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  • Taschenbuch: 433 Seiten
  • Verlag: Headline; Auflage: Trade Paperback. (17. Januar 2012)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0755385381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755385386
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,7 x 3,5 x 23,3 cm
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'If any writer could make me break my New Year's resolution to avoid serial killer novels, it's the brilliant Carol O'Connell.' Daily Telegraph 'This is crime writing at its best, and Mallory is its fascinating central character.' New Books Magazine 'The crimes are gruesome, the writing as smooth as silk as each chapter of this thriller reveals a piece of an increasingly horrendous jigsaw.' Bella Magazine

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Carol O'Connell is the New York Times bestselling creator of Kathy Mallory, and the author of thirteen books, eleven featuring her acclaimed detective, most recently IT HAPPENS IN THE DARK, as well as the stand-alone thrillers JUDAS CHILD and BONE BY BONE. She lives in New York City.

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5 von 6 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Miki101.Michaela TOP 500 REZENSENT am 24. Januar 2012
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First of all I have a question to ask at the Hachette UK Company/Headline Publishing Group:
What the heck has a Kathy-Mallory-Crime in common with a certain Lisbeth Salander?
And write it that big and large on the Cover??
It is an insult to Carol O'Connell, a very well known, followed and bestselling
Crime-Writer, long before a Stieg Larsson made his short appearance in written crime, caused by an early death.
I am very sorry for him and his talent.
But:
Mallory has nothing in common with L. Salander...
OK - if someone says, oh, yes, she has - so it was the late Larsson to copy the character...

Happy as a fan can be, I bought and read this long-awaited new Mallory Novel.
I was fascinated from chapter one...
Until I followed the annotations made by a certain Ernest Nadler...
Then I was even more interested, because from the beginning there was the intuition of a child-mobbing in a very high-range school.. a mobbing that could have ended only in one way - the worst of ways.
When a sooo nice, fairy-like redheaded 6-year-old appears in Central Park, talking about rats and Uncles tied up in heaven, someone will notice the bloodstains on her cloths - and the search begins.
Mallory will be the first one to recognize in this beautiful, very clever girl a possible witness for some cruel assassinations that have taken place in Central Park, right where the girl insists to come from...
Dr Butler, examinating the girl named Coco identifies her on the spot as an almost victim of a pedophile.
This hunter was taken by a predator before he could do any harm to that poor little one, afflicted of the Williams Syndrome aka Williams-Beuren Syndrome.
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Von _Buchliebhaber_ TOP 500 REZENSENT am 5. August 2012
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Auf "The Chalk Girl" habe ich mich richtig gefreut - immerhin liegt Mallorys letzter Auftritt ("Find Me") schon mehrere Jahre zurück. In der Zwischenzeit hat O'Connell zwar einen Einzelroman ("Bone By Bone") herausgebracht, aber den fand ich nur so mittelmäßig. Aber das Warten hat sich wirklich gelohnt - "The Chalk Girl" ist richtig gut geworden und für mich eins der besten Folgen aus der Reihe.

Nach ihrer Reise quer durch die USA ist Mallory nun wieder zurück in New York und am NYPD. Der von Ltd. Coffey angeordnete Innendienst hat ein Ende, als sie zusammen mit Riker einen mysteriösen Fall an Land zieht: Mitten im Central Park werden auf Bäumen drei gefesselte und in Säcken verschnürte Menschen gefunden, denen jemand Augen, Mund und Ohren zugeklebt hat. Eine sehr eigenartige und grausame Methode, jemanden umzubringen. Einzige Zeugin ist die 8-jährige Coco, die am Williams-Syndrom leidet und ausgerechnet die frostige Mallory zu ihrer Heldin auserkoren hat. Die Ermittlungen führen Mallory und Riker u.a. in die High Society von New York und die höchste Ebene des Polizeiapparats. Und sie führen sie zu einem anderen Verbrechen, das Jahre zurück liegt.

"The Chalk Girl" bietet die typischen Elemente der Mallory-Krimis: eine soziopathische Hauptfigur, liebenswerte Nebenfiguren, diverse Rivalitäten und Streitigkeiten mit der Spurensicherung, der Pathologie und zahlreichen anderen Stellen, Ermittlungsmethoden jenseits der Legalität und eine Prise rabenschwarzen Humor. Im Zusammenspiel mit Coco mutiert Mallory zwar nicht gerade zu einer mütterlichen Figur, gibt sich aber immerhin Mühe, einigermaßen menschlich dem Kind gegenüber zu sein.
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1 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Francesca am 6. Oktober 2012
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Ich war schon von "Such mich" begeistert, besonders wegen Detektiv Kathleen Mallory. Ich finde sie ist eine tolle Figur - widersprüchlich und doch stimmig. Sie steht Lisbeth Salander in nichts nach. "The Chalk Girl" habe ich verschlungen und war nach zwei Tagen durch.
Das Buch steckt voller überraschender Wendungen und bleibt packend bis zum Schluss, der sehr gut gelöst ist. Schauplatz ist New York und besonders der Central Park. Die Geschichte kreist um möglichen Missbrauch von Kindern oder auch Mobbing unter Schülern.
Die Vorgeschichte wird in Ausschnitten aus einem Tagebuch einer der involvierten Figuren in kleinen Portionen zu Beginn jedes Kapitels allmählich präsentiert, ohne zu viel zu verraten - Genial!
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Exciting From Beginning to End 15. Dezember 2011
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Kathy Mallory 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.

