Split Second (Maggie O'Dell, #2)
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Split Second (Maggie O'Dell #2)

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After Albert Stucky, a brutal and clever serial killer known as The Collector, escapes from prison, he forces FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell, the agent who originally captured him, to play a deadly game when he targets her and everyone associated with her.
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by Mira Books (first published January 1st 2001)
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Bigd_041555
Another great read - a serial killer that could be a copy cat or not ;)

Maggie O'Dell is a great heroine, flawed, very human, very brave, and very unsettled. No punches pulled in this book - once all the background info was dealt with, the story moved at a very good pace. Some wrenches thrown in here and there always helps keeping you guessing what comes next.

I'm glad that this book finishes one story, but also leaves another one open - great character development, plus Maggie now has a dog - a w...more
Louise
WOW! This was a hold your breath, edge of your seat, cliffhanger!!!!!

From back cover:

"They dubbed him the Collector, so named for his ritual of collecting victims before disposing of them in the most heinous ways possible. FBI Special Agent Maggie O'Dell tracked him for two years, finally ending their game of cat and mouse. Now Albert Stucky has escaped from prison...and he is setting up a new game for Maggie O'Dell.

Some say Maggie O'Dell has lost her edge as one of the FBI's best profilers. Sin...more
Christopher Hivner
Serial killer Albert Stucky has escaped during a prison transfer and is once again plying his trade murdering young women. Only this time his victims are all women who have come in contact with Maggie O’Dell, the FBI profiler who originally caught him. O’Dell is living in fear for not only her life but the lives of any woman she even speaks to. On top of that she’s not the lead investigator in recapturing Stucky as her boss is trying to protect her. As the bodies pile up fingerprints are found t...more
Ana T.
I read A Perfect Evil a while ago at A.'s recommendation and after that I couldn't resist getting the others in the series. While A Perfect Evil had a romance subplot this story is more of a thriller and the romance is really very secondary.

Some say Maggie O’Dell has lost it – lost the professional edge that makes her one of the best criminal profilers, and lost her ability to think clearly. Since capturing Stucky she’s been walking a tightwire, battling nightmares and the guilt over the victims...more
Kim
The second in the series and I enjoyed it as much as the first one. Maggie O'Dell is helping to investigate a serial killer who previously hurt her. He seems to be targetting everyone she comes into contact with. She lives in a new house which has a big security system and you are on tenterhooks to see that she stays safe whilst she tries to 'stop' him.
Kathryn Bain
First, let me say I'm not a fan of serial killer books. Most of the time the police come across as incompetent. While there was some of that in this book, it wasn't as bad as most.

I can say I wasn't the biggest fan of Maggie O'Dell. I hated her "I'm the only one who can catch him attitude". But I really liked the secondary character Tess. I found myself rooting for her from page one.

There is great suspense in this book. It holds your interest from beginning to end. And it keeps you guessing as...more
Susan
This is the second in Alex Kava's series about Maggie O'Dell, an FBI profiler. While I don't think it necessary to have read the first book, there is a small subplot in this one that continues from the first book. In Spilt Second, Maggie is tracking a serial killer who previously attacked her and then escaped from prison. The details of the killings are not for the faint of heart, but I was happy to see that the foul language was toned down a bit in this book. This is a pretty good thriller as i...more
Lauren
Split Second by Alex Kava
Book #2 in the Maggie O'Dell Series.
3 Stars

Synopsis:
FBI profiler, Maggie O’Dell, must cope with the escape of her Nemesis, Albert Stucky, the serial killer who left her both physically and emotionally scarred. She must also contend with the disappearance of her new neighbor, and as the bodies begin following her around, Maggie must face the possibility that the killer’s next victim will be someone closer to home.

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While the pacing is smooth and the book includes so...more
Chris
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Cupcakencorset
This is the second novel in Kava's Maggie O'Dell series. The villain in this novel is the serial killer who tortured Maggie prior to the events in the first book in the series, a man who has haunted her nightmares and stolen her sleep and peace of mind. At the end of book 1, we learned that he had escaped from prison, so it was no surprise to find him here. We spend a little time in his mind, although not while he's actually torturing or killing anyone, as Kava again skillfully employs multiple...more
Mark Soone
I couldn't decide between 3 and 4 stars, once again I wished that goodreads allowed for half stars as I would call this 3.5 stars.

