Publisher’s Weekly has featured 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.”
Andy has worked as a book editor, movie production accommodation agent, commercial building owner and consulting vice president for a large specialty physician’s practice, surgical implant and pharmaceutical sales representative, college textbook sales and manuscript acquisition representative, web offset press paper jogger, laborer on a city road crew, summer recreation youth director, camp counselor, youth basketball coach, assistant parts manager at an auto dealership, assistant manager at a McDonalds restaurant, and even been registered as a private investigator. (Not to mention a longstanding stint as a stay-at-home Dad to six, which makes neurosurgery look like tiddlywinks.)
A licensed falconer and co-founder of the popular Crime Wave at the annual Virginia Festival of the Book, Andy is a native of upstate New York and a graduate of Williams College where, as co-captain of the basketball team, he “double-majored” in English and the crossover dribble. He lives with his family in Virginia.
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Where to buy in print
The K Street Hunting Society
When a professional killer ambushes Frank and his daughter Nicole while working an executive protection job, one of their clients ends up dead and Nicole is critically wounded. For Frank and best friend and fellow falconer Jake Toronto, the hunt is on for a killer even the cops refer to as “a ghost.” It’s a pursuit that will test them as never before.
The Night Falconer (Frank Pavlicek series #4)
Note: Formerly entitled KITTY HITTER
“A great read.” --Library Journal
An odd situation turns deadly serious for private investigator and falconer Frank Pavlicek when a prominent resident of a renovated Manhattan apartment building accuses the building’s eccentric developer of hiring someone with a bird of prey to hunt down her cat and the pets of other apartment owners over a lawsuit.
Cold Quarry (Frank Pavlicek series #3)
When an expert falconer is found shot to death, P.I. Frank Pavlicek smells something far more deadly than a simple hunting accident. Something is contaminating the surrounding woods-something the Feds don't want to discuss. Seeking justice for his friend's life, Pavlicek threatens to uncover a group of domestic terrorists with a chilling agenda.
First published by Signet
A Killing Sky (Frank Pavlicek series #2)
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.
A KILLING SKY was originally published by NAL/Signet/Penguin.
A Witness Above (Frank Pavlicek series #1)
Former homicide detective Frank Pavlicek is hunting with his red-tailed hawk when he finds it. A teenage boy’s body–barely concealed behind a pile of brush in a part of the forest Frank recently visited with his daughter, Nicole-with evidence linking to her.
Days later, Nicole is in jail for murder. His past is coming back to haunt him. And his reputation–and life–are on the line…
Flightfall (Frank Pavlicek series #5)
Private investigators Frank Pavlicek and daughter Nicole receive an urgent message from their friend and fellow falconer Jake Toronto about “a death in the family.” The death 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 wrong by both her and her employer.
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