Before Evil

Before Evil

The Prequel

Book - 2017
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The Prequel12th in the Maggie O'Dell seriesFrom her small Quantico office Special Agent Maggie O'Dell has profiled serial killers using Poloraids and faxed copies of evidence provided by homicide detectives from across the country. She's profiled the killers and solved the crimes without ever stepping foot at a real crime scene. Then Albert Stucky comes along and nothing will ever be that same. Stucky is a sadistic madman who places pieces of his victims in takeout containers and leaves them for innocent bystanders to find. He enjoys his twisted games as much as he enjoys the kill. Maggie is tasked with profiling his murders. Instead of feeling threatened, Stucky is pleased and he even begins to taunt her--"Let the chase begin."The Maggie O'Dell series has hit the bestseller lists in the US, UK, Australia, Poland, Germany, Italy and Japan, and it has received numerous starred reviews. Stranded (Maggie #11) won a Florida Book Award and the Nebraska Book Award. To date, the series has sold over five million copies worldwide.
Publisher: Omaha : Prairie Wind Publishing, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780997389746
Characteristics: 319 pages ;,24 cm.


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Mar 16, 2019

I can't remember how many time I've borrowed Before Evil from KCLS, let it languish on my shelf, renewed it, returned it, then repeated the whole sorry exercise. I am not a fan of prequels.

I was wrong about Before Evil.

It's interesting to find the motivation of our heroine, Maggie O'Dell, and the antagonist who drew her out from hunting killers for others from the cloister and safety of her office to the real and very ugly nitty-gritty of actually hunting them.

There's a lot left untold about the villain, Albert Stuckey, and most of what is told is as frenetic as barely his controlled spree. We do get a glimpse of what drives him at the end but, in my opinion, it insufficiently covers the genesis of his evil. That said, it's been such a long time (March 2004) since I read Split second, to which this is a prequel, I just may not remember more about it/him.

Alex Kava draws the reader in and keeps the story line flowing. I've never been disappointed in this series, or any Alex Kava book, and always look forward to the next one... and those after.

4 stars, highest B+

Dec 26, 2017

Disagree with previous comment. I love Maggie with all her flaws; just makes her more interesting. Kava draws the reader in & keeps the story line flowing. I've never been disappointed in this series & anxiously wait for the next.

Oct 10, 2017

Comparing Agent Maggie O'Dell to Reacher makes no sense. I suppose the comparison was dreamed up by marketing. Reacher is all about spontaneous aggressive fury. Maggie is relentless but more subdued. Reacher is unencumbered by his past while Maggie carries hers like a burden. Reacher is the central focus in his stories, while Maggie is part of a cast. Both Reacher and Maggie share the same moral compass (don't all heroes?). The story here is nothing great, the writing adequate. Though the insane villain is a very interesting character. The story is cast as a prequel to the Agent Maggie O'Dell series, but the setup was never apparent to me.

Sep 30, 2017

Maggie O'dell has returned and it is exciting. We finally get to meet the serial killer that started it all. Tamer the previous stories.

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