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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Mira; Reprint edition (August 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778328007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778328001
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. Bestseller Kava's superb Maggie O'Dell thriller (after Exposed) features a particularly memorable villain, the Project Manager (aka Robert Asante), the third party behind 1995's horrifying Oklahoma City bombing, along with real-life terrorists Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. Now Asante has directed an attack on Minnesota's Mall of America during Black Friday, the big retailing day after Thanksgiving, that kills 32 people, including two students who were duped into carrying devices that they believed would just create an electronic blackout. FBI profiler O'Dell, still recovering from the death of her boss, must work with her new superior, hypercritical Raymond Kunze, as well as her ex-boyfriend, security consultant Nick Morrelli, to prevent a second major terrorist outrage Asante has planned to follow shortly after the first. Kava peppers the breathless action with enough intel to make the premise scarily real. (Oct.)
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"Move over Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs and Karin Slaughter" - Guardian "Not for the faint of heart." - Peter Robinson "Kava's writing is reminiscent of Patricia Cornwell in her prime" - Mystery Ink" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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ALEX KAVA's two stand-alone novels and seven novels featuring FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell have been published in more than twenty countries, appearing on the 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.
Photo credit Deborah Groh Carlin

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Good plot, fast moving.
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Another problem was the lack of her circle of ancillary characters, which were only present at the beginning and end of the book.
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Anyone who is a fan of Alex Kava will love this book and anyone who is not needs to be one!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Trisha Koerner on April 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Black Friday by Alex Kava is the first book by her that I have read. I thought it was great! In our new world that includes terrorism, it is a scary thought that this could really happen!!!
It is a Maggie O'Dell novel. The story is about five college students that go to the Mall of America the day after Thanksgiving. The day the retail world calls Black Friday. Sounds normal right? Wrong! These students are called cutaways by someone known as the Project Manager. This man talked three students into carrying a red backpack into the mall with "jamming devices" inside. They were told that these devices would screw up the store and mall computers. Being the busiest shopping day of the year, it would cause mass confusion. Little did the students know but they were being turned into suicide bombers.
One student named Dixon brought two friends along.He wound up being called from the mall by his Grandfather because his Grandmother had to have heart surgery. Thinking nothing of it he handed his backpack over to his friend Rebecca.
After Dixon left, Rebecca had to go to the bathroom. Their other friend Patrick waited for her in the food court. The other two students with the backpacks were walking seperately through the mall as instructed. Rebecca went to the bathroom but forget to get the backpack off the hook on the stall door when she left.
When she got back to the food court, she told Patrick she would be right back and left to retrieve it. As she approached the bathroom it happened. A huge explosion! The Project Manager had used his remote and detonated two of the bombs. The third would not go off for some reason.
Chaos...confusion...death...body parts was everywhere.
I have to stop so I do not give away who is involved and what happens next. Read the book! It was a fast reading page turner. It will make you really think about how vulnerable we really are.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have been reading Alex Kava novels since 2003, and never before have I been disappointed. This book at just under 300 pages feels like almost 500. It is slow moving, and relies on conspiracy theories (and the fact that the reader knows these theories) to move the plot along. In this book, Special Agent Maggie O'Dell, a profiler for the FBI, is called in by the Interim Director to investigate a series of explosions inside the Mall of America on Black Friday (according to the book this was Nov. 23, but unless it takes place in 2007 that is not possible since 11/23/09 was a Monday). My first major problem came after Maggie received the phone call. Instead of immediately getting ready, she and her friends gather around her television to watch Fox News to see what is being reported. This makes little sense to me. It seems that if Kava wanted to create a sense of urgency, she would not have had her main character standing around talking to her friends about the Interim Director's reasons for bringing her in on the case. My next problem is that it seems that in order for Nick to be present in several of Maggie's investigations, he needs to change jobs left and right: Sheriff, lawyer, and now security consultant? This is starting to get ridiculous. Another problem was the lack of her circle of ancillary characters, which were only present at the beginning and end of the book. Yet another problem was the fact that unbeknowst to Maggie her half brother (referred to as her step-brother, although they have the same father) was tangentially involved in the bombing. It took more than half of the book for her to find that he was there, despite the fact she saw someone who looked like her father in the lobby of the hotel the investigation is headquarted at.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tazlvr on January 6, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I love the Maggie O'Dell books by Alex Kava. She grips your senses from the 1st page, and then you have to hang on from there.

This book was riveting and a great thriller, The Black Friday concept is what caught my attention. I would never have thought about when I go out to a mall the day after Thanksgiving, that there would be a bomb at a place I would be shopping. This book will make you think about that, with the way the world is today.

All in all I really enjoyed this book, but the ending fell a little flat. If you are a Kava fan and a fan of Maggie ODell then you will enjoy this book. I hope that this story will continue in another book to help tie up some loose ends!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 18, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
I love Alex Kava books. I eagerly await the next novel however, this one was a disappointment for me. The story started off with a bang (literally) and I was hooked but as the story went along it lost my attention. Details seemed to be unresolved or very weak and took the story somewhere I was bored with. One thing I enjoy about Alex Kava is that the novels tell stories that are fictional yet have underlying truth which as a reader makes me feel there is a "chance" that these terrible things could happen and these characters could be real. But this story went from scary reality to a government conspiracy which I didn't find enough detail in to believe or even find enjoyable. It was sad not to have Cunningham but new characters were introduced andi look forward to see how they develop in future novels.I enjoy these novels for the crime-fighting and not the romance. I hope this is the final novel that develops the "possible" romance with Morelli. This novel it seemed like an after thougt just thrown in. All in all I still look forward to the next Maggie story but on the list of favorties Black Friday is at the bottom
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