A Witness Above (Frank Pavlicek Mystery Series, Book 1)

First book in the Shamus Award-winning Frank Pavlicek series.

One shot. One fatal error.

Thirteen years ago, Frank Pavlicek left the NYPD under less than ideal circumstances. 

Now, the divorced father of a teenage daughter, he works as a private investigator in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he indulges his passion for falconry – and tries to live outside the shadow of his past.
Frank is hunting with his red-tailed hawk, Armistead, 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. It’s a truly gruesome crime scene – one of the many things Frank doesn’t miss about working homicide in the big city.

But what Frank finds in the dead boy’s wallet is even more disturbing: Nicole’s phone number, scribbled in ink on the edge of a bill. He pockets the evidence and flees. Days later, his daughter is in jail. His past is coming back to haunt him. And his reputation – and life – are on the line…

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“Pavlicek is a breath of fresh air in the field of private eye fiction.”

–Jeffery Deaver

Best First Novel-Anthony, Shamus, and Agatha Award Nominee

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Originally published by NAL/Signet/Penguin.

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