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A Perfect Evil (Maggie O'Dell #1)

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On July 17, convicted serial killer Ronald Jeffreys was executed for three heinous murders. He went to his grave with a terrible truth no one would listen to.

Three months later, another body is found, killed in the same style as Jeffreys' victims.

Is there a copycat killer on the loose? Or is this the real thing?


Sheriff Nick Morrelli isn't equipped to deal with this case th
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Paperback, 389 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Mira Books (first published June 17th 2000)
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Phrynne
I found this book to be a bit of a mixture and therefore not easy to review. On the one hand it was very readable and I never actually put it to one side and went off to read something else! On the other hand neither did I wave it in the air at the end and say what a good book it was. The characters were somehow too flawed and Nick in particular never really redeemed himself at all. But the biggest problem was realising who the murderer was far too early in the book and then watching the so call ...more
Jonetta
When a young boy goes missing and is found brutally murdered in Platte City Nebraska days later, Sheriff Nick Morelli is advised to get help from FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell, especially after it appears to match previous crimes of a serial killer who was executed months earlier. O'Dell, however, is still reeling from a harrowing capture of a vicious killer a month ago where she almost lost her life.

The case was extremely interesting and captured my interest immediately. However, I found the rela
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Mary Beth
I did like the story but it did have some issues. I liked the character Maggie O'Dell. It did have good character development. I did not like the ending. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. I hear it is much better.

There is animal cruelty.
Giselle
Sep 09, 2011 Giselle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I discovered Alex Kava back in 2007 when my husband bought it randomly as a birthday gift. I was always into mystery and suspense novels so I knew I would probably like it, but I had no idea I was going to love it this much.

Maggie is an FBI agent - a profiler - who's on the hunt for a serial killer. It sounds like your average murder mystery I know, but no it's really awesome! This is the first book in the Maggie O'Dell series, but it doesn't read like one. The writing is great and the characte
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Cupcakencorset
Jun 13, 2011 Cupcakencorset rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I discovered I had won book 8 in this series in a Goodreads drawing, my usual inability to read a series kicked in... especially when I realized I had, in fact, already read book 3 in 2006. Yes, by itself and out of order! I don't know how I did it, or why, but I decided to rectify the situation. Thus, I acquired the entire series (except, strangely, book 3) and started at the beginning. And what a beginning!

Kava's series features Maggie O'Dell, an 8-year veteran of the FBI when A Perfect E
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Robin
Jan 15, 2016 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, 2016
When a Death Row inmate awaiting execution confesses that he didn't kill two of the three boys he was convicted of murdering, Father Francis was not surprised. He had already heard the confession of the other killer.

A few months later, a young boy disappears. Sheriff Nick Morrelli knows he and his deputies are not prepared for the situation and when the boy's body is found and another child disappears, he contacts FBI Criminal Profiler Maggie O'Dell to put together a picture of the killer.

This
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Karyn Niedert
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Vanessa
"A perfect Evil" started out really good but tetered out pretty fast. Overall it was okay, but it's still nowhere near a very good thriller.

The story is pretty predictable --- even though there are several suspects thrown in throughout the story I daresay that anyone with half a brain will know after just a few chapters who the killer is.

The characters are okay (nothing special, though). One thing that I found kinda strange is that even though the book is called "A Perfect Evil - A Maggie O'Dell
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Bigd_041555
Nov 14, 2013 Bigd_041555 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely, truly enjoyed this book. Captivating, twists and twisted, difficult subject matter, very well written, really likeable characters, and a cliff hanger to boot!

Alex Kava knows how to write a book and keep your attention - the killer wasn't always that obvious, she makes you think and second guess yourself - love it!

A bit of romance, just enough and not over done - like that about this book. I don't need graphic sex in my reading - that is what your imagination is for if it is that much
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Nicole
Mar 25, 2014 Nicole rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This books was truly terrible. I wanted to quit by the 10th chapter, but I usually finish a book once it's started. In this case it's a decision I deeply regret. Time in my life that I could have spent reading something good, is now gone forever.

None of the characters are at all likable and they are all downright stupid. The author had cops destroying evidence and bumbling around like fools. She somehow even made the poor little 10 year old victims stupid. Two children have been kidnapped and ki
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Elvan
Nov 21, 2013 Elvan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a book that keeps me up late reading and gets me out of bed early to grab just a few more pages before I start my day. Kava has done a stellar job building characters and settings and her Maggie O'Dell is my kind of strong if tortured protagonist.

