Shell Game

Shell Game

Book - 1999
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When a legendary magic trick goes fatally wrong on live television, everyone believes that it had been a horrible accident, except for an aging magician in a private New York hospital and former streetchild-turned-NYPD officer Kathleen Mallory, who must search for a killer with a taste for the theatrical.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Son, c1999
ISBN: 9780399144950
0399144951
Branch Call Number: F OCO
Characteristics: 374 p. ; 24 cm

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SFanGirl
Oct 16, 2017

Catching up on the Mallory series. This one was missing something - I felt that Mallory wasn't behaving true to her character, and that threw me off. In the end, an interesting and twisted plot, but so much detail on magic that I felt it threatened to overwhelm the suspense.

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emerge
Apr 12, 2012

I usually enjoy the Mallory books but I think you have to be a bigger fan of magic than I am to truly enjoy this one. The details of the equipment & sets used are exhaustive & lengthy, so much so I think I could now build one myself now. As usual, there are many psychological aspects to the plot but just as you start to get wrapped up in the police procedural, there are another 4 pages describing how a trick was done. An interesting idea for a murder mystery but could benefit from a little editing.

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