|Plot Summary of A Killing Sky|
Signet, Apr 2002, 5.99, 288 pp.
When Frank Pavlicek received the call from a person claiming to be Cassidy Drummond, daughter of the Charlottesville, Virginia Congressman, he thought it a prank. However, Cassidy persuades Frank that she is for real so the former New York detective agrees to meet with her and hear her reason for needing a private detective.
Cassidy believes her father Tor has done something to her missing twin sister Cartwright. Though the evidence is flimsy and Wright is probably warm and comfortable with some guy, Frank begins to make inquiries. Perhaps he would have reconsidered taking on the case if he knew the danger to those he loves from uncovering family secrets and betrayals. However, by threatening the birds he and his associate Jake Tornado cherish as much as any falconer does only makes Frank dig all the deeper.
Though less involved in falconry than its predecessor (see the mega-excellent A WITNESS ABOVE), A KILLING SKY is a delightful investigative tale. The action-packed story line focuses mostly on Frank, who firmly believes he is wasting his time and that of his client even as he begins to uncover clues re the disappearance of Cartwright. The secondary cast adds depth to the investigation though to his family Tor, a Clintonesque-like player, seems so nasty that one wonders if his charisma is enough to keep getting him reelected. Still Andy Straka soars to wonderful heights with his latest Pavlicek tale.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of A Killing Sky|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 60%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:
- political blackmail
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- private investigator
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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