Alex Kava Books in Order

The Alex Kava books have become so popular over the years that generation after generation, people keep going back to them.

If you're just starting with it and want a reading list, you're in luck. Here we list out all the Alex Kava books in order; keeping in mind various factors like the publication year, reviews, its popularity among readers, etc.

It’s always a good idea to read such book titles in sequence so that you don't miss out on the story plot and its discussions in the book clubs.

Publication Order of Maggie O'Dell Books

Split Second

Kava, Alex 2001

After Albert Stucky, a brutal and clever serial killer known as "The Collector," escapes from prison, he forces FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell, the agent who originally captured him, to play a deadly game when he targets her and everyone associated with her, pushing her to the very edge of sanity.

200,000 first printing.

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The Soul Catcher

Kava, Alex 2002
FBI Special Agent Maggie O'Dell and her partner Tully investigate two cases--the murder of a senator's daughter in Washington, D.C., and a shootout in Massachusetts, both of which are linked to Reverend Joseph Everett, who is dating Maggie's mother. Reprint. Read More

At the Stroke of Madness

Kava, Alex 2003
At the Stroke of Madness by Alex Kava released on Jun 24, 2004 is available now for purchase. Read More

A Necessary Evil

Kava, Alex 2006

Someone is killing PRIESTS IN A COLD, CALCULATED MANNERWhen a monsignor is found knifed to death in a Nebraska airport restroom, FBI special agent Maggie O’Dell is called in to profile the ritualistic murder of a priest, the latest in a series of killings.

Maggie soon discovers a disturbing Internet game that’s popular among victims of abuse by Catholic priests. With this first real lead in the investigation, she wonders if the group has turned cyberspace justice into reality. Then Maggie gets a second lead—one that leaves her stunned.

For the past four years she has been obsessed with finding Father Michael Keller, whose brutal acts against children continue to haunt her. Now, it seems, he has become a target. When Keller offers to help Maggie solve the ritual killings in exchange for protection, she decides to ally herself with the elusive child killer, stepping into a world of malevolence from which she may not return unscathed.

Maggie knows the bargain is a necessary evil…one that may be made in blood.…

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Exposed

Kava, Alex 2008

Veteran FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell and Assistant Director Cunningham believed the threat targeted Quantico. It targeted them.A deadly virus—virtually undetectable until it causes death from a million internal cuts. The victims appear random, but Maggie wonders if vengeance isn't the guiding hand.

An aficionado of contemporary killers, using bits and pieces from their crimes—the Beltway Sniper's phrases, the Unabomber's clues, the Anthrax Killer's delivery.Maggie knows dangerous minds, but she must tackle this new opponent from within a biosafety isolation ward—while waiting to see if death is already multiplying inside her body.

She just fears her last case might end with the most intelligent killer she's ever faced escalating from murder…to epidemic.

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Black Friday

Kava, Alex 2009

On the busiest shopping day of the year, some idealistic college students believe they're about to carry out an elaborate media stunt at the largest mall in America. They think the jamming devices in their backpacks will disrupt stores' computer systems, causing delays and chaos.

What they don't realize is that instead of jamming devices, their backpacks are stuffed with explosives, ready to be detonated by remote control and turning them into suicide bombers.Caught up in a political nightmare, battling a new interim director and still mourning the death of her boss A.

D. Cunningham, FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell must put her own troubles aside and fly to Minnesota to help figure out what's behind this terrorist attack—a massacre that is all the more frightening because no group has claimed responsibility.The search becomes personal when a tip reveals that one of the college students involved is Patrick, Maggie's brother.

Afraid and on the run, Patrick must decide if he can finally trust Maggie enough to help her unravel this horrifying nightmare.Sifting through the debris for answers, Maggie is joined by Nick Morrelli, who has recently taken a job with a national security company that oversees security for the mall.

Although Maggie and Nick have investigated several cases together in the past, they've never investigated a relationship with each other. Nick would like to change that.When an informant confides in Maggie that there are other attacks on the secret agenda, she knows that she's running out of time.

In less than twenty-four hours she'll need to figure out exactly when and where the second attack will take place, who to look for and how to keep her brother from becoming one of the casualties.

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Damaged

Kava, Alex 2010

In this thrilling installment of the New York Times bestselling series, Special Agent Maggie O’Dell puts herself in the path of a hurricane to investigate a mysterious murder.While the Coast Guard is preparing Pensacola Beach for a severe hurricane, they find an oversized fishing cooler filled with body parts tightly wrapped in plastic floating offshore.

  Special Agent Maggie O’Dell is sent to investigate, despite the fact that she is putting herself in the projected path of the hurricane. She’s able to trace the torso in the cooler back to a man who mysteriously disappeared weeks earlier after a hurricane hit the Atlantic coast of Florida.

How did his body end up six hundred miles away in the Gulf of Mexico?  Using her signature keen instincts and fearless investigating, O’Dell discovers Florida’s seedy underworld and the shady characters who inhabit it.  Damaged is Alex Kava’s most terrifying thriller yet.

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Hotwire

Kava, Alex 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-induced 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, Army Colonel Benjamin Platt is at the scene of a deadly outbreak, desperate to identify the pathogen that has infected children at a Washington, D.

