Unfinished business from the past haunts detective Kathy Mallory in New York Times bestselling author Carol O'Connell's sixth novel in the Mallory series.
Detective Kathy Mallory. New York's darkest. You only underestimate her once.
A street kid turned cop.
Fifteen years have passed since a junkie whore and a police informer, known simply as Sparrow, cared for a feral child when she was lost and alone.
Why did she let the hangman in?
Now, on a hot August afternoon, in an East Side apartment, a woman is found hanged. Carefully placed red candles and an enormous quantity of dead flies suggest a bizarre ritual. NYPD detective Kathy Mallory does not recognise her immediately. But soon finds that she is staring her bitter past in the face, as she pursues a case which also has its origin in an unsolved murder committed years ago.
Mallory is one of the most original and intriguing detectives you'll ever meet.
If any writer could make me break my New Year's resolution to avoid serial killer novels, it's the brilliant Carol O'Connell. - Daily Telegraph
There's never been a fictional detective like Kathy Mallory
A cop with a barely repressed crooked streak, and one of the most interesting new characters to come along in years
Carol O'Connell is one of the finest writers of contemporary thrillers, with her intoxicating mix of rich prose, resonant characters and knife-edge suspense. Her books featuring NYPD detective Kathy Mallory, and the stand-alone novel, JUDAS CHILD, have garnered widespread critical acclaim and have appeared on bestseller lists across America. She lives in New York City.