After a string of murders begins to plague a stage production, the brilliant Detective Mallory is called in to investigate. But if Mallory can't find out who's responsible, heads will roll. And one of them may be her own...
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. 'MALLORY', the blackboard reads. 'TONIGHT S THE NIGHT. NOTHING PERSONAL.'
There's never been a fictional detective like Kathy Mallory. - Val McDermid
Carol O'Connell proves once again the enduring power of Mallory. - Karin Slaughter
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.