Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hotwire by Alex Kava

I won this book from Goodreads.

I haven't had the pleasure of reading any of the other books in the Maggie O'Dell series, but I did enjoy reading this one!

This book reminded me of Patricia Cornwell's books with a female heroine. It encompasses two seemingly unconnected crimes, the first of which Maggie "stumbles" onto, while investigating cattle mutilation in the Nebraska forests. A group of kids were found, some injured, some dead, after a party they were having in a remote area. They had been experimenting with the drug Salvia and had described seeing flashing, shooting lights, much like fireworks, after taking the drug. All of a sudden, electric voltage ran through the air, killing two kids and injuring several others. Maggie happened to be in the area and becomes the lead investigator at this site. At the same time, in Virginia, Maggie's "friend Colonel Dr. Pratt was called in to investigate a second outbreak in that area, of school children falling violently ill after eating their school lunches. Everything is tied in together as a big cover-up of U.S. governmental secret operations. Maggie and Dr. Pratt solve thier prospective cases and bring about justice.

This was a good book, one that I had trouble connecting the dots with until the last third of the book, when everything came together. I look forward to reading more books by this author.

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