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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…
When master falconer Chester Carew is found dead in the woods, private investigator Frank Pavlicek doesn’t buy the official report of an accidental shooting. Hunting for clues, Frank stumbles across evidence of a toxic agent contaminating the area—something the authorities refuse to discuss.
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.
Years ago, homicide detective 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 savors the thrill of the hunt. When her twin sister, Cartwright, disappears, Cassidy Drummond can’t help wondering if her father, a congressman known as much for his philandering as for his politics, has something to do with it. Desperate and deeply frightened, she turns to Frank Pavlicek for help. But, despite a long list of possible culprits—and the fact that Cartwright’s car has been found with blood on the seats—Frank isn’t convinced it’s foul play. Soon the falconer is following a treacherous trail of family secrets and sinister scandals to the most dangerous discovery of all: the truth.