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Stone Angel (Kathleen Mallory #4)

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  1,786 ratings  ·  91 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...more
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.
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
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.
Libri Òphiere
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
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
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.
The best by far in the Mallory detective series. She goes back to her roots in Louisiana and confronts those who murdered her mother.
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.
Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
Jul 08, 2013 Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh marked it as must-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Florence (Lefty) by: Julie Bradshaw
Read for insight into what makes Mallory tick...
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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. [return][r...more
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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...more
Like all of Carol O'Connell's books, "Stone Angel" is extremely well-written. Mallory, the main character, is a female detective and a sociopath - and all of the other characters are just as complex and fascinating as this one. In this book, readers finally discover some of the dark secrets in Mallory's past. Alternately moving, suspenseful, and shocking - hands down, the best book I have ever read! I could not reccomend it more highly! Fans of Patricia Cornwell, PD James, and Ruth Rendell (and...more
Dark, unknowable Kathy Mallory has no known history prior to her 10th birthday when she is picked up for stealing by New York city cop Louis Markowitz, brought into his home and then adopted by him and his wife, Helen. In Mallory������s Oracle, Mallory is now a New York police sergeant who works cases with steel-cut precision and a moral code that is slightly more flexible than NYC police regulations. She seems heartless, yet her loyalty to Louis and Helen gives us glimpses of her closely guarde...more
Stone Angel was captivating from beginning to end. In this 4th Mallory book, O'Connell takes us away from New York to the bayous of Louisiana. I always enjoy reading about this area of the US as I visited there a couple of times years ago. The descriptions of the bayous are so rich, you can almost feel yourself dragged down by the quicksand. The characters in this twisted fictional town are so well described as to seem real. Finally, Mallory is intriguing, as always.

Ellen Besso
Author of An India...more
Contrairement à ce que peut laisser supposer la 4e de couverture, cet opus est un roman noir.
Kathy MALLORY, policière et sociopathe, y règle ses comptes avec le passé
J'ai lu toute la série mais celui-ci est mon préféré et whaou, O'CONNELL sait raconter une histoire et nous attacher à ses personnages malgré (ou à cause) de leurs défauts autant que de leurs qualités...
Very confusing writing, slow moving.
Mallory #4
This was maybe the best of the Mallory books that I've read. There are so many fabulous characters in this tale! O'Connell gives us a solid mystery, as well. We even learn why Mallory is such a mess. So, why only four stars? I just cannot understand, even finally having her background, why so many grown men throw themselves as Mallory's feet, grovelling to serve and protect here, even while recognizing that she is a sociopath. That bit has never made sense and still does not. That said, this is...more
Jan C
I had some trouble getting into this at first. But once I got into it it was okay.

Mallory's mother was apparently killed when she was a child and so she needs to set things right.

And, of course, Charles and, eventually, Riker, follow her. Even though she told them not to and she tries to send them away.

It was pretty good once I got into it but it lost a star because I seemed to have trouble getting into it. Not sure if it had a rocky start or I did.
Tracy Self
So many twists and turns. Loved this book.
Linda Robinson
Riker plays a bigger role in this book, and the setting is further south than NY. When last we saw Mallory, she was headed out of town. When next we see Mallory she's in a gingham dress which we know she didn't choose for herself. And she's in jail. The murder she's investigating is personal. And quiet. So quiet. Only the birds, a boy with smashed hands and an aged howling dog make any sound at all.
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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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