The Chalk Girl A Mallory Novel (Hardcover)
|Author: Carol O'Connell|
|Kathy Mallory returns in the latest novel by a "New York Times"-bestselling author. This time, the discovery of a body in a tree in Central Park leads Mallory to a story of extraordinary crimes: murders stretching back 15 years, blackmail and complicity, and a particular cruelty that only someone with Mallory''s history could fully recognize.|
From the Publisher:
The astonishing new Mallory novel from the New York Times- bestselling author.
The little girl appeared in Central Park: red-haired, blue-eyed, smiling, perfect-except for the blood on her shoulder. It fell from the sky, she said, while she was looking for her uncle, who turned into a tree. Poor child, people thought. And then they found the body in the tree.
For Mallory, newly returned to the Special Crimes Unit after three months' lost time, there is something about the girl that she understands. Mallory is damaged, they say, but she can tell a kindred spirit. And this one will lead her to a story of extraordinary crimes: murders stretching back fifteen years, blackmail and complicity and a particular cruelty that only someone with Mallory's history could fully recognize. In the next few weeks, she will deal with them all . . . in her own way.
NYPD detective Kathy Mallory is brilliant and beautiful, but she also wrestles with her own thoughts and emotions as she reels from her troubled past. Mallory's background sometimes gives her insights into the lives of crime victims, particularly in this complicated case involving children. Coco is an eight-year-old who suffers from a genetic disorder known as Williams syndrome, which causes the child to latch onto anyone who shows her the slightest bit of affection. When Coco is found in Central Park after having witnessed a murder and a kidnapping, she is put under Mallory's protection. Both troubled souls, Coco and Mallory connect, as Mallory's investigation expands to include the murder of Coco's Uncle Red and several additional as-of-yet unsolved mysteries.