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Stone Angel (Kathleen Mallory #4)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  2,423 Ratings  ·  119 Reviews
New York Police sergeant Kathleen Mallory returns to her Louisiana hometown to find out who was behind her mother's death by stoning seventeen years earlier--a quest that takes her into a dark and murky past that has unexpected and deadly implications. By the author of Killing Critics. 40,000 first printing."
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published July 14th 1997 by Putnam Adult (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 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
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 08, 2013 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
Jul 16, 2008 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.
Apr 27, 2008 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.
Jul 26, 2008 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.
Feb 21, 2009 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.
The book was written in a compelling manner, but I found that I didn't empathize with the heroine. There were other characters in the books that had my sympathy more than Mallory. I rapidly read the book since I was curious about the answer to the mysteries being presented, so I will say that it was entertaining on that level. My wish would have been for a more personable heroine.
May 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I never thought this would end. On and on with the most boring characters imaginable. I'm not sure if it's part of a series but the characters are so shallow it reads as if you already know them, one in particular, Charles, who he's meant to be is a big a mystery as the actual murder in the book.
Doren Damico
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Probably my favorite in the series so far. We go back home with Mallory and learn about the crime that made her run away from her town. O'Connell brilliantly crafts characters in shades of gray and reminds us that assumptions about people can be terrible wrong. A page turner to the end.
Bob Schueler
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: mystery-suspense
This is a wonderful series with an interesting character whose story is revealed slowly and well over the books. I haven't read the whole series yet, but intend to.
Roman Clodia
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"She is perversity incarnate. Sometimes she purrs just before she strikes"

After the first trio of Mallory books, this one disconcerts what we know of the series from the start: it's set in Louisiana instead of urban New York - and then we realise that Mallory's journey back has been long-planned and deadly as she wants revenge for the death of her mother.

O'Connell's characteristic macabre imagination is on full display here, even augmented by the setting as she proves she can do a twisted kind
William Howle
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is very involved. There was a mystery that had to be solved, therefore I had to keep plowing through this book. I was glad when the book was finished and I could move on to something else.
Nov 29, 2010 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
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
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
Sep 10, 2012 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
Tempie Kessler-Roberts
Mallory at her best

Mallory is at her best in this book and is edging closer and closer to the woman that Helen knew she could be. Beautifully written with carefully crafted characters with several mysteries to be solved and an ah ha ending. Loved it!!!!
May 13, 2012 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 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
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
Dec 29, 2014 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
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 11, 2015 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
Apr 14, 2011 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
3,5 Sterne von mir!

Als Mallory zurück in die Stadt kommt in der ihre Mutter gestorben ist, bekommt es fast jeder mit der Angst zu tun. Ihre Mutter starb nämlich nicht auf natürlichem Wege sonder wurde von einem Mob gesteinigt.

Charles Butler will herausfinden was genau in dieser Nacht passiert ist und kommt vielen Geheimnissen auf die Spur. So ziemlich jeder hat eine Leiche im Keller und versucht alles zu vertuschen. Ein ganzen Dorf stellt sich gegen Mallory und halten an ihrer erfundenen Vergang
Jan 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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
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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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