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Alex Kava

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Alex Kava grew up in Nebraska. She earned a bachelor’s degree in art and English from College of Saint Mary in Omaha. She has done a variety of jobs, from working as a hospital tech, cleaning and sterilizing utensils from surgery, pathology and the morgue, to running her own graphic design firm, where she designed national food labels and directed television and radio commercials. In 1996, Kava quit her job as a public relations director to dedicate herself to writing a novel and getting published. To pay the bills, she refinanced her home, maxed out her credit cards, and even took on a newspaper delivery route.

Today Alex is a New York Times bestselling author of psychological suspense novels. Her Maggie O’Dell series and her standalone novels have been widely praised by critics and fans. They have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Her books have been published in twenty-four countries and have hit the bestseller lists in Australia, Germany, Poland, Italy, and the UK.

Alex writes full-time and lives in Omaha, Nebraska and Pensacola, Florida. She is a member of the International Thriller Writers organization.

What she writes: Kava is fascinated with true-life crimes and includes details from her various crime expert sources. Her novels include her series with FBI Profiler Maggie O'Dell as well as other standalone stories.


List of works
Maggie O'Dell series
  A Perfect Evil (2000) Exposed (2008)
  Split Second (2001) Black Friday (2009)
  The Soul Catcher (2002) Damaged (2010)
  At the Stroke of Madness (2003) Hotwire (2011)
  A Necessary Evil (2006)  
Standalone works
  One False Move (2004)  
  Whitewash (2007)  
Short stories in anthologies
  "Goodnight, Sweet Mother" in Thriller: Stories to Keep You Up All Night, edited by James Patterson (2006)
  "After Dark", co-authored with Deb Carlin in First Thrills, edited by Lee Child (2010)
  A Breath of Hot Air,” co-authored with Patricia Bremmer in Florida Heat Wave, edited by Michael Lister (2010)
Awards and nominations
  Kava was the Guest of Honor at the Mayhem In The Midlands 2008 Mystery Conference held in Omaha, Nebraska.
  One False Move was selected as Nebraska’s 2006 One Book One Nebraska.
  In 2007, Kava was awarded the Mari Sandoz Award by the Nebraska Library Association.
  Whitewash made January Magazine’s list of best thrillers for 2007.
  Both Exposed and Black Friday received starred reviews by Publishers Weekly.
What the critics say
"Kava really does her forensic homework . . . continuing to demonstrate her ability to create unforgettable yet realistic monsters." - Bookreporter
"Alex Kava has…created a winning character in Agent O'Dell." - Washington Post Book World
"Kava's writing is reminiscent of Patricia Cornwell in her prime." - Mystery Ink
"Maggie is gutsy and appealing as an FBI agent facing constant danger." - Library Journal
"Scarpetta-like authenticity and the psychological insights of Alex Delaware..." - Publishers Weekly
Regarding A Perfect Evil - "A well-crafted page-turner involving the reader in an intimate and disturbing fashion..." - Publishers Weekly
Regarding Split Second - "Ms. Kava's... novel is a formidable one, filled with characters comfortable with themselves and acting out their roles intelligently and believably." - Dallas Morning News
Regarding The Soul Catcher - "... a well-crafted page turner..." - Publishers Weekly
Regarding At the Stroke of Madness - "Kava's tight writing and superb timing create suspense throughout..." - Omaha World Herald
Regarding Exposed - "Move over Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs and Karin Slaughter... Alex Kava steals the chills from these erstwhile ladies of crime." - The Guardian, UK
Regarding Exposed - "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." - Publishers Weekly
Regarding One False Move - "... explosive climax. This is a one-night read." - Publishers Weekly


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