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Alex Kava - Author

About the Author

Alex Kava grew up in Nebraska, outside the small town of Silver Creek (population 500). As a child, Alex wrote short stories on the backs of old calendars and scrap paper, sharing them only with her younger brother and hiding them in a shoebox under her bed.

Alex earned an art scholarship to attend college. To pay living expenses, she worked in a nearby hospital’s central surgery department scrubbing equipment, utensils and basins from the morgue and surgery departments. She graduated from College of Saint Mary, in Omaha, Nebraska, with a B.A. in Art and English. She has advanced studies and certificates in advertising and marketing.

Alex then worked in graphic design, advertising, and public relations. She designed food packages and logos for national corporations, written brochures and newsletters, created a line of greeting cards, and directed TV and radio commercials.

During the summer of 1996, Alex quit her full-time job as a director of public relations in order to dedicate more time to writing fiction and getting published. To pay the bills, she resurrected her home-based graphic design firm, Square One. She refinanced her home, maxed out her credit cards, and even took on a newspaper delivery route.

Also in the summer of 1996, serial killer John Joubert was executed. Alex’s inspiration for A Perfect Evil was drawn from her experience while working at a small newspaper in the community where Joubert’s rampage had taken place in 1983. His execution reminded her of the terror and panic experienced, not only by that community, but by many parents across Nebraska.

Alex lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her two dogs, Miss Molly and Scout.

Featured books by Alex Kava

Stranded

Stranded

Author: Alex Kava Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2014

 For years the defenceless, the weary and the stranded have been disappearing along the highways and byways, vanishing without a trace. When FBI special agent Maggie O'Dell and her partner, Tully, discover the remains of a young woman in a highway ditch, the one clue left behind is a map that will send Maggie and Tully on a frantic hunt crisscrossing the country to stop a madman before he kills again. As the body count rises and Maggie races against the clock to unmask the monster who's terrorising the nation's highways, she turns for help to a former foe who seems to have an uncanny knack for guessing what the killer's next move will be. But as she gets closer to finding the killer, it becomes eerily clear that Maggie is the ultimate target.

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Damaged

Damaged

Author: Alex Kava Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/04/2011

Special Agent Maggie O'Dell has seen a lot in her career, and amidst the killers, psychos and criminals she has hunted, she's delved deep into the darkest, most shockingly evil recesses of the human mind. But when a cool box filled with body parts washes up on the shore of Florida's Pensacola Beach, even Maggie isn't prepared for what she is about to get into. While across the state, people brace themselves against the onslaught of a hurricane advancing across the Gulf of Mexico, Maggie begins the laborious process of tracking down the cooler's origins. Tracing the butchered corpse back to a missing persons case weeks earlier, Maggie uncovers the gruesome network of an underground cadaver trade. Little does she know that things are about the take an even darker turn...

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Other books by Alex Kava

Slices of Night

Slices of Night

Author: Alex Kava, Erica Spindler, J. T. Ellison Format: eBook Release Date: 13/02/2014

A psychopath flies under the radar, moving from city to city, preying on the lost and forgotten. Three investigators - Detective Stacy Killian from the New Orleans P.D., Nashville Homicide Lieutenant Taylor Jackson, and FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell - collaborate to catch the killer. But can they succeed when he has slipped through the grasp of so many others?From three of today's most acclaimed thriller writers, Slices of Night offers readers a sneak peek into the lives of three very different investigators, in three very different settings, as they hunt for a killer who's able to disappear into the night.

Stranded

Stranded

Author: Alex Kava Format: eBook Release Date: 16/07/2013

New York Times bestselling author Alex Kava returns with another action-packed thriller featuring Special Agent Maggie ODell, who is on the hunt for a madman terrorizing the nations highways.Tired travelers and exhausted truckers have stopped at rest areas on the nations highways for decades to refuel, grab a bite, and maybe get some shut-eye, but one mans rest stop is anothers hunting ground. For years the defenseless, the weary, and the stranded have disappeared along interstates and tollways, vanishing without a trace. But these seemingly unconnected incidents are no coincidence, and a serial killer stalks the roads.When FBI Special Agent Maggie ODell and her partner, Tully, discover the remains of a young woman, the one clue left behind is a mapan invitation of sorts for Maggie to play a game: a game of cat and mouse between killer and investigators that will take Maggie and Tully on a frantic hunt crisscrossing the country to halt the truck-stop killer before he strikes again.With the body count rising, Maggie and her partner race against the clock to unmask the monster before its too late. As they piece together the clues, following the killers trail from D.C. to the heart of the Midwest and finally to the isolated forests of the Florida Panhandle, it becomes eerily clear that this killer may have had Maggie in his sights all along.Intense and harrowing, this white-knuckle ride of a thriller introduces a lethal foe for Maggie and is Alex Kavas most compelling novel yet.

