Note: Formerly entitled KITTY HITTER
“A great read.” --LIBRARY JOURNAL
“A fine starting place for readers new to Straka's too little-known PI series." --BOOKLIST
(Shamus Award-Winning series)
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, with whom she and other apartment owners are embroiled in a lawsuit, of hiring someone with a bird of prey to hunt down their pets.
The pets are definitely missing. The accuser claims to have found incriminating evidence while witnesses have spotted a specter-like figure prowling Central Park at night carrying a giant owl.
Returning to some of his former NYPD haunts to investigate with the help of his daughter and partner Nicole, sidekick Jake Toronto, and tough-nosed New York PI Darla Barnes, Frank soon discovers more is at stake than any of them imagine. Chasing what appears to be a mysterious falconer, they stumble upon an anonymous, half-dead child. Darla is shot and seriously wounded. To make matters worse, a reporter more interested in a bizarre story than in pursuing facts interferes along with competing camps of animal rights protestors.
In the end, all parties must come clean about their respective agendas to expose a true evil that has escaped unnoticed. Overcoming such an evil will take every skill in Frank’s hunting bag, the courage of a most unlikely band of survivors...and a sacrifice by a heart as big as New York City and all outdoors.
“Pavlicek is a breath of fresh air in the field of private eye fiction.” – Jeffery Deaver
Originally published in hardcover by Five Star/Gale/Cengage
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Published October 18, 2011
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Literature & Fiction.