C., elementary school. Despite the miles that separate them, the two cases collide as Maggie and Platt uncover secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the remote Midwest landscape.

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Fireproof

Kava, Alex 2012

New York Times bestselling author Alex Kava returns in a blaze of glory with a gripping, action-packed thriller featuring special agent Maggie O'Dell,who is leading the search for a serial arsonist whose crimes threaten Maggie dangerously close to home.

When a building bursts into flames on a cold winter night in D.C., investigators see a resemblance to a string of recent fires in the area. There is one difference, however: This one has a human casualty. The local team insists they're looking for a young white male, suffering from an uncontrollable impulse to act out his anger or sexual aggression.

But when special agent Maggie O'Dell is called in, everything she sees leads her to believe that this is the work of a calculating and controlled criminal. Jeffery Cole, a reporter looking for his big break, is also at the scene of the crime and decides to make Maggie part of his news piece, digging up aspects of her past that she would rather forget.

Maggie's brother Patrick is also back in DC where he is working for a private firefighting company and is frequently called in as these fires continue to light up around the city. As the acts of arson become more brazen, Maggie's professional and personal worlds begin to collide dangerously.

The killer may be closer than she imagines.

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Stranded

Kava, Alex 2013

ONE MAN’S REST STOP IS ANOTHER MAN’S HUNTING GROUND When FBI special agent Maggie O’Dell and her partner, Tully, discover the remains of a young woman in a highway ditch, the only clue is a map leading them to spot where they’ll find madman’s next victim.

As the body count rises, Maggie must race against the clock to unmask the monster terrorizing America’s highways, even if it means turning to a former foe for help. But as she gets closer to finding the killer, it becomes eerily clear that Maggie may be the ultimate target.

. .Winner of the 2014 Nebraska Book AwardWinner of the 2013 Florida Book Award

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Before Evil

Kava, Alex 2017

“Alex Kava is a master. Her heroine, Special Agent Maggie O’Dell is one of the classic characters of the thriller genre.” --Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling authorInternational bestseller Alex Kava delivers a stunning prequel to her critically acclaimed Maggie O’Dell series.

From her small Quantico office, Special Agent Maggie O'Dell has profiled serial killers using Poloraids, faxed copies and scraps of evidence provided by homicide detectives from across the country. She's gained a reputation for successfully profiling killers and solving crimes without ever stepping foot at a real crime scene.

Then comes Albert Stucky, and nothing will ever be the same.Stucky is a sadistic madman who enjoys his twisted games as much as he enjoys the kill. Pieces of victims start showing up in takeout containers, strategically left for unsuspecting bystanders to find.

Sometimes the body is dumped near by. Others are never found.Maggie is tasked with profiling the murders. Despite all her skills and talents nothing has prepared for this. For the first time in her career she’s seeing the gruesome crime scenes firsthand, because this madman has chosen the backwoods of Virginia as his killing grounds.

When Stucky discovers an attractive female FBI agent is part of the task force to stop him, he begins to taunt Maggie. He leaves notes and bits and pieces as if they were clues for a morbid scavenger hunt. Each step of the way he’s daring Maggie to catch him if she can, all the while planning to make her his next prey.

Let the chase begin. Praise for Alex Kava’s Maggie O’Dell novels“Kava adds a human touch to the HEART-THUMPING CHASE.”–Publishers Weekly“The Maggie O’Dell thrillers KEEP GETTING BETTER with each installment.” —The Omaha World Herald“Kava creates thoroughly AUTHENTIC, three-dimensional personalities.

” –The Boston Globe“Tension, suspense, MASTERFUL TWISTS . . . Alex Kava’s writing has it all.” –Crimespace“A pro, Kava writes as coolly and adroitly as O'Dell profiles. SUPREMELY PACED.” –The Lincoln Journal Star“The writing is taut and polished, and the plot is well-woven.

The forensic background is METICULOULY RESEARCHED.” –Crime Fiction Lover (UK)“Maggie is GUTSY AND APPEALING as an FBI agent facing constant danger.” –Library Journal“Kava does her FORENSIC HOMEWORK.” –Bookreporter.com“When somebody with the reputation of Lee Child refers to your protagonist as ‘Reacher’s long-lost twin,’ you MUST BE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT.

” —BookPage 

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Goodnight, Sweet Mother

Kava, Alex 2017

Experience a heart-pumping and thrilling tale of suspense!Originally published in THRILLER (2006),edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author James Patterson.In this engaging Thriller Short, New York Times bestselling writer Alex Kava sends her longtime character FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell on a road trip that does not go as planned.

Maggie and her mom, Kathleen, decide to take a trip together, even though they really don’t get along. At a diner they encounter a man then later, back on the road, they see the same guy again. This time he sideswipes their car. The ensuing action sends the O’Dells down a hole that will make them wish they had stayed homeDon’t miss any of these exciting Thriller Shorts:James Penney’s New Identity by Lee ChildOperation Northwoods by James GrippandoEpitaph by J.

A. KonrathThe Face in the Window by Heather GrahamKowalski’s in Love by James RollinsThe Hunt for Dmitri by Gayle LyndsDisfigured by Michael Palmer and Daniel PalmerThe Abelard Sanction by David MorrellFalling by Chris MooneySuccess of a Mission by Dennis LyndsThe Portal by John Lescroart and M.

