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It Happens in the Dark: Kathy Mallory: Book Eleven [Format Kindle]

Carol O'Connell

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Praise for It Happens in the Dark
“Mallory continues to be an enigmatic and fascinating character . . . [her] closest counterpoint in mystery fiction is Lisbeth Salander.”—Mystery Scene Magazine
“Dazzling.”—Publishers Weekly
“Fans won’t want to miss another solid mystery from O’Connell”—Library Journal
“NYPD Special Crimes Detective Kathy Mallory is one of the most intriguing characters in crime fiction today.”—New York Daily News
Praise for the Kathy Mallory series by Carol O'Connell

The Chalk Girl is an event – any Mallory book is. She is as fine a fictional creation as the crime genre offers.” – Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“Like every mother’s child, every author’s detective is exceptional. But Carol O’Connell takes it way over the top with the mythic scale of her mad-genius New York City cop, Kathy Mallory.” – Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“O’Connell’s awesome ability to weave a taut, complex plot works with Mallory’s equally awesome detective skills as she unearths each crystalline facet of crimes both past and present.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A remarkable series. O’Connell delivers shock after shock, held together by exquisitely detailed police and forensic procedure and by the riveting, punishing figure of Mallory herself.” – Booklist (starred review)

“O’Connell offers more than a suspenseful tale; she portrays a complex world of dark and light, corruption and love. Another must-read in a compelling and rich crime series.” – Library Journal (starred review)

“My new favorite in a long line of mysteries by Carol O’Connell that I have greatly admired and enjoyed. Mallory is one of the great characters ever in detective fiction. She’s tall, beautiful, scary smart and…just plain scary. A great read, filled with O’Connell’s command of humor, pathos and drama.” – San Jose Mercury News

“O’Connell’s writing is electric, her plots multilayered, and her cast of characters fascinating.” – Sacramento Bee

“Wow, my vote for the most terrifying and gripping January read. It will chill you to the bone with a plot rising right out of the Brothers Grimm.” – Barbara Peters, Poisoned Pen

“Mallory is one of the most fascinating characters in crime fiction. Before Lisbeth Salander, there was Mallory.” – Joanne Sinchuk, Murder on the Beach

Présentation de l'éditeur

Mallory Book 11: the eleventh NYPD detective Kathy Mallory novel from New York Times bestseller Carol O'Connell, master of knife-edge suspense and intricate plotting.

The reviews called it 'A Play to Die For' after the woman was found dead in the front row. The next night, there's another front-row death.

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.'

If Mallory can't find out who's responsible, heads will roll. Unfortunately, one of them might be her own...

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 369 pages
  • Editeur : Headline (6 août 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00CM9CN52
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50 internautes sur 51 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Too Much Schtick 23 août 2013
Par Mick McAllister - Publié sur Amazon.com
A few years ago, I would not have believed that I'd ever rate a Mallory novel with three stars. I've been following O'Connell since 1997, when I ran across Killing Critics and over the course of about six months read all four Mallory books (including a British edition of Stone Angel published in advance of the American edition). With the exception of the terrible misfire of Bone by Bone (not a Mallory novel) O'Connell's books have all been treasures; challenging sometimes, but always entertaining, thoughtful, and well-written. O'Connell's other non-Mallory novel, Judas Child, will be a candidate when someone creates a "Ten Best Mysteries" list.

I'm hesitant to judge It Happens in the Dark, because a few of the books (Shell Game, Dead Famous) require second reading to be appreciated. Maybe when I re-read this one I'll find ironies and insights I missed the first time. But I'm afraid not. What is fundamentally wrong is clear from the first pages. The dynamic and tension of Kathy's relationship with her friends has become hollow bombast. The text keeps wondering why Slope doesn't shoot her. Well, he hasn't shot her for twenty years, why would he now? Her treatment of Rabbi Kaplan, Riker, and Charles Butler no longer has any ambiguity to it. Kathy's sociopathy has no sympathetic tangle to it, she is just hateful and vicious. A reader without the backstory would wonder why anyone puts up with her. There is a kind of pervasive meanness about the book that feels very uncomfortable.

Here's one little element that illustrates what I mean. A continuing gag in the series is Detective Janos, who is huge, scary-looking, and a very, very nice guy. For some reason O'Connell injects a new element into that characterization. Every time Janos is being nice, O'Connell accompanies it with a sadistic inner monologue about what he COULD do, if he weren't so nice. It gets old fast, it adds nothing to the plot, and it trivializes Janos in a way that's embarrassing.

