Split Second (MIRA) Paperback – 1 Apr 2006
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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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This is the second in the series and really should be read as such to understand what makes Maggie tick. Yes, there are a lot of cliched thriller traits, but they really didn't bother me as the writing flows well and it really is an edge of the seat rush to the end.
The lovely Sheriff of SomewhereinNebraska turns up from the last book - as does the evil Albert Stucky, Maggie's Nemesis who we heard about, but didn't get to meet. I love the addition of Harvey, who is bonded to Maggie by merit of having similar scars at the hands of Stucky. I also like the new FBI partner she is forced to work with - nicely written and.......I can't say any more!
I won't be rushing to read the next one because, and here's why I didn't give it 5 stars, it's a little bit on the graphic side for me and I need a break from descriptions of such suffering - worse than book one I think. I hope the descriptions don't get even more explicit as I'm really at my limit. It also didn't help that my dog chose to jump on the bed at 4 o'clock in the morning when I was about three quarters of the way through.....I had to be scraped off the ceiling afterwards! But a warning for those of you who don't like things too descriptive.
However, after a read of something more gentle I will be straight back to Maggie O'Dell. Definitely better than Scarpetta for me.
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