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From one of the most acclaimed crime writers in America comes her most astonishing novel: a story of love, loss, death-and discovery. Over the course of eight novels, Carol O'Connell and her protagonist, New York detective Kathy Mallory, have carved out a unique place for themselves. But all that has been prelude to the remarkable story told in Find Me. A mutilated bodyFrom one of the most acclaimed crime writers in America comes her most astonishing novel: a story of love, loss, death-and discovery. Over the course of eight novels, Carol O'Connell and her protagonist, New York detective Kathy Mallory, have carved out a unique place for themselves. But all that has been prelude to the remarkable story told in Find Me. A mutilated body is found lying on the ground in Chicago, a dead hand pointing down Adams Street, also known as Route 66, a road of many names. And now of many deaths. A silent caravan of cars, dozens of them, drives down that road, each passenger bearing a photograph, but none of them the same. They are the parents of missing children, some recently disappeared, some gone a decade or more-all brought together by word that childrens' grave sites are being discovered along the Mother Road. Kathy Mallory drives with them. The child she seeks, though, is not like the others'. It is herself-the feral child adopted off the streets, her father a blank, her mother dead and full of mysteries. During the next few extraordinary days, Mallory will find herself hunting a killer like none she has ever known, and will undergo a series of revelations not only of stunning intensity- but stunning effect....

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Find Me Reviews

  • jo
    2019-02-06 12:25

    i think i'm being generous. i think this book could easily get two stars and it would be okay. yet i loved it for long stretches, and got turned off only towards the end. still, endings count. in the mystery genre, a book that weaves a very complex web but lets you down at the end is a seriously flawed book.this started losing me when the intricacies of the plot became so intricate that i started losing the ability to suspend disbelief. also, o'connell plays with red herrings and misleading/confusing side-plots a bit too close to the fire. i got burned. for most of the book, though, i shamelessly rooted for mallory. she has the potential to be a very good character. maybe the previous books of the series show her in a less preposterous light. maybe future books will. i have read neither. now i'll talk about the mystification and de-mystification of the female loner. literature, high and low-brow, has male loners galore, but the other characters don't spend quite as much time worshiping them at a distance, tiptoeing around them, discussing them, analysing them, worrying about them. above all, they don't call them "the kid." male loners are cool. this female loner is cool, too -- definitely portrayed as such -- but for some reason o'connell felt the need to endow her friends with an insistent, sticky brand of avuncularism that, at the end, does get on one's nerves. leave well enough alone, already. the woman on the pedestal is a mainstay of heroic representations of women since homer, and plenty people have made the argument that it actually diminishes women. i am not telling o'connell to get with the program, but i'm telling you that it would help a lot with my enjoyment of her books if she did.maybe carol o'connell is not too worried about the diminishment of her character, though. and here's another observation. i am no mystery expert, but my tiny exposure to the genre has led me to observe that women writers love to put their female characters in situations in which women and or children get massively brutalized. i understand the exorcising function of this fantasy, the drive to turn terror into pleasure. it's primal and common and i buy it. and maybe male writers do it too, and maybe only the three or so women mystery writers i have read do it. ** SPOILERS **having covered my bases, though, i'd like to say that in this 21st century of ours it might be nice for women writers to move on from this specific exorcising fantasy and be a little less transparent in their desire to come to terms with violence against women and children. i mean, do you HAVE to get ONE HUNDRED LITTLE GIRLS brutally slaughtered?the small mercy, here, is that there is no sexual violence. the annoying fact is that the killer must be über-phobic of touch with a live human being in order for this fact to be supported by the narrative. i get frustrated by the way in which this culture of ours thrives on the brutalization of children. i know we are all terrified. i know we are battling powerful frontier fantasies of treacherous enemies and the great unknown. i also know that the strongly religious fundamentalist roots of our cultural, with their accompanying demonization of sexuality, make us angry and repressed. but, com'on. it's the 21st century. it's okay to lay the beast to rest. it's okay to walk close to it and realize that it isn't that bad after all. it's okay to let our kids walk to the grocery store on their own, play in the front yard unsupervised, grow up a little less frightened.

