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A Killing Sky (Frank Pavlicek Mysteries #2)

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  195 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Charlottesville, Virginia, private eye and falconer Frank Pavlicek is called by Cassidy Drummond, the daughter of a Congressman, to investigate the disappearance of her twin sister, Cartwright. Their father is known for his philandering--and Cassidy wonders if this led to Cartwright's disappearance. Despite a long list of suspects, Frank's not sure foul play is involved, p ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Signet
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Lilian Flesher
Aug 06, 2015 Lilian Flesher rated it it was amazing
Shelves: completed-reads
I received a copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Ex-cop turned Private Investigator Frank Pavlicek is the hero in the story. Frank receives a newspaper article through the mail, is is about a 20 years old picture, it's about a hit-and-run, and it turns out later it was sent by Cassidy Drummond, who wants to hire Frank to find her sister Cartwright or (Wright) as she is known. Cassidy and Cartwright are no ordinary sisters, they are the twin daughter
May 18, 2015 Devin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review has also been posted on Devin's Book Hub. I did review a copy of this book for reviewing purposes.

Brash Books claim topublish the best crime novels in existence, and I'm beginning to agree with them. Of the three novels I've read from them so far, two of them I've given a five star rating. A Killing Sky is five star material to me. The story is the second in a series that follows ex-cop now turned private investigator Frank Pavlicek. This time he's hired by the daughter of a Virginia
Review Based on ARC received via NetGalley:

A Killing Sky is an interesting thriller. The lead character - an ex-cop - is looking into the disappearance of a congressman's daughter. The congressman in question seems to have something to hide and the more tangled the story gets, the less likely the girl is going to be found. The twists were less predictable than most, and Straka doesn't tip the ending.
penny thomas
Jun 29, 2016 penny thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you, Andy.

I've been reading big name authors for years, waiting impatiently for the next book to come out. My kids bought me a Kindle , so I thought why not expand my library a bit. I found a couple authors I liked, but light reading, nothing that I couldn't walk away from for a day or two. I had about given up looking for a book that really hooked me when I discovered this book. So nice to read a book that is fast paced with enough twists and turns to keep you going. His descriptions of a
Philip Bailey
May 07, 2016 Philip Bailey rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable book. Crisp writing and an attention grabbing plot. Rich and corrupt. Do they always go together? A philandering politician, just as if such a thing was remotely possible. And the band of thugs which you would associate with rich, corrupt and philandering. But to go so far as kidnap his own daughter? Certainly makes for an interesting plot. And to top it off the PI is into falconry, although rather than a falcon it is a hawk. An age old sport that was used to feed the families of ...more
Breakaway Reviewers
Sep 02, 2015 Breakaway Reviewers rated it it was amazing
Free-Flowing Thriller with a Touch of Falconry, 27 Aug. 2015

I love this author’s books. Cassidy Drummond asks PI Frank Pavlicek to find her twin sister Cartwright. She disappeared on the same night that the twins returned from a trip to Japan. Frank at first thinks that Cassidy is actually playing a practical joke on him. Why would the daughter of Congressman Tor Drummond not go to her own father to report that her sister is missing? He changes his mind when she shows him an old newspaper cuttin
Jun 20, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing
Frank Pavlicek is a private investigator in his home town Charlottesville, Virginia. Answering his phone, he get a surprise -- the daughter of the congressman is calling. Cassidy is trying to find out what's happened to her twin sister. Cassidy believes that her father, Tor, had something to do with the disappearance of her sister. Does he? Frank makes inquiries even though Cassidy's evidence is flimsy. By working on this case, he realizes his ex-wife and daughter besides his red tailed hawk are ...more
Lillian Cummings
May 07, 2015 Lillian Cummings rated it really liked it
What a great read. There is murder abduction sex & action. Frank is a P.I that is hired to find a missing sister but that is not all. A older couple have been murdered but what does that have to do with Cartwright going missing. Her sister Cassidy wants to find her but she doesn't want anyone to know yet. Her father is a politician that has many skeletons in his closet that will cause so much harm to many people. Who can Frank trust and what is the truth as there are so many lies. Can Frank ...more
Aug 26, 2015 Sara rated it it was amazing
Gripping action-packed thriller
A PI is approached to find a missing twin. With a lot of twists and turns including congressional sex scandal, hit and run accidents, and other secrets and betrayals it turns into a murder investigation. There are several potential suspects, but are truly not sure who is responsible until the end,.
The author weaves a good story with complex likable characters. The story keeps you guessing and is full of danger and suspense.
I would highly recommend this book.

