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At The Stroke Of Madness (Maggie O'Dell Novels) (edition 2003)

by Alex Kava

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Title:At The Stroke Of Madness (Maggie O'Dell Novels)
Authors:Alex Kava
Info:Mira Books (2003), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 320 pages
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At the Stroke of Madness by Alex Kava
Maggie O’Dell (book #4)
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Maggie is asked by her friend, Dr. Gwen Patterson, to look into the disappearance of a patient. At the same time, several bodies are found stuffed into barrels in a quarry near the patient’s last known location. Is she one of the corpses? Who killed them and why?

The plot is enjoyable and well-paced. The new characters are easy to like, and the killer's motivation is unique as far as serial killer’s go. The problem is that I did not get that “can’t put it down” feeling that comes with really good books. In addition, I felt that Maggie's character was under-developed. She does not seem to be growing or learning from her mistakes. She keeps getting herself into the same situations with the different killers in the series. I am interested to see where the characters are going, especially Tully and Gwen, so I will keep on reading.
Recommendation: Read if you are enjoying the series as a whole. It may not be a good stand-alone. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
This is a great series. Hope to read all the books soon! ( )
  EadieB | Jan 19, 2016 |
This was a fast easy read. Not real deep and the whodunnit person was almost introduced at the end (Not really but MUCH more time was given to the false leads). We were given 2-3 possible suspects by inference and the last one added was the first one released. I'd probably call this one popcorn reading, enjoyable but not a lot of weight. ( )
  readafew | Sep 7, 2007 |
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Special Agent Maggie O'Dell is on the trail of a serial murderer who has an affinity for lopping off his victims' diseased body parts and embalming the rest of their bodies in 55-gallon oil drums. Now Maggie suspects that her friend Gwen may be the murderer's next victim, and her only chance of finding the killer depends on the memory of an Alzheimer-stricken man.

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FBI special agent Maggie O'Dell is just starting a vacation when she gets a call from her friend, psychologist Dr. Gwen Patterson. One of Gwen's patients is missing on a trip to Connecticut. Can Maggie look into Joan Begley's disappearance? At first Maggie dismisses Gwen's concern. But when the body of a woman is discovered in an abandoned rock quarry in Connecticut, Maggie heads to the small town on "unofficial" business. Soon the shocking news surfaces that more bodies have been discovered, and Maggie is drawn into a case that confounds both local law enforcement and a seasoned criminal profiler like her. But where is Joan Begley? Is she in fact the woman discovered buried in the quarry? Or is she the unwilling guest of a killer obsessed with possessing an unimaginable prize from his victims?… (more)

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