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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755384180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755384181
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 518,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Williams has created one of the most realistic protagonists in crime fiction that I've had the thrill to read' (Tess Gerritsen)

'An exceptionally smart, funny and character driven debut' (Karin Slaughter)

'This is one Street worth acquainting yourself with' ( Sun )

'An explosive, unpredictable and psychologically complex thriller that turns crime fiction cliches inside out... Those looking for a strong female protagonist not a sexpot and as intelligent, tough, and flawed as any male thriller hero will be richly rewarded' ( Publishers Weekly )

'A frightening and occasionally witty novel, perfect for those who can sleep with one eye open. Think Mary Higgins Clark with an edge' ( Kirkus )

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Introducing a brilliant and original heroine in Keye Street - profiler, private investigator and agent extraordinaire


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Keyzer Soze VINE VOICE on 27 April 2012
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On the surface this might appear to be a standard american serial killer crime novel. Yes there's the usual private eye with a drink problem and a difficult private life. Yes our private eye was once a trained FBI agent. And yes the PI left the FBI as a result of refusing to play the political game. Hence now operating as a private detective using skills, knowledge and contacts gained while serving as a bona-fide member of the Atlanta FBI. But this crime novel has an unusual, in my experience anyway, twist. That twist being that our private eye is female. And a Chinese American female detective with a university education at that.
Amanda Kyle Williams writes in the first person from her detective's point of view. and refreshingly keeps the dialogue uncluttered and unsentimental. I particularly like the observations Keye Sreet, our heroine, gives of some of the incidental aspects of living and working in Atlanta. As a skilled profiler Keye Street is invited to assist her ex colleagues in tracking down a particularly sadistic serial killer, who appears to pick his female victims with particular care. Here the plotting is no different from many other similar crime novels. But with the viewpoint coming from Keye Steet the story remains fresh and not too predicable. All in all a better than average read for a book of this genre.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John M VINE VOICE on 19 Sept. 2011
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This thriller is set in Atlanta and follows Keye Street, an ex-FBI detective/profiler, who is now a freelance detective and sometime consultant to the Atlanta PD. The plot involves a serial killer on the loose who brutally killing and mutilating the victims. Keye Street and the APD set out to apprehend the killer who is taunting them.

The character of Keye Street and her previous battles with alcoholism is quite well done. However, the book was let down a bit for me by the plotting. The involves a serial killer, and this type plot has been really done to death and is a little bit of a cop-out because of course a serial killer doesn't need to have a clever motivation of coherent story to justify his or her actions because they are irrational. Therefore, for me, any new serial killer-type novel most bring something original and interesting to the table. Unfortunately this doesn't. It was also a little bit corny and predicatable in places. Not bad, but I was glad to finish it and move on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By taylzo VINE VOICE on 29 Sept. 2011
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I am quite new to this genre, but i think this book pretty much encompasses everything a crime thriller should be.
The story develops well, progressing to keep the reader interested, gradually revealing more information about all the characters and the crimes. The character development of the main character Keye Street was perfect and had me hooked, wanting to find out more.

The crime aspect is gritty, brutal, graphic, and potentially perfect for a movie! I could imagine every aspect of the novel, physical aspects and characters.

I hope to see more from the author and would recommend this to anyone, new to this genre or a huge fan of crime thrillers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Saturnicus VINE VOICE on 15 Sept. 2011
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I must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A former alcoholic Chinese lady psychological profiler now works as a private detective. She gets caught up in the pursuit of a serial killer who seems to take a very special interest in her. The characters are extrememly well rounded and some are very promising. I believe that this may be the first in a series featuring Ms Keye Street and will be tempted to follow her adventures should another novel arrive through the letterbox.
The reason I witheld one star is that I sussed the culprit early on, however, that did not deter me from reading the remaining 280 pages. Mind you, I was amazed that our heroine and the Atlanta Police Department, all working together, lacked my imagination as there was really only one logical and very obvious solution to the series of crimes which had occurred. I suppose once one is well tuned into the little grey cells of Dame Agatha Christie it is plain sailing. Nevertheless I plodded on and must concede that I did think that this was a well written book which contained a smattering of light humour and was fast moving.
Ms Williams gets a bit bogged down in psychology at times and even more so in the Georgian cuisine. I should dearly love to know what the food she seemes to relish so much is all about. Some of it sounded rather heavy on the calories.
All in all, a good read which I will certainly recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Watson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Aug. 2011
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I don't quite know what to make of Keye Street, yet another recovering alcohlic PI, this time working in Atlanta, Georgia. Sort of brought in to help her squeeze in the local Police Department in the hunt for - guess what? - a serial killer. Street is an ex-FBI profiler who is now a Bounty Hunter at the lower end of the market, working to pay the bills.

Still, it's not all bad. She finds any old bloke attractive enough to figure on going behind the bicyle sheds if she can and then sort of imagines all the women around her find her irrisistible - sexually, that is. Notwithstanding, the sub-theme of lesbianism creeps into the storytelling a little too often to be taken seriously.

Beneath all this gunge is a half-decent story and certainly, it's most unlikely you'll work out who is the killer. And, even if you do, you might be wrong. The killer has a sadistic way of killing the victims, well, which one doesn't? However, there are precious few clues and when the suspect is found, thanks to a rather odd coincidence, Street keeps on delving to find out the why, rather than the who.

Aaron Rauser, the Police Department aforesaid squeeze, seems a likeable chap, easy going, good at his job and a watching eye over Keye Street. This, inevitably, leads to a dilemma both socially and workwise, particularly when the killer begins to involve Street in the build up to the next killings and finds her friends a bit of a trouble.

It's quite a suspenseful book and certainly a good debut novel which, I hope, will lead to a clearer picture of just where we are with this rather itchy Private Investigator. She has a bunch of people around her, well, one or two who will probably grow with the next storyline, so I look forward to that.

Oh, this is the first time I've spotted a character in the book who also appears in the author's acknowledgments; the fact that she realises a sticky end doesn't, I hope, re-enact itself in real life.
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