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Carol O'Connell
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Mallorys Orakel (Kathleen Mallory #1)

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Der furiose Auftakt einer furiosen Krimiserie

In einem Abrisshaus in Manhattan wird Pearl Whitman ermordet aufgefunden. Die Leiche der alten Frau ist grausam entstellt, die eine Brust ist völlig verstümmelt – das »Markenzeichen« eines Mörders, der vorher schon zweimal zugeschlagen hat und sich immer an wohlhabende Damen hält. Kurz darauf fällt ihm auch ein kräftiger Mann zu
Paperback, 315 pages
Published 2002 by Goldmann (first published 1994)
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Playeveryday It's best to start with this book - it will make all the others more interesting and add depth. Although this was part of a series that was supposed…moreIt's best to start with this book - it will make all the others more interesting and add depth. Although this was part of a series that was supposed to end with Stone Angel - there were many addiitons afterwords. I read lots of books and hers are by far the most interesting.(less)
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Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Christine by: Maureen personally, Skye 5, Titas 4
Well, this 1995 thriller is a real breath of fresh air! This year my biggest goal is to back up and read a lot of books from “the old days” of the 1990s and early 2000s. It’s so easy to get caught up in the excitement of new releases, but there is also plenty of gold ready to mine gathering dust in the library.

For some reason I have shied away from this series, probably because the title of book 1 scared me off with it’s supernatural feel. But after having so many Goodreads friends sing its prai
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
4.5 rounded up
Jerry B
Jul 02, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DO NOT waste your time on bad first O'Connell book...

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
Melanie Hierholzer
I needed a beach book after reading The Dream of Scipio and this book fit the bill. The rave blurbs on the back cover were by Nelson DeMille and James Patterson, two of my least favorite authors, so I approached this book with grain of salt firmly in hand.

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
Alaina Meserole
Mallory's Oracle was such a good thriller! I was so happy that I randomly came across this and zoomed right through it! I was definitely hanging on to the edge of my seat while at work today.

Okay, so this book is about Kathleen Mallory, who is a former child street thief! She was rescued by a cop and later became adopted by that same cop. Now she is all grown up annnddd A COP HERSELF! Her forte is computers.. I can basically turn my on, type some shit, print stuff, and turn off the computer. I u
Unfortunately, not for me.

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
JoAnne Pulcino


Carol O'Connell

This is Ms. O'Connell's debut novel in her fantastic series featuring the marvelous character, Kathleen Mallory. This is far and away my favorite mystery series. Kathleen is a homeless wild child on the streets of New York where the police chief finds her and he and his wife adopt her. Kathleen grows up to be an independent strong willed computer hacker who is a sergeant in the Special Crimes Unit. She is a detective with a ferocious intelligence, green gun sling
Linda Robinson
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now this is a crime novel. Or a police un-procedural. The set-up is marvelous. Wild child survivalist snatched off the streets by a smart cop and taken home to a June Cleaver mom whose first response was to hug the future hacker. Present day. Special Crimes Unit is stalking the Invisible Man serial killer. Getting nowhere slowly. Then the killer makes it personal for Mallory, our wild child grown. She abandons the modem for the street. Tech geekdom is not a qualification for surveillance and som ...more
Kirsty Darbyshire

(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

Sergeant Kathleen Mallory, of the New York City Police Department - but don't ever call her Kathy or Kathleen - was picked up off the streets by detective Louis Markowitz when she was an abandoned street-child of eleven caught stealing .. It was his wife's birthday, and the thought of all the juvenile department paperwork loomed too daunting, so he took the girl home where she was enveloped by his wife's love and became their daughter. She quit stealing because it made Helen., Louis's wife, cry ...more
C Joy
Feb 27, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad I bought this at a bargain price. I was lured by the reviews at the back, even my favorite suspense author James Patterson said this book was "so good it will launch her career in one bold stroke". With those words, I was sold. I was really excited to read this thinking it's one of those gripping novels with a masterful writing style, but I was disappointed.

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
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
Mallory's Oracle is the first book of the Kathleen Mallory mystery series by Carol O'Connell, set in 1990s New York City.

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
Gerry Bartlett
Nov 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I know that what you like to read is subjective. And I have certain deal breakers. This author hit a hot button for me and I won't be continuing her series. Here's why: Now there's a book by Blake Snyder called "Save the Cat" that tells authors how to make a hero heroic by having him or her do something like save a cat to make the reader bond with that person. I get it. And I'm such an animal lover that it's a device that makes complete sense to me. On the other hand, using animals to make a vil ...more
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, mystery, thriller
Reading this was sorta like listening to my 6 year old tell me a story. A re-telling in which I'm constantly saying (or thinking), "Wait, what? Slow down, I have no clue what you're saying".

