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A Perfect Evil (Maggie O'Dell Series) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Nick Morrelli is the Platte City, Nebraska, sheriff who must be smarter than he appears, since there's a framed Harvard law degree hanging on his wall. Not that appearances don't count. The reader is treated to a number of descriptions of his sexy, lady-killer looks and his charismatic effect on even the most hard-bitten woman character in this somewhat muddled, serial-killer thriller. Nick is investigating the kidnap-murders of two young Platte City boys when FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell shows up and all but takes over the investigation. Several years earlier, the former sheriff--Nick's father--capped his own career with the arrest of the last serial killer in the neighborhood, who abducted and tortured three boys in an eerily similar crime spree. When Antonio Morrelli returns from retirement to meddle in the investigation, and when Nick's own sister uses her connections to advance his career, Nick hardly raises an objection. And that's the central weakness of what would otherwise be a good, first effort. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
A serial killer eludes an FBI profiler and a smalltown Nebraska sheriff in Kava's engaging debut, which manages to remain entertaining despite a fairly conventional plot line. As the story opens, recently appointed Sheriff Nick Morelli is as relieved as the rest of the citizens of Platte City that his predecessor, who also happens to be his father, has captured the child killer who plagued the town. But after the killer is executed, another child is discovered dead, and Morelli realizes that the convicted man was in fact a copycat killer, leaving the original criminal still on the prowl. Morelli gets some much-needed help in the investigation from FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell, but the hunt gets complicated when Morelli's sister, a journalist, leaks info to the media. Things become even stickier when O'Dell unearths a couple of unlikely suspects who've been dismissed by the police, and the search takes on a new level of urgency when Morelli's nephew is abducted and appears to be the next victim. Kava keeps her prose simple, but she does a nice job of setting up the chemistry between O'Dell and Morelli while balancing the various family issues Morelli faces in the investigation. She also makes good use of the smalltown milieu, tightening the tension by establishing that the killer is part of the fabric of the community. The result is a well-crafted page-turner involving the reader in the specter of murder in an intimate and disturbing fashion, with a plausible setup for a sequel. Agent, Philip Spitzer.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I enjoyed the book, but it was not a favorite, and I probably won't read any more in the series. The plot and characters were interesting, but I don't particularly enjoy thrillers with child victims, and the creepiness and graphic gore made me squirm as I read, but not in a good way. Secondly, the burgeoning romance between Maggie and the police chief got OLD. These two couldn't be in a room without there being electricity, and adolescent longing and tingle-y thoughts. Heck, I wouldn't want these two working on a case for me! Finally, the writing is clunky and heavy handed (which is probably a good description of why the romance didn't work either). Even if I don't count the many misplaced commas (a true nitpick, I know, but one from which I suffer) -- not just superfluous commas, but commas where there shouldn't be any -- even if I don't count those, the writing was still not great, and I've read too many wonderful thrillers to want to spend my time on something that's just okay.
Decent, but you could do better.
Barely readable. I have no idea why this is such a good selling series. Unless you happen to be in the mood to dumb yourself down and read at a tweener level. You the austute reader will see gaping holes in the plot and one main character who the author would like you to invest in...who is a complete idiot when it comes to accepting the preponderance of evidence against the heroines lead suspect...and o.m.g, really? There's a seriel killer of young boys running around but a main character who is near the front of the investigation is ok letting her little Johnny go sledding and walking to the sled hill all by himself...shocker he gets grabbed up! Don't worry that really isn't a spoiler because you know the minute little johnny is introduced into the story where it's going. There is "No" mystery and there is "No" suspense in this book. I hope I save someone from wasting their hard earned money and several hours of their life...neither of which you'll be able to get back. Yet again, I shouldn't be shocked by all the 4 and 5 star reviews, I just keep forgetting that viewers of bad sitcoms, lifetime romance movies and of course reality TV actually know how to read at some level.
The evil was truly evil although somewhat predictable in that "ripped from the headlines" kind of way.
What I found disturbing was the way Maggie and Nick would find themselves all hot and sweaty at just about any minute. Talking about torture and thinking "she turns me on". Tracking the blood and gore, but looking forward to ripping their clothes off......just didn't seem likely. And the author prolonged those scenes and descriptions as though they were taken from a bodice ripping romance novel. Quick! back to the horror - and suddenly its uncontrollable passion. Please, give them time for a shower and lunch in between.
Two stars, one for each story.
I like this author (although new to me) and I will pick up more of her writings.
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Not very suspenseful, even if some reviews say otherwise.
Nice romance, but way too much, and no real sex scenes.Read more