DEAD FAMOUS – Good+ Carol O’Connell – 7th Mallory

This story involves a seemingly unstoppable serial killer; a beautiful hunchback with tragedy in her past; a radio shock-jock who helps the killer find his victims; an extremely mean house cat; a gloomy veteran cop drinking himself into oblivion; and NYPD detective Kathy Mallory.

This is a tough book for me to rate. Mallory is a fascinating character and we learn even more about her past. But this is not at all the usual mystery. Mallory is almost a secondary player to other strange and, in their own ways, haunted characters. My reaction reminds me a bit of the way I felt about Lehane’s “Shelter Island,” in that I’m not certain I can say I loved the story, but I absolutely love her writing.

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