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Black Friday

(Maggie O'Dell #7)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  4,199 ratings  ·  282 reviews
On the busiest shopping day of the year, some idealistic college students believe they're about to carry out an elaborate media stunt at the largest mall in America. They think the jamming devices in their backpacks will disrupt stores' computer systems, causing delays and chaos. What they don't realize is that instead of jamming devices, their backpacks are stuffed with e ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by MIRA (first published 2009)
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Alex is The Romance Fox
Black Friday is the 7th book in FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell Series and opens with the bombing of Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota the day after Thanksgiving.

The storyline is frighteningly real and the use of real facts interwoven into the story makes it even more believable.

The plot moves at a good takes place over a period of 24 hours. The first chapter kicks off really well but then it goes in all these different directions that become confusing and I started losing track o
Jul 09, 2016 rated it liked it
I read one review of this which said that it appeared the author had phoned this in from a beach somewhere just because she had to. I think I agree.
There was a plot but it ceased to be interesting quite early on and even the author gave up on it judging by the ending which fell very flat. People got rescued from situations in the nick of time but there was no real tension in the build up. Nick Morelli popped up again in a very unlikely fashion. As did Patrick. Meh. I am rapidly talking myself in
It's the day after Thanksgiving and a bomb has gone off at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. Maggie O'Dell's interim assistant director demands that she join him on the case as they, along with the deputy director of Homeland Security, work with local law enforcement to find the perpetrators.

This story had a great premise and showed a lot of promise in the beginning. It kept me hooked through a lot of the story, more than halfway. Unfortunately, it was again plagued with the tireso
Jeff Dickison
This is the first book I have read by Kava and it wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. It begins very well with the terrorist bombing of the Mall or America, then it ventures off into the land of improbability and too many coincidences. Strong start, weak finish.
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, suspense
Americans are rushing to the Mall of America on the Nation's biggest shopping day of the year. No one expects three deadly bombs to be detonated inside that mall. FBI Profiler Maggie O'Dell is called to the scene to construct a profile of the bombers. Why would three young men each carry a red backpack with a lock into the mall? Who were the young man and woman seen on the security tapes entering the mall with one of the bombers? Maggie has her work cut out for her to discover the motive behind ...more
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
Another Agent Maggie O'Dell story, and this one was probably my least favourite. Maggie, as a character, is not developing in any way. Once again, there are two men vieing for her affections, the ever patient Nick Morelli, lesser men would have given up on her long before now, and Benjamin Platt, who made his first appearance in the previous book, Exposed. Still no sign of Maggie being ready for a relationship with anyone, other than her work. Now, she also has a boss she intensely dislikes and ...more
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What better time and place for a terrorist plot than a bombing at the Mall of American on the day after Thanksgiving. Maggie gets involved in a very personal way.
Jul 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
I zoomed through book 7 of the Maggie O'Dell series and not just because it's a fairly short novel. Actually, there's a whole lot of quality packed into this story, the bulk of which takes place over a 24-hour period. That 24 hours starts on the Friday after Thanksgiving with a bombing at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The mall is packed with (what some of us consider crazy) people taking part in the now-traditional Black Friday shopping frenzy, and the bombers are college kids w ...more
Paula Brandon
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Is Maggie O'Dell actually an FBI profiler? She only seems to investigate conspiracy theories these days. This time it's a terrorist plot that her half brother Patrick has been dragged into. Her investigation also reunites her with on-off sorta love interest Nick Morelli.

Yes, that's right. Nick Morelli. The one who started the series as a small-town sheriff, then later returned to his prosecutor roots. Except now in this book he's the head of a security firm. Kava is finding ridiculously contrive
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I should have read this book last week for an even bigger effect!

After reading this book, I still don't understand why people want to be in big crowds in big malls during big sales!!! My how life has really changed after 9/11 and also after events before this. Scary actually.

Well written again using facts and making it her story - really, really liking Alex Kava's books!

Dec 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nov-15
I really enjoyed this 7th book in her Maggie O'Dell series!
Sep 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
The seventh book in author Alex Kava's Maggie O'Dell's series. "Black Friday", is the day after Thanksgiving in which retailers rely on to make their maximum yearly profit from the fourth quarter in sales. The Largest mall in the United States is in Minnesota. The "Mall of America" usually greets 150,000- 200,000 shoppers on a typical black Friday. However this year is going to be different. Four unwitting college students are carrying exactly the same type of backpacks and wandering the the Mal ...more
I liked when this one opened and it was set at the Mall of America. I live near there and I like reading about books set where I live.

While I would never step foot in the MOA at the holidays, (it's a zoo!) I hated what happened there, hated even more that the supposed "bad guys" were taken advantage of. I thought it was interesting how Maggie and Nick ended up at the same disaster, more interesting was how Maggie didn't trust Nick right from the start. It definitely made things sticky for them.
Ania Radosiewicz
I've read several Kava's books, but I must say that one is a little disappointing. There are all most important characters from the series, interesting ideas who are they going to search but... When the intrigue is built, it finishes to soon. It should have more pages, more descriptions of main characters relations like Maggie - Nick, Maggie and her brother and so on. But if you have some free time and you're looking for a light book to read from time to time - it's worth reading;)
Nicola Marsh
Oct 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Love the characters in this ongoing series.

