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Flightfall (Frank Pavlicek Book 5) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 283 KB
  • Print Length: 102 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: October 20, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FMCAH4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,345 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Andy Straka is the author of the #1 Amazon bestseller A WITNESS ABOVE and the Shamus Award-winning, Anthony and Agatha Award-nominated Frank Pavlicek private eye series. Featured by Publishers Weekly among a group of "rising stars" in crime fiction, his other books include the recently-optioned for television sci-fi thriller series DRAGONFLIES and the critically-acclaimed suspense novels RECORD OF WRONGS and The BLUE HALLELUJAH.

Andy is a licensed falconer, which plays an important role in his Pavlicek novels. He is also co-founder of the popular Crime Wave program at the annual Virginia Festival of the Book.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ManonaMission on August 16, 2011
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Flightfall is a shorter "novella" that takes place in Straka's Pavlicek world. This time, however, we get to see a lot more of Frank's friend and partner, Jake Toronto. I've always been a Toronto fan, and I welcomed the chance to see the original iron man take center stage. "Flightfall" takes us behind the scenes and into Toronto's personal life. It's not quite what you would expect, and therein lies the best part of this short book. The pacing, plot, and resolution are all enjoyable, but fans of the Pavlicek series will enjoy getting to see a whole new side of Frank's stalwart sidekick. And for anyone new to the series, this is a great, quick read that will quickly convince you that hiking in Virginia's blue-ridge is really a much more dangerous activity than the brochures would like you to believe.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Warfield on October 15, 2011
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This is the first of Andy Straka's books that I've read. FLIGHTFALL is a novella, so it is shorter at 18,000 words. The cover is what really attracted me to this book and the fact that I'm not that far away from where the story is set, so I can imagine what the surroundings look like. Animals and nature are two things I enjoy reading about, and throw in a mystery and I'm set for the evening.

Frank Pavlicek and his daughter have a nice, easy going relationship that most fathers and daughters would probably envy, especially since they work together at Frank's private investigator business. Nicole accepted that she had to help her father and their good friend, Jake Toronto, when one of Toronto's peregrine falcons, Jazzman, is shot and killed. Helping him meant missing the first few days of vacation at the beach, while Frank's wife was already there, waiting for them to arrive. The story continues with trying to find out who killed Jazzman and why. Toronto took Jazzman's body to Blacksburg, VA to the veterinary school there, to find out more about his death. My local community has the choice of Blacksburg or another veterinary specialist office if special problems need attention in our pets. As he talked about it, I could see the vet school in my mind. It enriched the story so much to be able to do that.

Toronto is a very interesting character who doesn't say a whole lot, but who seems to have a lot of knowledge and maybe even a few secrets inside that he hasn't shared. In this novella, his home is described and Frank and Nicole even go to his place and spend the night since it was too late to drive back home for them. Frank has falcons, too, so the two men are bound not only by friendship but by their love for their falcons and for the sport.
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Flightfall, ISBN: 0984131795, e-book by Andy Straka is another in the award winning series of Frank Pavlicek mysteries.
Frank is about to join his wife for a seaside vacation when he receives a plea for help from his long-time friend and former police partner Jake Toronto whose prize falcon has disappeared under suspicious circumstances. Frank changes plans and, along with his daughter and co-investigator Nicole, travels to Jake's home to offer help in solving the mystery. Jake's thought is that the bird was shot while in flight - an act requiring an expert marksman. His suspicions of perpetrator are narrowed to people with whom he has had recent contact - a wealthy physician, his wife, a very attractive woman chef, and a local construction worker. From a tip, cover for an illicit operation may have been the motive.
At the conclusion of this novella, he includes an introduction to his next book, The Blue Hallelujah. There also is an author's note to explain that the novella is adapted from a short story originally published under a different title as part of an anthology. The note helps to explain, in part, the fact that the plot feels contrived as do the characters and their actions, but really does not provide for what may, for want of a better term, be termed an uncomfortable read. This is most unfortunate because the rest of Straka's books I have read are most enjoyable and especially with the rarely encountered concentration on falconry. Reviewed by John H. Manhold, award winning fiction/non-fiction author.
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I am a big fan of Andy Straka and was pleased to find another Pavlicek story had come out, apparently it was published before the stand-alone, Blue Halleluhah, which was excellent.

This was originally a short story which was expanded to novella length. It took me about two hours to read.

This one centers almost exclusively around Jake Toronto and Frank, with Nicole, Frank's daughter, now working full time for Frank, having more of an active role in her father's business.

I'm a little confused, though, I must have missed Frank marrying Marcia somehow, but that isn't germaine to this story.

Jake is classic Jake in this quick story, stoic and taciturn. Frank is called away from a rare vacation to help him figure out who killed Jake's perergine, Jazzman and they end up in the mountains of Virgina on a quest to find the killer.

The writing is as always, good. It's hard to develop a story in 18,000 words, but Mr. Straka managed to do well with it. I am not a fan of novellas in general, but I enjoyed the story and certainly got my money's worth.

If you have not read the Pavlicek series yet, I would strongly recommend you start with the first book, A Witness Above, and then go in order (A Killing Sky, Cold Quarry, Kitty Hitter) before you read this little gem or you will be missing out on the flow of the series and the character development.
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