A Maggie O'Dell Novel
Doubleday, Hardcover, 9780385531993, 272pp.
Publication Date: July 13, 2010
New York Times bestselling author Alex Kava joins the Doubleday list with her best novel yet.
On Pensacola Beach, the Coast Guard prepares for a Category 5 hurricane that has entered the Gulf of Mexico. When the air crew patrols the waterways, they spot a huge fishing cooler about a mile offshore. Drug traffickers have been known to dump coolers with smuggled product to avoid detection and pay fishermen to retrieve them. But when the crew open this cooler, they’re shocked by what they find: body parts tightly wrapped in plastic.
Though she is putting herself in the projected path of the hurricane, Special Agent Maggie O’Dell is sent to investigate. Eventually, she’s able to trace the torso in the cooler back to a man who mysteriously disappeared weeks earlier after a hurricane hit Port St. Lucie, Florida. Only Port St. Lucie is on the Atlantic side. How 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 Kava’s psychological thrillers. In Damaged, she ratchets up the suspense a notch by sending Maggie into the eye of an impending monster hurricane to track down a killer.
ALEX KAVA’s twelve books, two stand-alone novels and ten novels featuring FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell have been published in more than twenty countries, appearing on the bestseller lists in Britain, Australia, Poland, Germany, and Italy. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. Alex divides her time between Omaha, Nebraska, and Pensacola, Florida.
PRAISE FOR ALEX KAVA'S DAMAGED
"If you are looking for the beach book of 2010, I think I’ve found it for you... DAMAGED moves and rides and thrills right along from page to page... [It] is...the perfect book to take along on vacation --- for so many frightening, twisted and entertaining reasons."
"This intense thriller builds to an eye-popping revelation that will leave fans eager for the sequel."
"This action-packed thriller... will appeal to the adrenaline junkies."
"Rip-roaring action that only builds in intensity with every page, Damaged kept me so riveted during a long plane ride that I completely forgot where I was—the mark of a true thriller!"
—Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of Ice Cold
“Read this gripping, can’t-put-it-down thriller. O'Dell could be Reacher's long-lost twin.”