Interesting plot, leading into the next book quite nicely.
Nov 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
3.5 stars
Chilling and incredibly relevant. White supremacist groups, domestic terrorism, profiling - it hit all the hot button topics. Really liked Maggie and although these are recurring characters, Ms. Kava didn't make reading any prior Maggie O'Dell books a requirement, as she detailed past cases and interactions without detracting from the current plot.
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a very enjoyable read which shows some authors are quite adept at writing a series which remains fresh and entertaining. The plot centered on domestic terrorism at the Mall of America on the day after Thanksgiving. Great plot and characters including a focus on Maggie O’Dell’s brother. Well written and very entertaining on a long plane ride.
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
3.5 Stars

Whatever it takes.

When you read this novel and its unusual twist on terrorism, you'll understand.
Black Friday
3 Stars

Black Friday, the busiest shopping day in America, and three young men are about to wreak havoc by detonating an EMP pulse in the Mall of America. Unbeknownst to them, they are actually pawns in a much larger and deadlier conspiracy that will leave dozens dead and FBI profiler, Maggie O'Dell in a race against time to prevent an even more catastrophic terror attack.

A good premise but the execution is poor and the finale does not deliver.

This is supposed to be a "
Barbara ★
This is very fast read, because the author doesn't use any filler which is probably why certain things occur as if by magic since the reader is not privy to events happening in the background (like a good portion of the investigation). Hence 3 stars not 4.

I had an issue with Maggie's personal life as well. In previous books, she was very interested in a relationship with Nick Morelli but in this one there are too many hurt feelings (he's stalking her and she's ignoring him and dating someone el
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kava's plotting and pacing continues to improve in this seventh book in the Maggie O'Dell series. The story of urban terrorists is not new. The oh so convenient way Maggie finally reconnects with her half (not step) brother and poor Nick are a bit implausible, but the story moves at an entertaining pace and the bad guy is brilliant enough that I forgive the author. She once again does a fair job of fleshing out secondary characters and once again she lets Maggie be the profiler she is capable of ...more
It just doesn't get any better than sitting down to a Maggie O'Dell novel. Thanks Alex! Maggie is super cool and super amazing! Each book I read, there is a thought process that goes through my mind about conspiracy.... Things I never considered, or look at before. Tough reading and remembering the real incidents within the fictional story and incredibly sad as another wacko set himself upon innocent individuals (Colorado) My prayers go out to the families who have lost a friend or relative in t ...more
Mar 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
To już trzecia książka autorstwa Alex Kavy, którą przeczytałam. Tak się złożyło, że nie miałam szansy przeczytać 1;3;4;5 części przygód Maggie O'Dell. Z prostej przyczyny, w sklepach części ukazywały się nie po kolei, jednakże nie ma to znaczenia w przypadku tej serii. Książki są w pewien sposób powiązanie, ale nie na tyle, żeby zwróciło to uwagę czytelnika. Zawiodłam się na "Czarnym Piątku". Tak jak wszystkie poprzednie części mnie fascynowały, czytałam je z zapartym tchem, tak tym razem zwycza ...more
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow another gripping read by Alex Kava. One of my favourite authors. Not her usual story but enjoyed it none the less. Edge of your seat stuff. Read it.
Lissa Duncan
A very light, quick read but no real sense of tension :-(
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I'll preface this review with something: I have never read any other books in this series or by this author. I just needed to read a book with a day or a date in the title for a reading challenge. So if you're looking for a reviewer whose read the six books that came before it, I'm not it.

I read this book in two days (it's not long, and I had free time) and it was a mostly enjoyable read. It's a pretty standard thriller with a pretty standard villain- at no point did the villain surprise me. In
Kat Dietrich
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Black Friday by Alex Kava is the 7th in the FBI Profiler Maggie O'Dell Series.

It is the the busiest shopping day of the year. It is the day after Thanksgiving (known as Black Friday), and the largest shopping mall in the U.S., the "Mall of America" expects 150,000-200,000 visitors. Instead, shopping comes to a sudden halt when three separate explosions rock the mall. It is quickly determined that the bombs were in backpacks carried by three young college students.

The students thought they were
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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John Mccullough
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the seventh Maggie O’Dell novel, but my introduction to the series. It begins with a bang. Actually, three bangs as massive explosions erupt in the Mall of the Americas in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the largest mall in the US, on the busiest shopping day of the year – Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. FBI Agent Maggie O’Dell is called in to develop a profile of the three, or five, suicide bombers and thus begin to piece together what happened, why, who and how this mess was develope ...more
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Black Friday is the 7th book in the FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell series. The book is a quick, easy read with nothing in-depth. I enjoyed it but sometimes it is the little things that annoy us about a book. The book keeps referring to Maggie O'Dell and Patrick Murphy as step-siblings. That is NOT correct. Maggie O'Dell and Patrick Murphy have the same father. Therefore they are half-siblings, NOT step-siblings. Why can't an author get something as basic as that correct? To clarify:
Siblings have bo
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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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