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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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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.
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.
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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Andy Straka's love affair with falconry shines in this book. He is one of the best writers around.Published 13 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 15 months ago by Ginny
I read the entire series, very interesting mysteries, well written, likable characters.Published 19 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 21 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 21 months ago by Lori A. Shirley
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 23 months ago by Carolyn Haynie