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Sabrina Galloway is the top scientist at EcoEnergy, leading the company's research team to a successful breakthrough in the quest for an alternative fuel. The promise of a cleaner tomorrow and the economic impact on world markets could be staggering. Then she makes an alarming discovery: someone has tampered with the production process, resulting in toxic waste leaking int ...more
Hardcover, 429 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Mira Books (first published 2007)
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Paul
Sep 07, 2008 Paul added it
I enjoyed it. Here's the description. Bestseller Kava takes a break from her Maggie O'Dell FBI profiler series (A Necessary Evil, etc.) with a fine topical thriller involving terrorism, government coverups and toxic waste. Sabrina Galloway, a young Chicago professor, becomes a hands-on scientist in Florida with EcoEnergy, a company that specializes in TCP—a process that converts refuse and other waste material into oil. EcoEnergy's CEO is angling for a $140 million military government contract, ...more
Marnie
Apr 01, 2015 Marnie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A good friend of mine suggested to me reading the Maggie O'Dell series by Alex Kava . My brilliant judgment kicked in on one of my many book shopping trips, ending with me purchasing Whitewash. "For anyone reading this review and don’t know me – The brilliant judgment part was sarcastic!"

So kill me now - or send me all the hate mail you want - but this book was tortures!

Overall thought - constantly filling my head - When does the good part start?

First: 2 page chapters (this being long chapters)
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Patt
Aug 24, 2015 Patt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-suspense
The short chapters in this book make it easy to follow the switches in action between Pensacola, Florida and Washington D.C. Sabrina Galloway is a scientist at Echo Energy, a plant that converts pig guts into energy. Are they really only processing pig guts or is there something sinister happening there. The action is fast moving and there are some gruesome murders that take place. Sabrina flees for her life after she witnesses a murder and with her brother's help is able to solve it.
Jesse Smith
Dec 31, 2015 Jesse Smith rated it liked it
All in all I enjoyed the book, but I would not have finished it had I not simply wanted to get one more read in before the end of the year.
The story draws you in at first, but then drags a bit through the middle. I understand the desire for a mystery writer to want to create a sense of wonder, but the reader is left wondering about things that simply don't matter. For example, throughout the story we keep seeing one character referring to "her boss." At the end, we find out who that is and it ma
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Jim
Apr 18, 2015 Jim rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
This book is the second Alex Kava book I've now read. After reading a previous stand along from author Kava I was excited about jumping into another. However, "White Wash", was a complete let down inside the story, and shocking letdown from the boring uninteresting characters . The book droned on for over 450 pages. The story itself had no life, was flat for excitement, and I was glad to just be done with the book. I was stunned the characters were so limited. After having read, "One False Move" ...more
Nancy
May 22, 2015 Nancy rated it it was ok
This is a not-Maggie O'Dell mystery thriller from Ms. Kava, and the book has a 2007 copyright notice, so it likely was written nearly eight or nine years ago. There is political intrigue; there is environmental intrigue, and there are family problems. I thought the book started slowly and only gained momentum in the final quarter. Greedy folks trying to scam the public and the government, so the female scientist heroine who doesn't have a very compelling personality has to figure a lot of it out ...more
Kristin
Apr 01, 2015 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Alex Kava's books are always fast paced and pull me in. This was the first book of hers I've read that didn't feature Maggie O'Dell, but I feel that some of the characters in 'Whitewash' could continue forward in their own series. Kava takes the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and merges that tragedy with a bit of political sabotage and emerging advances in the quest for alternative fuel sources to craft an intriguing story. Still reeling from her mother's death, scientist Sabrina Galloway reloca ...more
Maddy
May 19, 2010 Maddy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2007-reads
There are a few reasons why scientist Sabrina Galloway is has chosen to work for EcoEnergy in Tallahassee, Florida, instead of pursuing more lucrative adventures. First of all, EcoEnergy has been lauded for its efforts at developing alternative fuels. They have taken a waste product (chicken guts) which they convert into oil. Secondly, her father, formerly a scientist, is a mental patient at a nearby institution and she is now able to visit him frequently.

But those dream jobs do have a way of tu
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Dawn
Apr 06, 2014 Dawn rated it really liked it
I have been reading the Maggie O'Dell series and really enjoyed this stand alone by Alex Kava.

Set in Panhandle area of Florida as many of Kava's books are. Enjoy the area and use of the fact that it is not all beach and beach communities.

Professor moves to Florida to be near her ailing Father. She has a private sector job as a scientist at an alternative energy business changing organic waste such as chicken or animal waste into oil. Of course there is greed and politics, murder and chase scenes
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Ed
May 10, 2015 Ed rated it liked it
Shelves: action, thriller
Thriller - Sabrina Galloway is a scientist working at a plant converting slaughterhouse waste to oil. Her boss is killed and she is attacked then accused of murdering a coworker. Her mentally ill father points her to her estranged brother, who helps her find evidence of corporate crimes. This all coincides with an Arab plot to kill the president and unresolved homosexual murder.
Paula
Jul 12, 2014 Paula rated it really liked it
A clever fully fleshed out murder mystery. Contains all the requisite twists and turns, flim-flam men and questionable characters- they are all a bit questionable really, which results in a well balanced tightrope walk of mystery fiction.
Carol Macdowell
Jul 08, 2014 Carol Macdowell rated it liked it
It was okay. I prefer the Maggie O'Dell series and am familiar with the characters. Sabrina in this book was weak. Another book on environmental pollution. Not at the top of Kava's list of great reads.
Kandi Bremer
Apr 23, 2014 Kandi Bremer rated it it was amazing
Great story outside of the normal series that Alex Kava usually follows. This was a fun step into some of the environmental & terroistic struggles that surround our society today. I love that Ms. Kava still keeps her Nebraska roots true with each book, love the references in each one! Thank you from another Nebraskan.
William Van Stone
Outstanding

