When Ronald Jeffreys is executed for killing little boys, Platte City, NE breathes easier. The people are so grateful that they elect Nick Morrelli, the son of the man responsible for arresting Jeffreys, as sheriff. Platte City does not rest easily for long. While Jeffreys did kill one boy, he didnt kill the rest, and the real murderer returns with a vengeance. The FBI sends profiler Maggie ODell to Nebraska to work the case.

Maggie and Nick hit it off immediately, both professionally and personally, even though Maggie is married. As they try to put their own feelings aside, Maggie works up a profile that points a finger at a most unlikely person. And to his horror, Nick discovers that the real killer may be very closely connected to the sheriffs department.

A PERFECT EVIL is a perfect thriller. This is an edge-of-the-seat read that will keep you guessing as you keep turning the pages. Ms. Kava hits a home run with this first novel that has an exciting plot and an ending that will have you demanding more. (Jul., 408 pp., $6.99—Hardcover published August 2000)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg