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The Chalk Girl

Carol O'Connell

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Thriller / suspense

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 novels, JUDAS CHILD and BONE BY BONE, have garnered widespread critical acclaim.

Before Lisbeth Salander, there was Kathy Mallory.

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. And this one will lead her to a story of extraordinary crimes; murders stretching back fifteen years, blackmail and complicity and a particular cruelty that only someone with Mallory's history could fully recognise. In the next few weeks, Kathy Mallory will deal with them all... in her own way.

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Praise for The Chalk Girl

  • 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

  • This is crime writing at its best, and Mallory is its fascinating central character. - New Books Magazine

  • The crimes are gruesome, the writing as smooth as silk as each chapter of this thriller reveals a piece of an increasingly horrendous jigsaw. - Bella Magazine

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Carol O'Connell

Carol O'Connell is the New York Times bestselling creator of Kathy Mallory, and the author of thirteen books, eleven featuring her acclaimed detective, most recently IT HAPPENS IN THE DARK, as well as the stand-alone thrillers JUDAS CHILD and BONE BY BONE. She lives in New York City.

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