Blind Sight

Blind Sight

Large Print - 2016
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The extraordinary new Mallory novel from one of the most acclaimed crime writers in America.
A blind child and a Catholic nun disappear from a city sidewalk in plain sight of onlookers. There, then gone vanished in seconds. Those who witnessed the event still cannot believe it happened.
It was all too real. Detective Kathy Mallory and the NYPD s Special Crimes Unit enter the investigation when the nun s body is found with three other corpses in varying stages of decomposition left on the lawn of Gracie Mansion, home to the mayor of New York City. Sister Michael was the last to die. The child, Jonah Quill, is still missing.
Like Jonah, the police are blind. Unknown to them, he is with a stone killer, and though he has unexpected resources of his own, his would-be saviors have no suspect, no useful evidence, and no clue except for Detective Mallory s suspicions of things "not said" and her penchant for getting to the truth beneath lies. Behind her back, the squad s name for her is Mallory the Machine, yet she has a dark understanding of what it is to be human. A child is waiting, time is running out, and atop her list of liars is the mayor himself and a theory of the crimes in which no sane cop could believe."
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016.
Edition: Large Print edition.
ISBN: 9781410492708
1410492702
Branch Call Number: LP FIC O'CONN
Characteristics: 603 pages ; 23 cm.

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gr8_reader
Jul 02, 2017

this was a frustrating book - it feels as if O'Connell is using Mallory to write ugly stories about human nature... the characters do not develop or grow or change in any way and I'm not really interested any more... she's a good writer but she seems to be a one-trick pony show and "'Mallory the Machine' that everybody loathes but can't stop themselves from loving" is getting tiresome...

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Sep 11, 2016

A nun with a colourful past.
A blind boy playing hooky from school.
A fragile homeless man.

On a sunny day in one of New York’s historic neighbourhoods, the lives of these 3 characters intersect thanks to one man on a mission. Only one will survive.

Detective (don’t call me Kathy) Mallory is approached by a priest who fears for the missing Sister Michael. It doesn’t take her long to dig up the good nun’s past & her connection to blind 12 year old Jonah. But how did the mayor know the nun was missing before the police? And speaking of the mayor….um….has he noticed the 4 bodies on his lawn?

The opening sequence grabs your attention immediately. It’s obvious this is going to be a complex story with many threads that initially run parallel to each other. The fun part is sitting back & watching as Mallory & long suffering partner Riker begin to tie them together. Along the way, they deal with smarmy politicians, Jonah’s family members & some of the city’s wealthiest citizens.

In alternate chapters, we spend time with Jonah & his captor. They’re both compelling characters whose lives were altered by Angie Quill, AKA Sister Michael. Jonah’s character in particular packs an emotional punch & gives a fascinating “look” into the mind of a boy blind from birth. He’s smart & resourceful and there’s an almost mystical element to his story.

This is book # 12 & it’s hard to believe the series has been around since 1994. Mallory is a complex character & the author surrounds her with a diverse cast & rich history. It’s a series that rewards faithful fans as the relationships between regular characters continue to evolve. Most of the gang is back including all the poker buddies she inherited from her late adoptive father.

There’s no shortage of twists & turns before the book reaches a literal race to the finish. Great read.

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