A Witness Above

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Charlottesville P.I. Frank Pavlicek was hunting with his red-tailed hawk when he found a teenage boy's body in the woods. But what he found in the boy's wallet was even more disturbing: his own daughter's phone number, linking her with the unspeakable crime.
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A Witness Above (Frank Pavlicek series #1)

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Overview


Charlottesville P.I. Frank Pavlicek was hunting with his red-tailed hawk when he found a teenage boy's body in the woods. But what he found in the boy's wallet was even more disturbing: his own daughter's phone number, linking her with the unspeakable crime.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780989146562
  • Publisher: Cedar Creek Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/5/2014
  • Pages: 276
  • Sales rank: 1,395,034
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2003

    Terrific mystery with falconry involved

    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.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2012

    Enjoyed this book

    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.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Enjoyed the story a lot

    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

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2001

    Educator gives Straka five stars for Pavlicek Mystery

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2012

    Highly Recommended!!!!

    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!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2011

    Great Read

    I enjoyed learning about falconry and the suthir does a grest job of describing rural Virginia. I will read more of his books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    old friend

    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..

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    Ok.

    Not bad... below average

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    Nice surprise!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2012

    Recommend

    Easy read. Good mystery.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    A Witness Above

    Great book, never guessed the ending and so well thought out well worded. Never could quit reading all day, didn't want to quit. The entwined relationships made this a great book. The wording was beautiful and described in detail all aspects of each persons relatioship from two detectives that were partners to best friends and the lives they touched...girlfriends, daughters, ex-wives, and neighbors.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2001

    Straka Strikes Gold on First Try

    Never a dull moment in this new thriller by Andy Straka! The riveting plot is crafted ingeniously by this new author

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2001

    Great read

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    easy and entertaining

    Fun side story lightens up the mystery. Enjoyable characters!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    Easy and satisfying read that kept my attention

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    Good story.

    I really like this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    Just okay

    Was a little slow to get into... but not to bad.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    Kept you guessing

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It kept your attention all the way to the end and you would never guess the out come. Did not want to put the book down until I finished it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2012

    I'm hooked

    Engaging prose, well developed charecters with deep back stories, and you might learn something about falconery. What's not to love?

    J.R. Locke, Author of, Down and Out in Manhattan and,
    Possible Twenty.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    Great Book!

    First Andy Straka book I've read and I will definitely be looking for more. Excellent, very suspenseful!!! I love it when the author can take me by surprise!!

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