Synopses & Reviews
From one of the most acclaimed crime writers in America comes her most astonishing novel: a story of love, loss, death-and discovery.
Over the course of eight novels, Carol O'Connell and her protagonist, New York detective Kathy Mallory, have carved out a unique place for themselves. But all that has been prelude to the remarkable story told in Find Me.
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, drives 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.
"When the death toll of serial killer 'Mack the Knife' exceeds 100 victims along historic Route 66 in America's heartland, Kathy Mallory, on vacation from her job with the NYPD, decides to give the locals a hand in bestseller O'Connell's exciting ninth thriller to feature the frosty, unapproachable detective (after 2004's Winter House). Aided by her longtime partner Riker and police psychologist Charles Butler, Mallory butts heads with just about everyone, pursuing the case as if it were hers and hers alone. She makes little progress until the killer starts leaving a new calling card, depositing fresh kills on the highway, all with one hand chopped off and replaced with the tiny hand bones of a previous victim pointing to a new grave. Stylish prose and a magnetic lead character more than compensate for an overly complicated plot that drags in spots, particularly in the second half. For readers who have never followed Mallory, this is as good a time as ever to get acquainted. Author tour. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
When a children's gravesite is found along Adams Street, dozens of parents come seeking their missing children, some gone a decade or more, and Kathy Mallory, a feral child adopted off the street, searches for answers about her past.
On Route 66, as word travels that children's grave sites are being discovered along the road, the parents of missing children form a silent caravan. They are being shepherded by NYPD Detective Kathleen Mallory, who seeks a killer like none she has ever known-and a child unlike the others: herself.
The astonishing new Mallory novel from the New York Timesbestselling author and one of the most acclaimed crime writers in America.
The reviews called it A Play to Die For” after the woman was found dead in the front row. It didnt seem so funny the next night, when another body was foundthis time the playwrights, his throat slashed.
Detective Kathy Mallory takes over, but no matter what she asks, no one seems to be giving her a straight answer. The only personif person” is the right wordwho seems to be clear is the ghostwriter. Every night, an unseen backstage hand chalks up line changes and messages on a blackboard. And the ghostwriter is now writing Mallory into the play itself, a play about a long-ago massacre that may not be at all fictional. MALLORY,” the blackboard reads. TONIGHTS THE NIGHT. NOTHING PERSONAL.”
If Mallory cant find out whos responsible, heads will roll. Unfortunately, one of them may be her own.
About the Author
CAROL OCONNELL is the author of eleven Mallory novels, most recently The Chalk Girl, and two stand-alones. She lives in New York City.