I liked the fast pace of this thriller. If the sign of a great book is that you feel like you are scrambling along a cold muddy river bank running and hiding for your life along side the victims and hunters then this is a great book. There are th
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Michelle Maas
Ugh, I quit at page 127. By then Kava has given away the murderer's identity, his motive, his next victim, the love interest. The next 200 pages would reveal how the good guys finally (if ever) catch the bad guy, along with, I assume, more detailed descriptions of child sexual assault, misogynist torture, bludgeonings, drugging, strangling, stabbings, desecrations of corpses. Not my idea of a relaxing summer night's read. I wanted to read it because it was a writer setting her action in Nebraska ...more
The North Wall
Oct 08, 2013 The North Wall rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to know where to start with this one. I thought I was on the verge of kicking off a new, smart female-centric series that I could get my teeth into. What I ended up with was a sub-par, not very thrilling thriller with a ridiculous Mills & Boon-esque romance simmering, panting, and almost but never quite cavorting in the background.

I was surprised to find alleged series lead Maggie O'Dell relegated to one of many POVs, with the bulk of the initial plot being driven by blander-than-
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Sharon L
Jul 16, 2013 Sharon L rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
on the one hand, this book had kept me on the edge of my seat while reading it. and O'delle was great- with her fears, her problems, her past and her professionalism.

then, what's the problem? i didn't take me long to realize who the murderer is. and i took me a long time to finish that book. it was(!) a good book, but at some point i felt like the end wasn't going to come. because it dragged.

i'll be the first to admit, when deciding whether i love a book or not it is a question of:
1. the char
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D.B. Reynolds
Aug 01, 2012 D.B. Reynolds rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book in the Maggie O'Dell series of romantic suspense ... although there really isn't much romance. I've read the first four books in the series, and so far Maggie has met, been attracted to, and deflected at least two very handsome and charming men. I like these books because the suspense is quite well done, and the mysteries are intriguing. Maggie's self-destructive behavior in the first three books was less attractive, but, aside from her serious issues with personal relationships, ...more
Black Butterfly
Apr 10, 2013 Black Butterfly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ADULTS
Recommended to Black Butterfly by: AMAZON
I THOUGHT THIS BOOK WOULD BE GOOD, BOY WAS I WRONG. THE LAW ENFORCMENT COMMUNITY SHOULD BE OUTRAGED THEY WERE DEPICTED AS BUFFOONS OR KEYSTONE COPS. I KNEW WHO THE KILLER WAS BY 15% OF THE BOOK BUT THE COPS SURE DIDN'T. THE BOOK DRAGGED ON AND ON I WANTED TO STOP READING BEFORE 45% BUT I CONTINUED TO STRUGGLE TRYING TO COMPLETE IT. THIS BOOK IS A SERIES SO WHEN I GOT TO THE END I GOT CLIFF-HUNG. I WILL NOT BE READING ANYMORE IN THIS SERIES, DON'T WANT TO READ ABOUT ANYMOE STUPID COPS OR ALMOST R ...more
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I've just discoved the show "Criminal Minds" and it's become one of my very favorites. So when I picked up this book featuring Maggie O'Dell and she is a criminal profiler for the FBI I just jumped for joy.
Tanja
Jun 01, 2016 Tanja rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review, read-2016
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Zusammenfassung:

Das Leben von Steriff Nick Morrelli verlief bisher in geregelten und vor allem auch ruhigen Bahnen. Von seiner Jugend als Star-Quarterback der örtlichen Highschool, über seine kurze Zeit als Football-Star am College, bis hin zu seinem Job als Sheriff in Platte City, Nebraska, mit dem er die Nachfolge seines Vaters antrat. Doch als ein kleiner Junge tot aufgefunden wird und alles an
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Muthulakshmi
Dec 27, 2013 Muthulakshmi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Recommended to Muthulakshmi by: Nobody
I finished 5 chapters. Then I said profane things for a while because I am disappointed that yet another book with good reviews, turned out to be such a cop out. Where do I even begin?

Oh yes, the beginning. There we are, getting introduced to a man who raped and killed a little boy and is about to be put to death. Kids, do you know what time it is??

