The Chalk Girl

By Carol O'Connell
(Berkley, Mass Market Paperback, 9780425250303, 528pp.)

Publication Date: July 3, 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Hardcover, Paperback, Hardcover

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“Mallory has been one of my favorite series characters since I first encountered her in Mallory's Oracle many years ago. It is hard to feel sympathy for her because she doesn't need any, but this story of a damaged woman trying to help a damaged child is very moving. The crimes are solved in Mallory's unique outside-the-box method, and, as always, justice is all that matters to her. I look forward to handselling this book and introducing more readers to Mallory.”
-- Ann Carlson, Harborwalk Books, Georgetown, SC


The eight-year-old girl appeared in New York’s Central Park one day: red-haired, blue-eyed, dirty-faced, smiling widely. She looked perfect, like a porcelain fairy—except for the blood on her shoulders. It fell from the sky, she told the police. It happened while she was looking for her Uncle Red, who had turned into a tree. Right, they thought, poor child. And then they found the body in the tree.

For Mallory, newly returned to the Special Crimes Unit after three months’ lost time, spent she will not say where, there is something about the girl that she understands. Mallory is damaged, they say, dangerously unstable, but she can tell a kindred spirit when she sees one. And this one will ultimately lead her to a story of extraordinary crimes, to murders stretching back fifteen years, to blackmail and complicity and a particular cruelty that perhaps only someone with Mallory’s history could fully recognize. In the next few weeks, she will deal with them all…in her own way.

About the Author

Carol O’Connell is the author of eleven previous books, nine featuring Kathy Mallory, most recently Find Me, and the stand-alones Judas Child and Bone by Bone. She lives in New York City.

Praise For The Chalk Girl

“O’Connell has raised the standard for psychological thrillers.”—Chicago Tribune

“Before Salander 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

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