A Witness Above

A Witness Above

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by Andy Straka

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What's the PI series that Edgar winners Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver, Steve Hamilton, and Rick Riordan read when they want the best?

This one.

Thirteen years ago, NYPD Detective, Frank Pavlicek quit the force after a controversial shoot-out that left an unarmed African-American teenager dead. The divorced father of a teenage daughter, Pavlicek


What's the PI series that Edgar winners Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver, Steve Hamilton, and Rick Riordan read when they want the best?

This one.

Thirteen years ago, NYPD Detective, Frank Pavlicek quit the force after a controversial shoot-out that left an unarmed African-American teenager dead. The divorced father of a teenage daughter, Pavlicek now works as a private investigator and hunts with a trained falcon. While hunting, he discovers the corpse of a black, teenage drug dealer with ties to his daughter. Unable to ignore the connections to his family or the shooting that cost his career, he goes after the killer to find the truth, save his daughter ...and free himself from the shackles of his past.

The first novel in the blockbuster Frank Pavlicek series. An Anthony, Shamus, and Agatha Award nominee.

"Pavlicek is a breath of fresh air in the field of private eye fiction." Jeffery Deaver

"Highly recommended. I dare you to tell me I'm wrong," Michael Connelly

"A book this good, and this original, helps remind me why started reading mysteries in the fist place," Steve Hamilton

"Storytelling as sharp and strong as talons," Rick Riordan

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A Frank Pavlicek Mystery , #1
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Meet the Author

Publisher's Weekly has featured Andy Straka 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 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.) A licensed falconer and co-founder of the popular Crime Wave at the annual Virginia Festival of the Book, Andy is a native of upstate New York and a graduate of Williams College where, as co-captain of the basketball team, he "double-majored" in English and the crossover dribble. He lives with his family in Virginia.

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Witness Above 3.9 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 87 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Frank Pavlicek is now a Private Investigator in Charlottesville, Virginia. Thirteen years ago he left the NYPD under suspicion of shooting an unarmed black teenager. He and his then partner, Jake Toronto, saw a gun in the teenager's hand, but none was ever found. Jake now lives in nearby Leonardtown. Both Jake and Frank are now into falconry. Frank is out hunting with Armistead, his red-tailed hawk, when they discover the body of a teenage boy in the brush. Dewayne Turner turns out to have ties to Frank's teenage daughter, Nicole, over in Leonardtown. She lives with her mother. Frank tries to contact Nicole but is put off until Nicole calls one night letting him know she is in the Leonardtown jail. She was arrested after the Sheriff received an anonymous tip that they would find drugs in Nicole's car. She took off and they ended up in a chase before they caught her. Made it even worse for her. Then they tied her and her father into Dewayne's death. Now Frank needs to find out who really killed Dewayne and whether Nicole is into drugs. His ex-wife Camille isn't much help. Nor is her current boyfriend Kevin Weems. Commonwealth's attorney Priscilla Thomasen appears to help Frank try to find the truth, but he always knows that she is the one bringing charges against Nicole. He worries what they might find. New evidence is uncovered in the long ago shooting involving Jake and Frank. The now retired police officer they had gone to assist in New Rochelle thirteen years ago, Officer Cahill 'Cat', has also moved back to Leonardtown. He and his wife have a restaurant. Frank needs to find the killer before more people are killed and his daughter is convicted. This is the first in a new series. I enjoyed this book and I definitely like Frank and Jake. They are complex but very likeable characters. I especially like the Virginia setting as I that's where I live so I recognize many settings in the book. Falconry is new to me, but I enjoyed getting to know more about it through this book. I will begin reading the second in this series tonight. Can't wait. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was both endearing and mysterious at the same time. A renewing dad/daughter relationship and detective story at the same time. Definitely rec. This shorter , but good read
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow...I am NOT a mystery novel type.....but my husband put Straka's book in my hand....and I was unable to lay it down! The characters came alive...especially the protagonist's struggle to solve a perplexing,disturbing murder that seems to involve his precious daughter. A great read....take along on your summer vacation, so you can read it without interruption! Can't wait for the next in the series.
CarolaNH More than 1 year ago
I had not heard of Andy Straka, but I thought I would give it book a try (based upon previous reviews). I really enjoyed the book and would definitely read another book by this author.
DivineBee More than 1 year ago
If you like the "Reacher Novels" and other books similar to this genre, then you will like the Andy Straka series!!!! After reading this book, I purchased all other books by Straka. Happy Reading!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun side story lightens up the mystery. Enjoyable characters!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters are likable, and the plot is plausible. The story kept my attention, and I read this book in two sittings. Would recommend for anyone who enjoys a good mystery with a well developed story and characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed learning about falconry and the suthir does a grest job of describing rural Virginia. I will read more of his books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not bad... below average
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Took a little to get into the gist of the story. Could definitely do without the language - didn't add anything of interest to the story. I can usually tell who the guilty party is mid-way through a book like this, but I didn't see this one coming until the very end. If they left out the language, would have given it a Highly Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this author. Kept my interest with good characters and enough details without bogging down the story. Im buying the next book when I finish writing this. Always good to find a fresh author you want to continue to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy read. Good mystery.
fairygrandmother More than 1 year ago
Good read different kind of genre about falconry..read this along time ago and it was like finding an old friend..this whole series is great..
Guest More than 1 year ago
A WITNESS ABOVE is the first book that I have read by Andy Straka and it will not be my last. Mr. Straka spins a wonderful tale of investigative mystery revolving around an ex-NYPD, turned P.I., Frank Pavlicek. The story is told with characters that hold true to life in our world, as Frank not only has to solve a mystery of a dead teenager, but he must deal with the repercussions of a haunting past of his police career along with the consequences of his divorce. The characters are beautifully written in a way that we can either relate to them, or we have at least met people like them. They are not unlike you and I, as they are not super heroes, but must deal with every kind of emotion such as love, pride, fear, forgiveness, and hope. Mr. Straka pays close attention to details with locations as well. He paints the surroundings in a way that you feel a part of the scene and forces you to take a vested interest in each individual, which is not an easy task. In fact, I was so intrigued by the falconry images, that I've toyed with the idea of taking it up myself. If you like a good murder mystery, you cannot go wrong with A WITNESS ABOVE.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nothing really spectauliar. It was an ok story to read.
cdp283 More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this Pavlicek series. What a delight to be reading books well written. Hope there are more of Pavlicek to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gripping walk on the dark side.
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OregonReaderJP More than 1 year ago
A good solid detective-type story, one that makes me want to read more by this author. I also enjoyed how falconry was woven into the story. I learned a lot. Definitely a good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book that has you guessing along the way. When you think you know the outcome, there is a smooth twist. I can't wait to read more of this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was pretty good except for all the useless talk about the falcons and falcon hunting. It didnt really add anything at all to the story and could have been left out altogether.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like Frank Pavlicek ,look forward too more of his adventures.Well written ,good story line