by Ethan Cross
With her new release, HOTWIRE, international bestselling author Alex Kava has penned a tale described as “combining nonstop action and lethal danger . . . plausible enough to leave readers wondering about the line between truth and fiction.”
HOTWIRE, the ninth Maggie O’Dell thriller, follows Special Agent O’Dell as she investigates the death of three teenagers, only to find herself in the middle of a conspiracy involving biological warfare.
On a crisp fall evening in western Nebraska, what started as a group of kids filming their drug-fueled party ends in an explosive light show, leaving the victims apparently electrocuted, with odd scorch marks being the only evidence. While Maggie tries to make sense of the different stories, sifting through what is real and what is hallucination, she realizes that the surviving teens are being targeted and systematically eliminated.
Meanwhile on the East Coast, Maggie’s FBI partner, R.J. Tully, and Army colonel Benjamin Platt are at the scene of a deadly outbreak, desperate to identify the pathogen that has infected children at a Virginia elementary school. Despite the miles that separate them, the two cases collide as Maggie, Tully, and Platt uncover secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the remote Midwest landscape.
Alex Kava is the NYTimes and international bestselling author of nine novels in the critically acclaimed Maggie O’Dell series. Her stand-alone, ONE FALSE MOVE was chosen for 2006 One Book One Nebraska and her political thriller WHITEWASH was one of January Magazine’s best thrillers of 2007. She was awarded the Mari Sandoz Award by the Nebraska Library Association in 2007.
Published in 24 countries, Kava’s novels have made the bestseller lists in Germany, Poland, the UK, Australia and Italy. Her short stories are included in Thriller: Stories to Keep You Up All Night, First Thrills, and Florida Heatwave.