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Stone Angel (Kathleen Mallory #4)

4.26  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,214 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews
NYPD sergeant Kathleen Mallory [is] a wild child turned policewoman possessed of a ferocious intelligence and a unique inner compass of right and wrong - which has drawn her now to a place far from home. In a small town in Louisiana, Mallory steps off a train. Within an hour, one man has been assaulted, another has had a heart attack, a third has been murdered, and Mallory ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 486 pages
Published December 31st 1997 by Wheeler Publishing (first published 1997)
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O'Connell, Carol - 4th Mallory

Seventeen years after her mother, Dr. Cass Shelley, was stoned to death by an angry mob in Dayborn (La.), Kathy Mallory, who fled the scene to become a New York street kid and, eventually, an NYPD sergeant, is back to find out who provoked the mob and what became of her mother's corpse.

Mallory's loyal friend Charles Butler, following her down from the city with the idea of helping her out, naturally remains a consistent two leaps behind her, thou
Apr 11, 2015 Melliott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SO much better than book #3! That's a 4.5. This one takes place outside of New York City. Mallory has returned to her roots, to solve her real mother's murder. Charles has followed her down south to a small town seething with horrifying secrets in its past, not the least of which is the fate of Cass Shelley (Mallory's mother). The whole thing was perfectly paced. O'Connell did her usual number of throwing characters and scenarios at you from every side, letting them build from initial confusion ...more
Jan 25, 2009 Isblue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fourth book in the Mallory series, but the first one I read. It's fine as a stand-alone though I think reading in order gives a deeper grounding in all the characters.

O'Connell knows her characters bone deep, and doesn't hesitate to give them the flaws, imperfections and moments of nobility that make them so real. After my first book, I thought Mallory and Batman if they met, would not like each other; each would understand the other in ways no other could.
Sep 12, 2013 Tasula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this entire series about a 10 yr old homeless girl adopted by a cop and becoming a cop herself. But without losing her sociopathic tendencies. She has a coterie of protectors, friends of her father's and some she collects herself. Her character is very interesting, as are the interactions with her friends and others. The mysteries are well crafted, and this one answered some of the questions about Kathy Mallory's past, while introducing some loathsome, some pathetic and some admirable new ...more
Stone Angel by Carol O'Connell is the 4th book of the Kathleen Mallory mystery series. The first 3 books in the series are police procedurals set in late 20th-century New York City, where Mallory was a brilliant NYPD homicide detective, following in the footsteps of her adoptive father Louis Markowski. The setting for this book is entirely different; Mallory has dumped her life in NYC and gone back to her roots in a small Louisiana town. Not from nostalgia - far from it; she is tracking down the ...more
Apr 27, 2008 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: perfection
When this book was first recommended to me, I couldn't stand it. O'Connell's writing style is so different than anything I had experienced, it seemed very stilted. But once I got used to it, the book was amazing. Every book in the Mallory series is good, but this one is definitely the best.
Dec 29, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of a series of books by Carol O'Connell about a beautiful, damaged, maverick, and almost sociopathic detective named Kathleen Mallory (who insists on being called simply "Mallory"), and the people that love her despite her flaws: Charles, an intelligent, rich, but ugly family friend; Lou, the cop that takes her in; and Riker, her adopted father's partner. The relationships that develop between these characters as they solve crimes together are the focus of the series. This story ...more
Òphiere editoriale
Recensione in tandem per questo "volo dell'angelo di pietra" e per "La donna che leggeva la morte". Ambedue sono libri di Carol O'Connell che sembra divertirsi in un esercizio alla Queneau formato romanzo. Le due storie hanno i medesimi ingredienti: una casa sopraelevata domina il villaggio, vi abita una donna attorniata di uccelli, vi sono due fratelli, ma quale il buono? Chi il cattivo? E poi il tema delle tombe e quello del facile plagio delle moltitudini. Eppure i romanzi mantengono una prop ...more
Jul 16, 2008 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It would probably work to read this without having read the previous books in the series but it will make more sense if you have read them first. Violent. Spellbinding. Explains a lot about the main character in the Mallory series.
Kt Thames
Apr 27, 2010 Kt Thames rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Highly improbable, but the characters are so awesome you simply sit back and enjoy the ride. Why this series hasn't been picked up for TV or film, I don't know.
Feb 21, 2009 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2005-books
The best by far in the Mallory detective series. She goes back to her roots in Louisiana and confronts those who murdered her mother.
Jul 26, 2008 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The is an older, but excellent read. It'll keep you guessing until the very end. Worth a look if you can find a copy.
Mar 16, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is all suspense and mystery, told in O'Connell's typical style. No one--not even her best friend, Charles Butler--knows anything about Mallory's life before she showed up at age 10 in New York, already an accomplished thief and pickpocket. Now Mallory has vanished, only to turn up months later in the backwater Louisiana town where her childhood disappeared. Charles, who follows her, is unsurprised to find her in the town jail, a prisoner of the sheriff who knew her as little Kathy Shel ...more
Jan 19, 2015 Motunrayo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detectives, crime
It is about a small town. Normally, I don't read such stories that is restricted to one town but I finished this. I just don't know what kept me hook on this book and finished it. The story is about detective Mallory, who went back to her birth town to solve the murder of her mother. It is high suspenseful and educative too. It talks about different illness from autistic to syphilis, how it is being treated and avoided. It is focused more on rape. Rape of same sex, male in this case. The author ...more
Dec 15, 2010 Beki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The perfect culmination to Mallory's backstory. In a sublimely-paced evolution of character -- both in terms of emotional damage and internal complexity -- O'Connell caps her trilogy of MALLORY'S ORACLE, THE MAN WHO CAST TWO SHADOWS and KILLING CRITICS with a "final chapter" both rich in its own complex identity and profound with revelations about the origin and futures of her over-reaching cast.

