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The Stranger You Seek (Keye Street #1)

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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  1,868 ratings  ·  412 reviews
The papers have called me a monster. You’ve either concluded that I am a braggart as well as a sadist or that I have a deep and driving need to be caught and punished.

In the sweltering heat of an Atlanta summer, a killer is pushing the city to its breaking point, preying on the unsuspecting, writing taunting letters to the media, promising more death. Desperate to stop t
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Paperback, 325 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Headline Publishing Group
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Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
I recently read the third book in this series and I loved it enough that I had to go back and read the others. This book is the first in the Keye Street series and I hope it's going to be a long set of books.
I adore this main character. She is tough without ever coming off as conceited. If nothing else she knows her weaknesses all to well.

And the degrees: criminology from GA Southern, doctoral studies at GA State in developmental psychology. And none of it, even with eight years at the Bureau,
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Robert
I love discovering new authors. It’s like finding a new best friend that you plan to visit with over and over again. The best ones are both invigorating and frustrating, because no matter how hard you try, you just can’t stay away. Amanda Kyle Williams has quite a bit of potential, and I’m rather curious to see how her next novel turns out. As for her debut, THE STRANGER YOU SEEK was a well-written, intriguing, and quick-paced read. The characters had baggage, were tormented, and ended up being ...more
Adam
About 25 pages into this book, I really liked it. The detective, her support network of family, friends and coworkers seemed to have a nice dynamic, the story had a good mix run and gun bounty hunter action and behavioral profiler procedural and a nicely nasty serial killer. It was really promising and I was already writing a 4 star* review in my head where I apologized for saying all the Shamus award nominees always suck.**

By 125 pages in my review of the book had shed a star because nothing wa
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Elizabeth B

This is a creative plot and the author does well at giving only hints at information throughout the novel. This builds the suspense in a methodic way which most readers of this genre will readily appreciate it. While it may not be up to the caliber of most mainstream suspense, it will definetly keep the reader plowing along until the end in hopes of resolution.
I had two big problems with this novel and, unfortunately, they are probably big enough that I won’t read another by this author. The mai
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Ethan
Look out Stephanie Plum and Kay Scarpetta! There's a new sheriff in town! In this new novel, the first in a planned series, author Amanda Kyle Williams debuts one of the best female crime fighters in recent memory. Keye Street is funny, charismatic, and serves as a completely engaging narrator. Down on her luck and running a private investigating business in Atlanta, Georgia, Keye is called in by her friend at the APD to help investigate a series of brutal, sadistic murders. When the killer reac ...more
Pamela
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Robert Carraher
This book had all the ingredients to fail, or at most become just another "PI seeks serial killer" thriller. Instead, Amanda Kyle Williams has crafted one of the finest debut detective novels of the year.

The language is as sweet as a Georgia Peach and as dark as the under-belly of a thunderhead. The scenery and the sense of place make you want to add "I declare" to your vocabulary and root for The Braves. The plot is brilliant, twisting, full of red herrings but red herrings that are keepers.

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Michele at A Belle's Tales
I haven’t read a lot of thrillers lately, and I didn’t realize how much I missed that genre until I started reading this brilliant story by Amanda Kyle Williams.

Keye Street is a former FBI profiler turned PI who battles a past addiction and takes on an assortment of cases, from serving subpoenas to chasing after bail jumpers. When a serial killer haunts the sweltering city of Atlanta, Keye’s best friend/police Lieutenant Aaron Rauser asks for her help in profiling the murderer. She is then draw
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Elvan
I really enjoyed reading this first book in the Keye Street series.

Keye Street is a private investigator and recovering alcoholic. She is also a former profiler with the BAU and so ends up assisting Atlanta PD's Aaron Rauser as he tries to catch a very grizzly serial killer.

While the subject matter is often grim, what set this book and this PI above many others is the way the author follows the life of a PI, bumps, bruises and all. Keye Street might be helping hunt a killer, but she also has bi
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Rashika (is tired)
This could have been a 4 star read but the mystery completely fell apart. Like nothing lines up. The twists were unnecessary and really did piss me off because they weren't even twists, they were parallels (thinking in weird mathematical terms). If person x was the murderer, what happened to all the other evidence that was mentioned in this book?
Did that all go down the shitter?

The main character also indulged in light slut shamming. It wasn't 'serious' but it did grate on my nerves.

