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AN EFFICIENT THRILLER WITH AN ATTRACTIVE AND COMPETENT HEROINE

  • May 29, 2010
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This is the first thriller I've read by Kava but it won't be the last. It's her tenth novel and the eighth featuring FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell, so I've got a good deal of reading ahead of me. O'Dell and medical doctor Benjamin Platt -they're falling for each other but move oh so slowly toward their first kiss--meet in Pensacola, Florida, as a Force five hurricane rushes in from the Gulf. She's been called in to look at the contents of a storage chest found floating offshore: the Coast Guard rescue crew opened it and discovered it was filled with severed body parts, any where from one to five separate human bodies. Platt is there to address a mysterious plague that is suddenly killing veterans in the VA hospital after they are fitted for their prosthetic limbs. The two cases turn out to be one, just different sides of a case that features a really creepy villain who is moving from disaster zone to disaster zone killing off the people no one will miss and selling their body parts to hospitals. The secondary characters in the novel are well fleshed out -Liz, a courageous Coast Guard rescue swimmer who is trying to prove herself in an all-male copter crew, her self-serving brother-in-law Scott and others--but the heart of the novel is a dance among Maggie, Liz and the killer. The book moves along efficiently to closure. One might wish for a more satisfying -dramatic? violent?-- confrontation at the end but that is a small quibble about this satisfying mystery thriller with an attractive and capable heroine.

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review by . August 14, 2010
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Steve Berry is the author of six thrillers in the bestselling Cotton Malone series (The Templar Legacy, The Alexandria Link, The Venetian Betrayal, The The Charlemagne Pursuit, The Paris Vendetta, and The Emperor's Tomb), and three stand-alone thrillers (The Amber Room, The Romanov Prophecy, and The Third Secret). Read his guest review of Damaged:

Alex Kava is a master. Her heroine, Special Agent Maggie O'Dell, is one of the classic characters of the thriller genre. Maggie's adventures have taken her to small-town America, and into the Catholic Church, bringing her face-to-face with some sick individuals. But that's her job. She's a criminal profiler. And good at it. Now, in Damaged, Maggie is thrust into the eye of an impending monster hurricane to track down another killer.

Alex Kava has a knack for the macabre. This time she hooks the reader when a fishing cooler is found floating in the Gulf of Mexico filled with a human torso, one foot, and three hands, all tightly wrapped in plastic. Despite the fact that a Category 5 hurricane is just off shore, and headed her way, Maggie is sent to investigate. Resources are limited. All law enforcement is focused on evacuation and emergency preparations. It's Maggie's job to find out what's going on, but when she discovers that the remains belong to a man who mysteriously disappeared weeks earlier, after another hurricane hit on Florida’s Atlantic Ocean side, the real trouble begins.

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ISBN-10: 0385531990
ISBN-13: 978-0385531993
Author: Alex Kava
Publisher: Doubleday

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