I have never read a book by O Connell but you can be certain I will read others after reading this one. Mallory was an enjoyable character who seemed to be just one step ahead of those afraid of her ability to solve a crime. She has a sense of fairness and morality that developed as a child living on the streets. She seems to hold a grudge, when necessary, yet be able to overlook it when it seems in the best interest of those she sees as deserving. One of the questions in the book seemed to be, does she have a heart? The author shocked me by a simple paragraph.

" This summer afternoon would remain in his memory forever, a bookmark to a sad and curious passage that he must return to again and again. Weill into his nineties and long after the death of Kathy Mallory, on every fine, warm day, he would sit in a garden where he would only suffer daisies to be planted."

I like Mallory and I certainly don't want to think about any future death, I would like to read many more stories that involve this slightly crazy, unorthodox, but extremely effective detective. I like an author who can write prose that makes you want to keep reading, that doesn't make things obvious and the little girl found in Central Park is not the chalk girl, and one who has characters that have realistic flaws. I will be looking for more O'Connell books.
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I love Mallory 2. Januar 2012
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I laughed out loud reading the blurbs for this book. The New York Daily News said, "If it takes a psychopath to find a psychopath, she's the woman for the job." Psychopath is so widely misunderstood. Kathy Mallory is a sociopath. I love her.

In a hair-raising rat-filled Central Park opening, Coco, the beautiful little red-haired girl, in circumstances eerily similar to Kathy Mallory's, is chased down by two officers, until she is found and her story is heard.

The similarities end there. Most of Kathy's stories were lies - from her name on down through her age-- while most of Coco's are fanciful flights of imagination. Their personalities are a dichotomy as well, Kathy all hellion, while Coco appears all angel.

Coco has a syndrome called Williams syndrome, which puts stars in her eyes, makes her charm every one around her, and causes her to reach out for physical contact from people, any person near her, even pedophiles. It's kind of alarming how quickly she finds two pedophiles. When Dr. Slope meets her, he recognizes her right away as one of the Williams people and he lowers himself to her level so she can throw her arms around his neck. He is brought to tears when Kathy hands him a note telling him to check for rape. Williams people have an extraordinary empathy. While Dr. Slope is examining her, Coco tells him, "Rats cry too. Most people don't know that."

Coco has a weird relationship with rats.

A haunting passage near the end of novel has a 90-year-old Charles sitting in his backyard with his grandchildren, pulling petals off from daisies, saying, Kathy had a heart, Kathy didn't have a heart, for each petal, never having been able to decide this on his own.

But we know. We all know. Kathy's heart was as large as New York City.

This is a gorgeous story, every single page, as are most Mallory novels. While reading it, I felt the constant tingle of sadness. Many times I read a page twice - at competing odds. One part of me wanted to know how it turned out, the bigger part wanted me to reread every page so it would last longer. But sadly, eventually I had to reach the end and I nearly wept. Mallory novels always have that effect on me. How much longer for the next Mallory novel? How can I wait that long? What will I do with all that time?
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Another Wonderful "Kathy Mallory" Book 20. Januar 2012
Von GrandmaHeather - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have all of Carol O'Connell's books, and the "Kathy Mallory" ones are my
absolute favorites. I ordered "The Chalk Girl" for my Kindle and read it the day it was downloaded. This is one of those books that is hard to put
down. As I was reading it I was so afraid that I wouldn't like the ending
because the "bad guy" seemed almost untouchable. However, Ms. O'Connell
took care of it...as usual. And, reading the little boy's diary throughout
the book was...well, scary, sad and enraging. She did such a gread job
with the storyline and characters in this book. Even though I wish she
had her books come out more frequently, I guess this way I can't compare the
new book with her latest one. And, so each new book becomes my favorite.

