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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,244 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carol O’Connell Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Kathleen Mallory Series Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781464028939
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New York Times bestselling author Carol O’Connell has won a wide fan base with her popular novels starring NYPD detective Kathy Mallory. in The Chalk Girl, a little girl is abandoned in Central Park—her uncle’s body in a tree not far away. Recognizing a kindred spirit in the girl, Mallory takes the case. But her investigation soon leads to a trail of murder and blackmail spanning fifteen years. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Chalk Girl is an event of sorts—any Mallory book is—and works decently as a stand-alone…Like the Dragon Tattoo books it abounds with malicious familial relationships, damaging psychological histories, bizarre acts of cruelty, and small talk tinged with sadism. What offsets this nastiness is Ms. O’Connell’s elegant wit.”

    New York Times

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

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Before Salander [of the Millennium series] took the world by storm, there was Mallory, the most gloriously original heroine to grace crime fiction’s meanest and darkest streets.”

    Sarah Weinman, Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind

  • “O’Connell’s wonderful Mallory novels are among the best crime fiction ever written.”

    San Jose Mercury News

  • “Connell offers more than a suspenseful tale; she portrays a complex world of dark and light, corruption and love, in a New York City that retains its grittiness. Another must-read in a compelling and rich crime series.”

    Library Journal

  • “A complex, gritty thriller that is at once hard to take and hard to put down.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “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

  • Selected for the February 2012 Indie Next List
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A 2013 Audie Award Finalist for Thriller/Suspense

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juno | 1/17/2014

    " I've read the whole Mallory series ... she's one of my favorite detectives. This was a great one, can't wait for another. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa Beaulieu | 1/13/2014

    " Everytime there was a behind the scenes deal between Riker and the other police, or Mallory and one of her dad's friends, I really never had any idea what had happened. Completely befuddled. In defense of the author, I didn't really try all that hard to figure it out ... but then again, the author should have made me care. I found myself just rolling my eyes. The treatment of bullying and adult complicity was really well done I thought. I very much liked Riker - Mallory, I never really understood. And who dunnit was pretty implausible to me considering the way they had been portrayed .... Overall, meh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Magic Mary Austin | 1/10/2014

    " This was a good ole fashioned murder mystery with murders so outrageously done, I had to keep reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Max Gordon | 1/9/2014

    " In the interests of full disclosure, I admit that Carol O'Connell's Mallory books are far and away my favorite mystery series. But there's a danger in growing to love a particular cast of characters: with each new book, I fear, "Can she do it? Can she write another first-rate Mallory book, as complex and rewarding as the last?" I was especially nervous after her non-Mallory hiatus with Bone by Bone , but I should have known better. O'Connell NEVER disappoints. If anything, her books keep getting better, because her characters are not the recycled caricatures that plague most series books. They grow. They fail. They struggle. We learn more, yet never too much--and never enough. If you've never read a Carol O'Connell book, do NOT start with this one. Treat yourself, and go back to the beginning (Mallory's Oracle), and read every one of them. THEN read this one. You will NOT be disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellyn | 1/4/2014

    " Not my favorite of the Mallory series. I found some of the "evil" characters simply too cruel to be believable. I've been with the Mallory series from the start, before ever hearing about Stieg Larsson's characters to which they are currently being likened. Still a compelling read, better than most best selling mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lweslock | 12/29/2013

    " I highly recommend Carol O'Connell. This book was no exception. I love her writing style and she keeps me guessing until the very end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sunni | 12/13/2013

    " Okay, I am giving O'Connell a 3 against her other works; she is still a favorite mystery writer of mine and would probably be a 4 against others. I just feel that O'Connell started out strong -- a master of creating and slowly unwrapping complex, interesting characters. Writing psychological thrillers that make things lurk in the darkness of your mind. But once her books took off I felt like she is being pressured to quickly produce more of her heroine Mallory and there is less crafting and more packaging. This book seems to try to cash in on the popularity of the CSI formula, giving much more blood and guts and rats and insects and details of things I don't want to know. It distracts from the story and is a bit of a cheap shortcut. I also found the plot and all the characters got too convoluted until by the end you were losing track, and somewhat didn't care, exactly who dunnit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 12/7/2013

    " Not as good as "Find Me", but a very good continuation of the Mallory series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Cargle | 12/7/2013

    " I love the Mallory series. This cast of characters is interesting and each book gives you more insight into Kathy and her so damaged heart. These murderers get the justice they deserve. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 11/1/2013

    " This book is so choppy, the characters are not brought to full completion, you never get in the head of the lead character if that is what you want to call her. I am mad that I paid $12 for this book. The reviews looked good but it stunk! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 10/25/2013

    " Mallory is a ludicrous character, and I know that, but I still find her irresistible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 10/22/2013

    " I found this to be one of the best of the series and considering the quality of all of the books, it is high praise. I admit to having a soft spot for Mallory, and this book only adds to her oeuvre. Politics, blackmail, madness, and devious cruelty; and the love of a little girl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Timna | 10/20/2013

    " Very satisfying Mallory mystery - kept me guessing - great for a snowy weekend! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Babs | 9/7/2013

    " This book has everything you could want in a murder/suspense mystery. A good mix of cold cases connected with present day crime and Kathy Mallory using her skills to pull it altogether. Carol O'Connell is one of my favorite authors and Mallory one of my most favorite characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia Sinsap | 3/27/2013

    " I've liked all this author's books and this latest one does not disappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia Walter | 3/9/2013

    " Mallory finds a little girl with elfin ways and strange gifts at a bloody crime scene. Out of their odd friendship comes the beginning of the solution to a series of murders with roots in the past. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 10/3/2012

    " A welcome return of Kathy Mallory from NYPD's Special Crimes Unit, who was labelled dangerously unstable by the department's psychiatrist. An unusual child witnesses a grisly murder and Mallory uncovers the link to a 15-year-old crime done to another child in Central Park. Compelling and dark. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 7/15/2012

    " Love the Mallory series for the characters, tight writing, tightly woven plot lines. In this one, the plot lines didn't coalesce until too late in the story; also had trouble tracking the characters, understanding their connections. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 3/31/2012

    " Wonderful addition to the series. The story is well paced and the characters remain true. The series keeps getting better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zac | 3/15/2012

    " A new Mallory book I hadn't heard was out? Oh hell yes. "

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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

Barbara Rosenblat, one of the most awarded narrators in the business, was selected by AudioFile magazine as one of the Golden Voices of the Twentieth Century. She has received the prestigious Audie Award multiple times and has earned fifty-six AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has also appeared in film, television, and theater, both in London’s West End and on Broadway.