Best Alex Kava books

Reckless Creed (A Ryder Creed Novel)

Alex Kava

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In the new edge-of-your-seat thriller from New York Times–bestselling author Alex Kava, Ryder Creed, his K-9 search-and-rescue dogs, and FBI agent Maggie O’Dell find themselves at the center of a dire and mysterious case.
 
In Chicago, a young man jumps from his thirtieth-story hotel room; along the Missouri river, a hunter and his son stumble upon a lake whose surface is littered with snow geese, all of them dead; and in southern Alabama, Ryder Creed and his search-and-rescue dog Grace find the body of a young woman who went missing in the Conecuh National Forest...and it appears she filled her pockets with rocks and walked into the river. Before long Ryder Creed and FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell will discover the ominous connection among these mysterious deaths. What they find may be the most prolific killer the United States has ever known.


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Before Evil: The Prequel (Maggie O'Dell)

Alex Kava

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"Alex Kava is a master. Her heroine, Special Agent Maggie O'Dell is one of the classic characters of the thriller genre."
--Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author

International bestseller Alex Kava delivers a stunning prequel to her critically acclaimed Maggie O'Dell series.

From her small Quantico office, Special Agent Maggie O'Dell has profiled serial killers using Poloraids, faxed copies and scraps of evidence provided by homicide detectives from across the country. She's gained a reputation for successfully profiling killers and solving crimes without ever stepping foot at a real crime scene.

Then comes Albert Stucky, and nothing will ever be the same.

Stucky is a sadistic madman who enjoys his twisted games as much as he enjoys the kill. Pieces of victims start showing up in takeout containers, strategically left for unsuspecting bystanders to find. Sometimes the body is dumped near by. Others are never found.

Maggie is tasked with profiling the murders. Despite all her skills and talents nothing has prepared for this. For the first time in her career she's seeing the gruesome crime scenes firsthand, because this madman has chosen the backwoods of Virginia as his killing grounds.

When Stucky discovers an attractive female FBI agent is part of the task force to stop him, he begins to taunt Maggie. He leaves notes and bits and pieces as if they were clues for a morbid scavenger hunt. Each step of the way he's daring Maggie to catch him if she can, all the while planning to make her his next prey.

Let the chase begin.

Silent Creed (A Ryder Creed Novel)

Alex Kava

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Ryder Creed and his K9 search-and-rescue dogs return in the second installment of an exciting new series, teaming up once more with FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell in their riskiest case yet.
 
When Ryder Creed responds to a devastating mudslide in North Carolina, he knows that the difference between finding survivors and the dead is time. He and his sturdiest search-and-rescue dog, Bolo, get to work immediately, but the scene is rife with danger: continued rainfall prevents the rescue teams from stabilizing the land; toxic household substances spread by the crushing slide fill the area with hazardous waste; and the detritus and debris are treacherous for both man and dog to navigate. But most perilous are the secrets hidden under the mud and sludge—secrets someone would kill to protect. For this is no ordinary rescue mission. Among the buildings consumed by the landslide was a top-secret government research facility, and Creed has been hired to find what’s left of it. 

Then rescuers recover the body of a scientist from the facility who was obviously dead before the landslide—killed by a gunshot to the head. The FBI sends Agent Maggie O’Dell to investigate, and she and Creed are soon caught in a web of lies, secrets, and murder that may involve not only the government facility, but decades-old medical experiments that are the subject of current congressional hearings. As more bodies are found under even more unusual circumstances, they come ever closer to exposing the truth—but with unknown forces working against them, Maggie, Creed, and the dogs are running out of time.


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Breaking Creed (Ryder Creed)

Alex Kava

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Maggie O’Dell novels comes a thrilling new series featuring an ex-marine turned K9 rescue dog trainer…

Ryder Creed and his dogs have been making national headlines. They’ve intercepted several major drug stashes smuggled through Atlanta’s airport. But their newfound celebrity has also garnered some unwanted attention.

When Creed and one of his dogs are called in to search a commercial fishing vessel off the coast of Pensacola Beach, they discover a secret compartment. But the Colombian cartel’s latest shipment isn’t drugs. It’s human…

Meanwhile, FBI agent Maggie O’Dell is investigating a series of murders she suspects to be the work of a brutal assassin. By the time she uncovers a hit list with Creed’s name on it, it might be too late to help him. For someone is already on the way…

A Perfect Evil: A Maggie O'Dell Novel (Book 1)

Alex Kava

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"O'Dell could be Reacher's long-lost twin." --Lee Child

1.6 MILLION COPIES SOLD WORLDWIDE.

Alex Kava's New York Times and international bestselling debut novel is back in print. This new edition trade paperback includes a BONUS SECTION with details about the real life crimes that inspired the story.

On July 17, a convicted serial killer, Ronald Jeffreys was executed for three heinous murders. He went to his grave with a terrible truth no one would listen to.

Three months later another body is found killed in the same style as Jeffreys' victims.
Sheriff Nick Morelli knows he isn't equipped to handle the killer who is terrorizing his small Nebraska community. He's grateful when the FBI sends one of their best criminal profilers, special agent Maggie O'Dell. Maggie quickly recognizes this is someone who has killed before.

When another victim is found dead and a third kidnapped, Nick and Maggie realize they're running out of time. And the terrible truth becomes clear. Ronald Jeffreys may have been convicted of crimes he didn't commit.

