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Flightfall (Frank Pavlicek Mystery Series Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Andy Straka
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"A breath of fresh air in the field of private eye fiction." –Jeffery Deaver


Private investigators Frank Pavlicek and his daughter Nicole receive an urgent message from their friend and fellow falconer Jake Toronto about “a death in the family.” For Toronto, his birds are his family. The death in question turns out to be the murder of his prize peregrine falcon Jazzman. Toronto worries that a vivacious female chef he helped ease out of a job is the culprit and that he may have done the wrong thing by both the woman and her employer. Was Jazzman murdered for love?

FLIGHTFALL is an 18,000 word novella. This edition includes a bonus excerpt from Andy Straka’s forthcoming full-length suspense thriller THE BLUE HALLELUJAH.


“One of the best P.I. series to come along in recent years.” –Brian Reubendal

“Straka offers us a modern hero, who shows us that dirt roads can indeed be mean streets. A pleasure to recommend..."
--Kate’s Mystery Books

"Spencer fans take hold, there is a new kid on the block!"
--Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin

--"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."
–Rick Riordan


Publisher's Weekly has featured bestselling author Andy Straka 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."

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  • Print Length: 102 pages
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  • Language: English
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun with friends 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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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not all that great compared to the others in the series. September 25, 2014
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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. There was a mystery over who shot one of Toronto"s birds. Caused Frank to miss part of his planned vacation. Just really did not develop into anything much. I like the characters of Frank, Nicole and Toronto and look forward to getting back to one of Straka's regular Pavlicek mysteries.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great setting, very enjoyable novella 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this book very much July 6, 2014
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Enjoyed this book very much. Characters are believable. Main characters seem realistic. Plot keep me interested. I'm glad there are more in this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flightfall by Andy Straka October 5, 2013
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Andy Straka's series was a gift to me. I have enjoyed every one of the Frank Pavlicek mysteries. I will watch for the next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flightfall October 3, 2013
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I love Andy Straka's books, so I purchased this one for my Kindle. Though shorter than his other full length novels, it still is a great mystery. I'm looking forward to another Andy Straka mystery in the future
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2.0 out of 5 stars This book was a let down September 7, 2013
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I've really liked the books in this series in the past. I liked the characters and the birds of prey story which is very unique. This book however was so light (and short) in all aspects I really have to wonder why the author released this one. If it is the first book a new reader picks up they are not likely to go back and read the others. A few issues I had:
1) The story was just not interesting. I kept waiting for something bigger to develop, that the initial entry point was just the so-called tip of the iceburg. It wasn't.
2) There were no real twists or surprises anywhere. SPOILER ALERT - There is nothing jaw dropping anymore about a same sex affair, and in this case it seemed a very lame attempt to add some intrigue.
3) The two main characters are former NYPD cops turned private investigators. You expect they will encounter and survive, sometimes barely, danger through out a book like this. There was none of that. A totally unsuspenseful car change where they pursued just has to pull off onto a shoulder so the pursuer can go by?? Really??

I was very impressed with the author when he came to speak at a library group I belong to, so I'm really disappointed that he'd put out such a weak effort as this one. The other books in the series, especially the first 3, are what is keeping me from giving this one just 1 star.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book.
Very good book. I have enjoyed many of his books. I think he does a good job with his story telling.
Published 23 days ago by Ginny
5.0 out of 5 stars Even learned about birds, or it encouraged me to look up about birds...
Great read~~Enjoyed all of the series!
Published 2 months ago by David S
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable whodunit
I read the entire series, very interesting mysteries, well written, likable characters.
Published 5 months ago by IceAngel
4.0 out of 5 stars To The Point Writing
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 more
Published 6 months ago by Desert Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book
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 7 months ago by Lori A. Shirley
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Published 7 months ago by Mrs Wendy Peters
3.0 out of 5 stars Short
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 8 months ago by Carolyn Haynie
5.0 out of 5 stars Andy Is a gifted storyteller
Andy Straka creates great can count on it. His characters are real, situations believable. And, if you know the Charlottesville, VA area...UVa... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jack G Hardy
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed Andy Straka's books so much I ordered the entire ...
Enjoyed Andy Straka's books so much I ordered the entire series and read all within a week. The series can be read out of order without a problem in understanding; they reference... Read more
Published 10 months ago by LauraLAuten
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read mystery was a mystery until the end Toronto ...
Good read mystery was a mystery until the end Toronto is a good friend and an interesting character. Will read the next in the series.
Published 10 months ago by D. Morisse-Arnold
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More About the Author

Andy Straka is the author of nine novels, including six books in the Shamus Award-Winning, Anthony and Agatha Award-nominated Frank Pavlicek private eye series. His other novles include RECORD OF WRONGS, hailed by Mystery Scene magazine as "a first-rate thriller," THE BLUE HALLELUJAH, and DRAGONFLIES: SHADOW OF DRONES, the first in a near future science fiction series recently optioned for film and television.

A licensed falconer who has flown Red-tailed hawks and Harris Hawks, Andy is a native of upstate New York. A longtime resident of Virginia, he is also co-founder of the popular Crime Wave at the annual Virginia Festival of the Book.

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