NYPD sergeant Kathleen Mallory - computer genius, street fighter, provocative waif, peerless investigator, manipulative beauty - is the gorgeous, near-sociopathic heroine of this knife-edged suspense novel. Along with old pals, Ricker, Coffey, and faithful admirer Charles Butler, Mallory is determined to solve the brutal "art as death" murder of an untalented but highly touted artist-critic. Mallory believes the case is the work of the same killer who, 12 years earlier, hacked a young artist and a talented ballerina to pieces. Baffling and intricate, Mallory wades through art critics, bag ladies, madmen and mafioso alike in getting to the bottom of these crimes. Secrets, very deep and very dark, emerge and strike closer and closer to home. By the end, she will come to know the truth - but the truth may be the most dangerous illusion of all.
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by Carol O'Connell
by Carol Smith
by Fern Michaels
by Joyce Carol Oates
by Libby Gill
by Carol Higgins Clark
"Carol O'Connell's damaged heroine is an odd sort of main character. Using only her last name, "Mallory" insulates herself to shield herself against loss, but her veneer seems always about to crack. Performer Laural Merlington portrays the icy police detective who is trying desperately to live up to the reputation of her legendary stepfather, a detective in the same New York precinct. The bizarre murder of an avant-garde artist reminds her of one of his biggest cases; could the two cases be related? Merlington expresses Mallory's repressed pain and passion, while also giving listeners subtle audio clues to the character's inner workings. Through her solid performance, she carries listeners through the twists and turns of a sordid killing. M.S. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"
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