It is confession to Jesus time!!



Dialogue(he strangled the boy): "I waited until he was dead before I cut him. He didn't feel a thing"

Dead people
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Wendy
Apr 02, 2015 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apr-15
Loved it!
Sharon
(3.5 stars). I thought it was a bit long. I thought that the character of Nick was written as incompetent. And as though he didn't have a clue how to do his job. I realize that this is a small town with only minor crimes. It's just that I really liked the character and wanted him to be portrayed as though he, at least, had an idea of how to do his job. The investigation was written in a sloppy way. Kind of all over the place. It didn't seem like they followed the clues or one clue led to another ...more
Jim
Jun 30, 2015 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I'd have to say "A Perfect Evil", by Alex Kava had to be one of the superior suspense thrillers that I've read in a long time. Starting with the first page the story had me sucked it. Very difficult to put down, this one is a shining star. Throughout the book I kept thinking I knew who killer was, but didn't see ending coming. Some very well developed characters added to the suspense throughout book. I found myself rooting for the protagonist Maggie O'Dell. Maggie seems broken in her personal li ...more
CL
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Rating: 4*

Cover: Yay

Review: This book was a really hard one to rate and review because it was a bit of a conundrum. On the one hand it was a real page turner and I couldn't stop reading it but on the other hand it was obvious who the killer was before we'd even got halfway through ..... so why did it manage to keep my interest?!

Then there's the fact that I loved the main characters of Maggie/Nick but then most of the other characters were chauvinistic pigs that I wanted to slap.

I think this boo
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Gail
Jul 23, 2016 Gail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a hard one to review in that I liked it and disliked it at times in equal measure. It was very hard going at times and I was considering abandoning at halfway through, but because I loved the character of Maggie O'Dell I carried on and I'm glad I did.

Maggie is an FBI profiler who is sent to Platte City, Nebraska, to help investigate the horrific murders of young boys. These appear to be copycat killings of the recently executed Ronald Jeffreys. Nick Morrelli, is the local Sheriff (who i
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Charles Isom
I picked up this book because Alex Kava is a Nebraska author and it takes place in Omaha/Sarpy County. Overall, it was okay. I didn't appreciate the sex in the book, nor did I find it believable that all of the main characters are apparently tremendously attractive. Also, there were numerous plot holes and ridiculous actions taken by the characters that it made the suspension of disbelief difficult too many times. I was also disappointed by how much of Omaha/surrounding areas Kava either got wro ...more
Gea
Jun 17, 2015 Gea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Een hele spannende thriller. Echt wel leuk alleen wel een beetje bouquet reeks achtig, zo nu en dan, wat ik weer niet zo heel erg leuk vind. Gelukkig was dat maar minimaal dus daar heb ik maar zo’n beetje overheen gelezen.
Arno
Sep 13, 2015 Arno rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book's crime is absolutely fantastic. Truly a perfect evil, with several viable suspects but no evidence to back anything up for a long time.

The downside is that there's a lot of narrative about the budding romance between an FBI agent and a detective. The whole thing is sappy, naive, childish, and way too graphical. One chapter has the two investigators wasting time while staring into each other's eyes, then the next chapter has them making weird, impulsive decisions because they suddenly
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Sheila
Aug 06, 2014 Sheila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow I loved this book. I am now a die hard Alex Kava fan after only reading the first in the Maggie O'Dell series.
Shiela
Convicted killer Ronald Jeffreys is executed for the murder and desecration of three little boys. He wholeheartedly admits his guilt to one of the three, but goes to his grave professing his innocence for the other two murders. In three short months after the execution, another body of a young boy is found killed in a similar manner. Small town sheriff Nick Morrelli realizes he’s in over his head and lacks the resources to deal with an investigation of such a scale. He enlists the help of Maggie ...more
Gina Barlean
Over all a decent book. Not the stellar writing I was expecting, but I did like the characters and plot line. I liked the ending.
I'm not a fan of books that jump around with sub-plots. I'm sure I'm not the norm regarding that opinion, though. It seemed to drag on. I would have like it to get to the point quicker...probably because I knew who the killer was so early. I kept wondering if there would be a surprise ending and the Ray line kind of led me that direction.
I liked Nick as the flawed ma
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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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