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Fireproof (Maggie O'Dell #10)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  1,931 ratings  ·  198 reviews
When an abandoned warehouse in Washington, D.C., bursts into flames on a cold winter night, the first investigators on the scene instantly spot similarities to a string of recent fires in the area. There is one difference, however: This one has a human casualty. The local team insists the murder is an isolated incident, concluding that the culprit must be a bored young man ...more
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#10 in the Maggie O'Dell series about the FBI profiler.She actually does no profiling in this sub-par series entry. In my rating I run counter to most of those I have read, which have raved about the book - although two of them cribbed the review from the dust cover. The book start of with 90 pages of angst about Maggie's last case Hotwire (2011) that had her injured in the Nebraska Sandhills. The mystery arsonist in the current novel goes out of his way to announce himself. A huge clue was give ...more
I love the Maggie O'Dell series, I can't remember why I decided to pick them up and read them from the beginning. I think a patron of the library recommended them to me, so because I can't read a series from the middle I had to start from the beginning.

Since then there have been some that I've really enjoyed reading and then there's been others that have been very so so. This one is one of the better ones. I know a lot of people are complaining that Maggie O'Dell hasn't done much profiling in t
Cindy Crawford
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Out of the heat and into the fire - a firebug is the main villain in this book. I wasn't entirely sure who it was until almost the end - there was so much uncertainty, or maybe it was just me second guessing myself (probably the latter). The book is twofold - an arsonist that is at first content to set the fires, then when that novelty wears off the arsonist adds murder.

Learned a new term with this book too - "lot lizard" - this has probably been around for a long time, but it's new to me.

New ch
Story Description:

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|July 10, 2012|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-0-385-53551-9

New York Times bestselling author Alex Kava returns in a blaze of glory with a gripping, action-packed thriller featuring special agent Maggie O’Dell, who is leading the search for a serial arsonist whose crimes threaten Maggie dangerously close to home.

When a building bursts into flames on a cold winter night in D.C., investigators see a resemblance to a string of recent fires in the area. There is

Alex Kava is back and thrilling her readers with another installment in the Maggie O’Dell series. Set for release July 10, 2012, Kava’s loyal readers will agree this is the best in the series yet giving them the action they crave.

Back to work after a brush with death Maggie O’Dell, Special Agent with the FBI, is thrown into a case to find a serial arsonist that will bring up haunting memories of the past. The latest blaze has O’Dell and her partner in a borough of Washington D.C. where the home
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* Mystery, Suspense
*Rating* 3.0


FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell is back on the job four months after taking a bullet to the head and nearly dying after stumbling into bizarre investigation in Nebraska. For O'Dell this isn't an uncommon occurrence. She's been shot, contaminated with a virus that killed her boss, tortured, held as hostage, and watched as her friends, and neighbors were targeted by a vicious killer(s). This time she's not the target of anyone except for perhaps a bit of adm
Annie Michelle
a most excellent 5 star read!

I loved this book! A fun, fast page turner which is just my kind of read. I have enjoyed it so much I will now have another Author to love and follow, this can be a curse as well a blessing...
Maggie O'Dell is a FBI profiler with a secret, she is trying to hide the fact that she is still recovering from her latest head injury when sent to the scene of what appears to be a random Warehouse fire, that is until a few bodies are found bludgeoned to death and more fires a
Best-selling Alex Kava brings FBI Agent Maggie O'Dell back into her toughest case yet. Maggie's recovering from her injuries in the past case and has a lot to deal with at home. A serial arsonist is talking the homeless, leaving a trail of dead bodies in its wake. It's up to her and Julia Racine to find out who he is. And on the scent of the trail, she's after him. But he's not who you expected, when you're this close to the fire. He has a particular interest in her and trying to ruin her family ...more
I loved the two part storyline and where Alex took the multiple characters. Diverse and intense..... Rock on Alex and kudos to no Ben this time. ;o) I'm not suggesting anyone, just that his character is lacking for Maggie's needs.... I will be waiting in withdrawals till the next Maggie O'Dell and the Highway Serial Killings Initiative cases. It was spectacular to see Alex Kava in Omaha, Ne and listen to her chat. I know I could listen to her all day long and have at the Midlands Mystery Convent ...more
Paul Phillips
An arsonist is on the loose, and when a dead body is found at one of the scenes, Maggie O'Dell becomes involved. Meanwhile, she must deal with several personal matters, including a reporter digging into her life, her feelings for Benjamim Platt, and the psychological after-effects of her last case (as seen in "Hotwire").