Fireproof

Fireproof

Author: Alex Kava Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/02/2013

When a building bursts into flames on a cold winter night in Washington, DC, investigators see a resemblance to a string of recent fires in the area. There is one difference, however: this one has a human casualty. The local team insists they're looking for a young white male, suffering from an uncontrollable impulse to act out his anger or sexual aggression. But when FBI special agent Maggie O'Dell is called in, everything she sees leads her to believe that this is the work of a calculating and controlled criminal. Jeffery Cole, a reporter looking for his big break, is at the scene of the crime and decides to make Maggie part of his news piece, digging up aspects of her past that she would rather forget. As the fires continue to light up around the city, Maggie also crosses paths with her brother Patrick, now back in DC and working as a fire-fighter. As the acts of arson become more brazen Maggie's professional and personal worlds are set on a dangerous collision course. Little does she realise that the killer may be closer than she imagines...

Fireproof

Fireproof

Author: Alex Kava Format: eBook Release Date: 10/07/2012

When an abandoned warehouse in Washington, D.C., bursts into flames on a cold winter night, the first investigators on the scene instantly spot similarities to a string of recent fires in the area. There is one difference, however: This one has a human casualty. The local team insists the murder is an isolated incident, concluding that the culprit must be a bored young man suffering from an uncontrollable impulse to act out anger and sexual aggression. But when Special Agent Maggie ODell is called in, everything she sees indicates that this is the work of a far more dangerous and calculating criminal.Jeffery Cole, a reporter looking for his big break, is also at the scene of the crime and decides to make Maggie part of his news piece, putting the spotlight on her and digging up aspects of her past she would rather forget. Maggies half brother, Patrick, is back in D.C. too, working for a private firefighting company, and he is frequently called in as these fires continue to light up around the city.As the acts of arson become more brazen and bodies keep turning up, Maggies professional and personal worlds begin to collide dangerously. She starts to fear for Patricks safety as he is sent into the flames set by this madman again and again, and Jeffery is becoming a very unwelcome distraction. Meanwhile, the arsonist-murderer may be much closer than Maggie imagines.Fast-paced and filled with haunting imagery of raging fires and smoke-blackened skies, this sizzling addition to the Maggie ODell series is Alex Kavas most thrilling work yet.

Exposed

Exposed

Author: Alex Kava Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2012

Agent Maggie O'Dell believes she's responding to a threat, but instead walks into a trap. The killer's weapon is a deadly virus, virtually invisible and totally unexpected. Maggie knows dangerous minds - from hauntingly perverse child predators to cunningly twisted serial killers. Now she faces a new opponent from inside an isolation ward. Maggie must find clues to catch the killer - while waiting to see if the lethal strain is already multiplying in her body. With every new exposure there's the potential for an epidemic. And Maggie knows she may not live long enough to stop the nightmare scenario becoming a devastating reality.

Hotwire

Hotwire

Author: Alex Kava Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/03/2012

On a crisp Autumn evening in western Nebraska, what started as a group of kids filming their drug-fuelled party ends in an explosive light show, leaving the victims apparently electrocuted, with odd scorch marks being the only evidence. While Maggie tries to make sense of the different stories, sifting through what is real and what is hallucination, she realises that the surviving teens are being targeted and systematically eliminated. Meanwhile on the East Coast, Army colonel Benjamin Platt is at the scene of a deadly outbreak, desperate to identify the pathogen that has infected children at a Virginia elementary school. Despite the miles that separate them, the two cases collide as Maggie and Platt uncover secrets that were meant to stay hidden...

A Perfect Evil

A Perfect Evil

Author: Alex Kava Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2012

On July 17 convicted serial killer Ronald Jeffreys was executed for the murders of three innocent boys. Three months after his death, the body of a boy is found butchered in the same style as Jeffrey's victims. While the small town is paralyzed with fear, Sheriff Nick Morrelli calls in one of the FBI's best special agents, Maggie O'Dell.