Maybe this book will do well with initiates, people who haven't read any of the other books. It's a neat little "locked room" mystery and the solution is interestingly convoluted. But I suspect that's not going to be enough. The Nebraska subplot (the obligatory "old crime" that Kathy solves while pursuing the new one) is confusing and unconvincing. It's obvious who the culprit is, and there is no coherent explanation why the sheriff never solved the case.

But worst of all, a first reader is not going to buy Kathy. We have to take for granted her talent for scaring people just by looking at them, which she does to everyone in the first fifty-odd pages. She doesn't just demand agreement from her friends, she demands absolute obedience. She doesn't dazzle a few men into clumsy incoherence, she does it to everyone, including women. It's degenerated into schtick, and not very interesting schtick. I imagine trying to explain to a first reader why they should care about Kathy, and I throw up my hands.

What made Mallory interesting was not her sociopathy, but her struggle with it. What we were attracted to was not the "Mean Machine," but the woman who threw a rock through Charles' window to apologize for hurting him. In The Chalk Girl, she struggles with her identification with the orphaned girl, and her maternal instincts may remind us of Grendel's mother, but it's the instincts, not the monster, that's interesting. There is nothing interesting about hating Sparrow; what we care about is the Kathy who read to her while she lay dying.

If this series is going anywhere, it's time to fish or cut bait. Kathy needs to screw up in the next novel, screw up badly enough that she can't rationalize her way out of it, and screw up on her own terms. She needs a good, solid slap that she deserves, and then we'll see if she crumbles, goes rogue, or grows up. There's nothing that interesting in this novel.

Everybody can be off their game, even James Lee Burke and, this time, Carol O'Connell. Unless I missed something....
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Disappointing 2 septembre 2013
Par PLM - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This was definitely not as good as the other books in the Mallory series.
Here, Mallory is not only damaged as usual, but she is cruel.
There are so many suspects in this mystery with many corpses that it
Is impossible to have any sympathy for any of them.
the story unfolds in a Manhattan theater with actors, playwrights
and stagehands. They are all unbelievable.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 It's so Mallory! 26 mai 2013
Par iGertrude - Publié sur Amazon.com
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It's always wonderful to open a Mallory book while she is decimating an imbecile who doesn't know it yet. It's fun to see them turn into roadkill. She's so beautiful and scary and so...Mallory.

It's a rather complex story at the beginning. A Broadway play tries to open but is besieged by money and legal problems. Then it opens and someone in the audience dies. Then it opens AGAIN and the playwright, seated in the front row, is murdered during a 40 second blackout. Then it turns out that the playwright is not, as a ghostwriter has been rewriting the play and IMPROVING it. Hence the legal problems as Peter the Playwright tries to stop it from opening. And then there is another dead body.

Added to this the ghostwriter is making the play about a massacre thirteen-hundred miles away and a sheriff from that massacre who shares several qualities with Mallory and you have a great bunch of mysteries.

This is the eleventh Mallory book. (I have a Listmania on my profile page named Kathy Mallory with the eleven books and two other not-Mallory books.) I can't imagine reading this without having the knowledge of the earlier books. Mallory's name, itself, is the name of her mother's killer. The name of a virus she created is Good Dog, which was the name of the dog she left behind when fleeing while her mother was murdered, and Good Dog does what she wants it to do. The dog tried to stop the killing, and nearly died trying, but survived 16 years to torment her mother's killers.

Not unlike Mallory.

There is a richness to the story, to all stories about Mallory, which feed upon each other. Like the heartrending picture of Charles, near the end of The Chalk Girl, when we see a 90-year-old Charles sitting in his backyard with his grandchildren, pulling petals off from daisies, saying, Kathy had a heart, Kathy didn't have a heart, for each petal, never having been able to decide this on his own. We briefly revisit a 90 year old Charles, as he lay dying, and still struggling to understand Kathy, This time, it is a great-granddaughter who turns off his bedside lamp. Could he have ever loved anyone else? Could his family be anyone other than Kathy's? How?

Then there is the shattering kindness Kathy shows when we discover she has snuck into Charles' apartment every night to change the fireflies in a glass jar on the nightstand beside a young orphan's bed. She may use the girl to capture a killer but she would not let her find dead fireflies in the morning.