J. RoseThe Double Dealer by David LissDirty Weather by Gregg HurwitzSpirit Walker by David DunAt the Drop of a Hat by Denise HamiltonThe Other Side of the Mirror by Eric Van LustbaderMan Catch by Christopher RiceGoodnight, Sweet Mother by Alex KavaSacrificial Lion by Grant BlackwoodInterlude at Duane’s by F.

Paul WilsonThe Powder Monkey by Ted BellSurviving Toronto by M. Diane VogtAssassins by Christopher ReichThe Athens Solution by Brad ThorDiplomatic Constraints by Raelynn HillhouseKill Zone by Robert LiparuloThe Devils’ Due by Steve BerryThe Tuesday Club by Katherine NevilleGone Fishing by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

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Chronological Order of Maggie O'Dell Books

Before Evil

Kava, Alex 2017

“Alex Kava is a master. Her heroine, Special Agent Maggie O’Dell is one of the classic characters of the thriller genre.” --Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling authorInternational bestseller Alex Kava delivers a stunning prequel to her critically acclaimed Maggie O’Dell series.

From her small Quantico office, Special Agent Maggie O'Dell has profiled serial killers using Poloraids, faxed copies and scraps of evidence provided by homicide detectives from across the country. She's gained a reputation for successfully profiling killers and solving crimes without ever stepping foot at a real crime scene.

Then comes Albert Stucky, and nothing will ever be the same.Stucky is a sadistic madman who enjoys his twisted games as much as he enjoys the kill. Pieces of victims start showing up in takeout containers, strategically left for unsuspecting bystanders to find.

Sometimes the body is dumped near by. Others are never found.Maggie is tasked with profiling the murders. Despite all her skills and talents nothing has prepared for this. For the first time in her career she’s seeing the gruesome crime scenes firsthand, because this madman has chosen the backwoods of Virginia as his killing grounds.

When Stucky discovers an attractive female FBI agent is part of the task force to stop him, he begins to taunt Maggie. He leaves notes and bits and pieces as if they were clues for a morbid scavenger hunt. Each step of the way he’s daring Maggie to catch him if she can, all the while planning to make her his next prey.

Let the chase begin. Praise for Alex Kava’s Maggie O’Dell novels“Kava adds a human touch to the HEART-THUMPING CHASE.”–Publishers Weekly“The Maggie O’Dell thrillers KEEP GETTING BETTER with each installment.” —The Omaha World Herald“Kava creates thoroughly AUTHENTIC, three-dimensional personalities.

” –The Boston Globe“Tension, suspense, MASTERFUL TWISTS . . . Alex Kava’s writing has it all.” –Crimespace“A pro, Kava writes as coolly and adroitly as O'Dell profiles. SUPREMELY PACED.” –The Lincoln Journal Star“The writing is taut and polished, and the plot is well-woven.

The forensic background is METICULOULY RESEARCHED.” –Crime Fiction Lover (UK)“Maggie is GUTSY AND APPEALING as an FBI agent facing constant danger.” –Library Journal“Kava does her FORENSIC HOMEWORK.” –Bookreporter.com“When somebody with the reputation of Lee Child refers to your protagonist as ‘Reacher’s long-lost twin,’ you MUST BE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT.

” —BookPage 

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Split Second

Kava, Alex 2001

After Albert Stucky, a brutal and clever serial killer known as "The Collector," escapes from prison, he forces FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell, the agent who originally captured him, to play a deadly game when he targets her and everyone associated with her, pushing her to the very edge of sanity.

200,000 first printing.

Read More

The Soul Catcher

Kava, Alex 2002
FBI Special Agent Maggie O'Dell and her partner Tully investigate two cases--the murder of a senator's daughter in Washington, D.C., and a shootout in Massachusetts, both of which are linked to Reverend Joseph Everett, who is dating Maggie's mother. Reprint. Read More

At the Stroke of Madness

Kava, Alex 2003
At the Stroke of Madness by Alex Kava released on Jun 24, 2004 is available now for purchase. Read More

A Necessary Evil

Kava, Alex 2006

Someone is killing PRIESTS IN A COLD, CALCULATED MANNERWhen a monsignor is found knifed to death in a Nebraska airport restroom, FBI special agent Maggie O’Dell is called in to profile the ritualistic murder of a priest, the latest in a series of killings.

Maggie soon discovers a disturbing Internet game that’s popular among victims of abuse by Catholic priests. With this first real lead in the investigation, she wonders if the group has turned cyberspace justice into reality. Then Maggie gets a second lead—one that leaves her stunned.

For the past four years she has been obsessed with finding Father Michael Keller, whose brutal acts against children continue to haunt her. Now, it seems, he has become a target. When Keller offers to help Maggie solve the ritual killings in exchange for protection, she decides to ally herself with the elusive child killer, stepping into a world of malevolence from which she may not return unscathed.

Maggie knows the bargain is a necessary evil…one that may be made in blood.…

Read More

Exposed

Kava, Alex 2008

Veteran FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell and Assistant Director Cunningham believed the threat targeted Quantico. It targeted them.A deadly virus—virtually undetectable until it causes death from a million internal cuts. The victims appear random, but Maggie wonders if vengeance isn't the guiding hand.

