23
Nov
11

CR3 #88: Dead Famous by Carol O’Connell

(I received this book for free from the publisher through a Goodreads.com give-away. Don’t worry, I’ll still be honest.)

Dead Famous is apparently the seventh in Carol O’Connell’s Kathleen Mallory series. I haven’t read any of the others, so I can’t comment on how this fits in to the series. However, I will say that I did enjoy the book quite a bit.

At the heart of the story is a serial murderer–he’s been hunting down and murdering the members of a jury who let a killer go free. The tale is told mostly from the perspective of Riker, a former-cop who has turned to crime-scene cleaning work. There’s also the view of his employee Johanna, a hunch-backed but beautiful mystery. In addition, there’s Mallory, who is a brilliant and devoted–if slightly sociopathic–police detective. She is trying to get Riker to return to the police department, but he’s got other plans. She hopes perhaps this new murderer will help convince him. Complicating matters is a shock-jock, who has been using his program to provide information to the killer about the locations of the remaining jurors.

The plot was twisty enough to keep me interested, and I was mildly surprised at the identity of the killer. I was also a little shocked at the way things turned out at the end. The characters were interesting, particularly Riker and Johanna. Mallory was not at all likable in this story, but I can see how she might be, in story told from mostly her point of view. I think this would probably be a good book for those who enjoy the Rizzoli & Isles mysteries. It’s not spectacular, but it was good enough that I’m considering getting the earlier books to see how they might change my view.

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