  • Annie
    2019-02-09 11:35

    A most excellent 5 star read!

    2019-02-08 10:28

    As posted in []:I got this book as a gift since it is known among my friends that I love Grafton's Kinsey Millhone and Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta. So, I thought I'd love Kathy Mallory. Not! I am aware that there is a series of Mallory's "adventures". I am aware that one needs to read a couple of other books of the series before rendering a verdict. However, this book alone was enough for me to decide that I won't be reading another book by Carol O'Connell. In this series, Mallory hits Route 66 for two purposes. One, to find her father or rather, to find pieces of his life. You see, Mallory was a "feral" child before she was caught and adopted by, now deceased, Lou Markowitz, a legendary cop/detective. Two, she's in search of a serial killer who abducts, kills and buries children by the edges of Route 66. Initially, sounds interesting. However, the Mallory character is hard to relate or sympathize. You could say that despite of it all, Mallory is still feral. She's unapproachable, brash and has a big chip on her shoulder. Sure, people can be tough...but show a little humanity. Nah. I'll stick with Kinsey Millhone and Kay Scarpetta any day.

  • Lydia
    2019-01-24 07:37

    For those of you who have read the previous 8 Mallory novels, you will love this one in particular for the new insights we get into Mallory's life and history. As far as the action goes, it does not disappoint. The story once again has so many twists and turns that you have no problem being just as confused as Charles Butler is when he can't figure out what's going on - and YOU get to hear ALL of the story and not just his segment!I can't praise these books enough. They are wonderful. Laugh-out-loud funny at times; heart-pounding page-turners at others. My only problem with them is that they are my introduction to crime novels - and I doubt many others I read will stand up to Carol O'Connell's work. The mysteries filling the shelves at the library can't possibly all be as good as these books...can they? Fellow readers of the Mallory novels, what other crime novelists are as good as this one and therefore worth my time?

  • Barbara Bryan
    2019-01-28 11:27

    Ninth in a series with Kathy Mallory NY detective, former homeless waif. I prefer to start at the beginning and I heard this wasn't one of the best. I will try again, Listened to it and found it fairly hard to follow, jumped around alot and had a lot of characters, may have been easier to follow in written form.Caravan of cars with parents of missing children drives along Route 66 where dead children are being dug up. Killer is part of caravan, psychiatric priest knows who he is but wont tell due to confessional. Load of crap, people keep getting killed, it's ridiculous.

  • Amanda Patterson
    2019-02-12 09:38

    O’ Connell has set herself apart as one of the finest psychological crime writers ever.‘Love is the death of me.’Detective Riker reads the suicide note found next to Savannah’s corpse. The gunshot victim is lying in his partner, Detective Kathy Mallory’s apartment.Is it a suicide or a homicide? Mallory has disappeared.If you aren’t acquainted with Kathy Mallory, do yourself a favour and change that. There has never been a character like her in crime fiction.Mallory is the most beautiful, most heartless, most terrifying heroine you’ll ever meet.Until the final page of Mallory’s last outing, Winter House, and now in Shark Music, O’ Connell used the enigmatic third person viewpoint. She turned us into intruders who watched Mallory. Mesmerised voyeurs, we never knew what she thought or what she felt.Did Mallory, in fact, feel?In Shark Music, we enter her mind, and the torment and tension of being there is almost unbearable.Far away from New York, the corpse of a man lies on Route 66. This road has become a burial ground for a number of bodies – all of little girls, aged between five and seven.Mallory’s mother died when she was six. She never knew her father. She became a street child marked by cold truths and ruinous logic. Her chilling manipulation of technology boggles the brain. She is literally the ghost in the machine.Why then has she left a paper trail for Riker to follow?He knows that she filled her car with fuel in Pennsylvania and Ohio. She follows the eerie caravan of parents searching for lost children, led by the enigmatic Dr Magritte. She finds items belongings to her lost father. She looks at photographs of him and sees the electric green eyes that belong to her.This complex novel rips apart the hopes and despairs of lost parents and lost children. It enters the place that no human being wants to go. Ever.And you know, as you read, that it can only end in tears. And still you read.From the mystery and malice of Mallory’s Oracle to the brain numbing fear in Flight of the Stone Angel, O’ Connell has set herself apart as the finest psychological crime writer ever.Shark Music surpasses all that has gone before. It is a masterpiece.Amanda PattersonRating: 5/5