An aficionado of contemporary killers, using bits and pieces from their crimes—the Beltway Sniper's phrases, the Unabomber's clues, the Anthrax Killer's delivery.Maggie knows dangerous minds, but she must tackle this new opponent from within a biosafety isolation ward—while waiting to see if death is already multiplying inside her body.

She just fears her last case might end with the most intelligent killer she's ever faced escalating from murder…to epidemic.

Read More

Black Friday

Kava, Alex 2009

On the busiest shopping day of the year, some idealistic college students believe they're about to carry out an elaborate media stunt at the largest mall in America. They think the jamming devices in their backpacks will disrupt stores' computer systems, causing delays and chaos.

What they don't realize is that instead of jamming devices, their backpacks are stuffed with explosives, ready to be detonated by remote control and turning them into suicide bombers.Caught up in a political nightmare, battling a new interim director and still mourning the death of her boss A.

D. Cunningham, FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell must put her own troubles aside and fly to Minnesota to help figure out what's behind this terrorist attack—a massacre that is all the more frightening because no group has claimed responsibility.The search becomes personal when a tip reveals that one of the college students involved is Patrick, Maggie's brother.

Afraid and on the run, Patrick must decide if he can finally trust Maggie enough to help her unravel this horrifying nightmare.Sifting through the debris for answers, Maggie is joined by Nick Morrelli, who has recently taken a job with a national security company that oversees security for the mall.

Although Maggie and Nick have investigated several cases together in the past, they've never investigated a relationship with each other. Nick would like to change that.When an informant confides in Maggie that there are other attacks on the secret agenda, she knows that she's running out of time.

In less than twenty-four hours she'll need to figure out exactly when and where the second attack will take place, who to look for and how to keep her brother from becoming one of the casualties.

Read More

Damaged

Kava, Alex 2010

In this thrilling installment of the New York Times bestselling series, Special Agent Maggie O’Dell puts herself in the path of a hurricane to investigate a mysterious murder.While the Coast Guard is preparing Pensacola Beach for a severe hurricane, they find an oversized fishing cooler filled with body parts tightly wrapped in plastic floating offshore.

  Special Agent Maggie O’Dell is sent to investigate, despite the fact that she is putting herself in the projected path of the hurricane. She’s able to trace the torso in the cooler back to a man who mysteriously disappeared weeks earlier after a hurricane hit the Atlantic coast of Florida.

How did his body end up six hundred miles away in the Gulf of Mexico?  Using her signature keen instincts and fearless investigating, O’Dell discovers Florida’s seedy underworld and the shady characters who inhabit it.  Damaged is Alex Kava’s most terrifying thriller yet.

Read More

Hotwire

Kava, Alex 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-induced 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, Army Colonel Benjamin Platt is at the scene of a deadly outbreak, desperate to identify the pathogen that has infected children at a Washington, D.

C., elementary school. Despite the miles that separate them, the two cases collide as Maggie and Platt uncover secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the remote Midwest landscape.

Read More

Fireproof

Kava, Alex 2012

New York Times bestselling author Alex Kava returns in a blaze of glory with a gripping, action-packed thriller featuring special agent Maggie O'Dell,who is leading the search for a serial arsonist whose crimes threaten Maggie dangerously close to home.

When a building bursts into flames on a cold winter night in D.C., investigators see a resemblance to a string of recent fires in the area. There is one difference, however: This one has a human casualty. The local team insists they're looking for a young white male, suffering from an uncontrollable impulse to act out his anger or sexual aggression.

But when special agent Maggie O'Dell is called in, everything she sees leads her to believe that this is the work of a calculating and controlled criminal. Jeffery Cole, a reporter looking for his big break, is also at the scene of the crime and decides to make Maggie part of his news piece, digging up aspects of her past that she would rather forget.

Maggie's brother Patrick is also back in DC where he is working for a private firefighting company and is frequently called in as these fires continue to light up around the city. As the acts of arson become more brazen, Maggie's professional and personal worlds begin to collide dangerously.

The killer may be closer than she imagines.

Read More

Stranded

Kava, Alex 2013

ONE MAN’S REST STOP IS ANOTHER MAN’S HUNTING GROUND When FBI special agent Maggie O’Dell and her partner, Tully, discover the remains of a young woman in a highway ditch, the only clue is a map leading them to spot where they’ll find madman’s next victim.

As the body count rises, Maggie must race against the clock to unmask the monster terrorizing America’s highways, even if it means turning to a former foe for help. But as she gets closer to finding the killer, it becomes eerily clear that Maggie may be the ultimate target.

. .Winner of the 2014 Nebraska Book AwardWinner of the 2013 Florida Book Award

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Goodnight, Sweet Mother

Kava, Alex 2017

Experience a heart-pumping and thrilling tale of suspense!Originally published in THRILLER (2006),edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author James Patterson.In this engaging Thriller Short, New York Times bestselling writer Alex Kava sends her longtime character FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell on a road trip that does not go as planned.

