From the very first, Carol O'Connell's novels have won extraordinary praise.
"O'Connell has raised the standard for psychological thrillers over the last four
years," said the Chicago Tribune, and Booklist stated bluntly of Judas Child,
"Few readers will be able to resist the charms of her lyrical prose, and anyone
unmoved by the soul-shattering climax should give up reading fiction altogether."
In Shell Game, she raises the standard once again. It is fall in New York City. The
re-creation of a legendary magic trick goes horribly awry on live television--a terrible
accident, everyone agrees. But two people know it is not. One is an aged magician in a
private hospital in the northern corner of New York state. What a worthy performance, he
thinks, murdering a man while a million people watch.
The other is Kathleen Mallory. Once a feral child, loose on the city streets, she is
now a New York City policewoman, and not much changed--a tall young woman with green
gunslinger eyes and a ferocious inner compass of right and wrong. For her, the death is
too dramatic, too showy, and she is convinced that it will happen again--this perp loves
spectacle. But even she cannot predict the spectacular chain of events that has already
been set in motion, or the profoundly disturbing consequences it will have for those she
holds most dear. For misdirection is the heart of magic. The lady never really gets sawed
in half, does she?
So why is there so much blood?
Filled with the rich prose, resonant characters and knife-edge suspense that have won
her so many admirers, Shell Game is Carol O'Connell's most remarkable novel yet.
Once again, O'Connell has woven a rich, complex, memorable tale that will keep readers guessing and gasping through scenes filled with love, heartbreak, betrayal, and remorse. Another superb effort from one of our most gifted writers.
O'Connell adroitly entwines the excitement of Manhattan's Thanksgiving Day parade with the world of illusion and the anguish of war. Her tough realism and hypnotic prose will leave readers eager for more.
At the close, the brilliantly devious culprit is made to suffer brought to the special kind of justice shaped by Mallory's rules. Too long for its thinnish plot and tending, every so often, to mark time. Mallory, however, retains all her feral, sullen, paradoxically endearing components, so it's probable that series fans won't mind the muchness overmuch.
When Eugenie Davies is killed by a driver on a quiet London street, her death is clearly no accident. Someone struck her with a car and then deliberately ran over her body before driving off, leaving nothing behind but questions.
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