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
Great introduction to what promises to be a rewarding and exciting series. Kathy Mallory moves from computer work with NYPD into fieldwork under the impetus of a quite personal tragedy: her homicide squad "father" has himself been murdered by a serial killer. The victims are old wealthy ladies from the Gramercy Park enclave who are slashed to death in daytime. Is there a financial motive or is this spree the output of a psycho? The draw for this is Kathy's background as a homeless, street-tough ...more
Amanda Patterson
Dec 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kathy Mallory is a finely constructed anti-hero. She is lethal, effective and psychopathic.
Saved by Detective Louis Markowitz, her adoptive father and his wife from becoming a finely honed killing machine, Mallory becomes a detective in the Special Crimes Unit in New York.
Mallory has no past - at least none she can articulate. One of the thousands of lost children, the reader is always more haunted by her hinted at past, than she is.
O'Connell expertly applies the Third Person Detached vewpoint t
Skye Skye
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this back when it first launched; it's a debut crime, mystery, police procedural; it is extremely unusual, and boasts a most unique character; the first four books in this series left me in a state of complete awe; I cried after book four or five, and then suddenly stopped reading the story. Kathleen Mallory is extremely complicated.
Jun 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book several years ago, and when I checked the back for whoever was writing praise, and I was astonished. Every single thriller writer I admired: Lehane, Lescroart, Connelly, every single one of them praised this debut novel lavishly. I have just finished it for the 3rd time, and again, it simply takes my breath away. Totally and completely original.
Jul 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, detectives
Fantastic 5 star rating! Love character Mallory! Eccentric, smart and edgy writing! Witty dialogue and so much more!
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interessante Figuren in einer komplexen Geschichte. Da man sich aber extrem auf die Passagen/den Inhalt konzentrieren muss, um nicht den Faden zu verlieren, gibts einen Punkt abzug.
PhebeAnn Wolframe-Smith
An enjoyable mystery with a strong lead character, Mallory, a smart, somewhat anti-social former street kid adopted as a tween by a cop, later to become a cop/hacker, solving mysteries with her Sherlock-Holmes-esque sidekick Charles Butler (who predictably has a crush on her because, of course, she is gorgeous). Like many mysteries, it suffers somewhat from weird unfortunate stereotyping of villains (one of the baddies is an exoticized mixed-race "giantess" whose unusual outward form is clearly, ...more
Quentin Feduchin
For an author to be outstanding, she or he must offer something outstanding.
At age 47 Carol O'Connell wrote this, her first book, and she does indeed offer something very special.
I truly envy her; one can spend half a lifetime thinking about that special thing.
O'Connell's 'Mallory', is certainly a character that a large proportion of young women doubtless wish they could successfully emulate. At the same time, male readers can enjoy her, knowing they cannot take part in those vicarious feelings
Mallory's Oracle
2 Stars

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
This is the first book of the very best detective series I've ever read. But since I can't stand crime novels as a rule, this might not be a compelling recommendation for a lover of the genre: It merely states, that this detective story is set apart from the rest.

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
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mallory is described by the author as a sociopath. Emotionally scarred as a 6-year-old after she witnessed the murder of her mother in a small Louisiana town, Mallory flees to New York City, where she lives as a street child. She is caught trying to steal by police officer Louis Markowitz, who takes her home and becomes her foster father.

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
Titas (I read in bed)
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Titas (I read in bed) by: Skye Skye
Louis Markowitz is the head of the NYPD Special Crime Section who is investigating a series of murders of wealth elderly women. The murders are unique and the bodies are placed in broad daylight as if it is magic. But when Louis too gets murdered, steps up her adopted daughter Kathreen Malory who was a little street thug before being adopted. She is a beautiful, intelligent policewoman with computer skills of a master hacker who doesn't care about law when it comes to catching a killer. And as s ...more
Roman Clodia
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've dipped in and out of this series but having read the latest entries decided it's really time to go back to the start and read the books in their correct order. In this first novel we're introduced to Kathy Mallory, one of the most intriguing characters in modern crime fiction: brilliant, beautiful and most probably sociopathic.

O'Connell writes stories which are macabre and twisted, which themselves take the conventional crime genre and twists it into something bolder, cleverer and darker. T
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While reading Chalk Girl, I took author Carol O'Connell into my short list of authors I seek out, partly because of Mallory. I formed the opinion Mallory was red-headed in Chalk girl, but in Mallory's Oracle, she's definitely blond. I love abandoned, feral, vicious, brilliant, calculating, cold, beautiful humans. The stock market intrigue in the storyline caused me to begin scanning, but I controlled myself as best I could. If I like an author and a book, I try to read attentively and not speed- ...more
Apr 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I love O'Connell's Mallory Series. Her books are psychologically complex, gritty police procedurals with a twist: Mallory is basically a sociopath, a child rescued from feral survival on the streets then raised in the foster home of a policeman (Louis Markowitz) and his wife whose love partially civilizes her. Mallory has a unique gift for computer technology paired with high intelligence. The idea of giftedness, psychology and "magic" are all explored in fascinating ways. The series has the gen ...more
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