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A Necessary Evil (MIRA) Paperback – 1 Apr 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA; First edition edition (1 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778301079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778301073
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 0.1 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A well-crafted page-turner involving the reader in an intimate and disturbing fashion, with a plausible set-up for a sequel." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Alex Kava is an international bestselling suspense writer. Her work has been widely praised by critics and fans alike, and her previous novels in the Maggie O’Dell series, A Perfect Evil, Split Second and The Soul Catcher, have spent several weeks on the New York Times extended and USA TODAY bestseller lists. Growing up in the country outside Silver Creek, Nebraska, Alex Kava fantasized about becoming a writer. Her parents, although they understood the value of education, had a tremendous work ethic. Reading was seen as frivolous unless required as schoolwork. As a teenager, Kava wrote short stories on the backs of calendars, sharing them only with her younger brother and hiding them in a shoe box under her bed. / Kava earned an art scholarship to attend college. To pay living expenses, she worked in a nearby hospital’s central supply department collecting and sterilizing all of the basins, instruments and equipment from surgery, pathology and the morgue. In 1982 she graduated magna cum laude from College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Nebraska, with a B.A. in art and English. /After graduating, Kava held a variety of jobs, mostly in advertising and marketing. Starting her own graphic design firm, Square One, she designed food packages and logos for national corporations, wrote brochures and newsletters, created a line of greeting cards and directed TV and radio commercials. In 1992 she returned to her alma mater as its director of public relations. /Kava quit her public relations position in the summer of 1996, wanting to dedicate more time to writing fiction and getting published. To pay the bills, she resurrected Square One, refinanced her home, maxed out her credit cards and even took on a newspaper delivery route. /Alex Kava is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska. Her Web site is located at www.alexkava.com


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If you've read the previous Maggie O'Dell novels, you're in for a real treat in A Necessary Evil, as Alex Kava finally returns to the elusive killer of the first book in the series.

Someone is killing priests across America, and FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell becomes involved in the hunt for the murderer. Meanwhile someone is killing women, and Maggie's friend Dr Gwen Patterson is clearly hiding something from her.

There are several strands to this story, including the return of Maggie's ex-lover Nick Morelli and his sister Christine, the introduction of Detective Tommy Pakula, and the Necessary Evil of the title - Father Keller's return and his pact with Maggie to help her track down the priest killer. Alex Kava is expert at holding the reader's attention to all the strands, with relatively short chapters. It soon becomes apparent that everything is going to weave together, and the skill with which this is done is outstanding.

Above all, A Necessary Evil is a real page-turner and a thrilling tale. One proviso: if you haven't read the previous Maggie O'Dell novels, you'd be advised to do so first, starting with A Perfect Evil. Full knowledge of the characters' backgrounds is a great advantage, if not a prerequisite. But that said, this is another superb addition to the series and I can't wait for the next. Alex Kava deserves to be recognised in the premier league of crime writers.
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Contrary to what other reviewers have stated her on Amazon this is actually Alex Kavas 5th Maggie O'Dell novel. The first four being; A Perfect Evil, Split Second, The Soul Catcher, and At the Stroke of Madness, respectively. This sees the return of 'A Perfect Evil's' elusive killer; Father Keller and also includes all the other leading characters of the series except R.J Tully who is away on vacation. Because of this I advise you to read the first four books in the series to really get the most out of this book.
I went into this book with a few doubts as I was less than impressed with the last book in the series 'At the Stroke of Madness' and was beginning to lose hope in the O'Dell series. I thought this book started of a bit slow and I found it a bit hard to get into however after the first couple of hundred pages it really starts to get goin and the tension builds and it turns out to be another enjoyable read from Kava, however not enough to fully regain my hope in the O'Dell series.
I'd definately recommend this book but only if you have read the others in the series first and I'd also recommend Kava's latest standalone 'Whitewash' as I found it much more enjoyable than the reason efforts involvind Maggie O'Dell. I can only hope that Alex Kava regains some of the pace and tension of the series with her latest Maggie O'Dell book out in October titled 'Exposed'.
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I read a later book in the series and I enjoyed it so much I just had to buy book 1. I now have read 5 books in a row and am loving the main characters. The plots are excellent and builds the tension, fantastic film material.Really looking forward to starting the next. I am adding Alex Kava to my favorite author list that includes; Michael Connoly, Stuart McBride and Simon Kernick.
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This was my first read of Alex Kava's thrillers - I was looking for something of similar quality to Lee Child and Michael Connelly; I think this author comes fairly close - I'll definitely try reading the rest of her books.

The plot was well thought out and revealed at a steady enough rate to hold the readers interest; The main characters were likeable and believable - I'd have liked to know more about them, but perhaps reading the books in the correct order will provide more background.

I did think the short kidnapping episode near the end was somewhat unrealistic - would a villain take a potential victim to his hotel room whilst aware that the FBI investigator is staying in the same hotel; knows his history and his room number? I think not... Nevertheless it didn't detract from the main investigation and I did like some of the details included - the literal and figuritive breadcrumbs at the crime scenes and their significance was interesting - I'll say no more...
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Another great book in the Maggie O'Dell series. Maggie is investigating a serial killer who appears to be killing women and priests and leaving their head to be discovered. Her friend Gwen seems to be distracted by something.
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By Nikki VINE VOICE on 19 Oct. 2007
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This is the third in the series of the Maggie O'Dell books by Alex Kava (A Perfect Evil and Split Second are the previous books, which I recommend you read first).

Someone is killing catholic priests and FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell is called in to investigage the killing spree. Other murders are also happening, several women are murdered but all that is found are the decapitated heads and no bodies! The book also sees the return of Father Keller, the elusive child killer from A Perfect Evil.

Overall, A Necessary Evil is a great read but I found the first half of the book a bit slow. The second half was much better and more of a page-turner. I would recommend reading this if you have read the first two books in the series. Definitely read A Perfect Evil, it is brilliant!
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