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A Killing Sky (Frank Pavlicek Mystery Series Book 2)

A Killing Sky (Frank Pavlicek Mystery Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Andy Straka
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--Anthony Award Nominee--

"Andy Straka has learned something about writing from falconry. His storytelling is as sharp and strong as talons, and once he's got you in his grip, he never lets go. A KILLING SKY is sure to confirm his status as one of the rising stars of the mystery genre."
— #1 NY Times bestselling author Rick Riordan


When a Congressman's daughter disappears, Charlottesville P.I. and falconer Frank Pavlicek follows a trail of family secrets to the most dangerous discovery of all--the truth.


"A winning new sleuth whose love of falconry adds uniqueness rarely seen in private investigator novels." (Midwest Book Review)

A KILLING SKY was originally published by NAL/Signet/Penguin.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 431 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451205707
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045JL4J8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #241,940 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Political Intrigue 9 Oct 2003
By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
PI Frank Pavlicek has been hired by Representative Tor Drummond's daughter Cassidy to find her twin Cartwright. The college freshman disappeared on her way to break up with her boyfriend. But the boyfriend claims she never made it over. Then her rental car is found with bloody fingerprints. All Frank has to go on is a 20 year old newspaper article about a hit and run car accident. Will that be enough to find her before it's too late? If it isn't already. Meanwhile, he's struggling with letting his red-tailed hawk Armistead return to the wild.
I’m not normally a reader of PI novels, but this series is making me rethink that. The storyline is interesting, and the characters are well drawn. I am aware they fall well within PI novel norms, but that doesn’t really bother me in the least. The added element of falconry adds another level of interest to an already strong book.
This series is certainly worth a look if you enjoy PI novels. And if you don’t normally read them, pick these up and give the sub-genre a try.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 15 Aug 2013
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Great follow up to first book in the series. Pavlovian makes for a fine detective and I want to see more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 4 Oct 2014
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A very good read
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Straka's Still Soaring! 12 May 2002
By Kent Braithwaite - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am genuinely impressed by Andy Straka's A KILLING SKY, though, initially, I expected to be disappointed. After all, his debut novel, A WITNESS ABOVE, was simply stunning, and I doubted if he could follow up such a strong work (nominated for an Agatha) with an equally well-written work. His storyline also appeared to be lifted from the headlines (Clinton or Condit, take your choice)with the vanished daughter of a philandering politician taking center stage, and his series set-up bears a strong resemblance to the Spenser series with its literate PI, enforcer-type sidekick, sophisticated love interest, and a pet featured prominently in the story. Finally, having met Andy Straka at a recent mystery convention and having participated on one author panel with the man, I am quite impressed by Mr. Straka as a person and a writer. I didn't want to be disappointed by his sophomore effort so I delayed reading A KILLING SKY.
My mistake. In A KILLING SKY, Andy Straka pulls everything together perfecly. Falconry is Frank Pavlicek's trademark, and it is featured prominently. He clearly distinguishes Frank from Spenser, Toronto from Hawk, and Marcia from Susan. His development of Frank's daughter Nicole into a well-rounded sidekick-type character is also a unique touch.
The tale he tells, he tells well. The politico Drummond is no Clinton or even a Condit. The story takes several unexpected turns, and the writing is first-rate. A KILLING SKY is a giant step forward for this new mystery series. I am hoping for many more Frank Pavlicek mysteries.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lean, Clean, Muscular PI Novel Reads Great 12 Jun 2002
