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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.

©1997 Carol O'Connell (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Narrator is the worst I've heard

The story may be OK, but the narrator is the worst I've heard and completely interfered with my listening. Listen I did from start to finish, but never could stop hearing the poor imitation of male voices, of a NY accent, of "evil" voices - really bad. I've listened to close to 1,000 books on Audible and this narrator is the first one I've panned completely; she spoiled any enjoyment I might have had in the book. I do like the heroine Mallory (or have in the past). I thought Carol O'Connel's "Judas Child" was extraordinary. So it's this book and this narrator I didn't like at all. There have been other narrators I didn't like much on Audible, but I could forget about as I listened to the tale - not so with this one. I'm not sure what's in the sample, but definitely listen to that before you buy.

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Let’s see how many unbelievable and uninteresting cardboard characters this series has: There is Mallory, a drop dead gorgeous, extremely intelligent computer genius, but, drum roll, please… emotionally damaged, her partner is her faithful guardian angel cleaning up all her messes, her want-to-be boyfriend is a gentle giant who is also a computer genius and of course, independently wealthy…boring. Plus a terribly gruesome murder, with a cast of ridiculous secondary characters, but who cares, the whole series is a waste of time.

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I love the Mallory books...but

The plot of this book was so gruesome, that it was hard for me to enjoy it. I love the Mallory books but this one I could have skipped.

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Tremendous disappointment

I was looking for a Markowitz/ Mallory story. ? I am in the second chapter and I still don't know who the characters are. Total waste of a credit. Mallory does not sound or act like the Mallory that I love.