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Find Me (2006)

– tekijä: Carol O'Connell

Sarjat: Mallory (9)

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"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 potograph, 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 children's 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"--Container.… (lisätietoja)
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What 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.
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  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
My second foray into the world of detective Kathy Mallory. I'm still not in love with this remote, cold, but brilliant character - though she had a rough childhood, there's not much to like about her as an adult. However, she does solve crimes....this one a series of murders of children over many years and the bodies are now being found all along Route 66.

In addition to working the case, she's also on a personal journey...retracing her unknown father's steps as he drove and wrote about Route 66. Her faithful partner and friend of the family still manage to help her and care about her in spite of her treatment of them which is somewhat unbelievable. ( )
  Terrie2018 | Feb 21, 2020 |
Dynamic suspense ( )
  mickieturk | May 28, 2012 |
I've been working my way through the entire Kathy Mallory series after a recommendation here on LT, and have to admit that I enjoy them because the characters are so interesting; the mysteries to me are secondary. That said, I am getting a little tired of stories that open somewhere in the middle with characters gradually dropping details throughout the book to flesh out the essential background- it is very frustrating feeling like everyone else knows something you don't (and I don't mean in terms of the clues to solve the mystery, I mean like why Mallory is on Route 66 in a new car being tracked by her partner in the opening paragraphs). Perhaps if I wasn't reading them all so close together, this annoying characteristic of these novels wouldn't be so obvious, but I am so it is.

Still, this is a complex and layered mystery that reveals a lot of interesting details about Mallory's past that help inform her current behaviors, and hold out a hope that there might be shifts coming in her psyche as some old wounds are healed. In the end, I was satisfied with the story and the character development, but all through the read, I was battling irritation at the piecemeal revelation of crucial facts. 3.5 stars. ( )
  ForeignCircus | Jan 2, 2012 |
Slow going: I read 200 pages of this, and nothing much happened. Maybe the story starts to go somewhere in the second half; I didn't get that far.

Mallory is a psychopath who is always on the verge of shooting people for minor indiscretions or for no reason at all. At one point she beats up an FBI agent without provocation and then walks away, while neither her victim nor his colleagues make any attempt to arrest her. The author really lost me with this scene; not only was it unrealistic, but it made Mallory seem like the quintessential bad cop - a violent nutjob who should not be carrying a gun or a badge.

On the plus side, the prose is crisp and clean. There is some amusing interaction between Mallory and a state trooper at one point. And the paperback is nicely packaged in a "venti" (tall) edition. But since I didn't like the heroine and found the plot aimless and draggy, I can't recommend Find Me.
  lonepalm | Dec 8, 2011 |
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This book is dedicated to historic Route 66, the Mother Road. One day it will be gone. Pieces of it disappear as I write this line. And when it dies, among its remains will be many tales and memories of the way it never was, and that's all right; for the road is mythic, and myths tend to swell with each telling. From now on, let every tall story begin: Once upon a time, there was a great highway...

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The haunt of Grand Central Station was a small girl with matted hair and dirty clothes. She appeared only in the commuter hours, morning and evening, when the child believed that she could go invisibly among the throng of travelers in crisscrossing foot traffic, as if that incredible face could go anywhere without attracting stares.
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"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 potograph, 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 children's 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"--Container.

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