By Margarette Maranto - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Andy Straka's private eye, former policeman Frank Pavlicek, sprang into existence last year in "A Witness Above." His debut in a briskly paced and well constructed mystery was memorable enough to attract not only the attention of readers, but the judging panels of the Agatha Award and the Shamus Award -- it has received nominations from both. Now, in "A Killing Sky." Straka again demonstrates his prowess in another fully satisfying tale starring Pavlicek. He has taken strands from several recent political scandals and woven them into a fresh, new, and completely ingenious plot that is totally plausible and logical. The dialogue and action rings true every step of the way. Pavlicek lives and works in Charlottesville, Virginia, near the Blue Ridge Mountains. He enjoys, along with his buddy Jake Toronto, another ex-cop, the unusual hobby of falconry, a metaphor of sorts for his own search for prey -- and perps. This novel will give an added frisson of pleasure to anyone familiar with Charlottesville, because it uses real sites as backdrops for much of the action. You can easily follow Frank up and down the city streets and out into Albemarle county, lending added verisimilitude to the action. When I first read "A Killing Sky" I was so engrossed that I raced through it at a dead run, eager to know just how the complex plot twists would play out, and who actually "dunnit." Only on second reading did I become aware of and impressed by Straka's careful craftmanship, and how how lean, clean, and muscular his writing is. "A Witness Above" was an imprssive first novel for any author, and "A Killing sky" only seconds the motion.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hardboiled Political Saga 4 April 2003
By Brian D. Rubendall - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Andy Straka's "A Killing Sky" is a private detective story loosely based upon headlines from what seems long ago, but is actually less than two years ago. Gary Condit is the real life doppleganger for fictional Virginia Congressman Tor Drummond, a man desperately seeking re-election despite a nasty sex scandal. When one of the Congressman's twin daughters disappears, the other hires Charlottesville Private Eye Frank Pavlicek to determine her wherabouts. Pavilcek is, of course, dubious at the beginning, and not surprisingly ends up with far more than he bargained for as he probes into the Congressman's sleazy life.
Anyone who reads a lot of private eye fiction will find plenty of familiarity in Straka's book. Pavilcek cracks wise and has a somewhat mysterious, tough-guy sidekick (his former partner from his days with the NYPD), an emotionally strong and supportive girlfriend and an eccentric hobby (he's a Falconeer). Straka's descriptions of Charlottesville (home of the University of Virginia) are so accurate and inviting that they could have been written by the Chamber of Commerce.
As for the mystery, even though some of the minor elements of the book are a bit cliche (the Chief of Police is a jerk, the Feds are the clumsy heavies, the Congressmen's Chief of Staff is cast right out of the movie "No Way Out"), you can forgive it because Straka's prose and storytelling are so fresh and immediate. For example, Pavilcek's relationship with his college age daughter, who sometimes helps him with his cases, never lapses into cheap sentimentality the way it could in a lesser writer's hands. The build up to the climax is well done and when it comes it is explosive and ultimately satisfying climax.
Overall, an outstanding work of private eye fiction from a recently bygone era that I'm sure we all wish could return to.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Underpowered! 28 July 2011
By carryon - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Have you ever tried to pull into the traffic lane using an underpowered vehicle? Gosh, I would really like this vehicle if it just had a little more ump. Straka has a good outline story plot that needed some excitement to make it click. Frank Pavlicek, Straka's main character is a private investigator who takes a case with little enthusiasm. Frank's friends also have a negative take on the client. There are hints of bad things that might happen and bad people in high places, but not much to keep you on edge. You find that you are nearly at your final destination before your cruising in the fast lane. Good material that just needs that extra kick to get it above average.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More of a good thing 19 Dec 2002
By "gcplude" - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was very impressed with the author's first novel, A Witness Above. The falconry aspect is unique and very fascinating. That alone sets his books apart from the standard formula for mystery novels. I met the author at our local library and was impressed with him as well. However, given all that I was still apprehensive to read A Killing Sky, fearing that like many authors it he might be a one hit wonder. To my delight, my fears were unfounded. A Killing Sky was terrific! I enjoyed it as much, if not more than, his first effort. Mr. Straka has continuing to flesh out his characters, especially the fascinating Jake Toronto, in a way that makes them more and more compelling. I can't wait for more!
I have recommended this author to many fellow readers and will continue to do so........
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