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VJ Books Present Author Carol O'Connell

VJ Books Presents Author Carol O'Connell!

After establishing herself in a brilliant three-novel series as an authentic, surreal voice of New York, less gritty than Andrew Vachss but no less powerful, hard-eyed, and fierce, and her central character, New York police detective Kathy Mallory as a true original in a literary landscape of eccentrics, she moved Mallory to Louisiana, searching for the "baby sociopath's" past, and wrote her into a book as Cajun Gothic as James Lee Burke's worst nightmare. Then, in case we weren't impressed, she abandoned Mallory briefly to create Ali Cray and Rouge Kendall, the central figures of Judas Child - a book heralded with the ominous admission that it was "not a Kathleen Mallory novel" - and left us as eager for more of them as we were for another Mallory novel.

The Mallory novels are classic mysteries. In each, there is a central crime, a main event that not only sets things in motion but remains the primary driving force throughout the narrative. In each, the 'real killer' is obvious after the fact but false leads and misdirection make the revelation a surprise. Typically, the real killer is less interesting than other characters either morally ambiguous or simply but less obviously evil.

Mallory herself is a protagonist so wonderfully dimensioned that we are driven, at least through the first four novels, by the desire to know and understand her. Bright and talented, she is psychologically damaged and scarred almost beyond imagining. An orphaned street kid who survived on the nourishment of ferocity, cunning, and forlorn hope, she is captured and adopted by Helen and Louis Markowitz, a homicide detective and his wife, central figures of all the novels in spite of the fact that both are dead before the books begin.

As with so many good mystery series, a great deal of the attraction is the intertwining lives of the cast of friends, colleagues, and enemies. The wonderful Charles Butler, not so much ugly as clownish, but brave, brilliant, and madly in love with Mallory. Rumpled Sergeant Riker, the aging alcoholic who tries to keep Kathy safe. You never know who will matter. We hear in each novel a bit more about Charles' uncle, a famous magician. Another magician, Malakhai, plays a central role offstage in The Man Who Cast Two Shadows and then later, in Shell Game, emerges as a foreground character and the prime suspect in a murder.

O'Connell writes with a vividness, style, and craft that sets these novels apart from pulp detective fiction, into the literary landscape of some of the best of our writers.

Bone By Bone
First Edition

Bone by Bone by Carol O'Connell

Shell Game
First Edition

Shell Game by Carol O'Connell

Dead Famous
First Edition

Dead Famous by Carol O'Connell

Judas Child
First Edition

Judas Child by Carol O'Connell

Winter House
First Edition

Winter House by Carol O'Connell

Panic
First Edition

Crime School by Carol O'Connell



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Shell Game | O'Connell, Carol | First Edition Book O'Connell, Carol | Shell Game | Unsigned First Edition Copy

1999 NY: Putnam  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread, flawless dust jacket.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Killing Critics | O'Connell, Carol | Signed First Edition Book O'Connell, Carol | Killing Critics | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  1996 NY: Putnam  First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket, signed by the author.  This is a collectible book free from material defects.  Jacket covering services are available for a small fee.

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Crime School | O'Connell, Carol | Signed First Edition Book O'Connell, Carol | Crime School | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  2002 NY: Putnam  First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket, signed by the author.  This is a collectible book free from material defects.  Jacket covering services are available for a small fee.

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Mallory's Oracle | O'Connell, Carol | First Edition Book O'Connell, Carol | Mallory's Oracle | Unsigned First Edition Copy

Hardcover Book. 1994 NY: Putnam  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket.

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Mallory's Oracle | O'Connell, Carol | Signed First Edition Book O'Connell, Carol | Mallory's Oracle | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  1994  NY: Putnam. First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket, signed by the author.  This is a collectible book free from material defects.  Jacket covering services are available for a small fee..

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Shell Game | O'Connell, Carol | Signed First Edition Book O'Connell, Carol | Shell Game | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book  1999 NY: Putnam  First edition, first printing, fine in fine dust jacket, signed by author, remainder marked.

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Judas Child | O'Connell, Carol | Signed First Edition Book O'Connell, Carol | Judas Child | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  1998 NY: Putnam  First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket, signed by the author.  This is a collectible book free from material defects.  Jacket covering services are available for a small fee.

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Find Me | O'Connell, Carol | Book - Advance Reading Copy O'Connell, Carol | Find Me | Book - Advance Reading Copy

ARC book. 2006 NY: Putnam Uncorrected proof, mint, new/unread in pictorial wraps.

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Mallory's Oracle | O'Connell, Carol | Book - Advance Reading Copy O'Connell, Carol | Mallory's Oracle | Book - Advance Reading Copy

Advance Reading Copy. 1994 NY: G.P. Putnam's Sons  Advance reading copy, mint, new/unread in pictorial wraps.

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Man Who Cast Two Shadows, The | O'Connell, Carol | Signed First Edition Book O'Connell, Carol | Man Who Cast Two Shadows, The | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  1995 NY: Putnam  First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket, signed by the author.  This is a collectible book free from material defects.  Jacket covering services are available for a small fee.

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Winter House | O'Connell, Carol | Signed First Edition Book O'Connell, Carol | Winter House | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  2004 NY: Putnam  First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket, signed by the author.  This is a collectible book free from material defects.  Jacket covering services are available for a small fee.

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Bone by Bone | O'Connell, Carol | Signed First Edition Book O'Connell, Carol | Bone by Bone | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  January 2009 NY: Putnam  First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket, signed by the author.  This is a collectible book free from material defects.  Jacket covering services are available for a small fee..

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Stone Angel | O'Connell, Carol | Signed First Edition Book O'Connell, Carol | Stone Angel | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book. 1997 NY: Penguin First edition, first printing, fine in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author, remainder marked.

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Stone Angel | O'Connell, Carol | Signed First Edition Book O'Connell, Carol | Stone Angel | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book.1997 NY: PenguinFirst edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket, signed by the author.  This is a collectible book free from material defects.  Jacket covering services are available for a small fee..

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O'Connell, Carol | Stone Angel | Signed First Edition Book O'Connell, Carol | Stone Angel | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book.1997 NY: Penguin First edition, first printing, First edition, first printing, near-fine (faded spine on bottom) in a fine dust jacket in archival acetate cover, signed Iris Johansen bookplate laid-in.

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Crime School | O'Connell, Carol | Signed First Edition Book O'Connell, Carol | Crime School | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book  September 2002 NY: Putnam  First edition, first printing, fine in fine dust jacket, signed by author, remainder marked.

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Shell Game | O'Connell, Carol | Signed First Edition Book O'Connell, Carol | Shell Game | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  1999 NY: Putnam  First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket, signed by the author.  This is a collectible book free from material defects.  Jacket covering services are available for a small fee.

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O'Connell, Carol | Shell Game | First Edition Book O'Connell, Carol | Shell Game | Unsigned First Edition Copy

1999 NY: Putnam First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket, remainder marked.

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