Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Black Friday by Alex Kava
Black Friday is the seventh book in the engaging Maggie O'Dell series by Alex Kava.
Black Friday is known as not only the day after Thanksgiving, but also as the busiest shopping day of the year in America. When three young men plan to wreak havoc by crashing the computer systems in Minnesota's Mall of America, society is in for a real shock when the men are detonated as suicide bombers instead. FBI profile-expert Maggie O'Dell is called to the scene to determine the identity of the evil mastermind behind this act of terrorism, learning that the suicide bombers are just the first step in a larger plan to kill many more people. Maggie must team up with former flame and detective Nick Morrelli to hunt down the killer before it's too late.
Black Friday is one of Kava's more intriguing novels specifically because it explores one of our country's more recent conspiracy theories regarding the identity of a mysterious accomplice to Timothy McVeigh in the Oklahoma City bombing.
Alex Kava has a knack for writing fast-moving, highly suspenseful novels in a style not unlike Jeffery Deaver. Kava has nicely mastered the technique of incorporating red herrings and plot twists into her more recent novels which is a stellar bonus for lovers of mystery! Kava's novels are straight to the point, incredibly action-packed and are truly the perfect escape into continuous entertainment. Black Friday also introduces Maggie's younger brother to readers, ultimately allowing us a closer glimpse into Maggie's personal life -- and love life -- considering love-interest Nick Morrelli is once again coincidentally by her side. The ongoing character development offers a sure treat for fans of the Maggie O'Dell series.
Alex Kava is definitely one of those authors whose work I can't miss; I've read every novel by Kava to date, and not one has disappointed! Alex Kava's stand-alone novels include One False Move (2004) and Whitewash (2007). The first Maggie O'Dell novel is A Perfect Evil (2000).
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