Maggie and her mom, Kathleen, decide to take a trip together, even though they really don’t get along. At a diner they encounter a man then later, back on the road, they see the same guy again. This time he sideswipes their car. The ensuing action sends the O’Dells down a hole that will make them wish they had stayed homeDon’t miss any of these exciting Thriller Shorts:James Penney’s New Identity by Lee ChildOperation Northwoods by James GrippandoEpitaph by J.

A. KonrathThe Face in the Window by Heather GrahamKowalski’s in Love by James RollinsThe Hunt for Dmitri by Gayle LyndsDisfigured by Michael Palmer and Daniel PalmerThe Abelard Sanction by David MorrellFalling by Chris MooneySuccess of a Mission by Dennis LyndsThe Portal by John Lescroart and M.

J. RoseThe Double Dealer by David LissDirty Weather by Gregg HurwitzSpirit Walker by David DunAt the Drop of a Hat by Denise HamiltonThe Other Side of the Mirror by Eric Van LustbaderMan Catch by Christopher RiceGoodnight, Sweet Mother by Alex KavaSacrificial Lion by Grant BlackwoodInterlude at Duane’s by F.

Paul WilsonThe Powder Monkey by Ted BellSurviving Toronto by M. Diane VogtAssassins by Christopher ReichThe Athens Solution by Brad ThorDiplomatic Constraints by Raelynn HillhouseKill Zone by Robert LiparuloThe Devils’ Due by Steve BerryThe Tuesday Club by Katherine NevilleGone Fishing by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

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Publication Order of Maggie O'Dell Collections

Off the Grid

Kava, Alex 2016

For the first time, all of New York Times bestselling author, Alex Kava’s short works of psychological suspense are finally together in one collection. OFF THE GRID offers four short stories and one novella. All but one, feature Kava’s critically acclaimed FBI profiler, Special Agent Maggie O’Dell.

In Goodnight Sweet Mother, Maggie O’Dell and her mother’s road trip takes a chilling and an unexpected detour. A Breath of Hot Air puts Maggie’s forensic skills to work. While in Pensacola, Florida, for another investigation she’s awakened in the middle of the night when a man is found dead in the same hotel.

Cold Metal Night brings Maggie back together with Nick Morrelli (A Perfect Evil) to chase a cold-blooded killer who’s targeting homeless people. Electric Blue drops Maggie and her partner, R.J. Tully, into a dangerous storm on the Gulf of Mexico to help track a United States senator’s family that has gone missing.

And finally, in After Dark, corporate executive, Madeline Kramer hopes to escape for a much needed vacation. All she wants is the quiet and solitude the cabin in the woods promises. Be careful what you ask for. Also included: A list of where these Maggie O’Dell short works fit chronologically in the series.

Although they can be read and enjoyed individually, some were meant to be companion pieces to various novels in the series. NOTE: All of these short works have been previously published in separate anthologies or as a larger ebook. This is the first time they are being offered all together in one collection.

PRAISE FOR ALEX KAVA:“Alex Kava is a master. Her heroine, Special Agent Maggie O’Dell is one of the classic characters of the thriller genre.” – Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author “Kava’s short scenes with cliffhanger endings are spot on.

” – The Boston Globe “Maggie, who handles forensic evidence with ease can give Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta a run for her money.” – Booklist"O’Dell could be Reacher’s long-lost twin." – Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author“Twisted plots, shocking characters, breakneck pacing.

Guaranteed to keep you up all night.” – Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author “Tension, suspense, masterful twists . . . Alex Kava’s writing has it all.” -- Crimespace “A pro, Kava writes as coolly and adroitly as O'Dell profiles.

Supremely paced.”– The Lincoln Journal Star “The writing is taut and polished, and the plot is well-woven. The forensic background is meticulously researched.” -- Crime Fiction Lover (UK)

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Publication Order of Ryder Creed Books

Breaking Creed

Kava, Alex 2014

New York Times– and internationally bestselling author Alex Kava’s thrilling new series introducing Ryder Creed, ex-marine turned K9 search-and-rescue dog trainer as he teams up with fan-favorite FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell.   Ryder Creed and his dogs have been making national headlines.

They’ve intercepted several major drug stashes being smuggled through Atlanta’s airport. But their newfound celebrity has also garnered some unwanted attention.   When Creed and one of his dogs are called in to search a commercial fishing vessel, they discover a secret compartment.

But the Colombian cartels’ latest shipment isn’t drugs. This time, its cargo is human. To make matters worse, Creed helps one of the cartel’s drug mules escape—a fourteen-year-old girl who reminds him of his younger sister who disappeared fifteen years ago.

    Meanwhile, FBI agent Maggie O’Dell is investigating a series of murders—the victims tortured, killed, and dumped in the Potomac River. She suspects it’s the work of a cunning and brutal assassin, but her politically motivated boss has been putting up roadblocks.

By the time she uncovers a hit list with Creed’s name on it, it might be too late. The cartel has already sent someone to destroy Creed and everyone close to him.   But Creed and his dogs have a few surprises in store on their compound in Florida.

Will it be enough to stop a ruthless cartel determined to remove the thorn in its side once and for all?