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Marcia Wright
Jun 25, 2016 Marcia Wright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Book

I liked the pace of this book. The storyline kept you guessing and interested. I also learned a bit about falconers.
Jay Williams
May 01, 2015 Jay Williams rated it it was amazing
This thriller has it all: dark secrets, family, emotion, and a cast of characters that is outstanding. It is hard to put down as the action and suspense continues page after page. I have to admit that I didn't see the end coming, but it was so very fitting. everyone in the story is a character in depth. Relations have improved between Frank and his daughter Nicole, but they seem to stay the same with the local police. In addition to the action and suspense, the byplay between the characters, bot ...more
My first Pavlicek mystery. Quick and entertaining.
Abbie McAdams
Good Story, Bad Typos

This was a good read, with great action, likeable characters and cool facts about falconry. However, the typos are everywhere. I also spotted three places where the wrong name is used for a character. What a shame to let these preventable mistakes mar this gripping story. Does it cost too much to pay just one reasonably intelligent human to proofread?
Apr 23, 2015 Trina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, arc, kindle
I received this arc from Netgalley.

It started out really good but then took a fast dive downhill. By the time I got halfway through, my interest was gone. I just wanted the end to come and soon, so I could move on to something more interesting. It's highly unlikely that I will read anything else by this author.
Chris Eboch
Apr 08, 2012 Chris Eboch rated it really liked it
A good mystery, with a complicated plot full of twists. Private Detective Frank is an easy-going hero with the necessary streaks of stubbornness and idealism. The story is well-written (with a few typos). Fans of Spencer or the Dick Francis books should enjoy this one. I'd have liked more falconry.
Ann Reed
Jul 22, 2014 Ann Reed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A killing sky

A killing sky

it began as a missing girl and led into a huge political scandal with well known politician pulling strings that turned into kidnapping. PI Frank Pavlicek pulls in friends,and favors to help solve this strange case.
Tracy Walters
Jul 13, 2011 Tracy Walters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been awhile since I read this book...I looked back at my reading list and I gave it a 5 out of 5 so I know I really liked it....and the reviews I have read about it have been great......SOOOOO......I can honestly say this is a great book to read!!! Sorry for being so vague.... : )
A Killing Sky - NR
Andy Straka
When a Congressman's daughter disappears, Charlottesville P.I. and falconer Frank Pavlicek follows a trail of family secrets to the most dangerous discovery of all-the truth.

Improbably plot
Jun 03, 2015 Hayley marked it as didn-t-finish
Shelves: mystery
Good book - ran out of time on it and had to turn it back in, but I lost interest in it. It moved a little slowly in the beginning for me, but I might go back to it.
Nice read with a good mystery. Crazy story though...
I just didn't feel like I got to know the main character very much. Maybe because it's the 2nd part in a series?
Barbara Mills
Jan 09, 2013 Barbara Mills rated it it was amazing
I enjoy Andy Straka's retired Detective Pavlicek and his involvement in helping solve police cases. Not as riveting as some authors, but quite a nice read.
Sep 12, 2010 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Linda by:
I like the main character, Frank Pavlicek. Being a bird lover, I love the addition of the falconing aspects of the plot. Good mystery.
Nancy Houston Fields
Jun 30, 2011 Nancy Houston Fields rated it really liked it
Another falconer, PI mystery. Never a dull moment in this book!
Dec 11, 2007 Ange rated it it was ok
Just a local Charlottesville detection story.
Jun 14, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it
Excellent novel by a Virginia author.
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Andy Straka is the bestselling author of nine novels, including the Shamus Award-Winning, Anthony and Agatha Award-nominated Frank Pavlicek private eye series. His other books include RECORD OF WRONGS, hailed by Mystery Scene magazine as “a first-rate thriller,” and THE BLUE HALLELUJAH. Part 2 of the DRAGONFLIES series (DRAGONFLIES: FLOCK OF ANGELS) has also just been released. (This near future t ...more
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