Mallory's Oracle (Kathleen Mallory #1)
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...more
I gave this book a chance as it's been acclaimed by some as a crime thriller with compelling characters, and I love crime thrillers with compelling characters--Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander series being my personal favorite example--but I just couldn't get into it. The writing strikes me as cliche, and too often the lines seem overwrought to me, as in, describing a dog running, "paws touching lightly to the ground in the perfect poetry of a beautiful animal in motion...more
Except this experience was more satisfying than hearing about the size of the bug (orgin unknown) that is crawling on the side of the house.
I had no idea what was going on half the time in this book. Fortunately, it doesn't matter that much because it happens so often that you quit caring. I was really just...more
The character of Kathy Mallory is introduced in this first of a set of (now) six stories about a NYPD detective. With these and one other hardback under her belt, one would think O'Connell must be a successful author. Not by our eyes! We have read and lectured about an extensive list of leading lady amateur sleuths, private eyes, and policewomen; and we'd have to rate Mallory as maybe the worst. While she's billed a thousand times by her auth...more
(spoiler alert i wrote this for a discussion on a mailing list at a point in the discussion where spoilers were fair play. so as well as being lengthy it rather gives the plot away. you have been warned.)
Mallory is definitely a totally unreal and completely unique character. I haven't come across a character like her and though I couldn't say that I liked her that didn't affect my enjoyment of the book at all. I liked the technique of having the main character being the loopy one.
What did bug...more
The main character, Kathleen Mallory, was somewhat interesting, but I got tired of reading how beautiful she was, and what an effect she had on men, and her killer green eyes. Sheesh! Can we have an intelligent female detective who isn't a rav...more
Kathleen "Kathy" Mallory was a street child caught thieving by NYPD detective Louis Markowitz. Louis and his wife Helen adopted and raised Kathy as a daughter. Now an NYPD officer herself, she specializes in computer work for the Special Crimes unit. When Markowitz is killed while investigating a serial killer, Mallory is placed on bereavement leave from NYPD, and she begins h...more
The pace was slow, I don't get what's what most of the time, or maybe I'm not used to the too-suggestive writing style. Mallory's c...more
Kathleen Mallory began life as a thief on the streets of New York City until she was taken in my detective Louis Mankowitz and his wife. Now a police sergeant with an expertise in computer crimes, Mallory must investigate a particularly difficult homicide – the murder of her adoptive father – which is linked to the deaths of several elderly and wealthy women.
I really wanted to like this book but failed in almost every respect. The writing is elliptical and...more
Usually, the victim is the most interesting character of a crime novel; but since he or she is dead from the beginning, I never get invested into the story. The detective, on the other hand, is someone who the author thinks likable and...more
From age 10, Kathy, a "baby sociopath," grows up surrounded by Markowitz and his colorful circle of friends, including his partner, Sgt. Riker, who later become...more
O'Connell, Carol - 1st in series
Kathy Mallory was saved from the streets and adopted by Louis Markowitz, a New York detective. Now Markowitz is dead, and his killer may be responsible for a number of other deaths. Kathy, now a police officer herself, begins a search for his killer, and an investigation into her own psyche.
1995 Top Read - Every now and then, a new author's first book will make you stop and say "wow!". This did that for me. Mallory is a fascinating protagonist...more
The book opens immediately with the murder of a cop who happens to be the foster parent of Kathy Mallory, the titular cop the series follows. Mallory's background is slowly revealed throughout the story and at first I really thought I was going to not like her as a...more
Pubblicato per la prima volta nel 1994 con il titolo "Mallory's oracol", questo libro è l'opera prima di Carol O'Connell. Autrice dei miei gialli preferiti, la O'Connel, ha in questo romanzo centrato il suo personaggio ma ha ancora una pesante inesperienza di tessitura. Per i suoi estimatori già conquistati al fascino della prima detective che unisca un'inconsapevole fascino da miss alla spietatezza amorale del killer profess...more
There’s no way I can find Kathy sympa...more
Someone rated it less than I, but, just like love novels aren't everyone's cup of tea, detecting and crime solving novels have their devotees.
Wish she would bring out a new book soon.
Mallory's fans might also like Robert B. Parker's SPENSER detective novels. Dry humor, devoted love, clever tactics, a humane and also tough hero.
The book kept me turning the pages. That's why I'm giving it three. However, many times the writing is over-dramatic to the point of corny, and I had to move past that objection before I could enjoy the book. But even though corny, some of the comments made me smile.
Was Mallory blonde or red-haired? I thought I read she was ginger early in the book, but later her...more
Mallory's Oracle was great fun. Everything about it was appealing – from the unique main character (unique in my experience, though I've seen comparisons to Dexter) to the setting to the trappings of the case to the writing.
Kathleen Mallory puts a different spin on "sociopath". I'm used to thinking of the label as only applying to the ones who go out and kill dozens (and applying to men) (like my former boss), and I suppose there is the seed of the idea th...more