A Necessary Evil (MIRA) Paperback – 1 Apr 2006
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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'.
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...
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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