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The Chalk Girl by Carol O'Connell
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Mar 14, 12

bookshelves: fiction, mystery-crime
Read from March 09 to 14, 2012

Kathy Mallory is a sociopath detective and has just reappeared from a cross-country trip taken without notice or permission from her police department. So when a little girl who can't stop talking about rats is found wandering alone in an area of Central Park where three bodies strung up in the trees are also found things are just crazy enough that they need Mallory.

Mallory and her partner Riker discover that the little girl was picked up by one of the people strung up in the trees who is an heir to a fortune from the Driscol foundation. The Driscol School is a prominent private school in New York with many friends in positions of power. The story just gets better.
The little girl, Coco, has William's Syndrome - an interesting disorder - and Mallory is bent on protecting Coco and getting her help with the bizarre murder. Mallory makes Charles Coco's temporary guardian. Charles is a psychologist familiar with Williams syndrome - but Charles becomes protective of Coco and tries to keep Mallory from getting too close to the girl and from overwhelming her with questions about the murderer.

The characters are well written, each intertwined in the history of others. Maybe it has been this way throughout the whole Mallory series, but it works in this book even if this is the first Mallory book you read. Mallory is a bit psycho. She will do almost anything to reach her end goal. The NYPD is lucky she is on their side. But somehow, it seems Coco touches her cold, cold
heart.
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