this was a frustrating book - it feels as if O'Connell is using Mallory to write ugly stories about human nature... the characters do not develop or grow or change in any way and I'm not really interested any more... she's a good writer but she seems to be a one-trick pony show and "'Mallory the Machine' that everybody loathes but can't stop themselves from loving" is getting tiresome...
A nun with a colourful past.
A blind boy playing hooky from school.
A fragile homeless man.
On a sunny day in one of New York’s historic neighbourhoods, the lives of these 3 characters intersect thanks to one man on a mission. Only one will survive.
Detective (don’t call me Kathy) Mallory is approached by a priest who fears for the missing Sister Michael. It doesn’t take her long to dig up the good nun’s past & her connection to blind 12 year old Jonah. But how did the mayor know the nun was missing before the police? And speaking of the mayor….um….has he noticed the 4 bodies on his lawn?
The opening sequence grabs your attention immediately. It’s obvious this is going to be a complex story with many threads that initially run parallel to each other. The fun part is sitting back & watching as Mallory & long suffering partner Riker begin to tie them together. Along the way, they deal with smarmy politicians, Jonah’s family members & some of the city’s wealthiest citizens.
In alternate chapters, we spend time with Jonah & his captor. They’re both compelling characters whose lives were altered by Angie Quill, AKA Sister Michael. Jonah’s character in particular packs an emotional punch & gives a fascinating “look” into the mind of a boy blind from birth. He’s smart & resourceful and there’s an almost mystical element to his story.
This is book # 12 & it’s hard to believe the series has been around since 1994. Mallory is a complex character & the author surrounds her with a diverse cast & rich history. It’s a series that rewards faithful fans as the relationships between regular characters continue to evolve. Most of the gang is back including all the poker buddies she inherited from her late adoptive father.
There’s no shortage of twists & turns before the book reaches a literal race to the finish. Great read.
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