Search Results: "Alex Kava"


BOOK REVIEW

DAMAGED by Alex Kava
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 13, 2010

"A faster-paced version of those disaster movies from the '70s."
As Hurricane Isaac bears down on Florida, a grisly discovery off the Gulf Coast plunges FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell into a mystery with far-reaching implications. Read full book review >

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BLACK FRIDAY by Alex Kava
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A thriller that tails off from its most thrilling scene in chapter one and never makes up its mind what it's most scared of."
A deadly blast at the Mall of America kicks off the seventh case for FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell (The Soul Catcher, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >

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A PERFECT EVIL by Alex Kava
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"First-timer Kava obviously knows the small-town milieu she writes about, though you have to wonder if the men in the real Nebraska are quite as uniformly brutish as in her world. Perhaps the biggest of many disappointments here is that they can't all get convicted of murder."
Three months after putting a particularly vicious serial killer to death, a Nebraska sheriff's department faces a new string of child murders that suggest they may have executed the wrong man. Read full book review >

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FIREPROOF by Alex Kava
Released: July 17, 2012

"Kava combines the clichés of serial-arsonist fiction with Patricia Cornwell's irritating habit of ending her heroine's quests not with a bang, but a whimper. To be continued."
FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell (Hotwire, 2011, etc.) goes up against an arsonist and a murderer who may or may not be the same person. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STRANDED by Alex Kava
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 16, 2013

"In Kava's hands, the echoes of several familiar serial-killer yarns are just as breathless but a lot less original or compelling."
The FBI's Maggie O'Dell (Fireproof, 2012, etc.) battles a serial killer who ranges freely along the nation's superhighways. Read full book review >

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SPLIT SECOND by Alex Kava
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Butchery in abundance, gore galore, but Stuckey the Collector can't carry the body bags for Hannibal the Cannibal."
Blackhearted serial killer vs. stouthearted female FBI agent, Round Two. Read full book review >

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THE SOUL CATCHER by Alex Kava
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 5, 2002

"Comic-strip bad guys, spiritless good guys, overfamiliar plot lines. Not a top show."
Kava's third—pedestrian—outing employs a switch: this time it's the mom who's brain-washed and in a cult's clammy clutches, the daughter striving to pry her loose. Read full book review >

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HOTWIRE by Alex Kava
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 12, 2011

"You'd think that the double threat of alien invaders and contaminated school lunches would create an irresistible rooting interest, but you'd be wrong."
What's the connection between the shocking conclusion to a drug-fueled teen party in Nebraska and an outbreak of food poisoning in the nation's capital? Read full book review >

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A READING YEAR: SOMETIMES A CHANGE OF PERSPECTIVE IS USEFUL
by J. Kingston Pierce

Last December, after posting my “favorite crime novels of 2015” list, I put together a rather different assessment of the year’s new offerings in this genre. Rather than confine myself to picking 10 books (all released in the United States) that I judged to have been particularly well-written and memorable—a traditional and potentially valuable, but admittedly limiting exercise—I expanded my ...


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BOOK REVIEW

PIGSTICKS AND HAROLD AND THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY by Alex Milway
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 27, 2014

"It's funny, but as a book for beginning readers—which it's billed as—it misses the mark. (Early reader. 6-9)"
When Pigsticks, a pig with wanderlust, teams up with Harold the hamster, anything can happen. Read full book review >

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OPERATION ROBOT STORM by Alex Milway
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Snow joke. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Does the world, or at least Great Britain, need saving? Call on the hirsute heroes of the Mythical 9th Division! Read full book review >