Kathy Mallory

15 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,574 ratings

Killing Critics Publisher's Summary

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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  • Book 1

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  • Book 2

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  • Book 3

    • Killing Critics

    • By: Carol O'Connell
    • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
    • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 53

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator is the worst I've heard

    • By CBDC on 01-04-11

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  • Book 4

    • Stone Angel

    • By: Carol O'Connell
    • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
    • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 143
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 83
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 84

    NYPD sergeant Kathleen Mallory is drawn to place far away from home. In a small town in Louisiana, she steps off the train. Within the hour, one man has been assaulted, another has had a heart attack, a third has been murdered, and Mallory is in jail, though she nothing to do with any of these three events. She is there for an entirely different purpose. Seventeen years earlier, Mallory's mother died in this town, stoned to death by a mob, and the six-year-old Mallory had disappeared, to reappear on the streets of New York.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The narrator makes or breaks a good story!

    • By Valerie on 03-06-12

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  • Book 5

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  • Book 6

    • Crime School

    • Kathleen Mallory, Book 6
    • By: Carol O'Connell
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    Police detective Kathleen Mallory recognized the dead call girl. It was someone from her past, a woman who protected her on the streets of New York - and who betrayed her. Mallory also recognized the crime scene: victim hanging, hair in mouth, fire burning. It happened 21 years ago, when Mallory was a child. Now - whether it's the work of a copycat killer or a serial murderer - it has happened again. Kathleen Mallory's past has finally caught up with her.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Imagine Dr. Spock as a female NYPD Detective

    • By Vicki on 10-07-17

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  • Book 7

    • Dead Famous

    • A Mallory Novel
    • By: Carol O'Connell
    • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 179
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 75

    In Chicago, an FBI agent is killed in a psychiatrist's waiting room. In New York, the jurors from a controversial trial are murdered one by one. The only connections between the two: a flamboyant shock-jock, whose on-air comments seem to be taking him dangerously close to the edge; and a woman, her body misshapen since childhood, whose job it is to clean up crime scenes, and maybe create them as well. This is a federal case, and Mallory's been told that the FBI wants no part of her.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Peculiar book

    • By Carol on 11-01-06

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  • Book 8

    • Winter House

    • A Mallory Novel
    • By: Carol O'Connell
    • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 181
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86

    Never has Mallory faced as many surprises as in the case before her now. It seems cut-and-dried at first: a burglar has been caught in the act and killed by an ice pick-wielding homeowner. Except that the homeowner turns out to be the most famous lost child in NYPD history, missing for almost 60 years, thought to have been kidnapped following the massacre of her family: five siblings, father, stepmother, nanny, and housekeeper, nearly the entire household wiped out...with an ice pick.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • VERY GOOD!

    • By Vermont on 10-08-08

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  • Book 9

    • Find Me

    • By: Carol O'Connell
    • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 285
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95

    A caravan of cars drives down Route 66, each passenger bearing a photograph. They are the parents of missing children, all brought together by word that children's grave sites are being discovered along the road. Kathy Mallory drives with them. The child she seeks, though, is herself. During the next few days, she will find herself hunting a killer like no one she has ever known, and will undergo a series of revelations of stunning intensity and effect.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • some will some will not

    • By Vivian on 03-01-07

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    • Shark Music

    • By: Carol O'Connell
    • Narrated by: Regina Reagan
    • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 2

    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 the 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.

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  • Book 10

    • The Chalk Girl

    • A Mallory Novel, Book 10
    • By: Carol O'Connell
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 440
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 357
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 360

    New York Times best-selling author Carol O’Connell has won a wide fan base with her popular novels starring NYPD detective Kathy Mallory. In The Chalk Girl, a little girl is abandoned in Central Park—with her uncle’s body in a tree not far away. Recognizing a kindred spirit in the girl, Mallory takes the case. But her investigation soon leads to a trail of murder and blackmail spanning 15 years.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • More, More, More!

    • By Amazon Customer on 01-24-12

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    • The Chalk Girl

    • A Mallory Novel
    • By: Carol O'Connell
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 2

    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 NYPD detective, Kathy Mallory, there is something about the girl that she understands. Mallory is damaged, they say, but she can tell a kindred spirit.

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  • Book 11

    • It Happens in the Dark

    • A Mallory Novel, Book 11
    • By: Carol O'Connell
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 104
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 93
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 94

    The reviews called it "A Play to Die For" after the woman was found dead in the front row. It didn't seem so funny the next night, when another body was found - this time the playwright's, 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 person - if "person" is the right word - who 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating!

    • By Nancy J on 08-25-13

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    • It Happens in the Dark

    • By: Carol O'Connell
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      1 out of 5 stars 1
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      1 out of 5 stars 1

    In this astonishing new mystery by New York Times best-selling author Carol O'Connell, mad-genius NYPD detective Kathy Mallory comes up against a ghostly Broadway murderer. The reviews called it 'A Play to Die For' after the woman was found dead in the front row. The next night, there's another front-row death. Detective Kathy Mallory takes over, but no matter what she asks, no one seems to be giving her a straight answer. The only person - if 'person' is the right word - who seems to be clear is the ghostwriter.

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  • Book 12

    • Blind Sight

    • By: Carol O'Connell
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92

    The nun was dead. Her body lay on the lawn outside Gracie Mansion, the home of New York City's mayor, and it wasn't alone. There were four of them altogether. They'd been killed at different times, in different places, and dumped there. There should have been five - but the boy was missing. Jonah Quill, blind since birth, sat in a car driven by a killer and wondered where they were going. Though he was blind, Jonah saw more than most people did. It was his secret, and he was counting on that to save his life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved this book

    • By Alaska Kate on 01-09-17

    Regular price: $31.49