I am still
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Bigd_041555
OMG - for a debut novel, this author has nailed it. I like her style, and love her flawed characters. Keye Street is the main character, an ex-FBI agent, an alcoholic from an adoptive dysfunctional family, has an adopted stray cat called White Trash, was married, isn't now, and has a great friendship with Atlanta Lt. Rauser.

Fired from the FBI due to alcoholism, Keye is running her own PI business - sometimes lucrative, sometimes not, sometimes it's an odd job, sometimes it's not.

A really bad ser
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Heather
I'm a sucker for a good murder mystery and this was one of the best I've read in a long time. Not only was my first guess at the murderer wrong, but so was my second and third guesses. When I found out the truth, I was completely surprised. I actually started flipping back through the book to look for the tell-tale signs and there they were, scattered throughout the text, pointing me in the right direction, but I was fooled into misinterpreting them just the same as the lead detective. Excellent ...more
Sarah
Edited 8/23 to include:
This was an ARC from the publisher.

Engaging thriller with a likeable, flawed narrator. Keye Street is a recovering alcoholic whose successful criminal profiling career went down the drain due to her drinking. She's a humorous and highly intelligent narrator, if a bit overly dramatic at times, as she helps Atlanta PD track a serial killer.

Williams lays down some red herrings while weaving in Street's side endeavors as she balances the serial killer case with making a living
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Vince Panone
Liked the main character, Keye Street and her support team. The ending, however, I just could not buy. I love a good twist, and am always on the lookout for the one I didn't see coming. This one I partially saw coming, and the part I didn't see, just did not make sense. I figured out the "killer" mainly because you knew it had to be someone you had met throughout the story, and even if it didn't fit, no matter how ridiculous, that must be the solution. (Occam's razor I believe.) Despite enjoying ...more
Darcia Helle
The Stranger You Seek is Amanda Kyle William's debut and also the first book in her Keye Street series. The writing style and main character have much in common with the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. The characters are vivid. The plot moves at a good pace, with just enough twists to keep readers guessing.

Throughout the story, Williams sprinkles little nuggets of information about Atlanta, the city in which Keye Street lives. The familiarity made me feel as if I was there in the city
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Wendy
This book had it all. Murder, suspense, humor and a story that had me turning the pages til the wee hours.
A creative plot that shocked and surprised me with interesting sub-plots thrown in.
My favorite part of this book is the cast of amazing characters. They were original, quirky and, at times. had me laughing out loud especially with some of the one-liners.
This book has to be one of my favorites this year and I look forward to the next book in the "Keye Street" series.


Connie
This book devoted too much time analyzing the sexual identity of every character which was not important to the story. There was also way too much description and repetition of the gory details of the crimes. The ending came as a surprise because it was completely nonsensical. This book was a big disappointment after reading all of the positive reviews.
Wendy T
This was a creeping story, but the suspense was unbelievable. An awesome book.
Bridget
I was very happy to win this through Good Reads. I was a bit torn about the book, however.
The book introduced us to a behavioral profilist in Atlanta who is embroiled in the hunt for a serial killer. On the wagon, and with some skeletons in her closet, Keye Street was definitely portrayed as human with her foibles and weaknesses. While that was great, I can't come away from the book saying that I really liked her at all. She somehow still seemed to leave me somewhat cold.
However, I thought there
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Paul Pessolano
“The Stranger You Seek” by Amanda Kyle Williams, published by Bantam Books.

Category – Mystery/Thriller

Amanda Kyle Williams lives in Decatur, Georgia. “The Stranger You Seek” takes place in Atlanta and the surrounding area. This novel is to be the first in a series featuring Keye Street.

Keye is an ex-FBI profiler that due to the hardships of her job fell into alcohol addiction, and then fought his way out of it. She now runs a Private Investigation business that always seems to be teetering on fa
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William Bentrim
The Stranger You Seek by Amanda Kyle Williams

A demented killer is leaving bodies all over Atlanta with no apparent rhyme or reason. An ex-FBI profiler and her unknown main squeeze combine efforts to stop the mayhem.