  • Linda Robinson
    2019-01-26 13:39

    Read this through one night, and remembered, a long time ago my Dad said you can get by with hardly any sleep as long as what kept you awake was a good time. I only regretted the lack of sleep a little. Mallory elevates her whackness (including chipped nail polish, begob), Butler's got his groove back, and Riker is just as entertaining and frumpy, with better skills displayed. Didn't care for the FBI, which I'm sure O'Connell is perfectly happy with. Wonder what the history is there? The parents made me anxious, as parents can sometimes do. The kids were excellent. The premise and duelling story lines were O'Connell's usual superb, but the ending was bolloxed. Feels like she ran out of deadline time, and had to wrap up by the weekend. Still, O'Connell writing not at her best remains far and away better than most. ACK! This is the last written Mallory novel! Have to find another addiction right away. Again.

  • Ann
    2019-01-22 08:30

    I enjoyed every moment of this ninth book in the series. Skillfully written and intricately plotted, the journey Kathy Mallory takes in this book was much more than a mere trip down the old Route 66, the search for a missing child was so much more than the search for one missing little girl. Highly recommend the series; the revelations about  Mallory continue to peel away the onion to reveal more and more of the character. The cat and mouse game is multi layered and keeps you on the edge of your seat; enjoying the history of the dying highway and second guessing as the the missing clues are revealed.  

  • Mackay
    2019-01-23 11:22

    I am really bored with the trope in mystery/thriller of the damaged savant detective. This was the first Kathy Mallory I've read, and it'll be the last. Mallory is that damaged savant, and beautiful (she's described as possessing a "perfect" face, whatever that means), and she is so out of control that no respectable police force would hire her, promote her to detective, or put up with her. But she's nuthin to the FBI agent who is the true villain of the piece. Oh, puleez.The authorial manipulations of the reader are interesting at first, but the inability of any of these 2-D characters to talk to one another just makes the device more and more and more tiresome. Don't bother.

  • Karla
    2019-01-31 09:16

    LOVED. A true mystery, jam packed with suspense. Deserves a 4.5 star rating really, but I am getting stingy with my 5 star ratings. For the first time EVER, this book is one that I would read again. Carol O'Connell will be added to my top 5 favorite authors and I can't wait to start at the beginning of this series and get caught up.This "who done it?" is also filled with historical trivia setting along Route 66. The female detective is the brilliant quiet, type that puts fear in everyone around. I won this in a First Reads Goodreads giveaway.

  • Carolyn Goodrich
    2019-02-09 10:20

    I love this entire series but this one is a can't put down until you are finished book. I forced myself since I bought this one and have a bunch of library books to read and I am trying to maintain a home life. The main character, Mallory, is not your usual feminine detective. She is a ball breaking b__ch. The flaw in this book is the author allows her to do things Mallory would never do. The plot is her following her father's journey down Route 66.

  • Bernda Bacani
    2019-01-22 05:28

    Mallory reminds me of a tamer version of the female lead in the Girl With the Dragon Tatoo. Mallory is a brilliant but haunted soul. She is looking down Route 66 following letters her late father had left in letters. She gets involved with a caravan of parents who have lost a (murdered) child. I liked it a lot but found it rather intense since I had read another book in this series immediately before this one.