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Silent Creed

Kava, Alex 2015

Ryder Creed and his K9 search-and-rescue dogs return in the second installment of an exciting new series, teaming up once more with FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell in their riskiest case yet.   When Ryder Creed responds to a devastating mudslide in North Carolina, he knows that the difference between finding survivors and the dead is time.

He and his sturdiest search-and-rescue dog, Bolo, get to work immediately, but the scene is rife with danger: continued rainfall prevents the rescue teams from stabilizing the land; toxic household substances spread by the crushing slide fill the area with hazardous waste; and the detritus and debris are treacherous for both man and dog to navigate.

But most perilous are the secrets hidden under the mud and sludge—secrets someone would kill to protect. For this is no ordinary rescue mission. Among the buildings consumed by the landslide was a top-secret government research facility, and Creed has been hired to find what’s left of it.

  Then rescuers recover the body of a scientist from the facility who was obviously dead before the landslide—killed by a gunshot to the head. The FBI sends Agent Maggie O’Dell to investigate, and she and Creed are soon caught in a web of lies, secrets, and murder that may involve not only the government facility, but decades-old medical experiments that are the subject of current congressional hearings.

As more bodies are found under even more unusual circumstances, they come ever closer to exposing the truth—but with unknown forces working against them, Maggie, Creed, and the dogs are running out of time.

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Reckless Creed

Kava, Alex 2016

In the new edge-of-your-seat thriller from New York Times–bestselling author Alex Kava, Ryder Creed, his K-9 search-and-rescue dogs, and FBI agent Maggie O’Dell find themselves at the center of a dire and mysterious case.   In Chicago, a young man jumps from his thirtieth-story hotel room; along the Missouri river, a hunter and his son stumble upon a lake whose surface is littered with snow geese, all of them dead; and in southern Alabama, Ryder Creed and his search-and-rescue dog Grace find the body of a young woman who went missing in the Conecuh National Forest.

..and it appears she filled her pockets with rocks and walked into the river. Before long Ryder Creed and FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell will discover the ominous connection among these mysterious deaths. What they find may be the most prolific killer the United States has ever known.

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Lost Creed

Kava, Alex 2018

Winner of the 2019 NEBRASKA BOOK AWARD in fictionWinner of the 2019 TCK Publishing Reader's Choice for Best Mystery“The Ryder Creed books are absolutely phenomenal.” —Suspense Magazine “A flawed, fierce protagonist whose first and absolute loyalty is to his dogs, plus compelling storylines: a slam-dunk recipe for late-night reading!” —The BarkRyder Creed rescues abandoned dogs and turns them into heroes.

But this time, it’s Creed who may need rescuing when a madman leads him and Agent Maggie O’Dell on a gut-wrenching scavenger hunt.Sixteen years ago, Ryder Creed’s sister, Brodie vanished from an interstate rest stop. She was only eleven and Creed was fourteen.

Her disappearance ripped apart his family and has haunted Creed.Now a former Marine with his own scars, Creed has dedicated his life to his K9 business. He takes discarded and abandoned dogs and trains them for scent detection. Together they search for the lost and the missing.

And always, Creed has held onto the hope that one day he might find out what happened to his sister.A thousand miles away during a police raid, FBI Agent Maggie O'Dell stumbles upon a clue that may explain what happened to Brodie Creed all those years ago.

But to find the answers she’ll need to make a deal with a madman. And the search that follows will be as agonizing for Creed, as are the answers he discovers. A trailblazer in the K9 mystery genre, Kava creates a "dynamic between Ryder and his canines that reveals a world rarely shared in fiction and perhaps nowhere presented more effectively than in this series.

" —Phil Jason, Florida Weekly

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Desperate Creed

Kava, Alex 2019

A TRAILBLAZER IN THE K-9 FICTION GENRE, Kava creates a “dynamic between Ryder and his canines that reveals a world rarely shared in fiction and perhaps nowhere presented more effectively than in this series.” —Phil Jason, Florida Weekly Award-winning author, Alex Kava pulls readers into the middle of the storm and has them gasping for air even as they turn the next page.

  —A STORM IS COMING— In Alabama: A deadly outbreak of tornadoes sends K9 handlers, Ryder Creed and Jason Seaver with their scent dogs, Grace and Scout to search for survivors. As storms intensify and Ryder and Jason race against time to save victims, they end up racing to save themselves.

—NOT EVERYONE’S STORM IS THE SAME— In Chicago: Francine “Frankie” Russo is irritated when her young co-worker calls at 5:00 am for a video-chat and catches her in only a towel. She’s so annoyed with Tyler Gates that she’s barely paying attention when two men confront him on the street.

In a matter of seconds, Frankie witnesses Tyler’s murder. Then the killers pick up the phone. And suddenly, they know what Frankie looks like, who she is, where she works and lives. She knows absolutely nothing about them. But one thing’s for certain—they’re coming for her next.

—WHEN THE STORM HITS— Frankie calls the only people she knows can help: her childhood friend, Hannah Washington and Hannah’s business partner, Ryder Creed. Hannah tells her to “come on home,” and she arranges a meeting for Frankie to meet with FBI agent Maggie O’Dell.

Meanwhile in the Florida Panhandle: Creed’s sister, Brodie is dealing with her own storm. She’s realizing that after sixteen years of captivity, surviving was only the first step. With the killers hot on her trail, Frankie races to meet Maggie.