This is in some ways a tale of redemption, of the ability to hold demon alcohol at arms length start a new life. So there is a good message of perseverance and tenaciousness seen in Keye Street an ethnic oriental with a southern drawl. Keye is a surprising blend of personalities. She
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Jessica Toohil
I gotta say - I really liked this book. Almost everything about it - I don't know if these are necessarily "spoilers" or not - but there were basically two things that I didn't like - 1) while the I was kept in suspense throughout the book and did think the ending was good, one thing happens at the end with a friend of the main characters that just didn't make sense to me. I think the friend's actions were WAY out of line and the author didn't really explain them. 2) I think the book would have ...more
Susan
Aug 21, 2011 Susan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers
(fiction, mystery, 3.5 out of 5 stars)

Something I read somewhere (how is that for vague?) led me to believe this debut mystery was going to be along the lines of Janet Evanovich's funny and fluffy Stephanie Plum novels. Not even close – this is an entirely different kind of beast, but I liked it even though it isn't what I was expecting.

Keye Street is trying to stay on the straight-and-narrow after self-destructing with alcoholism, destroying her FBI career, and starting over in her own investig
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Greg Pettit
A thriller involving a young, female, recovering alcoholic, ex-FBI profiler pursuing a serial killer in Atlanta.

I don't really follow the thriller genre. I loved The Silence of the Lambs when it came out (I was fortunate to stumble upon it long before the movie was made), but the other Thomas Harris books didn't grab me as much. I imagine that his success has inspired an entire genre of serial killer thrillers, but I have never sought any of them out.

I make this disclaimer because this book is c
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Hira
Author Amanda Kyle Williams has displayed sheer brilliance in her portrayal of detective Keye Street. Making her as memorable as detectives such as Holmes, Stephanie Plum and others, she's bound to become one of your favorite crime-fighting divas ever! Smart, witty, humorous and a complete charmer - Keye serves as the narrator of the novel.

The plot of this novel is ever-engaging. There is nary a moment that passes where you don't feel the adrenaline rush. There is a killer on the loose in the gr
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Vivian
Jun 30, 2014 Vivian rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery-suspense readers
Take the city of Atlanta, mix in a serial murderer with an Asian-American private investigator who's an alcoholic and former FBI agent that was adopted as a child by a white-bread Southern family and what do you get? You get Keye Street as the main character in the new suspense thriller The Stranger You Seek by Amanda Kyle Williams.

To say that Keye is not your typical Southerner is a bit of an understatement, at least if you base it on physical appearance. In actuality Keye is Southern to the co
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Caitlin
Let's begin with the broad particulars - I loved The Stranger You Seek. It's an excellent debut thriller with a great plot, fun characters, and plenty of twists and turns to keep you on your toes. It's fast-paced, witty, and will keep you turning the pages long after your bedtime.

Aside from all the positives mentioned above, I really adored its sense of place. Not all books have that - many are written in generic places - maybe its a real city, but the book does nothing to capture the place's es
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Wonderkell
The Stranger You Seek is a really fast paced, thrilling ride right from the get go. The story itself was great & very believable. It has all the hallmarks of a great crime novel.

What it also has is some fantastic characters. Private Detective Keye Street, an ex-FBI Profiler who lost her job in disgrace, is funny, smart, sweet, brave & flawed - just what you want in a great lead. Her partner in crime Aaron Rauser has many of the same characteristics but they rub each other the wrong way
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Andrew
Tagline: An ersatz "Silence of the Lambs"... with jokes.

My main impression of "The Stranger You Seek" is that it's a book that couldn't decide what it wanted to be -- it's one part serial killer's catch-me-if-you-can taunting relationship with an unlikely hero, and one part wry relationship sit-com.

I enjoyed the humor and the characters more than the mystery itself, which seemed a little "yeah, yeah" to me. I'll spare you the oft-written critique that I predicted the twist before it happened, bu
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Lisa
Well, I have found my new detective obsession. I love good detective fiction and I love my handsome detectives, but I am an equal opportunity fan and Keye Street is my new best girl. The Stranger You Seek by Amanda Kyle Williams is a debut novel with great promise. The characters are terrific and the mystery is compelling — I put the book down half-way through to check Amazon and see if I could pre-order the next book. Sadly, I can’t, but I will be pestering her publisher for a review copy.

Keye
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Amanda Kyle Williams worked as a freelance writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, worked with a PI firm in Atlanta on surveillance operations, became a court appointed process server and owned a dog walking and pet sitting business in Atlanta.

Author of 'THE STRANGER YOU SEEK', 'STRANGER IN THE ROOM' and 'DON'T TALK TO STRANGERS', featuring former FBI criminal investigative analyst Keye Stre
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