A reclusive pensioner kills an intruder, but there's more to this murder than meets the eye in the eighth novel in the Kathy Mallory series from New York Times bestseller Carol O'Connell.
Detective Kathy Mallory. New York's darkest. You only underestimate her once.
A secret that has yet to claim its final victim
When a known serial killer is found at Winter House, with shears sticking out of his chest and an ice pick in his hand, NYPD detective Kathy Mallory is called in to investigate. At the scene of the crime seventy-year-old Nedda Winter immediately confesses to the killing, claiming it was self-defence. Case closed.
However, Nedda is in fact the most famous lost child in NYPD history, missing for almost sixty years, thought to be kidnapped following the massacre of her family... with an ice pick.
And a remarkable story begins to emerge, of murderous greed and family horror, abandonment and loss, revenge and twisted love.
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 - Val McDermid
Carol O'Connell proves once again the enduring power of Mallory - Karin Slaughter
Intricate tale of betrayal, buried secrets and lives chopped short in the name of greed - Publishers Weekly
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.