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Product Details

  • Series: Maggie O'Dell Novels
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Mira; First Edition edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778325571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778325574
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #534,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. Last seen in A Necessary Evil (2006), FBI special agent Maggie O'Dell pursues a vengeful monster and his sadistic assistant who infect innocent people with the deadly Ebola virus in bestseller Kava's most terrifying psychological thriller to date. While investigating a bomb threat in suburban Elk Grove, Va., Maggie and her boss, Assistant Director Cunningham, become exposed to the virus. The pair wind up in the Slammer, an isolation ward within the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Fort Detrick, Md. On the outside, Maggie's partner, R.J. Tully, investigates other cases of exposure to the virus, including an entire Chicago hospital. After Maggie's release, a clue Tully uncovers from his past sends him racing to save Maggie from the evil mastermind responsible for the viral threats. Full of authentic details taken from similar real-life crimes, the smart, thrill-a-minute plot builds to a cliffhanger ending that will leave fans eager for the next installment. (Oct.)
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"Kava's writing is reminiscent of Patricia Cornwell in her prime." - Mystery Ink "Not for the faint of heart." - Peter Robinson "Alex Kava knows the psychology of evil." - John Philpin, forensic psychologist and author. "Scarpetta-like authenticity and the psychological insights of Alex Delaware." - Publishers Weekly" --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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All the characters come together to provide a very good story.
Ann Malven
The story builds to a climactic ending, and is great at keeping the reader's attention throughout.
Michael Yovkovich
I read the entire book in about a day and a half...I just couldn't put it down!
T. Anderson

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Jackson VINE VOICE on February 22, 2009
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This well researched mystery is so believable that it scared me into finishing it as soon as I woke up in the morning after starting it very late one night. The characters are interesting and Maggie, the main character. is authentic, flaws and all, like a beloved relative who can aggravate the socks off you but you love her anyway. The story is relevant because it is taken from the headlines we have become too familiar with, the human "monsters" that prey on and destroy their vicitims and their families. A medical mystery wrapped in an FBI murder case basted with probability and research makes this a wonderful feast for the reader. I enjoyed this book immensly despite it scaring me half to death at times.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Harnett VINE VOICE on January 4, 2009
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Kava's sixth Agent Maggie O'Dell ("A Necessary Evil") thriller opens with her and her boss/mentor Assistant Director Cunningham investigating a bomb threat, which turns out to be a trap, sacrificing innocents to expose the agents to a deadly virus.

Maggie and Cunningham are clapped into The Slammer, a top-secret military medical isolation facility, which is about as sterile and intimidating as you might expect. We know it's Ebola before army doctor Colonel Benjamin Platt confirms it and we know it's already too late for Platt's boss' ruthless and pragmatic solution to the problem (which will strike most readers as cold-blooded political overkill).

Kava increases the sense of doom and horror by clueing the reader well ahead of the investigators. She switches point of view among Maggie, her partner Tully on the outside (whose troublesome teen daughter made him late for work that fateful day), Platt's feverish attempts to save everyone, the killer (actually the killer's assistant killer), and the intended victims, so we know that virus-laced packages have gone out to selected targets around the country and the clock is ticking down.

How and why the mastermind chooses his targets are chosen is a puzzle that entertains Artie, the mostly obedient killer's assistant, a crime buff who notes parallels with sensational crimes from the past and implements a few new parallels himself.

Colonel Platt is a tough, upstanding and sympathetic addition to the series who shows signs of being a keeper. The army facility is chillingly well done and the terror scenario is frighteningly easy to accept - particularly given all the allusions to successful past crimes, like the Tylenol tampering and the anthrax cases.

Fans and newcomers alike will enjoy Kava's usual mix of thrills, FBI profiling and procedure, gory details, personal complications and the headline-inspired plotting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Anderson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 21, 2009
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This is the second Alex Kava novel I've read and I just loved it! I read the entire book in about a day and a half...I just couldn't put it down! If you like James Patterson, you will like Alex Kava. The chapters are short, the print is large and well spaced, and the writing style is an easy read. The storyline of Exposed was fantastic...a real page turner! Highly recommend.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ronald K. Goodenow on December 19, 2008
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This is my first Alex Kava, just read cover to cover on a transcontinental flight. It won't be my last encounter with her and Maggie O'Dell.

As an inveterate reader of mysteries and suspense novels I look for an engaging plot, compelling characters, good insight on police or other relevant procedure and a real sense of time and place. One gets all that from Ian Rankin, P.D.James, Michael Connelly, Peter Robinson, Lee Child, Elizabeth George and many others on my growing list of favorites. Happily, one gets it from Alex Kava as well.

Straight off, let me say that Exposed is engaging and downright scary, a proverbial page turner. Its not just because of the bio-terrorism/medical plot, but because of a spider's web of horrific happenings stitched together in a truly diabolical tale cemented by more than mere references to mass murderers admired by the book's frightening killer.

Along the way, one learns about federal anti-biological warfare strategies, tactics, and technologies, and there is the usual inter-agency suspicion an bureaucratic in-fighting now common in books of this sort. O'Dell, an FBI profiler, is compelling because she is not only trying to figure out who wants to introduce a rare and horrifically dangerous strain of Ebola to a carefully selected set of victims, but is herself victimized, becoming more than a good detective -- she's a person we would all hate to be.

Ok, the crime is solved, the world is saved (for now) and we're reminded that satanic forces can exist in the most common of places, and for the most ordinary of reasons. At least if one has a slightly sick mind.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By cmp VINE VOICE on February 5, 2009
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When I was offered this book on amazon's Vine program, I grabbed it, as the author's name seemed familiar - a good clue that it would be a book that I might like, if I'd read something by her before.

Once I got it and started reading, I remembered the first book of the series. It was NOT at all my favorite, and I hadn't ever picked up another by the author since.

The writing is, as someone else mentioned, spare, which I do appreciate. I prefer concise writing to a bunch of unnecessary flowery description and detail that loses my interest and basically just annoys me.

But I don't love the disjointed style here - the story is interwoven between at least 4 different locations and "main" characters, and it just kept losing my attention. I would start to get into the plot, and the next chapter would suddenly be a third person (thank goodness, at least it's not first person) account of someone in a completely different locale, no one I'd heard of yet, sure that I'd figure out how they're related, but not really caring, and interrupting my flow.

I wrote a review of the first of her novels, and I just went and re-read it. I stand by it, but the thing that bothered me most about the first in the series was something I didn't even mention in the review. The author is a former advertising exec, as I recall. The hardest thing for me is that people usually write "what they know" and I have to wonder what she knows about the Behavioral Science Unit of the FBI. I'm sure there was plenty of research done, but even the first chapter of this book - without trying to give much away - makes me wonder how much the profilers REALLY would go out to deal with a crisis situation - I thought that profilers worked a little more in the office, creating, well, profiles.
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