While this book does not mark the end of Mallory's journey as a whole, it is an incredibly satisfyin
Sep 14, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
Alive with eccentric and oddball characters, “The Stone Angel” explores the sinister undertones of small town dynamics and the dark secrets festering in the hearts of communities which can drive people to murder.

I have not read any of the previous Mallory novels, which did not mar my enjoyment of this book – quite the opposite, I found the character of Mallory equally fascinating and disturbing, and was soon drawn into her quest to search for her mother’s killer. There is nothing ordinary or pre
The Nate Gatsby
Entertainment value: 18/20

This book was very entertaining. There was mystery and explosions and shootouts and basically everything else you’d need to make sure a book never had a chance to get too boring. I liked all the storylines that were mixed in and they all kept my attention.

Readability: 16/20

This book was very easy to read. There were parts that were confusing, but it was more because the majority of the characters didn’t even know what was going on. So it left the reading guessing along
May 31, 2012 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second Mallory novel of Carol O'Connell's and I'm reading out of sequence but it doesn't affect the story plot.
Kathleen Mallory is a runaway bad girl - turn- cop. O'Connell has created her as heroine in (Mallory based)detective stories. Mallory is razor sharp in intellect, instinct, wit and her detective work. She works for the NYPD and has returned to her hometown in rural Louisianna to solve an old mystery-the death of her mother. The cast of characters that turn up in this neck o
Amanda Patterson
If you aren’t acquainted with Kathy Mallory, do yourself a favour and change that. There has never been a character like her in crime fiction.
Mallory is the most beautiful, most heartless, most terrifying heroine you’ll ever meet.
O’ Connell uses the enigmatic third person viewpoint. We are the mesmerised voyeurs who never know what she thinks or feels.
Mallory’s mother died when she was six. She never knew her father. She became a street child marked by cold truths and ruinous logic. Her chilling
Dec 20, 2011 Heidi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite mystery ever. Carol O'Connell's "Mallory" series is excellent, and this is the best of the bunch, the one in which the deeply-flawed but irrepressibly-appealing Kathy takes on new depths and we get a deeper understanding of her personal history. However, since it is the fourth in the series, start at the beginning and work your way up to this one. Yes, the mystery is self-contained enough to stand alone, but much of the beauty of this book is the fact that, having puzzled ove ...more
Jun 04, 2016 Krissa33 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Une histoire de haine, de colère et de tristesse qui finit - eh bien, je ne sais pas si elle finit bien ou mal. A mon goût, un peu trop de violence à la fin, de destruction. Une histoire qui aura marqué tout les personnages, blessés ou pas physiquement ou mentalement
Sue Von roedern
Feb 15, 2015 Sue Von roedern rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the way O'Connell develops her characters as her books go along. It's better to read them in order. The plots are spellbinding. Her heroine is strong, intelligent, and damaged. Character traits to which we can lay claim. As usual, I can't wait to start the next one! I wish there weren't so many great authors; they're tearing me apart.
Sep 22, 2012 Lydia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 16, 2015 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beach-books
Good series, more serious but not heavy. Interesting female main character. The other books in series were good, but this was my favorite. Don't have to read in order but I think its helpful to.
Apr 24, 2011 Lbaker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A series of books about a psychopath cop - certainly an interesting premise which has worked its way into a spectacular series.

This is book four and in it Mallory returns to her hometown to discover what made her, what became of her family, and to deliver retribution. The characters in this series are spellbinding, Charles so charming and one wonders how much he knows or suspects of his partner. Riker, her police partner, her polar opposite and her anchor.

There is nothing predictable and nothi
Pam Bales
Jan 22, 2016 Pam Bales rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, police
Mallory is a good read. This is number four in the series. It's a police procedural with lots of twists and turns set in New York City.
Jody Silver
Nov 10, 2015 Jody Silver rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
sit on the edge of your seat through the creepy bayou. has some hints of _so cold the water_, which also takes place in the south.
Letitia Dixon-coombs
So good. I will be looking forward to reading more of this author. I couldn't put it down.
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Born in 1947, Carol O'Connell studied at the California Institute or Arts/Chouinard and the Arizona State University. She lives in New York City.

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