Synopses & Reviews
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.
"One crisis after another drives Kava's outstanding ninth thriller featuring FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell (after Damaged). Maggie, who's supposed to be attending a Denver law enforcement conference, helps investigate a crime scene that's left two teenagers dead and five others mysteriously injured as well as bizarre cattle mutilations in the Nebraska Sandhills. A surviving teen's suicide compels Maggie to stay involved, despite the disapproval of her 'politically correct and politically connected new boss.' Back east, Maggie's hunky romantic interest, Army Col. Ben Platt, joins the Centers for Disease Control's Dr. Roger Bix to look into widespread food contamination in Virginia and Washington, D.C., schools. As the two cases converge, O'Dell and Platt are caught up in all-too-credible bureaucratic machinations. Meanwhile, UFO buff Wes Stotter gets on the trail of some sinister doings in Nebraska. A sizzling plot, achingly real characters, and government officials working their backsides off to save their backsides, all strike as lethally as lightning. 6-city author tour. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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.