“Read this gripping, can’t-put-it-down thriller. O’Dell could be Reacher’s long-lost twin.”
Damaged is the 8th novel in the series of Maggie O’Dell is an FBI profiler. Maggie has proven herself and become the “go to person” for the complex serial killer cases. In Damaged, O’Dell is mentally and psychologically exhausted from her latest case, but she’s tough and unwilling to give an unsympathetic boss leverage over her. Maggie has learned to keep her demons to herself. When a cooler filled with body parts is found floating in Florida, her boss sends her down to assist. Maggie ends up in middle of a hurricane trying to help local officials identify a container of body parts, determine whether the parts come from murder victims – and if so, stop the killer.
Maggie’s dropped in an unfamiliar city with a minimal support system. Part of the book’s strength comes from Kava’s description of just how Maggie overcomes these difficulties and learns to make alliances. Things don’t come easily for Maggie and she appreciates every consideration and kindness that she receives. Not surprisingly, other folks that are similarly situated warm up to Maggie.
Despite my focus on the work politics that the two lead women face, Damaged is a detective thriller first and foremost. Kava carefully crafts the story so that the action and clues build on each other to give us a fast-paced and complex thriller. If you’re looking for a detective or crime thriller with strong characters and an interesting plot line, Damaged will surely satisfy.
ISBN-10: 0385531990 – Hardcover $24.99
Review copy provided by the publisher.
About the Author:
Alex Kava’s two stand-alone novels and seven novels featuring FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell have been published in more than 20 countries, appearing on the bestseller lists in Britain, Australia, Poland, Germany, and Italy. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America and of International Thriller Writers. Alex divides her time between Omaha, Nebraska, and Pensacola, Florida. Learn more at http://www.alexkava.com
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