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- Print Length: 102 pages
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- Publication Date: October 20, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B005FMCAH4
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More About the Author
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.
ANDY STRAKA BOOKS IN ORDER:
--Frank Pavlicek Series--
A WITNESS ABOVE
A KILLING SKY
A COLD QUARRY
A NIGHT FALCONER
THE K STREET HUNTING SOCIETY
RECORD OF WRONGS
THE BLUE HALLELUJAH
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Andy Straka's love affair with falconry shines in this book. He is one of the best writers around.Published 8 months ago by Pam
Very good book. I have enjoyed many of his books. I think he does a good job with his story telling.Published 9 months ago by Ginny
I read the entire series, very interesting mysteries, well written, likable characters.Published 14 months ago by IceAngel
Talk about a book that moves right along! Nothing is wasted in the writing of this book. To the point narrative which made the story move right along. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Desert Girl
I loved this book. It covered all the emotions and the lengths our love goes for our pets. It also covers the depths of friendship.Published 15 months ago by Lori A. Shirley
I guess it is ok. Nothing to write home about. I really like this series but was disappointed in this one. It was very short and there just really was not much to it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mac Blair
Too short. I liked it but I expected it to be about the same amount length as the others in the Frank Pavlicek Mystery Series.Published 17 months ago by Carolyn Haynie