It Happens in the Dark

It Happens in the Dark

Book - 2013
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The astonishing new Mallory novel from the New York Times--bestselling author and one of the most acclaimed crime writers in America.

The reviews called it "A Play to Die For" after the woman was found dead in the front row. It didn't seem so funny the next night, when another body was found--this time the playwrigh himself, his throat slashed.

Detective Kathy Mallory from the NYPD Special Crimes Unit takes over, but no matter what she asks, no one seems to be giving her a straight answer. The only person--if "person" is the right word--who seems to be clear with her is the ghostwriter. Every night, an unseen backstage hand chalks up line changes and messages on a blackboard. And the ghostwriter is now writing Mallory into the play itself, a play about a long-ago massacre that may not be at all fictional. "MALLORY," the blackboard reads. "TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT. NOTHING PERSONAL."

If Mallory can't find out who's responsible, heads will roll. Unfortunately, one of them may be her own.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780399165399
Branch Call Number: M OCO
Characteristics: 358 p. ;,24 cm

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gr8_reader
Apr 13, 2014

I love Mallory but unless O'Connell moves the characters forward soon, I'm not sure I'll keep reading... I've no way to figure out how much time has passed from the first Mallory to this one but it seems Mallory hasn't grown at all... lots of allusions to her deeper character but we never get any real insight into it... the last two books' endings insinuated something but so far there's been no follow-up... after 10 books, it's time!

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pitkerro
Nov 21, 2013

What's happening to my favourite authors? First Elizabeth George lets me down and now it's O'Connell. Couldn't summon up enough interest to read beyond first couple of chapters. Skipped to end and was still underwhelmed. Almost seemed like someone else had written it, so different was the tone. If the latest Quintin Jardine continues the trend, I may have to seek treatment - or resort to non-fiction.

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stephaniedchase
Nov 07, 2013

I rarely give 1, or even 2 star, reviews -- but I simply cannot believe how awful, awful, awful this book was, especially following THE CHALK GIRL. Mallory was a horrible caricature of herself in this book, and the writing stuttered. Completely unenjoyable.

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ctpete
Jul 30, 2013

I was disappointed with this book. I've been following the Mallory series since the beginning, as well as reading Ms. O'Connell's stand alones, and I've never had to say that before.

"It Happens In the Dark" is almost a parody of a Mallory novel, with over the top scenes like the dancing cops. Mallory herself seems almost peripheral to the action; there is more talk about her than action by her.

I will read the next book by Carol O'Connell, hoping for a return to her excellent writing.

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