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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,008 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carol O’Connell Narrator: Alyssa Bresnahan Publisher: Listen & Live Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kathleen Mallory Series Release Date: September 2003 ISBN: 9781593162962
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Night had fallen, and the woman looked down at the crumpled letter, as if, in absolute darkness, she could read the postscript: only a monster can play this game. In Chicago, and FBI agent is killed in a psychiatrist's waiting room. In New York, the jurors from a controversial trial are murdered one by one. The only connections between the two: a flamboyant shock-jock, who on-air comments seem to be taking him dangerously close to the edge, and a woman, her body misshapen since childhood, whose job it is to clean up crime scenes—and maybe create them as well. This is a federal case, and Mallory’s been told that the FBI wants no part of her. But she knows something nobody else does—and, besides when has she ever cared what anyone else wanted? Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Bresnahan] wisely opts for a straightforward approach, presenting the book s lengthy descriptive passages in a clear, crisp manner and defining the cast of eccentric characters with subtle vocal shifts. The result is a compelling, smartly paced entertainment, as focused and coolly efficient as its affect-less heroine.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Fast-paced and complex, this novel offers a twist ending that readers won't see coming. Recommended for public libraries and popular fiction collections.”

    Library Journal

  • “O'Connell has raised the standard for psychological thrillers.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Memorable characters and blazingly original prose. Once again, O'Connell transcends the genre.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Connie | 2/18/2014

    " This was the first Mallory book I've read and was not impressed. Had a very hard time finishing it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Donnelly | 1/23/2014

    " Riker is the real star of this Mallory book. We learn a lot about his early life, meet his father and see river 'in love.' I thought the plot was a bit convoluted. I still enjoyed the ongoing Mallory story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kiersten | 1/20/2014

    " I found a new crime writer, really great book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine Washburn | 1/5/2014

    " really enjoyed this book. i haven't read any of this authors books before but i loved the humor in it. i will go out and get the other books carol has written, and hope that they have that same humor. i really enjoy a good murder with a few laugh out loud moments thrown in. my favorite character was the cat, anyone who has ever had an attack cat will understand. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 DiAnne | 1/5/2014

    " I enjoy her writing - another engaging Detective Mallory book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LeAnne | 12/2/2013

    " I picked this up at a used book sale because I was desperate for something to read, but it was very interesting. Well-drawn, quirky characters,unusual love story, suspense that had me guessing right up to the end. I will definitely look for more books from this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 11/21/2013

    " Less focused on Mallory. Good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gracie | 11/13/2013

    " in italian "La giuria deve morire" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 P.J. Coldren | 8/16/2013

    " This seems even more convoluted than previous Mallory novels I've read. I don't think O'Connell plays fair with the reader in terms of the knowledge available to the reader -- although it must be said that that same knowledge doesn't seem to be available to the detectives AND it should have been. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ted | 6/24/2013

    " Another Mallory novel: not as good as "Find Me," IMO, but still an entertaining read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Harry Lane | 6/3/2013

    " I have enjoyed this series, but this one is, in my opinion, just a tad less believable than the prior books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Ann | 3/5/2013

    " Ms. O'Connell can certainly pull you into her mysteries. I really enjoy the way she handles her characters and adds as the series goes on, even when some are never in another novel. It makes one wonder how the mind can conceive such twisted stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy Jarvis | 2/13/2013

    " This book was OK...not one of my favorites. Writing seemed to be a bit all over the place. But it was decent enough to finish reading. Would not recommend this book however. Many other books out there that are such an excellent read. It was just OK! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 10/14/2012

    " Excellent ending. Another fascinating character study. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leah | 5/24/2012

    " uneven plotting, impossible scenarios "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy Ellis | 5/20/2012

    " Enjoyed this, even tho I had to work hard to keep track of which character was doing what when....Really good plot! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaethe | 3/26/2012

    " Aterwards I can't remember the plots at all, but it doesn't really matter. I love the character of Mallory. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kel | 9/4/2011

    " Very quick read. 12 stupid jurors get knocked off one-by-one by the man they acquited. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 8/4/2011

    " I had read all the O'Connells up to this point and then quit for some reason. Decided to get back to it -- this is one of my favorites. Great characterizations and surprising plot twists. Riker is featured and Kathy Mallory is at her most OCD with a glimmer of heart. Great series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Harry | 5/25/2011

    " I have enjoyed this series, but this one is, in my opinion, just a tad less believable than the prior books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kel | 12/23/2010

    " Very quick read. 12 stupid jurors get knocked off one-by-one by the man they acquited. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 8/29/2010

    " Enjoyed this, even tho I had to work hard to keep track of which character was doing what when....Really good plot! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 DiAnne | 5/26/2010

    " I enjoy her writing - another engaging Detective Mallory book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 3/18/2010

    " Excellent ending. Another fascinating character study. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 11/28/2009

    " I could not help liking this novel/mystery that featured not only Mallory, but Joanna Apollo, P. Reichart and Mugs, the mean cat who was loyal and good to only his mistress. All interesting, complex characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 10/15/2009

    " I love Carol O'Connell. This has a wonderful building of the odd and strange characters that we know and love. The story has a couple of twists also. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaethe | 9/15/2009

    " Aterwards I can't remember the plots at all, but it doesn't really matter. I love the character of Mallory. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 4/23/2009

    " Mallory continues to evolve. Maybe one day she will have a soul. I feel I catch glimpses of her beginning to learn to truly relate to others. True she, in her own way, loves her friends

    Plot was intriguing. Well written and very enjoyable.

    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/13/2009

    " Much darker than earlier books. (Hard to believe that's possible.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 2/1/2009

    " I had read all the O'Connells up to this point and then quit for some reason. Decided to get back to it -- this is one of my favorites. Great characterizations and surprising plot twists. Riker is featured and Kathy Mallory is at her most OCD with a glimmer of heart. Great series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sparhawk | 11/29/2008

    " aka the jury must die. Another good read out of this series. "

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About the Author
Author Carol O’Connell

Carol O’Connell is the author of a number of popular crime novels featuring NYPD Detective Kathy Mallory. Some of her others books include The Judas Child, Winter House, Bone By Bone, Shell Game, and The Chalk Girl, which was published in January of 2012.

About the Narrator

Alyssa Bresnahan is a dynamic dancer, actor, and audiobook narrator. She has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, has earned twenty Earphones Awards, and was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voices. In 2009 she was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best fiction narration. She has toured Europe in stage productions of several Greek dramas. In the United States, she appeared as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire and as Nina in The Seagull. At the New York Stage and Film Festival, she had the starring role in The Clearing.