I first encountered Kava & O'Dell in a short story book, and do not know how she and this series slipped under my radar for so long? This was a cool continuation in the character development of the deeply flawed yet still down to earth and likeable O'Dell. I was delighted that my frustration over believing Nick would be written out of the story line from book 1, t...more
Mandy Bookaholica
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Es war ein langer, zermürbender Einsatz, bis die FBI-Profilerin Maggie O'Dell den Serienkiller Albert Stucky überführen konnte - jetzt ist er geflohen und setzt seine Bluttaten fort: Frauen werden ermordet und entsetzlich verstümmelt. Als Maggie bei ihrem Boss endlich erreicht, dass sie wieder den Fall übernimmt, scheint Stucky gewonnen zu haben. Denn es gehört zu seinem grausamen Plan, sich ausschließlich Opfer zu suchen, die Maggie kannte. In einem Psychokampf, der Magg...more
Sarah
This story starts shortly before the previous one ends but then quickly jumps forward 5 months. Maggie O'Dell is taking her personal security very seriously with the news that Albert Stucky has escaped. Her boss is not keen to allw her to work out in the field until Stucky is found. Soon events take over and Maggie must put her wits against the man she vowed to kill by is it he really the killer this time?
Kristin
I felt this was definitely one of the best books I've read by Kava thus far, and only the second of which I read the immediate predecessor before reading the next one, which certainly improved the reading experience.
Some of the characters from the first book in the series, A Perfect Evil, make a return in this one, so there is a level of familiarity. What is also great about this book is that it answers the big lingering question about the first book, why Agent O'Dell is so haunted by her past....more
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. Maggie Odell is a very likable and interesting character. It's very refreshing to read novels based on strong female characters.
Alicia
Just reviewed the incorrect book! This is the book I recently finished and wasn't impressed with the change to Maggie's character from the first book. I didn't like how she became frozen in fear and indecisive over and over again. Very frustrating for me after reading the first Maggie O'Dell book (which was fantastic!). Ms. Kava did attempt to turn the character around in the very last chapter but it was too little too late. I have started #3 in the Maggie O'Dell series hoping that she will once...more
Afsana
Dec 05, 2009 Afsana rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: crime writers
Shelves: re-reads
This was a great booka nd am pleased to have reread the book.

It is a very clever idea that a series killer who plays mental gamees with an FBI agent to make her feel responsible for the murders he carries out

How would you feel if the waitress who served you in a restaurant was tortured and killed soley based on the fact that she had served you?"

What a mind game and the writer was brilliant in thinking up this idea

This was the second time I have read this but though you could read this without re...more
Ashlea
This one was even better than the first because there wasn't as much romance in it. Also, the killer was really creepy. I love this series so far!

Highly recommended.
Robby
Jul 06, 2013 Robby rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All
Recommended to Robby by: Series continuan
(3.5) Alex Kava is an excellent writer. I enjoy her main character, FBI Special Agent Maggie O'Dell. This particular story had the return of a great villain who made his first appearance in Alex Kavas' debut novel; "A Perfect Evil". And that ominous one is deemed the Collector, so named for his ritual of collecting victims before disposing of them in the most heinous ways possible. I like it when the villain plays hard to get. HA. I like her books and will continue the series, but I hope Ms. Kav...more
Elvan
I like the way this author is toying with my brain. Just when I think I have the double teaming serial killers figured out she throws in a plot twist.
Kava develops her secondary characters with ease. The reader is invested in the survival of Tess because the writer has done such a great job with her back story. The new plodding profiler Tully is a nice counterpoint to O'Dell's hyper angst filled brilliance.
We even get a tiny burst *smirk* of Maggie's love interest Nick Morelli to balance out th...more
Ian Lovdahl
Relatively interesting and thrilling for 2/3, but the last 1/3 wasn't exactly enthralling. Not bad.
Phyllis
Loved this book. A real edge of the set read. Could not put it down. Maggie O'Dell is a great character. A must read series.
Sridhar Babu
Nov 22, 2009 Sridhar Babu rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: time killers
Recommended to Sridhar by: took it by chance
after projecting the villain character of this novel as a terrible psychopath, I was expecting a neck to neck fight between the viiain 'albert stuckey" and the heroeine meggie o' dell, but nothing happens afterwrad...and the claimax is very disappointing.
Instead of fighting directly with maggie why, albert stucky choses some bar girls, pizza delivery gals as his victims is a big ? mark.
This book started very well, The villain Albert stucky escaping the police by blowing the brains of two poli...more
Kimberlie
Good book, but a little difficult for me to stay interested in. (Could just be summer time. ) The chapters in the first third to one-half of the book all started out going from character to character. Sometimes I wasn't sure who I was reading about until several paragraphs later... which just annoys the crap outta me. After all the characters were introduced, either the author stopped that horrible transitioning or I just got used to it. Dunno for sure. But, despite my negativity, the book was g...more
Joan
Great book, couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read the next one.
Al

Some say Maggie O’Dell has lost her edge as one of the FBI’s best profilers. Since capturing Stucky, she has been walking a tightwire, battling nightmares and guilt over the victims she couldn’t save. Now that Stucky is loose again, she’s been pulled out of the field. But as Stucky’s trail of victims leads closer and closer to Maggie, she is put back on the case under the supervision of Special Agent R. J. Tully. Together they race against the clock to hunt the killer, and Maggie finds herself

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Mike
The 2nd Maggie O'Dell story, nice action and mystery.
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