"Meet Kava's FBI special agent Maggie O'Dell. But beware--it could be the start of a new addiction." --Peterborough Evening Telegraph, UK 

"Kava's writing is reminiscent of Patricia Cornwell in her prime." --Mystery Ink

"This debut thriller pumps the suspense out. Maggie is gutsy and appealing as an FBI agent facing constant danger." --Library Journal

"Kava proves her mastery of the thriller." --BookPage

Split Second (Maggie O'Dell Novels)

Alex Kava

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After Albert Stucky, a brutal and clever serial killer known as "The Collector," escapes from prison, he forces FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell, the agent who originally captured him, to play a deadly game when he targets her and everyone associated with her, pushing her to the very edge of sanity. 200,000 first printing.

Off the Grid: A collection of short stories and one novella featuring Maggie O'Dell

Alex Kava

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For the first time, all of New York Times bestselling author, Alex Kava’s short works of psychological suspense are finally together in one collection. OFF THE GRID offers four short stories and one novella. All but one, feature Kava’s critically acclaimed FBI profiler, Special Agent Maggie O’Dell. In Goodnight Sweet Mother, Maggie O’Dell and her mother’s road trip takes a chilling and an unexpected detour. A Breath of Hot Air puts Maggie’s forensic skills to work. While in Pensacola, Florida, for another investigation she’s awakened in the middle of the night when a man is found dead in the same hotel. Cold Metal Night brings Maggie back together with Nick Morrelli (A Perfect Evil) to chase a cold-blooded killer who’s targeting homeless people. Electric Blue drops Maggie and her partner, R.J. Tully, into a dangerous storm on the Gulf of Mexico to help track a United States senator’s family that has gone missing. And finally, in After Dark, corporate executive, Madeline Kramer hopes to escape for a much needed vacation. All she wants is the quiet and solitude the cabin in the woods promises. Be careful what you ask for. Also included: A list of where these Maggie O’Dell short works fit chronologically in the series. Although they can be read and enjoyed individually, some were meant to be companion pieces to various novels in the series. NOTE: All of these short works have been previously published in separate anthologies or as a larger ebook. This is the first time they are being offered all together in one collection. PRAISE FOR ALEX KAVA: “Alex Kava is a master. Her heroine, Special Agent Maggie O’Dell is one of the classic characters of the thriller genre.” – Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author “Kava’s short scenes with cliffhanger endings are spot on.” – The Boston Globe “Maggie, who handles forensic evidence with ease can give Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta a run for her money.” – Booklist "O’Dell could be Reacher’s long-lost twin." – Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author “Twisted plots, shocking characters, breakneck pacing. Guaranteed to keep you up all night.” – Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author “Tension, suspense, masterful twists . . . Alex Kava’s writing has it all.” -- Crimespace “A pro, Kava writes as coolly and adroitly as O'Dell profiles. Supremely paced.” – The Lincoln Journal Star “The writing is taut and polished, and the plot is well-woven. The forensic background is meticulously researched.” -- Crime Fiction Lover (UK)

Stranded (Maggie O'dell)

Alex Kava

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ONE MAN’S REST STOP IS ANOTHER MAN’S HUNTING GROUND

When FBI special agent Maggie O’Dell and her partner, Tully, discover the remains of a young woman in a highway ditch, the only clue is a map leading them to spot where they’ll find madman’s next victim.

As the body count rises, Maggie must race against the clock to unmask the monster terrorizing America’s highways, even if it means turning to a former foe for help. But as she gets closer to finding the killer, it becomes eerily clear that Maggie may be the ultimate target. . .

Winner of the 2014 Nebraska Book Award
Winner of the 2013 Florida Book Award

Exposed (Maggie O'dell)

Alex Kava

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Veteran FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell and Assistant Director Cunningham believed the threat targeted Quantico. It targeted them.

A deadly virus—virtually undetectable until it causes death from a million internal cuts. The victims appear random, but Maggie wonders if vengeance isn't the guiding hand.

An aficionado of contemporary killers, using bits and pieces from their crimes—the Beltway Sniper's phrases, the Unabomber's clues, the Anthrax Killer's delivery.

Maggie knows dangerous minds, but she must tackle this new opponent from within a biosafety isolation ward—while waiting to see if death is already multiplying inside her body. She just fears her last case might end with the most intelligent killer she's ever faced escalating from murder…to epidemic.

A Necessary Evil (Maggie O'Dell)

Alex Kava

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When a monsignor is found knifed to death in a Nebraska airport restroom, FBI special agent Maggie O'Dell is called in to profile the ritualistic murder of a priest, the latest in a series of killings. Maggie soon discovers a disturbing Internet game that's popular among victims of abuse by Catholic priests. With this first real lead in the investigation, she wonders if the group has turned cyberspace justice into reality. Then Maggie gets a second lead—one that leaves her stunned.

For the past four years she has been obsessed with finding Father Michael Keller, whose brutal acts against children continue to haunt her. Now, it seems, he has become a target. When Keller offers to help Maggie solve the ritual killings in exchange for protection, she decides to ally herself with the elusive child killer, stepping into a world of malevolence from which she may not return unscathed.

Maggie knows the bargain is a necessary evil…one that may be made in blood….