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Fireproof (Maggie O'Dell #10)

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,364 Ratings  ·  225 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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Maggie seemed a bit out of sorts in this one, reflecting on a great many things that have happened in her life. It didn't seem like she came to any answer, but I think she finally realized she has a great support system in the people around her if she just lets them in.

The crimes with fire were interesting, mostly because it was easy to pick who set them. Harder were the other crimes, they were so violent. I'm not sure if the person who committed them was in this book or not. I kept changing my
Dec 16, 2012 Ed rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
#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
Mar 11, 2013 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 04, 2016 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feb-16
Loved this 10th book in her Maggie O'Dell series!
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Dec 11, 2013 Bigd_041555 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 15, 2012 Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 18, 2012 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
*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
Sheila Myers
Apr 04, 2016 Sheila Myers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Unlike other reviewers, I never post a lower rating because an author does something different with their main characters than what I'm used to reading. This time, Maggie O'Dell doesn't do much in the way of profiling, which is her job, but I still enjoyed the story line. I think "Fireproof" gives the reader a chance to get to know the main character on a deeper level and learn more about her family.
Oct 14, 2012 Annie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 03, 2013 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series-thriller, 2013
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
Sep 27, 2015 Doris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 1
Shelves: series
Although this book had some interesting plot twists and turns, the most interesting was the introduction of Patrick as a new sibling for Maggie.

I did like the introduction of a homeless person as more than just a plot device, but as a person with wants and needs, who is outraged when his home is invaded. It does not matter that his home is a box, it is his, and his outrage was well written and his reaction very classic.

I felt the villains could have been better drawn, and didn't like the way t
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
Vera VB
Er is een pyromaan aan het werk in Washington DC. Enkele pakhuizen gaan in de fik. In het begin vallen er nog geen doden, maar al snel wel. Een lijk in een steeg tussen twee pakhuizen en een schedel in een uitgebrand pakhuis.
Snel erna volgen enkele kerken en winkels. Het escaleert.

Maggie O'Dell raakt licht gewond bij de eerste brand maar doet haar werk wel verder. Haar stiefbroer is bij haar ingetrokken, hij werkt bij een private brandweerdienst.
Maggie heeft de aandacht getrokken van een jour
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
Aug 15, 2012 Cynthia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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???!!!
Sep 30, 2012 Sandy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I usually love Alex Kava books, but, to avoid spoilers, I'll just say the ending of this book left me thinking WTF!?
Jun 17, 2014 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maggie is on the track of a serial arsonist. As always an excellent book in a favorite series
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
Mar 19, 2015 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 04, 2014 Kimiko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
FBI Special Agent Maggie O'Dell has been called in to investigate a suspicious warehouse fire where the body of a young woman lies just outside the building and a man's skull is found inside the burned structure. The murders and the suspected arson do not seem to be related but Maggie cannot understand how such a strange coincidence could occur. While on scene, Maggie is approached by aggressive news reporter Jefferey Cole and his camera operator Samantha. Cole wants desperately to be noticed by ...more
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
Aug 23, 2012 Hallie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 29, 2012 Bookmom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 11 books)
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  • 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)
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  • Damaged (Maggie O'Dell, #8)
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