But she has no idea that she’s driving straight into the grasp of another killer—a monster storm system. She and Maggie will need Ryder and Jason’s help, but no one is safe from the devastation. And by the time the sky clears, none of them will ever be the same.

WHO WILL BE STRONG ENOUGH TO SURVIVE? In Desperate Creed Alex Kava, once again, delivers her signature trademark combining “well-developed characters” (Publishers Weekly) with “a highly original plot” (Suspense Magazine)then packing it with “twists, turns and suspense galore” (Modern Dog).

“Did I mention the dogs? They and their human partners are simply the heart and soul of everything.” (Florida Weekly)

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Hidden Creed

Kava, Alex 2020

LOOKING FOR A SIGNED HARDCOVER COPY VISIT ALEX KAVA'S WEBSITE.A TRAILBLAZER IN THE K9 MYSTERY GENRE, award-winning Alex Kava delivers her signature trademark combining "well-developed characters" (Publishers Weekly) with "a highly original plot" (Suspense Magazine) then packing it with "twists, turns and suspense galore" (Modern Dog).

"Did I mention the dogs? They and their human partners are simply the heart and soul of everything." (Florida Weekly)2019 Nebraska Fiction Award (Lost Creed) winner author, Alex Kava adds another dynamic chase between murderers, Ryder Creed and his amazing scent dog Grace.

NOTHING STAYS HIDDEN FOREVER.During a training exercise, Creed's scent dog, Grace, is drawn off course and discovers a shallow grave. The body was never meant to be found, hidden deep in an isolated part of Florida's Blackwater River State Forest. The remote area has no easy access in or out.

The killer obviously hoped his secret would be scattered and swallowed up by the forces of nature.THE GRAVES WERE NEVER MEANT TO BE FOUND.When Creed's dogs continue to find more remains, investigators quickly realize they're dealing with someone who knows the forest intimately and has been using it to hide his handiwork for yearsHE'S ALREADY KILLED.

HE HAS NOTHING TO LOSE.Soon Ryder Creed and everyone who's close to him will discover just how far this killer is willing to go to keep his secrets hidden forever.

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Goodnight, Sweet Mother

Kava, Alex 2017

Experience a heart-pumping and thrilling tale of suspense!Originally published in THRILLER (2006),edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author James Patterson.In this engaging Thriller Short, New York Times bestselling writer Alex Kava sends her longtime character FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell on a road trip that does not go as planned.

Maggie and her mom, Kathleen, decide to take a trip together, even though they really don’t get along. At a diner they encounter a man then later, back on the road, they see the same guy again. This time he sideswipes their car. The ensuing action sends the O’Dells down a hole that will make them wish they had stayed homeDon’t miss any of these exciting Thriller Shorts:James Penney’s New Identity by Lee ChildOperation Northwoods by James GrippandoEpitaph by J.

A. KonrathThe Face in the Window by Heather GrahamKowalski’s in Love by James RollinsThe Hunt for Dmitri by Gayle LyndsDisfigured by Michael Palmer and Daniel PalmerThe Abelard Sanction by David MorrellFalling by Chris MooneySuccess of a Mission by Dennis LyndsThe Portal by John Lescroart and M.

J. RoseThe Double Dealer by David LissDirty Weather by Gregg HurwitzSpirit Walker by David DunAt the Drop of a Hat by Denise HamiltonThe Other Side of the Mirror by Eric Van LustbaderMan Catch by Christopher RiceGoodnight, Sweet Mother by Alex KavaSacrificial Lion by Grant BlackwoodInterlude at Duane’s by F.

Paul WilsonThe Powder Monkey by Ted BellSurviving Toronto by M. Diane VogtAssassins by Christopher ReichThe Athens Solution by Brad ThorDiplomatic Constraints by Raelynn HillhouseKill Zone by Robert LiparuloThe Devils’ Due by Steve BerryThe Tuesday Club by Katherine NevilleGone Fishing by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

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One False Move

Alex Kava 2004
One False Move by Alex Kava released on Jul 23, 2004 is available now for purchase. Read More

Whitewash

Kava, Alex 2007

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDAEchoEnergy has broken through the barriers to alternative fuel sources. The impact on world markets could be staggering. But amid the euphoria, Sabrina Galloway, one of EE’s top scientists, makes an alarming discovery. Sabotage of the process has unleashed an eco-disaster, and toxic waste is poisoning Florida waters and the Gulf of Mexico.

WASHINGTON, D.C.Youthful congressional chief of staff Jason Brill prepares his boss for the upcoming International Energy Summit. But he’s beginning to realize the senator’s support of EchoEnergy and its CEO may involve more private than public interests.

Sabrina and Jason have never met. But in a world that values corporate greed over human life, they have attracted the notice of silent but powerful enemies. And these relentless shadow players leave tracks all the way from the Middle East to Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Slices of Night

Kava, Alex 2011

One killer: A psychopath who flies under the radar, moving from city to city, preying on the lost and forgotten.Three investigators: Detective Stacy Killian from the New Orleans P.D., Nashville homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson, and FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell--who witnessed some of the worst.