What a really worthless novel.

SPOILER - the murders and the arson are not related. The serial killer story is actually for next time around, in "Stranded". What a cheat. END SPOI
Ana T.
It had been a while since I had read one of Kava's Maggie O'Dell's books and I was looking forward to it. I did enjoy very much the fire aspect and the investigation that leads Maggie and her friends/colleagues to the answers they seek. I enjoyed less all the troubles that Maggie keeps facing from her mom or her boss. All that personal baggage keeps distracting me (and Maggie) from the crimes she should be investigating and the criminals she should be profiling.

Maggie is also recovering from a h
Books n' Cooks
I don't know whether it's because I wasn't in the mood to read or what, but I found this book very slow and hard to get through. Not nearly as good as any of Kava's other books. I'm disappointed because I usually love her, and this book was a real struggle for me to get through.
Anna Jesse
In vuurzee krijgt Maggie te maken met een pyromaan en een moord. Dit alweer tiende deel uit de Maggie O’Dell serie is er weer één die de moeite waard is om gelezen te worden. Geen verhaal dat bol staat van de spanning, maar wel lekker om te lezen. Tevens leren we in dit verhaal Maggie’s broer kennen, die bij een commercieel brandweerkorps werkt en bij Maggie is ingetrokken. Maggie krijgt weer het nodige te verstouwen in dit verhaal en alsof dat niet genoeg is wordt ze ook nog eens dwars gezeten ...more
Just finished. Did I miss how Sam was saved from the fire? I have read all her books and I am really upset with this disjointed ending. Really, how did that character survive the fire???!!!
I usually love Alex Kava books, but, to avoid spoilers, I'll just say the ending of this book left me thinking WTF!?
My perspective on this novel is probably skewed by reading it after the rich mysteries by Stieg Larsson. Kava's book pales by comparison.

Character development seemed jagged to me, with some characters occasionally inserted for no obvious reason. For example, why did the psychiatrist even need to be at the hospital (near the end)?

My biggest beef with this story is that only half of the mystery was resolved. That's just a poor prank to get us to read the next one, in my opinion. Kava could take a
I read this, unknowingly, out of order - should have read this before "Stranded," which was my first Kava and Maggie O'Dell mystery.

They won't be my last. Ms. Kava writes a tight, engrossing mystery, populated with good characters, good dialogue and a pace that doesn't bore.

This novel focuses on a serial arsonist who is wreaking hot havoc in the District of Columbia and environs, and it truly IS best read before "Stranded," as events in "Fireproof" lead right into its successor. I'll be hitting
3.5 I've really been wavering on how to rate this. On the whole, it's a compelling read with good background drawn from her own life, and the ending (I'm trying not to spoil at all here) unexpected in what I think a good way. But the naiveté of one of the characters was antagonizing, even if intentional, and the underlying mystery awfully pedestrian in progression. There's an ambition here that, although only partially met, should be respected - hard to justify a 4th star, yet really doesn't des ...more
I have not read the other Maggie O'Dell books in this series, but this one looked interesting. Maggie is a tortured soul but swept all her emotions under the rug (like a man would do) and we didn't get into her head as I usually do with the characters I read (because it was written by a man?). Was reading it at lunchtime so the descriptions of what happens to a body when it is on fire was a bit overdone.

Overall, found it well written with lots of action, but I probly will not read the other boo
Paula Ratcliffe
Thank you to Lauren Weber for a great book! Alex Kava hits it again with her loved series Maggie O'Dell, can't wait to see what's next!

This was intense ride to say the least. Agent Maggie O'Dell is suffering for all sorts of things in this book. Having traumatic nightmares from being shot at previously, her new found half brother staying with her, her mother's craziness, and on top of it someone is burning up Washington, D.C. conveniently or not that the media is one step ahead namely Jeffrey Co
Special Agent Maggie O’Dell is that familiar tough female survivor, more and more featured in crime novels. In “Fireproof,” Alex Kava’s 10th series novel, O’Dell gets drawn into an investigation of serial arson when bodies are discovered in the wake of a warehouse fire in Washington, D.C. Soon there are more fires with more murders.

Maggie “chase[s] killers for a living,” and sometimes to catch them she has to “crawl inside their heads, walk around in their skin.” To maintain her own sanity she’s
Assigned to investigate a serial arsonist, FBI Agent Maggie O’Dell and her former partner RJ Tully are baffled by why this case was assigned to them. Battling raging headaches from her recent head injury, nightmares of her father’s death when she was 12, and anxiety about her younger brother who is working as a fire fighter, Maggie struggles to investigate this case. Then when two mutilated bodies are found in the ruins of the next fire, Maggie suspects that they may be looking for two separate ...more
Maggie O’Dell is an FBI profiler who is trying to hide the fact that she’s still having issues from being shot in the head in a prior book when she is sent to the scene of a blazing warehouse. This isn’t the first, but one of a string of fires, although it’s the first one where a body is found. And it’s obvious the person didn’t die from the fire.

This is my first Alex Kava novel and it sucked me in right away not only from the FBI’s point of view as they work the case, but also of the perp, the
Kathy Jackson
It took me three days to complete this book – not because it was boring but because I have been busy with work and family events. I do enjoy Alex Kava and the Maggie O’Dell series though it has started getting a little bit the same in some ways.

The killer was easy to figure out despite the red herrings Kava included throughout. I guess him the first time he was mentioned in the story because he seemed to have the greatest motive plus a high level of arrogance. That fact did not take away from t
Linda B
Fireproof by Alex Kava is another in the Maggie O’Dell series. It is a quick read with a similar format as I found in one of her previous books in this series, Damaged, with several story lines growing parallel and not intersecting. One will be the preparation for the next book. In this story we have the police force finding similarities in a string of fires. Jeffery Cole is a local reporter trying to get that one story that will make him famous.

Maggie is struggling with a head injury and inste
I was a bit disappointed with this Maggie O'Dell novel. I know it's been about a year since the last installment, but we spend too much time going over old territory and exploring how badly Maggie is "damaged" without getting on with the story in this novel, and I became irritated with the protagonist. Maggie was shot in the head in a previous book, and is trying to fake her way through the headaches, nightmares and flashbacks that crop up on a daily basis. Her friends are concerned for her, whi ...more
Let me begin by addressing my bias - I love Alex Kava's books and in particular the Maggie O'Dell series. That out of the way, let me give a brief but glowing biased opinion.

Maggie O'Dell is an FBI profiler, recently her half-brother Patrick has come to live with her. She has two dogs - Harvey and Jake; a male friend Benjamin Platt - but they're not a couple; her former partner R.J. Tully makes a return in this book; Washington DC police detective Julia Racine plays a major role in this book. I
I Enjoyed this book and completed it in a day

Yes in this book there wasn't a lot of profiling done and for an arsonist they are all fairly similar.

the book did discuss maggie's personal issues and how she is strugling and is seeming to set up for the next in the series. This is not neccessarily a bad thing as how can one person have all the things occur to her and have no personal issues and I think this book allowed her to address or realise her issues and thus make the character more believa
I have read all of Alex Kava's Maggie O'Dell books and this latest doesn't disappoint. Maggie is an FBI agent who is called in to investigate a series of arson crimes. In the latest fire, two victims are discovered although the media are not given that information. Maggie's own father died in a fire he was fighting when Maggie was 12 years old so arsons have a personal interest. Jeffery Cole, an investigative journalist always seems to be at the scene even before the police are called. Again, we ...more
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ALEX KAVA IS A NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR of the critically acclaimed Maggie O’Dell series and a new series featuring former Marine, Ryder Creed and his K9 dogs. Her stand-alone novel, One False Move, was the 2006 One Book One Nebraska. Published in over thirty countries, Kava’s novels have made the bestseller lists in the UK, Australia, Germany, Japan, Italy and Poland. Her novel Stranded ...more
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Maggie O'Dell (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • A Perfect Evil (Maggie O'Dell, #1)
  • Split Second (Maggie O'Dell, #2)
  • The Soul Catcher (Maggie O'Dell, #3)
  • At the Stroke of Madness (Maggie O'Dell, #4)
  • A Necessary Evil (Maggie O'Dell #5)
  • Exposed (Maggie O'Dell, #6)
  • Black Friday (Maggie O'Dell, #7)
  • Damaged (Maggie O'Dell, #8)
  • Hotwire (Maggie O'Dell, #9)
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A Perfect Evil (Maggie O'Dell, #1) A Necessary Evil (Maggie O'Dell #5) Split Second (Maggie O'Dell, #2) The Soul Catcher (Maggie O'Dell, #3) Exposed (Maggie O'Dell, #6)

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