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Publisher's Summary

The brutal murders of three young boys paralyze the citizens of Platte City, Nebraska. What's worse is the grim realization that the man recently executed for the crimes was a copycat. When Sheriff Nick Morrelli is called to the scene of another grisly murder, it becomes clear that the real predator is still at large, waiting to kill again. Morrelli understands the urgency of the case terrorizing his community, but it's the experienced eye of FBI criminal profiler Maggie O'Dell that pinpoints the true nature of the evil behind the killings; a revelation made all the more horrific when Morrelli's own nephew goes missing.

Maggie understands something else: the killer is enjoying himself, relishing his ability to stay one step ahead of her, making this case more personal by the hour. Because out there, watching, is a killer with a heart of pure and perfect evil.

©2000 Alex Kava
All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. This edition is published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A. All characters in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

Critic Reviews

"A well-crafted page-turner.' (Publishers Weekly)
"This debut thriller pumps the suspense....Maggie is gutsy and appealing as an FBI agent facing constant danger." (Library Journal)

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Great read

It was a superior performance. I particularly enjoyed the variety of voices and sounds done. Very entettaining.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Potential great thriller-bit like soap opera!!

I have many mixed feelings about this first Maggie O'Dell FBI profiler thriller. There was a lot of exciting writing and thrilling situations, but in many ways it felt like a story already told. Small boys are being ritualistically murdered, but someone was already executed for murdering three boys in the same way. Nick Morrelli has become sheriff after his father's retirement, but his heart really isn't in the job. He's a law school graduate, but his father talked him into this job. With these new murderers, it seems somebody in his father's department planted evidence, as the convicted murderer killed one boy as a copy cat killer, but two more were killed by someone else.

In comes Maggie O'Dell, with romantic and sexual tension, which doesn't feel original to the story. Her profile predicts someone that no one else believes is the killer. A bit to pat for me, though there was a lot of potential for a great story line. Then the book ends without a satisfactory ending. I'll definitely give this author another try, but I need and ending to my books, seems too much like a daytime soap opera otherwise!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Spoiler Alert

It reads like a porn movie -- two characters with no end of dysfunction find each other mutually attractive despite the grisly goings on around them. At one point O'Dell is thrown into a river, getting caught in fence posts and barbed wire. When she's fished out, do they take her to the hospital? NOOOO. The sheriff (the other dysfunctional character) takes her to his house, disrobes her and holds her while she sleeps. Puh-lease. In addition to that nonsense, we get treated to rationalization by the sheriff's sister, a reporter, about how she can behave with NO journalistic ethics because she has a son to support.

Never again, Alex. Fool me once, shame on you. It could have been a pretty good mystery, too.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great Listen

I thought this was an excellent "read". My attention was held throughout and I did not want to pause it at any time. I wish all of her books were available and in the unabridged version - I would get them all today.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Polly
  • Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • 09-06-11

A so-so story with shallow portraits of women

This could have been a great book. As it is, I would rate is "acceptable."

The characters are shallow and cliched. A loud-mouth dad and his son, who just can't confront him (although he can be the police chief). A secretary who wears tight sweaters and is sweet on the boss. A newly divorced mom with a sweet-as-pie little boy, who is waiting for her big break at the local newspaper.

What I disliked the most was the relationship between the main characters, policeman (male) and profiler (female). The policeman and the profiler, rode in a car together. Every time, the policeman moved the gear shift, his hand unintentionally stroked the profiler's thigh. Oh brother! Really? Not in any car I've ever driven in.

This is also one of those mysteries that tells you right at the beginning "who dunnit," and then just allows the reader to watch the investigation unfold. Ho hum.

I hung on to the end, but this book is just not worth the money.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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great story - where's the ending?

Very entertaining - but you should warn people that the crime will not be solved, nor the romance resolved - it's like a cheap way to get people to buy a sequel. I liked it - but I wouldn't have listened to all those hours, waiting anxiously for the resolution, if I had known that there was none!

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Suzn F
  • Fletcher, VT, US
  • 03-24-06

really stupid charcters

This book was entertaining and kept my interest. I have to say though, I got lots of mileage yelling at the stupid antics of the characters. They did such dumb things like letting their kids go walking alone at night while a child killer is at large in their small community. And the law enforcement officers go chasing the killer alone at night too. And the women get into cars with known creepy guys.
Oh well, it made for a fun listen.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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A bad Romance novel disguised as a Suspense novel.

i find many aspects of this book to be unbelievable and ridiculous. Would not recommend.

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Captivating!

I love, love, love, love it!! I can't wait to start the next one! Awesome!

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Boring should be a soap opera...

Okay the plot was a good one, but the author butchered this story, and the love story was so sickingly sweet I wanted to stop... If the author wasn't so worried about writing a LONG DRAWN OUT story it could have been a good one... No great twist and turns in either the murder mystery or the love story so BORING.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful