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One False Move

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  2,320 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Melanie Starks and her seventeen-year-old son, Charlie, have been running one con job or another for as long as she can remember. Worried about Charlie, though, Melanie is ready to start over. Then her brother, Jared, reappears in her life.

Released on a technicality, Jared Barnett is just out of prison and feeling more invincible than ever. He has the perfect plan to rob a
ebook, 400 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Mira Books (first published February 1st 2004)
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K.D. Absolutely
I had a nice time reading this easy-to-read book. It's good for a weekend light read. I chose to read this book because it had so many copies in the second-hand bookstores and when I checked its average GR rating, it was 3.83 so it must not really be bad.

I thought that Alex Kava was a male and I so I thought that this book belonged to my category of guy literature in the same league as Robert Ludlum, Jeffrey Archer, John Grisham, etc. I was surprised to realize that Alex Kava was a she and this
I read this book in 4 hours!!!
It was terrific, it had everything! Action,suspense, thrilling parts, edge of your seat "what's gonna happen next"??
I orginaly ordered this because I like the author and it was a very good price.. But it was just great. Good story-line, Great characters, A TWIST ENDING I DON'T THINK ANYONE WILL SEE COMING!!!! (After I read it, I had to read that last last page 3xs I just could not BELIVE it!!!! But it was truly a good book. The author Alex Kava is most known for he
Wow what a thriller! Could not put book down for last 150 pages. Non stop action and suspense throughout. Some really good characters to root for & incredible dialog to go around. Did not really expect the few twists at ending. Which was okay because they added a nice finality to story. Hopefully writer Andrew Kane gets another adventure so he may write more novels. 5 stars out of a possible 5 stars, this one really delivers. I'd highly recommend " One False Move" to anyone who loves a good ...more
Excellent it in one day.

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"Melanie Starks and her seventeen-year-old son, Charlie, have been running one con job or another for as long as she can remember. Worried about Charlie, though, Melanie is ready to start over. Then her brother, Jared, reappears in her life.

Released on a technicality, Jared Barnett is just out of prison and feeling more invincible than ever. He has the perfect plan to rob a local Nebraska bank, but he needs Melanie's and Charlie's help. Feelin

Alex Kava

August 2004

Jared Barnett, a convicted rapist and killer, is saved from death row after an eyewitness recants his testimony. After Jared and his sleazy attorney, Max Kramer, spend several days “on tour” of the hard news talk shows, Jared returns to his home town of Omaha, Nebraska, and his family, which consists of an alcoholic, pill-popping mother, a younger sister, Melanie Starks, and her son, seventeen-year-old Charlie, who is immature, but very adept at stealing car
Nicole Sanglay
Can't say that it kept me on edge the whole time, but I did enjoy that last page. And I did enjoy the human-ness of our characters here. :)

I loved what Melanie's character stood for in the story: sometimes, we really do have to face difficult dilemmas in our lives. Sometimes, we react by way of denial—we back away and avert our eyes, pretending it's not happening to us. But sometimes, these decisions that we have to make just... drives us over the edge, and it scars us forever.

I loved how the
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"Kava takes a break from her successful series featuring FBI Special Agent Maggie O'Dell with this psychological thriller about the fallout from an abortive bank robbery. The principal players are Jared Barnett, just released by his shady attorney's machinations from a life sentence for murder; his docile sister, Melanie Starks; and her 17-year-old son, Charlie, to whom Jared is a father figure. Just as their lives seem to be approaching normalcy, Jared scopes out a bank heist and bulli
I do not normally read books of this type. Crime/Detective fiction, but I had this one on the shelf for a while, apparently something about it struck my interest at one point, so I figured I might as well read it.

The writing was about what one would expect for such books. It was mediocre. Not the worse thing I had ever read, but nor was it all that impressive. Though there where some things of which I think the author did well with the book. I thought her character development was pretty good. I
ONE FALSE MOVE by Alex Kava is 376 pages in paperback form.

Brief Description:

Melanie Starks and her seventeen-year-old son, Charlie, have been running one con job or another for as long as she can remember. Worried about Charlie, though, Melanie is ready to start over. Then her brother, Jared, reappears in her life.

Released on a technicality, Jared Barnett is just out of prison and feeling more invincible than ever. He has the perfect plan to rob a local Nebraska bank, but he needs Melanie's and
Ana T.
I had only read Alex Kava's Maggie O'Dell books before I decided to try this one. I found this one to be a very different type of story but also very enjoyable.

The story opens with a convicted criminal, Jared Barnett, being freed from prison on a technicality. The cops, the DA, his lawyer, everyone knows he is guilty but since the case against him is dismissed he walks out. The story follows Jared moves from then on, killing the man, whose testimony had put him behind bars, harassing the DA who
Jared Barnett got out of prison because of a coerced technicality. His attorney is a slime bag and into defending death row inmates as well as crack addicts.

