The Chalk Girl
By Carol O'Connell
Berkley Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780425250303, 513pp.
Publication Date: July 3, 2012
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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.
“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