A Kathy Mallory book is a wonder to behold. Once I know about one, I can't rest until it is in my grubby little hands. Then I can't sleep until I've read the whole darned thing. So it's like wait and wait and wait and wait and read and then wait and wait and... well, you know. I wish she would just stream Mallory to my brain.

-Gertrude, the Bad Queen
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Mallory's back - and the bodies are piling up... 13 juin 2013
Par SoozeSays - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Commentaire client Vine pour produit gratuit (De quoi s'agit-il?)
Carol O'Connell's Mallory, is one of mystery fiction's most complex and intriguing fictional detectives. Although this is the twelvth "Mallory" novel, there is a brief recap of the detective's history and it can certainly stand alone. In "It Happens in the Dark" a murder takes place on opening night of a play, on the next night, another dead body interrupts the play - this one, the body of the disgruntled playwright. All the familiar characters are here from the previous books - but as always, it is Mallory who stands out and stands alone and manages to stay one step ahead of everyone else. As the bodies pile up, the reader and the NYC theater audience can't help but wonder if the cast will ever get through the whole play without a murder. Enjoy finding out not only whodunnit but why... and what about the ghostly chalk writings thare are giving direction before each play's opening???

I have read all the Mallory novels and enjoyed them. Her character is dark, complex and compelling. I have to admit I found the writing in "It Happens in the Dark" to be uneven. In the beginning I even wondered if it was indeed Carol O"Connell writing. Mallory's relationship with Charles Butler, the psychologist who loves her is a jarring misnote - it's as if their relationship had never developed at all in the previous 11 novels. Also, in at least the first half of the book, it seems as if all the other characters take center stage and Mallory is far off in the wings.Eventually the book picks up speed and Mallory's deductive skills and expertise become the focus in a race to solve the murders.

I did like this book, but I would recommend starting at the beginning of the series and letting this fine character grow on you...you'll be glad you did.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Disappointing for Mallory Fans 3 septembre 2013
Par aginghippie - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Connie Davis's review Aug 31, 13 · edit
2 of 5 stars
Read in September, 2013

It was almost painful to give a Carol O'Connel Mallory book only 2 stars, because from the beginning of her books, I have adored this series and anxiously awaited the arrival of each Mallory mystery. Regrettably, I have found Mallory less interesting as the series has continued, significantly less likable, and importantly,less believable. This is Ms. O'Connell's creation, and she can portray her as she sees fit; she has stated in interviews she is aware that she has a winning character. However, consider this: people are influenced and changed by events in their lives. Mallory--in spite of what should have been an epiphany, a life-altering experience (the finding of her birth father after many years of searching in "Find Me")--appears unchanged by this event, and indeed, it is never mentioned or alluded to in subsequent novels.

One has to wonder why she has such a loyal and devoted group of people in her life, from wonderful sensitive, homely Charles who remains inexplicably in love with Mallory, to her partner Riker, and friends of her deceased father's. She is virtually never nice to any of them and delights in one-upping them at every turn; her character does not grow, but remains static. What is her appeal? She never seems to repond in ways that make her sympathetic or human . She reponds with a kind of petty, robotic meanness to the people who always forgive her, always look out for her, and continue to love her.

And where did she get this power Riker describes, to strike fear and awe in the hearts of every person--and animal--she meets, simply with a "look"? Why do some of these people not simply disregard her posturing, or laugh at her and walk away, as most would in real life? Her "power" is simply not believable. If Ms. O'Connell wants to creat a super-heroine with indefinable and inexplicable powers, than she has failed with Mallory. All Mallory's posturing would not strike awe, but rather it would promote the kind of annoying feeling one gets with an impotent bully. Hence, Mallory has beoome a caricature of her earlier self, fixed and immutable, not very believable, and now, alas, somewhat irritating.

I found the explication of the plot often confusing and difficult to follow; it seemed choppy to me, and not Ms. O'Connell's best writing. Carol O'Connell has been a master wordsmith, and innately possesses a special gift for writing heart-wrenching scenes and characters. These gifts were not highlighted in this novel.

For the above reasons, I found this book to be disappointing and not up to her usual standards. My greatest concern is with the characterization of Mallory who appears to have devolved into self-centered meanness from the wounded warrior as she was described in the earlier books. Nonetheless, I will no doubt be chomping at the bit waiting for the next chapter in Mallory's life, and seriously hoping to see some character growth in a more positive and realistic direction.
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