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3.56  ·  Rating details ·  1,318 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews
Investigating the disappearance of her boss, Sabrina Gallows discovers a secret that her employers will kill to keep hidden. Congressional aide Jason Brill suspects his boss's friendship with big business may be more of a liability than an asset. Together they are drawn into a plot that puts greed and corruption above human life.
Hardcover, 429 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Mira Books (first published 2007)
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Marnie  Krüger
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)
Sep 07, 2008 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
Jul 26, 2015 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.
R.W. Lang
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good ending.
Betty Day
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Still don't like Washington manuvering . . . rather "clean" actions for all their lethality . . . secret good guys . . . movie script ending . . .
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
On a mission to read the Alex Kava books that I missed...always a good read!
May 19, 2010 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
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jesse Smith
Dec 31, 2015 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
Apr 15, 2015 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
May 08, 2015 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
Mar 31, 2014 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
Mar 02, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Aug 31, 2013 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
Apr 10, 2012 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.
Apr 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible-2016
Rounding up from 2.5 stars. I enjoy Alex Kava's Maggie O'Dell books, but this is not one in that series and is not up to the same level of plotting. There were multiple story lines and some things were not tied up to my satisfaction at the end, particularly the plot involving Jason. Even though the story was a little predictable, it kept me entertained on a long drive.
Sep 14, 2010 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.
Jul 08, 2013 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.
Nov 03, 2008 rated it liked it
*yawn* This book started really slowly for me. I had to force myself to read it until I got about 200 pages in before I really liked it. It jumped all over the place and I got a little confused at the end to exactly what the point of what was happening really was. It wasn't terrible, but definitely not my favorite.
Nov 04, 2009 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.
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Unlike the Maggie O'Dell series, this book was very slow and boring. It got slightly better after the halfway mark - just. The story didn't make much sense and some of the plot lines didn't seem to go anywhere. I kept wondering what the point of some of the characters was. There was no suspense, even the "scary" bits were dull.
May 10, 2015 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.
Kandi Bremer
Apr 06, 2014 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.
Nov 23, 2012 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....
Phil Havlik
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
The short chapters made it easier to get through, but the poor character development made it hard to read. There were way too many unnecessary characters and loose ends that either didn't amount to anything or were pretty much pointless to the story. I enjoyed the Maggie O'Dell series but this one off missed badly
Aug 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
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.
Apr 28, 2008 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.
Hmmm... sorta right in the middle for this one. Not nearly as good as some of her other books but definitely better than her first attempt at a standalone. Too formulaic and the end is too perfect, like finishing a puzzle, all the pieces fit, and the final picture is way less fun than the one the box promised
Dec 06, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
I missed Maggie in this book. It's always comforting to pick up a book with a main character you have grown attached to. However, this was a good book- maybe just a little slower to read than her others. I ended up liking her characters and the plot.
Carolina Mac
Jul 02, 2014 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.
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ALEX KAVA IS A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING 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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