2/series. A dark and stormy tale centering around the murder of a woman mistakenly identified as Kathy Mallory, go-it-alone NYPD homicide detective. Beautiful, amoral Mallory, who operates almost entirely on intuition, and her civilian business partner Charles Butler, honest-to-a-fault homely genius and logic lover, toss clues back and forth, while alcoholic Riker, Kathy's friend at police headquarters and round-the-clock protector of this woman who wants no protection, tries to run interference. Is a ten year old boy a poltergeist? Can anyone get into the posh condo and do a murder? Did the Senator's mother die of natural causes? Is the neighbor really blind? In a Mallory book, there are nothing but shades of gray. And, of course, lots of rich, scarlet blood. A tale of love and obsession and deep, dark anger, O'Connell delivers a top-notch story in a fascinating, take-no-prisoners style. A 4+.