The Soul Catcher

The Soul Catcher

Author: Alex Kava Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2012

A group of young men commit suicide in a secluded cabin. A Politician's daughter is found raped and strangled - her clothes piled neatly. Special Agent Maggie O'Dell is assigned to both cases and as she delves deeper, it appears there is a connection - Reverend Joseph Everett, the charismatic leader of a religious cult...

At The Stroke Of Madness

At The Stroke Of Madness

Author: Alex Kava Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2012

When Special Agent Maggie O'Dell receives a concerned phone call from Dr Gwen Patterson about a missing patient, she agrees to look into the woman's disappearance. At first she dismisses Gwen's fears, but then a graveyard of bodies is discovered in rusted barrels buried in a rock quarry.

Cazador de almas

Cazador de almas

Author: Alex Kava Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2011

Alex Kava nos atrapa en otra escalofriante novela con la agente O'Dell como protagonista. En una cabaa aislada de Massachusetts, seis jvenes dispuestos a morir se atrincheran esperando el asalto de agentes del FBI. En una zona boscosa de Washington, cerca del monumento a Franklin D. Roosevelt, aparece el cadver de la hija de un senador. Para Maggie ODell, agente especial del FBI encargada de la investigacin, estos dos casos estn lejos de ser rutinarios. Experta en la elaboracin de perfiles criminales, Maggie aporta un enfoque psicolgico en casos en los que intervienen presuntos asesinos en serie. De ah que no acabe de entender por qu se le asigna la investigacin de dos crmenes sin relacin aparente. Sin embargo, a medida que Maggie y su compaero, el agente especial R.J. Tully, se sumerjan en la investigacin, descubrirn que ambos casos estn unidos por un vnculo: el reverendo Joseph Everett, lder carismtico de una conocida secta religiosa. Es Everett un psicpata que utiliza su influencia para escenificar crmenes horrendos? O es tan slo la cabeza de turco de un asesino ms astuto y retorcido que l?"e;Alex Kava ha creado un personaje decisivo con la agente ODell"e;... Washington Post Book World

Bajo sospecha

Bajo sospecha

Author: Alex Kava Format: eBook Release Date: 24/11/2011

Bajo sospecha es el primer libro de Alex Kava. Con el se ha hecho un hueco entre los escritores actuales del genero de intriga. Con una maestria ejemplar va desgranando una inquietante historia de suspense y embarca a los protagonistas en una escalofriante lucha contra el mal. Qu ocurre cuando un asesino en serie es condenado y ejecutado, y meses despus comienzan a ocurrir asesinatos que siguen el mismo patrn?El sheriff Nick Morelli no estaba preparado para enfrentarse a un caso as y pidi ayuda a Maggie O'Dell, la mejor agente de homicidios del FBI. En una carrera contrarreloj, Nick y Maggie tienen que enfrentarse a una horrible verdad: quiz un hombre haba sido ejecutado por unos crmenes que no haba cometido y andaba suelto un asesino que pareca la encarnacin del mal... Alex Kava ha creado una novela llena de suspense y un personaje, la agente O'Dell, que no se olvidar fcilmente. Washington Post Book World

Sin aliento

Sin aliento

Author: Alex Kava Format: eBook Release Date: 24/11/2011

Alex Kava nos sorprende con otra escalofriante historia en la que profundiza de una manera magistral en la linea que separa el bien del mal. Lo llamaban el Coleccionista, porque segua el ritual de reunir a sus vctimas antes de deshacerse de ellas de la manera ms atroz imaginable. La agente especial del FBI Maggie ODell le haba seguido la pista durante dos largos aos, terminando por fin con aquel juego del gato y el ratn. Pero ahora Albert Stucky se haba fugado de la crcel... y estaba preparando un nuevo juego para Maggie O'Dell. Desde que atrapara a Stucky, haba estado caminando sobre la cuerda floja, luchando contra sus pesadillas y la culpabilidad por no haber podido salvar a las vctimas. Ahora que Stucky estaba de nuevo en libertad, la haban apartado del caso, pero saba que era cuestin de tiempo que la volvieran a aceptar... Cuando el rastro de vctimas de Stucky comenz a apuntar cada vez ms claramente a Maggie, sta fue incorporada de nuevo al caso bajo la supervisin del agente especial R. J. Tully. Juntos tendran que enfrentarse a una carrera contrarreloj para atrapar al asesino, que siempre iba un sangriento paso por delante. Pero Maggie senta que haba llegado al lmite. Su deseo de detener a Albert Stucky se haba convertido en una cuestin de venganza personal? Haba cruzado la lnea? Tal vez se fuera el objetivo de Stucky desde el principio... convertirla en un monstruo. "e;Alex Kava ha creado un personaje decisivo con la agente ODell"e;. Washington Post Book World

