At the Stroke of Madness (Maggie O'Dell Novels) Hardcover – 1 Aug 2003
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"'Move over Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs and Karin Slaughter' (Guardian)
'O'Dell could be Reacher's long-lost twin' (Lee Child)
'Reads like collaboration among Michael Crichton, Agatha Christie and Jeffery Deaver, orchestrated by James Patterson' (Bookreporter on Exposed)
'Not for the faint of heart.' (Peter Robinson)
'Kava's writing is reminiscent of Patricia Cornwell in her prime' --Mystery Ink --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--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This one wasn't quite as scary for those who don't like that sort of thing and it felt quite short. Alex Kava doesn't seem to want to continue much into the personal life of Agent O'Dell and Nick Morelli didn't feature whatsoever for the second time. In fact, it looks as though there may be someone else in the pipeline.
Personal stuff aside, I liked the plot, even if I did guess whodunnit on their first entrance into the story. Lots of characters, all linking up in various ways and you have to concentrate at the beginning to remember who is who. Maggie does go off on her own a bit and get herself into dangerous situations - which I'm sure wouldn't really happen - but if you can suspend belief a bit it's a good, fast read. I liked the introduction of Luc Racine, Julia's ailing father, and the set-up for more intertwining of Maggie and Julia's difficult relationship. Thankfully Maggie's mother didn't feature at all in this one - she's annoying!
This would work fine as a standalone if you haven't read the others in the series.
I will definitely will be reading the next one, A Necessary Evil....the titles of this series are driving me mad. When I am queen I shall ban authors using the same word twice in the titles of their books!
This book is full of twists and turns until the very end, your be amazed.
Alex kava is excellent!
It was a good book to while away the hours but a book in which you forget all about the plot just a few days after you've read it. A good money earner for Alex Kava but not a mainstay in thriller fiction by any means! If you normally read Ruth Rendell or P.D.James don't buy this book, unless you want a rest from cerebral thrillers. This is a 'Thriller for the masses.'
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