Nebraska Author: Alex Kava

I don’t know about you, but I like to read a good mystery/crime story every once in awhile.  While working at the Holdrege Public Library I was introduced to the Maggie O’Dell series written by Alex Kava.  Her Maggie O’Dell series includes, A Perfect Evil, Split Second, The Soul Catcher, At the Stroke of Madness, A Necessary Evil, Exposed and Black Friday along with her stand-alone novels, One False Move and Whitewash.  First of all I was interested in her books because she was from Nebraska.  When I started reading them, I was intrigued that she was able to place the settings of her books to resemble Nebraskan landscaping and also base them in towns we all know.  It makes her stories more suspenseful I think, because while you have a murder on the loose roaming around Lincoln, NE and surrounding areas, it gives me the hebie-jebies :).  Here’s a little about Alex Kava I read off her website:
“ALEX KAVA GREW UP IN THE COUNTRY outside Silver Creek, Nebraska. She earned a bachelor’s degree in art and English from College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Nebraska.  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, designing national food labels and directing television and radio commercials.

IN 1996 SHE 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.
ONE FALSE MOVE WAS SELECTED AS Nebraska’s 2006 One Book One Nebraska.  (My Antonia by Willa Cather was the 2005 selection).  In 2007 Alex was awarded the Mari Sandoz Award by the Nebraska Library Association. Whitewash made January Magazine’s list of best thrillers for 2007. Exposed,Black Friday and 2011’s DAMAGED received starred reviews by Publishers Weekly.

ALEX WRITES FULL-TIME AND LIVES IN Omaha, Nebraska and Pensacola, Florida (where her 2010 book, Damaged is set).  She is a member of International Thrillers Writers.”
If you’ve never read a book by a Nebraska Author, then I recommend you start with Alex Kava.  Not only does she share a great story, we all have the same roots. (plus she’s a Husker fan and so is her dog!)

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