Hotwire

Hotwire

Author: Alex Kava Format: eBook Release Date: 12/07/2011

In New York Times bestselling author Alex Kavas new thriller,Special Agent Maggie ODell investigates the death of three teenagers, only to find herself in the middle of a conspiracy involving biological warfare. On a crisp fall evening in western Nebraska, what started as a group of kids filming their drug-induced party ends in an explosive light show, leaving the victims apparently electrocuted, with odd scorch marks being the only evidence. While Maggie tries to make sense of the different stories, sifting through what is real and what is hallucination, she realizes that the surviving teens are being targeted and systematically eliminated. Meanwhile, on the East Coast, Army Colonel Benjamin Platt is at the scene of a deadly outbreak, desperate to identify the pathogen that has infected children at a Washington, D.C., elementary school. Despite the miles that separate them, the two cases collide as Maggie and Platt uncover secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the remote Midwest landscape.

Damaged

Damaged

Author: Alex Kava Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/04/2011

Special Agent Maggie O'Dell has seen a lot in her career, and amidst the killers, psychos and criminals she has hunted, she's delved deep into the darkest, most shockingly evil recesses of the human mind. But when a cool box filled with body parts washes up on the shore of Florida's Pensacola Beach, even Maggie isn't prepared for what she is about to get into. While across the state, people brace themselves against the onslaught of a hurricane advancing across the Gulf of Mexico, Maggie begins the laborious process of tracking down the cooler's origins. Tracing the butchered corpse back to a missing persons case weeks earlier, Maggie uncovers the gruesome network of an underground cadaver trade. Little does she know that things are about the take an even darker turn...

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Damaged

Damaged

Author: Alex Kava Format: eBook Release Date: 30/07/2010

In Pensacola Beach, the Coast Guard braces for a Category-5 hurricane that has entered the Gulf of Mexico. During a routine patrol of the waterways, the aircrew spots a massive fishing cooler floating a mile offshore. The guards suspect that the icebox contains smuggled drugs, but when they open it, theyre shocked. It is filled with body parts. Criminal profiler Maggie ODell is sent to investigate as the rest of Florida holds its breath for the storms impending arrival. Eventually, Maggie is able to trace the torso in the cooler back to a man who mysteriously disappeared weeks earlier after a hurricane hit Port St. Lucie, on the Atlantic side of Florida. How, then, did his body end up six hundred miles away in the Gulf of Mexico? Cliffhanger chapters, behind-the-scenes forensic details, colorful characters, and satisfying twists have become the trademarks of Alex Kavas psychological thrillers. In Damaged she ratchets up the suspense by sending Maggie into the eye of a monster storm to track down a killer.

Black Friday

Black Friday

Author: Alex Kava Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2009

On the busiest shopping day of the year, some idealistic college students believe theyre about to carry out an elaborate media stunt at the largest mall in America. They think the jamming devices in their backpacks will disrupt stores computer systems, causing delays and chaos. What they dont realize is that instead of jamming devices, their backpacks are stuffed with explosives, ready to be detonated by remote control and turning them into suicide bombers. Caught up in a political nightmare, battling a new interim director and still mourning the death of her boss A. D. Cunningham, FBI profiler Maggie ODell must put her own troubles aside and fly to Minnesota to help figure out whats behind this terrorist attack a massacre that is all the more frightening because no group has claimed responsibility. The search becomes personal when a tip reveals that one of the college students involved is Patrick, Maggies brother. Afraid and on the run, Patrick must decide if he can finally trust Maggie enough to help her unravel this horrifying nightmare. Sifting through the debris for answers, Maggie is joined by Nick Morrelli, who has recently taken a job with a national security company that oversees security for the mall. Although Maggie and Nick have investigated several cases together in the past, theyve never investigated a relationship with each other. Nick would like to change that. When an informant confides in Maggie that there are other attacks on the secret agenda, she knows that shes running out of time. In less than twenty-four hours shell need to figure out exactly when and where the second attack will take place, who to look for and how to keep her brother from becoming one of the casualties.

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