  • Pamela
    2019-01-21 11:22

    This is the first/only "Mallory" book that I have read and I found it to be quite good. Although a little long, it was worth the time to read it. I don't know where this numbers in the list of books, so I don't think I would backtrack, but I would read more of these. I'll have to try to find the next one in the series.

  • Lianda Ludwig
    2019-01-26 13:17

    I can't believe I actually finished this book. EVERY character was like a cartoon character. The story went on for ever, with implausible interactions between these cardboard characters. I think the only reason I finished it was I didn't have another book to read. I would never read another of her books.

  • Cindy Grossi
    2019-02-16 13:36

    Thanks, April - now I have another series I HAVE to delve into. Mallory is an intriguing character and the writing is very good. This title is not the first of the series, but actually a goo jumping off point. I am going back to the first of the series now because my daughter just gifted me with a Kindle copy!

  • George
    2019-01-18 09:15

    fascinating storyline murder within murder within ... Mallory is one of the more unique characters in fictional detective works i have read but this one almost presumes you have read others. The adopted child who came from nowhere has biological parents and it is the search for them *along america's hghwy rt66 that shows a very twisted and convoluted serial murder plot line. i hate to give away those; lines when i review but the idea that the serial murder er can NEVER be identified in that it will do more harm than good is such a wonderful motif. Not just the press doing more harm than good, but evidence is always lost no one knows why evil people do evil things and whats the point of knowing? family or not. A favorite line of Butlers' `the puglist against the gunslinger` The ties between fbi and her adopted parents was yet another fascinating subplot that weaves well with the whole/.Then the final chapter is heartbreaking; Mallory assumed her own father never wanted her even though it was a visual deficiency that destroyed their childhood meeting. "green eyes don't imply sharp vision" So her adopted parents really were what were intended after all ?. Her mothers victimizer commits suicide or does Mallory drive her to it. It really isn't clear at all (at least to me) who protected whom from harm. Riker the drunk cop, Mallory the paranoid genius AND butler the aloof analyst. As books go though i never really saw a point where i lost interest since even after the danger had past (villian dies?) there is a lot of plot untwisting that remained. The puzzler (pattern guy) in programming they do call them Patterns; whose identity is usurped is most likely known to the leader of the caravan, but for some idealogical reason he can't or won't stop the killings. Is this love of rt 66 and VWs some genetic right of passage ?. the book has it all `jack kerouac` imagery music etc. the idea of the mercede's chasing the porshe (with vw's body) across country is such an amazing use of time and travel for a 2-3 mo storyline.Is there really any reason that mallory needed to be involved with the caravan other than she was passing by on another `mission` and one question never answered to my satisfaction was whether the `suicide` in her apt was her reason for leaving the city to go to chicago. The level of detail in these pages is astounding and despite it's length you won't be bored.

  • Bob Schueler
    2019-02-01 07:42

    This origin story for the Mallory series is fascinating and satisfying. It easily lives up to the level of the previous books, and ads depth to the collective saga. I always recommend reading a series in order whenever possible, and think it also makes sense here.

  • John Machata
    2019-02-15 07:40

    Decided to give this best-selling author a whirl. Oops! There I go again- best selling and my appreciation go together uncommonly. Plodding. Heavy handed. Hit you over the head stuff from my view. Incredible in a bad way.

  • Mary Jo
    2019-01-19 06:24

    one of the best i've read in 2017

  • Meghan
    2019-01-25 12:44

    The Best One YetExcellent Read... the series just gets better and better! Can't wait to see wait Ms OConnell comes up with next.

  • David Szatkowski
    2019-02-05 13:22

    An interesting and well written end to part of the backstory of Mallory, here we learn about her (biological) father.

  • Chuck Ledger
    2019-01-18 12:17

    As a stand alone book, I'd give it 2 or 3 part of the series it's a solid 4, maybe even a 5. I enjoyed the route 66 descriptions very much.

