Nebraska Authors

Alex Kava

AKA: Alex Kava is Sharon Kava's pen name.

Born 1960 Silver Creek, NE (USA)

Omaha mystery-thriller writer whose books have appeared on the New York Times best seller list, and on similar lists in Britain, Germany, Italy, and Australia. She has said that "I love using Nebraska as a setting because so many people have such a misconception of the state and it gives me an opportunity to share what its really like." Her first thriller, A Perfect Evil, is set in the fictional town of Platte City, Nebraska. It was partially inspired by the 1996 John Joubert execution. Kava was an Ames Reader in the Heritage Room 10-19-2006, video available in the Heritage Room or through Lincoln City Libraries general collection.

See also David Wiltse, Don Winslow

Places Lived

Genoa and Silver Creek area, NE
Omaha, NE
Pensacola, FL

Author Of

  • Fiction


Mystery; Thrillers; Nebraska locales; Novels; Short Stories;


Bachelor of Arts in Art & English, 1982, College of St. Mary, Omaha, NE


Public relations
advertising and graphic design
owner of graphic design company

Places Worked

English Instructor, Creative Center, Omaha, NE
Director of Public Relations, College of St. Mary
Owner, Square One
Copy editor and graphic artist, Papillion Times
CS Technician, Bergan Mercy Hospital


Nebraska 150 Books honor for A Perfect Evil, 2017
John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 19 October 2006
One False Move (2004), chosen for One Book, One Nebraska in 2006
Mari Sandoz Award for 2007 from the Nebraska Library Association


A Perfect Evil. 2000.
Split Second. 2001.
The Soul Catcher. 2002.
At the Stroke of Madness. 2003.
One False Move. 2004.
A Necessary Evil. 2006.
Good Night Sweet Mother. 2006.
Whitewash. 2007.
Exposed. 2008.
Black Friday. 2009.
Damaged. 2010.
Hotwire. 2011.
Fireproof. 2012.
Stranded. 2013.
Breaking Creed. 2015.
Silent Creed. 2016.
Before Evil. 2017.
Fallen Creed. 2022.

Slices of Night. 2011.
Storm Season. 2012.

Watch Alex Kava's October 2006 Ames Reading Series interview and presentation here:

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