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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

Desperate Creed (Book 5 Ryder Creed K-9 Mystery)

Desperate Creed (Book 5 Ryder Creed K-9 Mystery)

Author: Alex Kava Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2019

Lost Creed

Lost Creed

Author: Alex Kava Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/10/2018

Fifteen years ago Ryder Creed's sister, Brodie disappeared from an interstate rest stop. She was only eleven and Creed was fourteen. Since then her disappearance has haunted him, so much so that Creed has dedicated his life to his K9 business. He rescues abandoned dogs and trains them for scent detection. Together they search for the lost and missing. A thousand miles away during a police raid, FBI special agent Maggie O'Dell stumbles upon a clue that may explain what happened to Brodie Creed all those years ago. The search and scavenger hunt that follows will be as gut-wrenching for Creed, as are the answers he discovers.

Before Evil

Before Evil

Author: Alex Kava Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/03/2018

'O'Dell could be Reacher's long-lost twin' LEE CHILD Special Agent Maggie O'Dell doesn't need to set foot at a crime scene to catch a serial killer. From her small Quantico office, she's profiled criminals using just Polaroids and faxed copies of evidence from homicide detectives across the country. Then comes Albert Stucky . . . and nothing will ever be the same. Stucky is a sadistic madman who places pieces of his victims in takeout containers and leaves them for innocent bystanders to find. He enjoys his twisted games as much as he enjoys the kill. And when Maggie is tasked with profiling his murders, Stucky is only too happy to rise to the challenge: 'Let the chase begin.' New York Times bestselling author Alex Kava returns with a heart-stopping new thriller featuring special agent Maggie O'Dell, who will face one of the most terrifying serial killers of her career. 'Rip-roaring action that only builds in intensity with every page' TESS GERRITSEN

Reckless Creed

Reckless Creed

Author: Alex Kava Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2017

In the new edge-of-your seat thriller from New York Times-bestselling author Alex Kava, Ryder Creed, his K9 search-and-rescue dogs and FBI agent Maggie O'Dell find themselves at the centre of a dire and mysterious case. In Chicago, a young man jumps from his thirtieth-storey hotel room; along the Missouri river, a hunter and his son find 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 between these mysterious deaths. What they find may be the most prolific killer the United States has ever known...

Before Evil

Before Evil

Author: Alex Kava Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2017

'O'Dell could be Reacher's long-lost twin' LEE CHILD Special Agent Maggie O'Dell doesn't need to set foot at a crime scene to catch a serial killer. From her small Quantico office, she's profiled criminals using just Polaroids and faxed copies of evidence from homicide detectives across the country. Then comes Albert Stucky . . . and nothing will ever be the same. Stucky is a sadistic madman who places pieces of his victims in takeout containers and leaves them for innocent bystanders to find. He enjoys his twisted games as much as he enjoys the kill. And when Maggie is tasked with profiling his murders, Stucky is only too happy to rise to the challenge: 'Let the chase begin.' New York Times bestselling author Alex Kava returns with a heart-stopping new thriller featuring special agent Maggie O'Dell, who will face one of the most terrifying serial killers of her career. 'Rip-roaring action that only builds in intensity with every page' TESS GERRITSEN

Before Evil

Before Evil

Author: Alex Kava Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/08/2017

From her small Quantico office Special Agent Maggie O'Dell has profiled serial killers using Polaroids and faxed copies of evidence provided by homicide detectives from across the country. She's profiled the killers and solved the crimes without ever stepping foot at a real crime scene. Then comes Albert Stucky and nothing will ever be that same. Stucky is a sadistic madman who places pieces of his victims in takeout containers and leaves them for innocent bystanders to find. He enjoys his twisted games as much as he enjoys the kill. Maggie is tasked with profiling his murders. Instead of feeling threatened, Stucky is pleased and he taunts her: 'Let the chase begin'.

One False Move

One False Move

Author: Alex Kava Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/05/2017

Slices of Night a novella in 3 parts

Slices of Night a novella in 3 parts

Author: Alex Kava, Erica Spindler, J T Ellison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/01/2017

Storm Season One Storm - 3 novellas

Storm Season One Storm - 3 novellas

Author: Alex Kava, Erica Spindler, J T Ellison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/01/2017

A Perfect Evil

A Perfect Evil

Author: Alex Kava Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/11/2016

Off the Grid (A Maggie O'Dell Collection)

Off the Grid (A Maggie O'Dell Collection)

Author: Alex Kava Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/06/2016

Silent Creed

Silent Creed

Author: Alex Kava Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

Most of them were asleep in their beds when the ground gave way. . . . When Ryder Creed responds to a devastating mudslide in North Carolina, he knows the difference between finding survivors and the dead - is time. Heedless of the dangers, Creed and his best search-and-rescue dog Bolo frantically wade through the chaos of twisted tree limbs, crumbled cement, and unrecognizable debris, when a second slide catches up with Ryder. And he is buried alive. Bolo makes it out, though, and leads the heroic rescue of his master. But what they get when they pull Ryder from the mud is much more than they bargained for. This dramatic incident reveals secrets that run deep, pointing to a possible serial killer and unexpectedly dredging up painful, hushed-up pieces of Creed's own past. The mysteries unearthed will bring Ryder Creed face-to-face with his past loyalties, deeply embedded survivor's guilt, and a powerful figure from his past. He'll have to rely on his dogs if he wants to make it through alive...

Breaking Creed

Breaking Creed

Author: Alex Kava Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2015

Ryder Creed and his dogs have been making national headlines after intercepting several major drug stashes being 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, they discover a secret compartment. But the Colombian cartels' latest shipment isn't drugs. This time, its cargo is human. To make matters worse, Creed helps one of the cartel's drug mules escape - a fourteen-year-old girl who reminds him of his younger sister who disappeared fifteen years ago. Meanwhile, FBI agent Maggie O'Dell is investigating a series of murders - the victims tortured, killed, and dumped in the Potomac River. Maggie suspects they are the work of a cunning and brutal assassin. But by the time she uncovers a hit list with Creed's name on it, it might be too late...

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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Storm Season

Storm Season

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

A massive storm system is unleashing its fury from Illinois to Florida - where it collides with a tropical disturbance and rages up the eastern seaboard. In the midst of the wind, rain and snow, Rockford Homicide Detective M.C. Riggio, FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell, and Nashville Homicide Lieutenant Taylor Jackson find themselves fighting not just the elements, but three diabolical killers ...Rockford, Illinois - A young co-ed's body is pulled from the Rock River, and Violent Crimes Bureau Detective Mary Catherine 'M.C.' Riggio and her partner, Kitt Lundgren, quickly learn that things are not always as they appear at first glance. Pensacola, Florida - FBI Agent Maggie O'Dell is about to do something she swore she'd never do again: climb into a helicopter. But a US Senator's family has gone missing aboard their houseboat, and Maggie and her partner, R.J. Tully, have been dispatched to accompany the rescue crew on their search. Soon, however, there is an even greater danger on board...Washington, D.C. - Metro Nashville Homicide Lieutenant Taylor Jackson has reluctantly agreed to take the place of her fianc , FBI profiler John Baldwin, as a presenter at the annual Freedom Conference. But when two guests go missing, and one of them is found dead in his room, Taylor discovers an assassin amongst the spies - one with a deadly score to settle.

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.

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