  • Arwen56
    2019-02-10 12:32

    Sarebbe inutile riavviare la vecchia querelle riguardo al fatto se il genere “giallo” possa essere o no annoverato tra la vera letteratura o debba essere relegato nella “paralettaratura” (assieme alla fantascienza, al fantasy, al noir, ai thriller e via discorrendo). La mia opinione è, da sempre, che dipende da chi scrive. Esiste anche molta, normalissima letteratura, ossia non appartenente ai succitati generi, che l’unico posto in cui ti viene in mente di collocare è la pattumiera.Prendiamo la Tamaro, ad esempio. Non scrive mica libri gialli. Ma sul fatto che sia letteratura ho grossi dubbi. E poi prendiamo Friedrich Dürrenmatt. Lui sì che scrive romanzi gialli. Ed è indubbiamente letteratura. E pure molto buona. Come dicevo, dipende da chi scrive.Beh, ecco, nel caso di Carol O’Connell e di questo romanzo, il problema neanche si pone. Potrebbe essere qualsiasi cosa, in un range molto ampio, che va dagli appunti scarabocchiati mentre si telefona al romanzo storico di ampio respiro, e il giudizio sarebbe comunque lo stesso: una vera porcheria. Ma, per amor di cronaca, limitiamoci al genere “giallo”.Vediamo un po’, cosa abbiamo? Un serial-killer … ok, va bene, è ormai un “classico”. Ha le sue brave idiosincrasie, da piccolo “è caduto dal seggiolone” (ovvero ha patito i soprusi da parte di tutti quei coglioni di adulti che gli stavano attorno, compresi i genitori, che non l’hanno mai capito e neppure mai veramente amato), ha sviluppato l’adeguata nevrosi, l’ha coccolata quasi fosse sua figlia, si è convinto di avere ragione e, come da copione, si è risolto a far fuori un centinaio di persone a mo’ di compensazione. Fin qui, ci può anche stare. Nessuno si aspetta che un serial-killer abbia letto Shakespeare e ne abbia tratto le ovvie conclusioni. E poi chi c’è? Ahhhhhhhhh la detective, Mallory. E questa è tutto in cinema …E’ bella? Maccerto che è bella. E’ giovane, alta, snella, bionda e con gli occhi verdi.E’ intelligente? Maccerto che è intelligente. Tant’è che non fa mai domande, perché conosce già le risposte e non dà mai risposte perché le domande sono sempre quelle sbagliate. Che figata!!! Praticamente è il padreterno incarnato in Julia Roberts. Sa usare il computer? Maccerto che lo sa fare. Si infila in qualsiasi rete da hacker esperta (è quasi certamente una parente di Lisbeth Salander).Sa sparare? Ma che domande, certo che sa sparare. Lei le mosche le uccide a colpi di pistola.Sa guidare? Ma siete scemi o cosa? Maccerto che sa guidare. E mica solo. Se le mettete davanti il motore smontato di un’automobile, lei ve lo riassembla, migliorandone le prestazioni, in un batter d’occhio.Sa fare la lotta? Allora siete proprio tonti. Siiiiiiiiiii che sa fare la lotta. E’ capace di stendere un marcantonio di due metri con un pugno.Ma è normale? No, non tantissimo, ovviamente. Come cazzo fa a essere normale una così? E’ caduta anche lei dal seggiolone da piccola, neanche a dirsi.E potrei continuare a lungo, con lo stesso tenore, per il resto dei personaggi, ma non ne ho voglia. E’ talmente mediocre ‘sto “giallo” che è riuscito a sfiancarmi.

