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Before Evil

By Alex Kava

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The thrilling new Maggie O'Dell novel from bestselling author, Alex Kava.

'O'Dell could be Reacher's long-lost twin' LEE CHILD

Special Agent Maggie O'Dell doesn't need to set foot at a crime scene to catch a serial killer. From her small Quantico office, she's profiled criminals using just Polaroids and faxed copies of evidence from homicide detectives across the country.

Then comes Albert Stucky . . . and nothing will ever be the same.

Stucky is a sadistic madman who places pieces of his victims in takeout containers and leaves them for innocent bystanders to find. He enjoys his twisted games as much as he enjoys the kill. And when Maggie is tasked with profiling his murders, Stucky is only too happy to rise to the challenge:

'Let the chase begin.'

New York Times bestselling author Alex Kava returns with a heart-stopping new thriller featuring special agent Maggie O'Dell, who will face one of the most terrifying serial killers of her career.

'Rip-roaring action that only builds in intensity with every page' TESS GERRITSEN

Biographical Notes

Alex Kava is the New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed series featuring former Marine Ryder Creed and his K9 dogs, and the international bestselling Maggie O'Dell series.

Published in thirty-two countries with over six million copies sold, Kava's novels have been on a multitude of international bestseller lists. She is a member of the Nebraska Writers Guild and International Thriller Writers. Kava and her pack of Westies divide their time between Omaha, Nebraska and Pensacola, Florida.

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  • ISBN: 9780751553840
  • Publication date: 10 Aug 2017
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