And brought down some of the best.Will this one slip through their grasps, as he has slipped through grasps of so many, for so long?From three of today's most acclaimed thriller writers, SLICES OF NIGHT offers readers a sneak peek into the lives of three very different investigators, in three very different settings, as they hunt for a killer who's able to disappear into the night.

Erica Spindler, Alex Kava and J.T. Ellison bring you face to face with their own unique brands of evil.

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Storm Season

Kava, Alex 2012

The second exciting collaboration from Erica Spindler, Alex Kava and J.T. Ellison. One terrifying storm; three thrilling tales.They call it an Alberta Clipper – a massive storm system that rides the jet stream southward from Canada and across the United States.

It’s early October, and this storm is unleashing its fury from Illinois to Florida – where it collides with a tropical disturbance and rages up the eastern seaboard. In the midst of the wind, rain and snow, Rockford Homicide Detective M.C. Riggio, FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell, and Nashville Homicide Lieutenant Taylor Jackson find themselves fighting not just the elements, but three diabolical killers .

..Rockford, Illinois – A young co-ed’s body is pulled from the Rock River, and Violent Crimes Bureau Detective Mary Catherine “M.C.” Riggio and her partner, Kitt Lundgren, quickly learn that things are not always as they appear at first glance.

When it’s determined that the girl’s death was no accident, the detectives start collecting information about her life – and discover a connection that hits too close to home for M.C. With a major winter weather system moving in and threatening to shut down the city, M.

C. and Kitt race to fit together the scattered pieces of a chilling puzzle – one that may prove more devastating than the storm.Pensacola, Florida – FBI Agent Maggie O’Dell is about to do something she swore she’d never do again: climb into a helicopter.

Worse, that helicopter is about to take her out over the Gulf of Mexico, in the face of a nasty storm system that has already dumped rain and snow in record-breaking amounts across the eastern half of the country. But a U.S. Senator’s family has gone missing aboard their houseboat, and Maggie and her partner, R.

J. Tully, have been dispatched from Washington, D.C. to accompany the rescue crew on their search. While Tully remains on shore to ferret out clues as to what happened to the boat, Maggie flies out with the Coast Guard to find it. With wind and rain threatening to knock their chopper out of the sky, Maggie and Coast Guard rescue swimmer Liz Bailey board the houseboat in an effort to save the Senator’s family – only to discover an even greater danger on board.

Washington, D.C. – Metro Nashville Homicide Lieutenant Taylor Jackson has reluctantly agreed to take the place of her fiancé, FBI profiler John Baldwin, as a presenter at the annual Freedom Conference – a foreign intelligence initiative attended by the best in the business of ‘clandestine services’.

Then a blizzard effectively isolates their hotel on Chesapeake Bay – no power, no generators, and no possibility of outside help. When two guests go missing, and one of them is found dead in his room, Taylor discovers an assassin amongst the spies – one with a deadly score to settle.

In STORM SEASON, Erica Spindler, Alex Kava and J.T. Ellison team up to bring you their most exciting thriller novella yet!

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Off the Grid

Kava, Alex 2016

For the first time, all of New York Times bestselling author, Alex Kava’s short works of psychological suspense are finally together in one collection. OFF THE GRID offers four short stories and one novella. All but one, feature Kava’s critically acclaimed FBI profiler, Special Agent Maggie O’Dell.

In Goodnight Sweet Mother, Maggie O’Dell and her mother’s road trip takes a chilling and an unexpected detour. A Breath of Hot Air puts Maggie’s forensic skills to work. While in Pensacola, Florida, for another investigation she’s awakened in the middle of the night when a man is found dead in the same hotel.

Cold Metal Night brings Maggie back together with Nick Morrelli (A Perfect Evil) to chase a cold-blooded killer who’s targeting homeless people. Electric Blue drops Maggie and her partner, R.J. Tully, into a dangerous storm on the Gulf of Mexico to help track a United States senator’s family that has gone missing.

And finally, in After Dark, corporate executive, Madeline Kramer hopes to escape for a much needed vacation. All she wants is the quiet and solitude the cabin in the woods promises. Be careful what you ask for. Also included: A list of where these Maggie O’Dell short works fit chronologically in the series.

Although they can be read and enjoyed individually, some were meant to be companion pieces to various novels in the series. NOTE: All of these short works have been previously published in separate anthologies or as a larger ebook. This is the first time they are being offered all together in one collection.

PRAISE FOR ALEX KAVA: “Alex Kava is a master. Her heroine, Special Agent Maggie O’Dell is one of the classic characters of the thriller genre.” – Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author “Kava’s short scenes with cliffhanger endings are spot on.

” – The Boston Globe “Maggie, who handles forensic evidence with ease can give Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta a run for her money.” – Booklist "O’Dell could be Reacher’s long-lost twin." – Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author “Twisted plots, shocking characters, breakneck pacing.

Guaranteed to keep you up all night.” – Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author “Tension, suspense, masterful twists . . . Alex Kava’s writing has it all.” -- Crimespace “A pro, Kava writes as coolly and adroitly as O'Dell profiles.

Supremely paced.” – The Lincoln Journal Star “The writing is taut and polished, and the plot is well-woven. The forensic background is meticulously researched.” -- Crime Fiction Lover (UK)

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