  • Elizabeth Quinn
    2019-02-13 08:15

    I went looking for a new Mallory story from Carol O'Connell after reading Stieg Larson's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo because it seemed to me that he'd created a character in homage to O'Connell's Mallory. I read the first few Mallory novels -- Mallory's Oracle to Stone Angel -- published in the US between 1995 and 1998 but stopped the series because I was burned out on crime fiction. Still, Kathleen Mallory was an unusual and unforgettable character -- abused as a child and a gifted computer hacker as an adult, a cold-hearted loner loyal unto death to those under her protection, a merciless predator whose friends assume she's a sociopath -- who sprang to mind as soon as I encountered Larson's Lisbeth Salander. Find Me -- the latest Mallory -- drew the most raves of the five novels I'd missed, and may in fact be the final novel in the series, judging by the last line in the book: "And Mallory's road was run."In Find Me Kathleen Mallory has gone AWOL from her job as a NYPD homicide detective to take a road trip on Route 66 after obtaining a packet of letters from the father she never met which lay out the trip from Chicago to Los Angeles, pairing the places that must been seen along the way with the music that must be playing during those stops. But Mallory soon learns she isn't the only person making the trip. A convoy of parents of missing children and their Internet guru has embarked on a similar journey to publicize their plight and the fact that the FBI is unearthing dozens of tiny corpses of little girls murdered and buried along Route 66 over the past 30 years by a serial killer dubbed Mack the Knife. Late arrivals to the convoy include Mallory's NYPD partner, Riker, and the egghead shrink who loves her, Charles Butler. The murder of a parent suggests that killer is part of the convoy and so the game is on.It's easy to see why Mallory devotees love this book. The completion of Mallory's mysterious back story serves to complete the humanizing that has been underway since her first appearance in print. But the novel may not be as satisfying to readers unfamiliar with the series. The story unfolds through the inter-cutting viewpoints of a bunch of characters major and minor with individual scenes ranging in length from a paragraph to several pages. The effect is, I suppose, cinematic with a series of quick cuts, but to me the overall effect was disjointed and off-putting. For a story to really grab me, I need at most a handful of characters and among that handful a sympathetic individual worth my emotional investment. Despite my familiarity with Mallory and her horrific background, I found it difficult to warm up to her in Find Me because the quick cuts left me with little opportunity for sustained engagement with any character.

  • Judith
    2019-02-01 08:29

    I registered a book at! a way to complicate an unlikely serial killer scenario! I have read far too many novels about serial killers that operate in such methodical ways that others can actually define what they are looking for and why. In real life it is rarely that straightforward and the killers are probably as confused as we are. Here we have another one - a killer who has killed young girls and strewn their graves along route 66, starting many years ago. And now it appears there is a new wrinkle in the killer's routine. Even more unlikely: a therapist treats families of lost children through online groups. He organizes a caravan that travels along route 66, spreading "have you seen my child?" posters along the way, and of course talking to each other about their losses. People join the caravan when they can and leave it when they must so its size is not stable. Enter Mallory. A detective with her own deep, dark past, Mallory disappears for an unknown reason, leaving the apparent suicide of a woman in Mallory's apartment. Her partner does what he must to track her down without sending out alarm bells in the department. She is not an easy person to get along with but her detecting skills are top-notch. He does not initially know where to find her but he is a pretty good detective himself and finally catches a whiff.The two work on the missing children case, alongside FBI agents who behave in a suspicious manner, to say the least.The book is not written in a straightforward manner. We learn, along with Mallory's partner, Detective Sergeant Riker, just what set Mallory on her route 66 quest in the first place, and take that quest to its natural conclusion. We get to know a few of the members of the caravan and can guess whether one of them might be a killer. We learn quite a bit about Mallory and what made her the hardcore person she is.