If you like a really well written mystery with a very unusual young female
police detective, read "The Chalk Girl". You won't be disappointed.
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Mallory - A Complex Detective 9. Dezember 2011
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I am not a stranger to the Mallory series but it's been quite a while since I've read one of the books. This one, The Chalk Girl (A Mallory Novel), is quite good. As in past books, this one is psychologically astute, discussing how Mallory's past and present impacts her relationships with the characters she works with and those she comes into contact with through her work. Mallory was a wild child when she was young, a child foundling, taken in by the Markowitz family as a foster child and loved as though she was their own. Lou Markowitz was a cop and gave Mallory the desire to become a detective herself. Despite the love she received from the Markowitz's, Mallory's wildness never escaped her and she is distant and remote with others as though she suffers from attachment disorder.

The novel opens in Central Park with rats running all over the place. There is a young girl named Coco, all alone, who is obsessed with facts about rats and believes that they rain from the sky or fall from the trees. She is right about the trees. Rats have climbed the trees to get into the wrappings of bodies placed there by a murderer. There are three bodies found in trees initially, two alive and one dead. One of the living dies shortly after. Coco is a child with Williams syndrome, a rare syndrome that gives children faces like fairies, makes them want to touch others incessantly, and provides them with areas of brilliance and deficits. Coco says that her Uncle Red was 'delivered' to the park. We find out very early in the book that Uncle Red is not really her uncle but abducted her and is one of the victims of the murderer. Coco had been living with her grandmother who died. After Coco's grandmother died, she went outside the apartment to seek help and Uncle Red abducted her. It was a crime of opportunity.

Mallory has been on probation and at a desk job after disappearing from the job for three months. She had been traveling around the contiguous 48 states trying to find herself. She left her job with no words - no request for leave or formal absence. Finding Coco's abductor and working on the murders is Mallory's first foray into the street and the type of detective work she loves. She works with her partner, Riker, with whom she gets along well. This is rare for Mallory who has antagonized almost every one else she works with.

The murderer is called 'The Hunger Artist' because his victims have all been starving. Their ears are plugged with pieces of wax, their mouths covered with tape, and their eyes covered up. Who is he and why are these victims chosen?

Each short chapter begins with a piece of writing by Ernest Nadler from his school days. Some of the people mentioned in his writing are either victims of the murderer or related to them. How does he fit in with the big picture here?

This is as much a psychological study as it is a murder mystery. Mallory is a complex and difficult person to understand. Even her therapist, Charles Butler, who has worked with Mallory for years, finds her difficult to understand. He also harbors a secret love for her.

I found this book fascinating though at times I felt puzzled by what was going on as I haven't read all of the Mallory novels. I recommend that anyone interested in this book start with the first one in the series, Mallory's Oracle (Kathleen Mallory Novels).
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Love this series! 17. Januar 2012
Von Luanne Ollivier - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Well, I was going to take lots of notes and quotes while I was reading Carol O'Connell's newest book, The Chalk Girl, so I could write a fabulous post telling you how much I love this character and author.

The notes and quotes didn't happen.....because I couldn't put the book down long enough!! But I can tell you that I do love O'Connell's 'Mallory' books.

As a child, Kathleen (Kathy) Mallory was found living alone on the streets of New York City by NYPD Lieutenant Lou Markowitz. She was taken in and raised by Markowitz and his wife (with some help from Lou's fellow cops and friends). She is streetwise, cunning, an expert thief and described as 'a baby sociopath.'

Following in Lou's footsteps, Mallory (she refuses to answer to Kathy) has joined the NYPD and is paired up with Markowitz's old partner. She is a brilliant detective, but her methods and her relationships with people are strictly on her terms. No one breaks through the walls she has erected. The term sociopath is still bandied about.

In The Chalk Girl, the 10th in the series, there may be a little chink in Mallory's armour. A small girl is found wandering alone in Central Park...with blood on her tee shirt. She says the blood fell from the sky while she was looking for her uncle who turned into a tree. There is something special about Coco. She has Williams Syndrome and can't really tell them exactly where she's from or who she is. But with help from psychologist Charles Butler, they are able to decode what she's trying to tell them. Coco seems to stir something in Mallory - one wounded child recognizing another.

When Mallory locates the uncle, the case leads to places no one could have ever predicted.

And that's the beauty of O'Connell's books. You just never have an idea where the plots will lead. They're inventive, intriguing, intelligent and will keep you guessing until the end. They might keep you up late too - the crimes are bizarre and gruesome - perfect fodder for crime thriller aficionados. Each chapter opens with an excerpt from what seems to be a journal of someone called Ernest Nadler. I'm glad I read everything on the page - these entries told a story on their own that eventually met Mallory's path.

The character of Mallory continues to intrigue me. Small details about her past and small glimpses past the barriers she has erected have been slowly inserted into each new entry in this series. We still really have no idea who Kathy Mallory really is. But I am inextricably hooked by this flawed protagonist.
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