In Andy Straka's A Witness Above, the first installment in the Frank Pavlicek Mystery series, we were introduced to the world of falconry and the world of corruption. For Frank Pavlicek, a former NYPD detective who moved to Virginia, it all started when he and his red-tailed hawk Armistead came across a dead body in the field. That's when things tend to get difficult for him, when he dealt with the sheriff and his deputies, when they become suspicious of him. To make matters worse, his daughter Nicole were arrested for drugs in connection with the murder. As Frank discovers the truth behind Dewayne Parker's murder, he becomes embroiled in the world of corruption that stemmed back in New York City and traced it back to the gun that killed his friend's partner. Add in a suspicious drug lord that had connections to them, all for money and greed. Before he knew it, his own ex-wife becomes a link to it and his own daughter's held hostage from the person he trusted the most with a shocking end.
This was a real good introduction to Frank Pavlicek and his world of falconry in Virginia. I cared about him and how he wanted to reconnect with his daughter Nicole to get through this crisis. I didn't like Cowan or Frank's ex Camille that much. I thought Cat Cahill was a bit slimy. I loved the vast location and settings for Virginia, especially for the falcon scenes. This would make you soar like a falcon and take off in flight with great writing that has non-stop action, drama, intrigue and plenty of mystery.
Will you be a witness above murder?
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