A mutilated body is found lying on the ground in Chicago, a dead hand pointing down Adams Street, also known as Route 66, a road of many names. And now of many deaths.
A silent caravan of cars, dozens of them, drive down that road, each passenger bearing a photograph, but none of them the same. They are the parents of missing children, some recently disappeared, some gone a decade or more - all brought together by word that childrens' grave sites are being discovered along the Mother Road.
Kathy Mallory drives with them. The child she seeks, though, is not like the others. It is herself - the feral child adopted off the streets, her father a blank, her mother dead and full of mysteries. During the next few extraordinary days, Mallory will find herself hunting a killer like none she has ever known, and will undergo a series of revelations not only of stunning intensity - but stunning effect.
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"Stylish prose and a magnetic lead character more than compensate for an overly complicated plot that drags in spots, particularly in the second half." - PW.
"This is another satisfying thriller in a rich, character-driven series that belongs in all public libraries." - Library Journal.
"She gets all the genre stuff right: the cops' jaded inside jokes, the forensics jargon, the violence. Mainly, though, she's masterful at revealing the detective mind." - Kirkus.
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Born in 1947, Carol O'Connell studied at the California Institute or
Arts/Chouinard and the Arizona State University. For many years she survived on
occasional sales of her paintings as well as freelance proof-reading and
At the age of 46 she sent the manuscript of Mallory's Oracle to Hutchinson, because she felt that a British publisher would be sympathetic to a first time novelist and because Hutchinson also publish Ruth Rendell. Having miraculously found the book on the 'slush pile', Hutchinson immediately came back with an offer for world rights, not just for Mallory's Oracle but for the second book featuring the same captivating heroine.
At the Frankfurt Book Fair, Hutchinson sold the rights to Dutch, French and German publishers for ...
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