Damaged by Alex Kava
A Maggie O'Dell Novel (Maggie O'Dell Novels)

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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.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Alex Kava's Stranded.

About Alex Kava

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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.
Published June 30, 2010 by Anchor. 370 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, History, Travel. Fiction

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Maggie (Black Friday, 2009, etc.) gets upstaged at every step by the hurricane, but at least it provides her the occasion for an all-too-brief confrontation with the villain who’s pulling the strings.

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I received an advance review copy of Damaged from Doubleday recently and am quite pleased to have discovered a new series worth reading!

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Hurricanes certainly are not something that we worry about here in Tucson, but Hurricane Irene has still been quite the news story.

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There are some brief comments about other characters than Maggie, but again I felt cheated, because the characters got a lot of screen time initially, only to have them become background players in the end.

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