This was an awesome story. Kava did a great job holding the suspense and bringing everything together at the end.
Jaime
Mar 07, 2008 Jaime rated it liked it
Shelves: espionage, suspense, 2008
This would have been better if there were less of it. Kava tries to throw too many elements into this one story. First, you have the EchoEnergy cover-up, which spreads the story to DC and the Senator. She should have stopped there, but instead she’s also thrown in Sabrina’s brother’s mysterious life (which I figured out pretty much right away), a murdered senate staff member, gay porn, and a ridiculously out of place assassination plot. She could have focused on Sabrina, Jason, and EchoEnergy an ...more
Dobby0390
Jan 29, 2016 Dobby0390 rated it it was amazing
Fast-paced story of political intrigue, ambition, greed, and oh yeah, nasty murders. Pure Kava all the way! Loved it.
Elliott
May 19, 2014 Elliott rated it really liked it
Excellent. Short, snappy chapters. Interesting characters.
Vicki
Sep 03, 2013 Vicki rated it it was ok
I'm used to Kava's writing thanks to the Maggie O'Dell series but this standalone novel just wasn't as good. It took a long time to get going, there was little in the way of character development (it almost felt like Kava was writing as if there would be a series), too many characters that were entirely pointless and everything came together a little too neatly so the ending felt rushed. I've read much worse books so don't feel this deserved less than 2 stars but definitely think Kava should sti ...more
Leeann
Jun 24, 2014 Leeann rated it liked it
audio book
Diana Cook
Mar 02, 2014 Diana Cook rated it really liked it
good concept
Lisa Eirene
Mar 13, 2014 Lisa Eirene rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
Couldn't finish it. Just didn't care about the characters or the story.
Bibi Larson
Sep 30, 2015 Bibi Larson rated it liked it
Good story filled with suspense and mystery. I liked it very much!
Aiden
Apr 23, 2012 Aiden rated it liked it
As a fan of Kava's writing, I entered this book with high expectations. I was delighted to see them fulfilled! This novel was an interesting combination; it pertained qualities of her other books, yet explored topics once untouched by the author. The plot was unique, and I found myself enchanted. While I was not entirely fond of the characters, the story kept me rapt.

This was a delightful read.
Diane
May 18, 2008 Diane rated it it was ok
I'm a fan of Alex Kava, but I didn't like this book very much. A believable plot (they usually horrify me by teaching me some new way the government is boinking us) made the reading slow. I also didn't connect with these characters, save for "Miss Sadie" the very interesting neighbor who seems to know everything about everything. I'd love to read a book that used her as a main character.
Kate Donnelly
Jan 01, 2014 Kate Donnelly rated it really liked it
First Kava book that I have read. No romance all mystery. Subject is interesting. I know of something similar going on in Maine, but not producing oil,but producing electricity. The author alternates between factory and Washington,D. C. I like the technique.
Mhd
Jan 06, 2013 Mhd rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read the first 100 pages and last 30. It just wasn't keeping my interest. I don't care for books where the point of view changes every chapter, especially is there is no sign of it coming together. The first murder was much too yucky for me, and since the reader is still the only one who knows about it by p100, I didn't want to stick around for the full exposition....
Afsana
Nov 24, 2009 Afsana rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who enjoy crime, alex kava and conspiracies
Shelves: re-reads
I enjoyed this book

this is a good book for those who love conspiracies. There is a an assasin, environment issues, politics

The book is in the third person butis relating what is happing to three people:-

1) the scientist who works in a energy plant
2) The senators aide
3) The terrorist


I enjoyed reading and though it was a reread it was still enjoyable.
Michelle
Sep 21, 2010 Michelle rated it it was amazing
This book had me running back to the library to get all the other books by KAVA. Glad I found her, I love CSI -type and criminal-profiling books! Quiny was my GOD as a kid; I just thought that show was fascinating and I seem to gravitate towards those kinds of books as an adult. There are a few surprises in the end of the book that I never would have guessed.
Wanda
Aug 09, 2015 Wanda rated it liked it
It was a little hard to follow at first as it kept jumping around between characters. It finally started coming together about half way thru. Bounced back and forth between what was happening with some politicians working on an energy deal and a scientist working at an energy plant in Forida with some family problems.
Ruth
Aug 22, 2011 Ruth rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries, series
Stand alone novel dealing with politics and murder. Florida based company has developed a process of creating oil from slaughter house left overs. Some view it as a positive alternate energy source; the Arabs do not. Various story lines with many, many characters that eventually come together, but it didn't work for me.
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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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