

Mallory Book 11: the eleventh NYPD detective Kathy Mallory novel from New York Times bestseller Carol O'Connell, master of knife-edge suspense and intricate plotting. The reviews called it 'A Play to Die For' after the woman was found dead in the front row. The next night, there's another front-row death. Detective Kathy Mallory takes over, but no matter what she asks, no one seems to be giving her a straight answer. The only person - if 'person' is the right word - who seems to be clear is the ghostwriter. Every night, an unseen backstage hand chalks up line changes and messages on a blackboard. And the ghostwriter is now writing Mallory into the play itself, a play about a long-ago massacre that may not be at all fictional. 'MALLORY,' the blackboard reads, 'TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT. NOTHING PERSONAL.' If Mallory can't find out who's responsible, heads will roll. Unfortunately, one of them might be her own...

The Chalk Girl

The Chalk Girl

Author: Carol O'connell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2012

The little girl appeared in Central Park: red-haired, blue-eyed, smiling, perfect - except for the blood on her shoulder. It fell from the sky, she said, while she was looking for her uncle, who turned into a tree. Poor child, people thought. And then they found the body in the tree. For NYPD detective, Kathy Mallory, there is something about the girl that she understands. Mallory is damaged, they say, but she can tell a kindred spirit. And this one will lead her to a story of extraordinary crimes; murders stretching back fifteen years, blackmail and complicity and a particular cruelty that only someone with Mallory's history could fully recognise. In the next few weeks, Kathy Mallory will deal with them all ... in her own way.

Stone Angel

Stone Angel

Author: Carol O'connell Format: eBook Release Date: 26/06/2009

NYPD sergeant Kathleen Mallory is drawn to a place far away from home. In a small town in Louisiana, she steps off the train. Within the hour, one man has been assaulted, another has had a heart attack, a third has been murdered, and Mallory is in jail, though she had nothing to do with any of these three events. She is there for an entirely different purpose.Seventeen years earlier, Mallory's mother died in this town, stoned to death by a mob, and the six-year-old Mallory had disappeared, to reappear on the streets of New York. Now she's back to find out who killed her mother, and what happened to the body, vanished as well, its only trace a winged angel in the local cemetery.

Killing Critics

Killing Critics

Author: Carol O'connell Format: eBook Release Date: 19/06/2009

NYPD sergeant Kathleen Mallory - computer genius, street fighter, provocative waif, peerless investigator, manipulative beauty - is the gorgeous, near-sociopathic heroine of this knife-edged suspense novel. Along with old pals, Ricker, Coffey, and faithful admirer Charles Butler, Mallory is determined to solve the brutal "e;art as death"e; murder of an untalented but highly touted artist-critic. Mallory believes the case is the work of the same killer who, 12 years earlier, hacked a young artist and a talented ballerina to pieces. Baffling and intricate, Mallory wades through art critics, bag ladies, madmen and mafioso alike in getting to the bottom of these crimes. Secrets, very deep and very dark, emerge and strike closer and closer to home. By the end, she will come to know the truth - but the truth may be the most dangerous illusion of all.

Judas Child

Judas Child

Author: Carol O'connell Format: eBook Release Date: 19/06/2009

It is three days before Christmas, and two young girls have disappeared from the local academy. This hasn't happened for fifteen years, since Rouge Kendall's twin sister was murdered. The killer was found, but now Rouge, twenty-five and a policeman, is forced to wonder: was he really the one? Also wondering is a former classmate named Ali Cray, a forensic psychologist with scars of her own. The pattern is the same, she says: a child called out to meet a friend. The friend is the bait, the Judas child, and is quickly killed. But the primary victim lives longeruntil Christmas day.Rouge doesn't want to hear this. He's spent the last fifteen years trying to avoid the memories. A little girl has haunted his dreams all these yearsand he has three days to finally put her to rest.Filled with rich prose, resonant characters, and knife-edged suspense that have won so many fans, Judas Child is Carol O'Connell's most powerful novel yet.

Shark Music

Shark Music

Author: Carol O'connell Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2008

A mutilated body is found lying on the ground in Chicago, a dead hand pointing down Adams Street, also known as Route 66, a road of many names. And now of many deaths. A silent caravan of cars, dozens of them, drives down the road, each passenger bearing a photograph, but none of them the same. They are the parents of missing children, some recently disappeared, some gone a decade or more - all brought together by the word that children's gravesites are being discovered along the Mother Road. Detective Sergeant Kathy Mallory drives with them. The child she seeks, though, is not like the others. It is herself - the feral child adopted off the streets, her father unknown, her mother dead, their past a mystery. During the next few extraordinary days, Mallory will find herself hunting a killer like none she has come across before, and uncovering the secrets that have haunted her all her life.

Crime School

Crime School

Author: Carol O'connell Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/11/2003

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 some kind of bizarre ritual. By some cruel miracle, the victim lives, but remains in a coma ...Kathy Mallory does not recognise her immediately. Fifteen years have pased since Kathy lived on the streets of New York, succoured by hookers and thieving to survive. Now she has traded in her plastic pellet gun for a .357 revolver and a police badge. No one is allowed to call her Kathy anymore. Just Mallory. Once upon a time, a junkie whore and police informer, known simply as Sparrow, had cared for a young street urchin when she was lost and alone. Now Mallory finds that she is staring her bitter past in the face, as she pursues a case which also has its origin in an unsolved murder committed years ago ...

Judas Child

Judas Child

Author: Carol O'connell Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/08/1999

Sadie Green's purple bicycle was found abandoned at the bus stop. Then her friend, Gwen, disappeared, which led the police to propose a runaway theory to the press. But State Police Investigator Rouge Kendall wasn't convinced. On a barstool in Dame's tavern, where Kendall spent a little too much time, he remembered his own mother, begging for the life of his twin sister, Susan. That was fifteen years ago. And a man had been imprisioned for that murder - a priest, barely in his twenties. Father Paul Marie continued to proclaim hi innocence. And current events might prove that he was telling the truth, that someone else might be responsible for all three crimes. . . Taut, menacing, intensely felt, Carol O'Connell's fifth novel reveals a total mastery of her craft.

Flight of the Stone Angel

Flight of the Stone Angel

Author: Carol O'connell Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/02/1998

The young stranger came to town just past twelve noon. Within an hour, the idiot had been assaulted, hands bloodied and broken; Deputy Travis suffered a major stroke at the wheel of his patrol car; and Babe Laurie was found murdered. The young stranger who had preceded all of these events was sitting in a jail cell...That stranger is Kathy Mallory. Having left her detective's badge back in New York, she has made her way to Dayborn, a small town in the wetlands of Louisiana. There, seventeen years earlier, an unspeakably brutal act had changed her life forever. Now she is back to take a very personal revenge...

The Man Who Lied to Women

The Man Who Lied to Women

Author: Carol O'connell Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/04/1996

Fifteen years after Inspector Louis Markowitz adopted the wild child, no one in New York's Special Crimes section knew much about Kathy Mallory's origins. They only knew that the young cop with the soul of a thief could bewitch the most complex computer systems, could slip into the minds of killers with disturbing ease. In Central Park, a woman dies, while a witness watches, believing the brutal murder to be a prelude to a kiss. Mallory goes hunting the killer, armed with under the skin knowledge of the man's mind and the bare clue of a lie. Mallory holds on the one truth: everybody lies, and some lies can get you killed. And she knows that, to trap the killer, she must put her own life at risk, for this killer has taken a personal interest in her.

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