A Killing Sky

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Years ago, homicide detective Frank Pavlicek left the NYPD under less than ideal circumstances. Now the divorced father of a teenage daughter, he works as a private investigator in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he indulges his passion for falconry and savors the thrill of the hunt. When her twin sister, Cartwright, disappears, Cassidy Drummond can't help wondering if her father, a congressman known as much for his philandering as for his politics, has something to do with it. Desperate and deeply frightened, ...
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Overview

Years ago, homicide detective Frank Pavlicek left the NYPD under less than ideal circumstances. Now the divorced father of a teenage daughter, he works as a private investigator in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he indulges his passion for falconry and savors the thrill of the hunt. When her twin sister, Cartwright, disappears, Cassidy Drummond can't help wondering if her father, a congressman known as much for his philandering as for his politics, has something to do with it. Desperate and deeply frightened, she turns to Frank Pavlicek for help. But, despite a long list of possible culprits—and the fact that Cartwright's car has been found with blood on the seats—Frank isn't convinced it's foul play. Soon the falconer is following a treacherous trail of family secrets and sinister scandals to the most dangerous discovery of all: the truth.
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What People Are Saying

Rick Riordan
His storytelling is as sharp and strong as talons....one of the rising stars of the mystery genre.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780989146579
  • Publisher: Cedar Creek Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/5/2014
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Andy Straka has been featured by Publisher's Weekly as one of a new crop of "rising stars in crime fiction." His books include A WITNESS ABOVE (Anthony, Agatha, and Shamus Award finalist), A KILLING SKY (Anthony Award Finalist), COLD QUARRY (Shamus Award Winner), KITTY HITTER (called a "great read" by Library Journal), and RECORD OF WRONGS, hailed by Mystery Scene magazine as "a first-rate thriller."

Andy is a licensed falconer and has worked as a book editor, movie production accommodation agent, commercial building owner and consulting vice president for a large specialty physician's practice, surgical implant and pharmaceutical sales representative, college textbook sales and manuscript acquisition representative, web offset press paper jogger, laborer on a city road crew, summer recreation youth director, camp counselor, youth basketball coach, assistant parts manager at an auto dealership, assistant manager at a McDonalds restaurant, and even been registered as a private investigator. (Not to mention a longstanding stint as a stay-at-home Dad to six, which makes neurosurgery look like tiddlywinks.)

For more information visit www.andystraka.com.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    good mystery

    The second book seemed to be better then the first

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2012

    Great Read

    Well written and very entertaining. The story has attention grabbing twists and turns. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted May 28, 2012

    Very interesting

    A new author to me, but quite interesting with the story including falcons, hawks etc.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2012

    Chacracter flaw

    It gets confusig when the character name changes - Dworkin to Workings.

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  • Posted March 29, 2012

    Highly recommended

    I really enjoyed this book. I have read two books that Andy Straka has written and both were worth the time I took to read them. He is a wonderful writer. I hope he will continue writing more books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2012

    Interesting - a little different concept story line

    I liked this book - a new author for me. Would read any other book he writes. Kept me guessing.

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  • Posted December 10, 2011

    good author

    i tried this book and really enjoyed this author have since read other books in series. interesting plat has twists to keep u reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2011

    Outstanding!

    Great book, hard to stop reading, so set aside a few hours for this one. I will be reading all of Andy Straka's books, for sure.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

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    Pretty Good

    Would like more character development and not to jump around so much. Has a good story and keeps you guessing. Overall I thought it was a good read for a rainy day. Just when the book was over I didn't miss the characters like I would have if it was a great book. Will read more from this author to see if I can get into his style of writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2011

    Don't waste your time

    This was not a good read. Don't bother, you will be wasting your time.

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

    Gripping

    Well+written

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2002

    delightful investigative tale

    When Frank Pavlicek received the call from a person claiming to be Cassidy Drummond, daughter of the Charlottesville, Virginia Congressman, he thought it a prank. However, Cassidy persuades Frank that she is for real so the former New York detective agrees to meet with her and hear her reason for needing a private detective. <P>Cassidy believes her father Tor has done something to her missing twin sister Cartwright. Though the evidence is flimsy and Wright is probably warm and comfortable with some guy, Frank begins to make inquiries. Perhaps he would have reconsidered taking on the case if he knew the danger to those he loves from uncovering family secrets and betrayals. However, by threatening the birds he and his associate Jake Tornado cherish as much as any falconer does only makes Frank dig all the deeper. <P> Though less involved in falconry than its predecessor (see the mega-excellent A WITNESS ABOVE), A KILLING SKY is a delightful investigative tale. The action-packed story line focuses mostly on Frank, who firmly believes he is wasting his time and that of his client even as he begins to uncover clues re the disappearance of Cartwright. The secondary cast adds depth to the investigation though to his family Tor, a Clintonesque-like player, seems so nasty that one wonders if his charisma is enough to keep getting him reelected. Still Andy Straka soars to wonderful heights with his latest Pavlicek tale. <P>Harriet Klausner

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