Jurors on a controversial trial are being killed off one by one, and only Detective Kathleen Mallory can figure out why. But the FBI has told her to lay off and leave it to the Feds. That's never stopped Mallory before.
No formulaic cop thriller, Dead Famous is instead a crime tale that focuses on its quirky, often outre characters. There isn't a lot of conventional suspense. Yet near the end, the story gathers tremendous narrative momentum and rises to a real tragic power. O'Connell's quirky writing style and approach aren't for everyone, but her fans--old and new--will find much to appreciate here. --Nicholas H. Allison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
O'Connor characters are the best things about her books. They are rich and they are deep, her characters have flaws, but most of them (not the criminals) have tangible good points about them. In this book, Riker meets a woman who helps to restore his damage psyche who is physically imperfect, and I think O'Connor dealt with this problem of being visually imperfect in a society that demands perfection with just the right touch.
The plot is very convoluted to say the least. O'Connor tends to have several intertwining plots going on a once, and I guess some people will find it very difficult to keep these plots separate in their minds. Me, I have come to expect this from O'Connor, and I enjoy trying to make sense of all of the twists. As usual, I cannot wait until the next Mallory book!
Couldn't put this one down at all -- I love the intricacies and characters in all of the Kathy Mallory novels. This one, in particular, kept me guessing until the end, and actually made me cry. Excellent, excellent book.
When is the next one coming out? Can't wait!
The mystery plotline is almost secondary in this novel. It is overshadowed somewhat by the development of a romantic relationship between Riker and a cleaning woman with secrets of her own, which factor into Mallory's current investigation.
Carol O'Connell writes well, as always. She is an under-appreciated novelist who deserves more accolades for her work. Getting to know her characters is extremely gratifying.
However, if you have not read her Kathleen Mallory books before, you will not fully appreciate this book. Do yourself a favor and start at the beginning with Mallory's Oracle.
For those who have read all of the previous Mallory novels, this one is also high quality, although there may not be as much of Mallory as you might like.
This is the kind of story an editor loves, the kind of writing literature professors use as examples of fine prose. O'Connell's writing is top notch, as always, written with beautiful form. Unfortunately, it's like she's playing to those who admire the way you tell a story, rather than the story. So she neglects the substance for the style.
The story is complex, as is usual for the Mallory series, but spends far more time on secondary characters, and FAR too much time on their various neuroses and phsychological defects. This entire book is about psychological problems. It seems, at times, that we go from exploring one person's traumas to another's insanity, and spend a lot of time with one character or other talking about or thinking about this.
The actual mystery, the supposed major plot line, is secondary. And not all that important, anyway. This book is about psychological trauma and insanity, not murder. It starts out with Ryker traumatized and broken, and Mallory unhappy, and pretty much ends up that way. Along the journey a mystery clears itself up with little help from Mallory or Ryker and not very much suspense of tension - and certainly very little action. The ending is telegraphed, drawn out, anti-climactic, and wholly unsatisfying.Read more ›