The Resource A perfect evil, Alex Kava

A perfect evil, Alex Kava

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A perfect evil
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A perfect evil
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Alex Kava
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Still reeling from the effects of her last case, FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell arrives in Platte City, Nebraska determined to help catch a potential copycat kidnapper who murders young boys
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  • A serial killer eludes an FBI profiler and a smalltown Nebraska sheriff in Kava's engaging debut, which manages to remain entertaining despite a fairly conventional plot line. As the story opens, recently appointed Sheriff Nick Morelli is as relieved as the rest of the citizens of Platte City that his predecessor, who also happens to be his father, has captured the child killer who plagued the town. But after the killer is executed, another child is discovered dead, and Morelli realizes that the convicted man was in fact a copycat killer, leaving the original criminal still on the prowl. Morelli gets some much-needed help in the investigation from FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell, but the hunt gets complicated when Morelli's sister, a journalist, leaks info to the media. Things become even stickier when O'Dell unearths a couple of unlikely suspects who've been dismissed by the police, and the search takes on a new level of urgency when Morelli's nephew is abducted and appears to be the next victim. Kava keeps her prose simple, but she does a nice job of setting up the chemistry between O'Dell and Morelli while balancing the various family issues Morelli faces in the investigation. She also makes good use of the smalltown milieu, tightening the tension by establishing that the killer is part of the fabric of the community. The result is a well-crafted page-turner involving the reader in the specter of murder in an intimate and disturbing fashion, with a plausible setup for a sequel. Agent, Philip Spitzer. (Aug.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
  • Little boys are being savagely murdered in a small Nebraska town, and playboy sheriff Nick Morelli is way out of his league dealing with a serial killer. To the rescue comes expert FBI profiler Maggie O Dell, who also happens to be young and drop-dead gorgeous. While investigating the murders (and trying to resist Nick s considerable charms), Maggie comes up with the profile of a killer who is a threat to the entire community. The heat rises as Nick s nephew disappears. Can Maggie and Nick gather enough evidence to stop the killer before it s too late? This debut thriller pumps the suspense out smoothly enough (though the killer s identity is telegraphed much too early), and Maggie is gutsy and appealing as an FBI agent facing constant danger. The open-ended story line guarantees a sequel, which should interest fans of Patricia Cornwell s recently departed Benton Wesley. Rebecca House Stankowski, Purdue Univ. Calumet Lib., Hammond, IN Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
  • Three months after putting a particularly vicious serial killer to death, a Nebraska sheriff's department faces a new string of child murders that suggest they may have executed the wrong man. The optimistic take on this new development would be that the latest two deaths are only copycat killings. Reading over Ronald Jeffreys's trial transcript, though, Nick Morrelli, the Harvard-educated lawyer who all but inherited the sheriff's job from his masterful father, realizes the picture is much darker. Jeffreys admitted killing one of the three victims—the one whose crime scene least fit the pattern of the others, a pattern that's continued with the abductions of Danny Alverez and Matthew Tanner. And the profile that visiting FBI expert Maggie O'Dell has drawn up doesn't resemble Jeffreys nearly as well as several well-respected citizens of Platte City. But since the whole town is in denial, certain that Jeffreys was the perp, and since his own sister, fledgling reporter Christine Hamilton, has suddenly grown so ambitious that she's constantly embarrassing him in press conferences and in print, what can Nick do? Well, since his bulging muscles are an impressive complement to the unsuitably married Maggie's shapely legs, he can fall for her. (So much for the promise of hard-nosed forensic detail.) Meantime, since Christine's the single mother of a ten-year-old son, she can descend into her own hell when he becomes the kidnapper's latest victim. (So much for the career woman's dream of having it all.) And readers enticed with the sulfur-and-brimstone promise of a new Hannibal Lecter will have to make do with a monster as unbelievable as he is unsurprising. First-timer Kava obviously knows the small-town milieu she writes about, though you have to wonder if the men in the real Nebraska are quite as uniformly brutish as in her world. Perhaps the biggest of many disappointments here is that they can't all get convicted of murder. (Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2000)
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037432
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Kava, Alex
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813/.6
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no index present
LC call number
PS3561.A8682
LC item number
P47 2000
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fiction
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True
Series statement
Maggie O'Dell series, # 1
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0001
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  • O'Dell, Maggie
  • O'Dell, Maggie
  • Government investigators
  • Executions and executioners
  • Women detectives
  • Serial murders
  • Sheriffs
  • Nebraska
  • Nebraska
  • Executions and executioners
  • Government investigators
  • Serial murders
  • Sheriffs
  • Women detectives
  • Nebraska
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A perfect evil, Alex Kava
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25 cm
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377 pages
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9780778322337
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2001267339
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A perfect evil, Alex Kava
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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ocm44180647
Dimensions
25 cm
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377 pages
Isbn
9780778322337
Lccn
2001267339
Media category
unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)44180647

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