Hotwire by Alex Kava

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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.

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 July 12, 2011 by Anchor. 306 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Homicide, just happens to be on hand to pick up her partner’s daughter when a violent round of illness sweeps over 100 schoolchildren, bringing Maggie’s sometime lover, Dr. Benjamin Platt, together with Roger Bix, of the Center for Disease Control, to find out why.

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One crisis after another drives Kava's outstanding ninth thriller featuring FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell (after Damaged).

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Book Reporter

Over the past several years, there has developed a special place in my heart and mind for the Maggie O'Dell books by Alex Kava.

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City Book Review

I like this book, but I’d like to see Kava take her time and draw out the suspense, like in earlier books.

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Although this was my first Maggie O’Dell book I didn’t have any problems with picking up on her backstory and Kavas didn’t feel the need to hammer it home..

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