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A Maggie O'Dell Novel

By Alex Kava

Doubleday, Hardcover, 9780385532013, 304pp.

Publication Date: July 12, 2011


In New York Times bestselling author Alex Kava’s new thriller, Special Agent Maggie O’Dell investigates the death of three teenagers, only to find herself in the middle of a conspiracy involving biological warfare.

On a crisp fall evening in western Nebraska, what started as a group of kids filming their drug-fueled party ends in an explosive light show, leaving the victims apparently electrocuted, with odd scorch marks being the only evidence. While Maggie tries to make sense of the dif­ferent stories, sifting through what is real and what is hallu­cination, she realizes that the surviving teens are being targeted and systematically eliminated.

Meanwhile on the East Coast, Maggie’s FBI partner, R.J. Tully, and Army colonel Benjamin Platt are at the scene of a deadly outbreak, desperate to identify the pathogen that has infected children at a Virginia elementary school. Despite the miles that separate them, the two cases collide as Maggie, Tully, and Platt uncover secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the remote Midwest landscape.

About the Author
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 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 Hotwire


“O’Dell could be Reacher’s long-lost twin.”
Lee Child

"Outstanding . . . A sizzling plot, achingly real characters, and government officials working their backsides off to save their backsides, all strike as lethally as lightning."
Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Kava spins a plot with significant political ramifications, combining nonstop action and lethal danger with developing the personal relationahip between Maggie and Ben. The seventh in the Maggie O’Dell series is a strong entry that’s just plausible enough to leave readers wondering about the line between truth and fiction.”

“The question of how such wildly disparate outrages might be connected is ingenious.”
 Kirkus Reviews

"Twisted plots, shocking characters, breakneck pacing. Guaranteed to keep you up all night!"
—Lisa Gardner, author of Love You More

"Hotwire has it all: solid storytelling that propels you right along, intriguing mysteries, memorable and believable characters, and ripped-from-the-news storylines . . .  Don't miss Hotwire, a perfect book for the middays of summer."

"Kava has given readers a tightly written, ambitiously plotted mystery involving secret government research programs and devious goings-on in the rural Sand Hills...I couldn't out it down..Kava seems to get better with every book."
--Omaha World-Herald

"Kava demonstrates the thriller chops that have earned her a place on The New York Times best-seller list. Kava charges through the action and builds towards an electric ending." -
-Lincoln Star Journal


"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

Damaged moves and rides and thrills right along from page to page...The perfect book to take along on vacation -- for some many frightening, twisted reasons.”

“This intense thriller builds to an eye-popping revelation that will leave fans eager for the sequel."
—Publishers Weekly