  • Yune
    2019-02-16 10:34

    An abrupt beginning, although this might be because I haven't read the previous books. Either a suicide or a murder in NY cop Mallory's apartment; she's left, so her partner can only guess, and follow. On the way she drives through the crime scene of another murder: a body with a hand missing, replaced by the bones of a child's hand pointing onward-- And she and the book suddenly plunge headlong into an hunt for a serial killer preying along Route 66.Mallory's a hard woman, we know because everyone who knows her says as much. She ends phone conversations without a good-bye, when she even bothers to pick up; she doesn't care to reassure other people when she can be furthering her own purposes. Her deductions are quick and unerring, and her no-nonsense proof of one of them leaves a state trooper stunned: "Over the years to come, whenever he told his best story of old Route 66, he would not make Mallory any taller than she was, and even the size of her gun would remain the same. Nothing would need to be exaggerated."Of course she was an orphaned child, adopted by a homicide cop who then taught her everything he knew. She's haunted by her past before then; one of her foster-father's friends remembers a story about her, how as a girl she would make countless long-distance calls in the dead of the night, all different numbers except for four constant digits -- all that a child traumatized by her mother's death might be expected to remember.It threads together, not always seamlessly, but I picked this up rather reluctantly (I don't consider crime fiction as bedtime reading) and ended up staying up to keep reading. There's a history among the characters that I wouldn't mind discovering in the earlier books, but I can only hope that Mallory has more color. It's refreshing to have a female character that efficient, in emotion and deed, but off-putting to find so many people who care about her despite that coldness.

  • LJ
    2019-01-17 06:43

    FIND ME (Suspense-US-Cont) – ExO’Connell, Carol – 10th bookPutnam, 2006- US Hardcover – ISBN 0399153950*** There is a dead woman in her apartment and NY detective Kathy Mallory has taken off in a VW Beetle with a Porche 911 engine to travel old Route 66. At the beginning of the highway, the intersection of Adams and Marshall in Chicago, lies a body with it’s hand pointing down the road. As Mallory is in search of her past, her friends Riker and Charles Butler, are after Mallory and join with a caravan of cars driven by the parent s of missing children brought together by the discovery of children’s graves discovered all along this famous road.*** Reading O’Connell is such a pleasure. In Mallory she has created one of the most interesting female characters written and then added Riker as her friend and partner who loves her as she is, and Charles who just loves her, much to his detriment. In her usual style, O’Connell gives us a layered story of Mallory’s search, the parent’s plight and the battle of jurisdiction and corruption of the lead investigator. There is tragedy on many levels, humor to lighten things along the way, twists to keep the reader on their toes, and the metamorphosis of Mallory. Is this the end of the series? I certainly hope not, but as long as O’Connell keeps writing, I could bear it. I enjoyed everything about this book, include Route 66, some of which I have driven, and highly recommend it.

  • Terry
    2019-01-21 05:38

    The protagonist was hard for me to care about; could be due to the fact that I haven't read previous Kathy Mallory novels though. I enjoyed the way she wrote about Rt. 66., you could tell she had done her research on the "Mother Road". Her search to find pieces of her father's life was okay, even though she kind of took off on a wild hair. The bones of the children showing up along Rt. 66 definitely kicked the book into a higher gear. It was so sad thinking about all the parents driving up and down the highway looking for evidence or the remains of their missing children. The twist with the killer being among them was fairly unique, and the idea of the priest that wouldn't tell on the killer was pretty disgusting, even though I know they're sworn to silence.I think I may have enjoyed it a bit more had I been more familiar with previous books and characters in the series.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free through Goodreads. (Thank you Penguin/Putnam Publishing for the opportunity to read this book). I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Katherine
    2019-01-28 07:36

    I don't know which Mallory book this is and I have read several of them. This one is a good, solid read with a rather ambiguous endingKathy Mallory is truly a fascinating character and following her evolution over several novels is quite interesting. One of these days she may graduate to real humanity.The old Mother Road - Route 66 - is as much a character as it is the setting of this book. O'Connell pays nostalgic tribute to the past in following the old road, where it still exists. This was traveling before the interstate highway system. Of course, it's also the scene of the crime asdozens of children's graves are found at intervals along the old road. The caravan of parents she alternately herds and deserts forces Mallory to interact with more everyday folks than is congenial for her.Mallory, normally the most single-minded of detectives, must split her attention between the evolving murder case and her own personal journey following the letters from her father down his beloved highway. As usual, she has her partner Riker and friend Charles Butler to trail her, support her, and pick up the pieces behind her. They also stand ready to pick up the pieces of Mallory if she falls/fails at either task.

  • Terri
    2019-01-28 09:23