Jarett's sister, Melanie and her son, Charlie have done one con after another to survive. Melanie's goal was to do anything it took to give her son a home.

When Jarett gets out of prison he reconnects with Melanie and Charlie then plans a bank job that should be a piece of cake but goes sour fast. I get where Melanie kind of gets pulled into
Reaman Elijah-dale
Definitely had a similar experience as the majority of the other reviews. Took only a couple of days from start to finish but enjoyed all of it. The author did really well with finishing a chapter that lead to the desire to see what happened in the next. Would recommend Kava to anybody who enjoys this genre
Ja Hawkins
Alex Kava is one of my favorite authors. Love all of her work! I started reading her books back in January of 2006. Every book of hers that I've read has kept me wanting more. Though this one is not part of the Maggie Odell series, it was still a great read!
Monica Akinyi Odhiambo
Good plot, good solid characters, so fast paced, kept thinking how horribly fast things got from bad to worse.And that ending was unexpected.Alex Kava remains a favorite of mine, I will always have time to read her novels.
Donna Martin
Was really enjoying this book. Actually a lot more than I thought I would, then got to the ending. I sat there thinking, "seriously, that is how it ends?" Very disappointing.
New thread of players. Jared gets out of jail (released on a tecnicalify) and takes his sister and nephew on a spree of killings and robberies
Nancy Moore
Mar 24, 2015 Nancy Moore marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Joy Lawson
It was an average book. Nothing massively happened and it was only going to end one way. I like books that have me thinking about them & the characters during the day whilst doing normal day to day things & this book didn't give me this.
yvette tramel
Jared Barnett is released from prison after his crooked attorney gets him off for murder, on a technicality. He immediately coerces his sister Melanie and her son Charlie in a bank robbery. Melanie and Charlie have been running small con jobs to survive. While robbing the bank, four people are killed and one injured and the robbery is botched. Charlie and Jared refuse to tell Melanie what happened. When Melanie finds out about the murders, she is left guessing who killed the four people.

I read t
I was mostly enjoying this as I read it, but I realized after I finished it that I was disappointed. Most of the story is pretty good. I liked how the perspective changed to all the different characters. Despite that, I think there wasn't enough character development. Thinking about the book after I finished, I realized there were quite a few plot holes. I also found the ending to be anti-climactic. And the big "twist" at the end was not much of a twist at all and something I had figured out muc ...more
Fast paced thriller. Family drama. My first Alex Kava. Things quickly spiral out of control...
Amy Sheldon
Just ok. Characters kinda flat. Not really sure why I didn't like it. The Maggie O'Dell books are much better.
Although this was pretty predictable, it was an entertaining thriller. I grew up in southeastern Nebraska so I was familiar with the setting for the book which added to my enjoyment. I would have rate this higher except for the language. In the Acknowledgements at the beginning of the book, the author states that her mother is a big fan despite the blood, violence and language in her books. I think the author should listen to her mother and tone down the language. Much of it was just unnecessary ...more
Peter Charleston
Comfortable reading adventure.
Charlene Gordon
Good book. Read this in 2006.
Andy Plonka
The fact that the story mirrors real events adds to the horror of this novel which only goes tohow there are some really good people in the world, but also some really bad ones
Bobbie O'keefe

This one gripped me right away. Told in different viewpoints so I was able to get inside different heads and understand their motivations, and even care about them. It was never predictable, however; it kept moving but this reader could not tell where it was going next. It was on the gritty, thiller side which makes for some uneasy moments; some people have already been killed and some more lives are most likely to be ended as well. A well-crafted thriller served up with some surprises.
A previous author annoyed me by trying to create the atmosphere/milieu of Lincoln, Nebraska, by mentioning one street name - over and over. Alex Kava KNOWS my neighborhood! She is familiar with the flat brimmed hats of Sarpy County deputies, the "coffee pot"the truck stop owned by the Sapp Brothers and many other small details that I enjoyed. Unfortunately the crime was too brutal/graphic for me - great author but I don't like the genre in which she writes.
Kathy DeShong
The beginning of the book seemed slow coming together...maybe it was becasue I was expecting it to be a Maggie O'Dell novel. It wasn't. It had some of the familiar characters which made my mind think...hey, where's Maggie! I stuck with it and the last half was better than the first half. All ends were tied up in the end, but I had figured most of that out already. Looking forward to reading her next novel.
Meagan Chancellor
a little bit predictable, a little bit unrealistic but still a very good read. I loved the parts that read from the killer's point of view. Each thread of the story lead into each other with unconvincing and neat convenience, nevertheless, still worth the time taken to read
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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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