A Cold Quarry

A Cold Quarry

by Andy Straka

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The third novel in the thrilling Shamus Award-winning, Agatha & Anthony Award nominated series.

An expert falconer is shot in the back in the wilds of West Virginia. The police believe he was the victim of a hunting accident but PI Frank Pavlicek, a falconer himself, isn't buying the story. Beatings, bombings, warnings from the FBI, and the arrest of his best friend on trumped-up charges only strengthen Pavlicek's resolve to follow a bloody trail of lies and corpses that leads to a chilling, terrorist conspiracy.

Michael Connelly says:
"Highly recommended. I dare you to tell me I'm wrong"

Jeffery Deaver says:
"Frank Pavlicek is a breath of fresh air in the field of private eye fiction. Witty, sharp, and flesh-and-blood real"

Steve Hamilton says:
"There's more pure suspense in this book than anything else I've read this year..."

Rick Riordan says:
"Straka's storytelling is as strong as talons, and once he's got you in his grip, he never let's go."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157828066
Publisher: Brash Books
Publication date: 02/10/2016
Series: Frank Pavlicek Series , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 284
Sales rank: 335,855
File size: 356 KB

About the Author

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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Cold Quarry 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Nitro, West Virginia, Falconer Chester Carew is working his bird Elo when the falcon suddenly disappears. Chester is able to track him via a telemetry recoverer, but he walks into an ambush and is murdered, shot in the back. Attending the funeral is fellow falconers Frank Pavlicek and his former partner in the NYPD Jake Toronto. Chester¿s widow wants to hire Frank, who now works as a private investigator in Virginia, to find out who killed her husband. The police tell her it was probably a drunken hunter but Mrs. Carew thinks the Stonewall Rangers, a local right wing militia group, had something to do with it. As soon as Frank starts asking questions and stirring the locals up, he is asked to ¿stand down¿ by the local police, the FBI and the ATF who have a sting operation in place that takes priority. Frank isn¿t one to back off and that is a good trait because he learns that the stingers are about to be stung. The protagonist, Frank Pavlicek is a strong willed character who is so loyal to those he cares about that when Mr. Toronto is arrested, Frank does everything in his power to help him. The events that take place in this book are a reflection of the persistent atmosphere of the United States government following the events of September 11, 2001. Andy Straka not only knows how to weave current events into his story line, but also he creates an exciting thought provoking who-done-it. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was interesting as well as being a quick read. A must for any avid reader who enjoys nerve wracking mysteries with a good twist at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy his stories. They don't always require a lot of thought but keep you guessing back and forth. Recomended. Not a lot of violence or cussing. Prude that I am I liked that!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Frank Pavlicek, a P.I. in Charlottesville, Virginia, goes to nearby West Virginia because his friend Chester Carew has been found dead on his property. Chester had been out hunting with his falcon Elo. Now Elo is missing and Chester is dead. The police think it was a hunting accident. Frank and his friend Jake Toronto don't believe that. They begin investigating. Frank finds the police constantly telling him to go home to Charlottesville and leave the investigating to them, but he isn't convinced they are looking in the right places. Frank's daughter Nicole, a college student who is working with him in the office, wants to help with the investigation. Frank sends her back to Charlottesville to do some work in the office. She is not pleased with this, but does it. Frank isn't sure how he ever ran the office without her. As Frank investigates, he finds himself getting deeper and deeper. Jake ends up getting himself in trouble with the law. Could they be dealing with terrorists or just the local radicals? Who can they trust? In the end Jake and Frank are both in danger. The author has created great characters and the falcon hunting really adds to the story. I enjoy this series because it is often set in Virginia where I am living. I like the mystery about Jake. It really adds to the story. I hope in future books that Frank is able to have a healthy love relationship. I like Nicole working with Frank. I think this adds to the story. I hope she becomes more involved over time. The story goes so many different directions it is difficult to figure out who the killer is and why. I like the way he crafts his stories. I highly recommend this book and the whole series.
andystraka on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the skies over West Virginia, an invisible predator hunts its prey. When friend and master falconer Chester Carew is found dead in the woods, private investigator Frank Pavlicek doesn¿t buy the official report of an accidental shooting. The trail leads to a shadowy group of domestic terrorists¿and to Frank¿s former NYPD partner, Jake Toronto, who is accused of being involved with their plot. To prove Jake¿s innocence, Frank will have to trap the real killers before they can carry out their terrifying agenda.
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The regional details of West Virginia make the story come alive. It was a page turner for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book holds your attention. However, there are alot of typos.
booksaregood More than 1 year ago
Since starting to read a new author, have found these books to br quite interesting and very enjoyable
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Not a lot of substance to his storys
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rabelsb More than 1 year ago
It held my interest to the end.
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I would highly recommend this book and all his other in this series. He is an excellent writer. Keeps you right on edge until the end. Teenager and all adults would loves these books by Andy Straka.
fairygrandmother More than 1 year ago
love learning new stuff..This and all Andy Straka series are fast paced and informative..nothing like learning and having a good read