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A Cold Quarry ❮Reading❯ ➸ A Cold Quarry Author Andy Straka – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk 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 Beatin 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.


10 thoughts on “A Cold Quarry

  1. Thomas Thomas says:

    I enjoyed reading this book The plot moved along well, the characters were well written and the falconer angle was interesting I give it 3 stars out of 5 There were repetitive typos,i.e., the number 1 instead of the pronoun I and comer for corner The ending was too far fetched for my taste The conspiracy part of the ending left me cold reminded me of 9 11 conspiracies prevalent in Muslim countries CIA plot The book takes place in West Virginia, adding 1book to my US state mystery I enjoyed reading this book The plot moved along well, the characters were well written and the falconer angle was interesting I give it 3 stars out of 5 There were repetitive typos,i.e., the number 1 instead of the pronoun I and comer for corner The ending was too far fetched for my taste The conspiracy part of the ending left me cold reminded me of 9 11 conspiracies prevalent in Muslim countries CIA plot The book takes place in West Virginia, adding 1book to my US state mystery challenge.I received a free copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley.com.Update Brash books has responded to my review and promised to fix typos Kudos to Brash Books My wife is reading it now and has noticedtypos a slash instead of pronoun I, kitty utter for litter, smelted for smelled Update Dec 19,2015 My wife finished and enjoyed this book She thought the ending was ok


  2. Hilary Hilary says:

    Mystery and suspense with a touch of conspiracy drew me in from the start, and the fragments of falconry lore added eveninterest to the characters The West Virginian setting makes it feelreal and less like a conspiracy thriller TV show.I m glad I ve got the next one already queued up this is one series I ll be following Disclaimer I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


  3. Donna Davis Donna Davis says:

    This is 1.5 stars rounded up No, no, and no.I received this DRC free from Brash Books in exchange for an honest review.I was attracted to this mystery, which is set in West Virginia, because it has the novel element of hunters that use falcons, in addition to white Supremacist bad guys known as the Stonewall Ranger Brigade And it started out as a promising read, with detective Frank Pavlicek and his former Navy Seal partner, Jake Toronto, looking to find out who shot Chester Carew in the back, This is 1.5 stars rounded up No, no, and no.I received this DRC free from Brash Books in exchange for an honest review.I was attracted to this mystery, which is set in West Virginia, because it has the novel element of hunters that use falcons, in addition to white Supremacist bad guys known as the Stonewall Ranger Brigade And it started out as a promising read, with detective Frank Pavlicek and his former Navy Seal partner, Jake Toronto, looking to find out who shot Chester Carew in the back, leaving him dead on his own land The birds of prey stand as metaphors for Pavlicek and Toronto, who will now hunt the killers as cold quarry in order to exact justice.Who was to expect, then, that the entire novel would be riddled with blantant sexism, with only one positive depiction of a female It is this one redemptive moment that saved this mystery from a one star rating, a rating I save for the illiterate and the blatantly offensive Before I explain further about the stereotyping of women in this work, I should also mention that the N word is used twice once by a bad guy, once by acomplex figure and our hero is known to have shot and killed a young African American man when he was a cop We are told this was a righteous shooting that gives our hero terrible nightmares nevertheless.What timing.But back to the women Because I wanted to enjoy this book who picks up a murder mystery without wanting some escapist enjoyment I withheld judgment until the 75 percent mark, and even then I read the whole thing to see whether there would be some sly move in which the sexist behaviors of the main characters were called out, or in which the protagonist found himself reflecting that he d misjudged some women and situations But the entire narrative was loaded with it, not just the main character s dialogue and behaviors, so I didn t think it was likely, and in the end, there was only one good moment for a female character, and the rest were endless cliches.We have Betty in her apron It s all right, I ll just be in the kitchen nutcase bar owner Roswell Parker seductive reporter Kara Grayson, who goes to pieces during a violent scene in which she is not injured You stay here with the woman Frank tells Jake.Kara tends to an injured animal, and when the dust has settled the two menfolk rush out to save the world while A female sergeant had also arrived and seen to it that Kara Grayson and the German Shepherd were taken care of We often hear of women that occupy professional positions we just never see them do their jobs, or if they do, they mess it up Federal agent Colleen Briggs is one such character, and everyone feels great when she is openly dissed by the deputy sheriff, since she is a robotic clone of a federal agent.Pavlicek has a grown daughter who s out of state doing some work for him online, but when he gets her on the phone she pouts , and he tells her, You let me worry about that, honey Chester Carew s son Jason is just old enough to read The Cat in the Hat, but he is old enough to protect his mother, who is helpless, apparently Remember Betty In the kitchen Pavlicek gets her permission to speak to her son alone, but he doesn t tell her what the kid knows or what the kid has seen And the kid doesn t want her to know.We meet Jake Toronto s girlfriend, who is an attorney, but when we run into her at home, she is cradling a baby Frank s daughter Nicole, who has arrived in town, takes time for the appropriate oohing and ahhing over the baby , and then follows her father and Priscilla intowhere else The kitchen At this point and I don t want to give a spoiler, so I ll use broad strokes Frank needs to take care of something for Jake that Jake isn t available to do, and this includes getting confidential material out of the house Priscilla is concerned because Jake keeps that door locked of course she wouldn t have a key, right But Frank does When his daughter asks what is in there, he says, It s just Jake s little office Priscilla does help, though, by getting Just, um, some personal stuff I already knew about in the bedroom she looked at Nicole and the two of them giggled Oh, but it isn t over yet Not by a far sight Priscilla s hands were dwarfed by Jake s shotgun, so of course, Frank took it from her It occurs to me during all this that since Priscilla is we are told an attorney, perhaps Frank is protecting her professional credibility by having her not know some things, or else maybe Jake was, but the word attorney is mentioned just once and never comes into play again.We have a number of promiscuous women, all of whom are morally compromised We have lazy nurses And in a confrontation with bad guys, the uglies hurl the ultimate insult and Frank and Jake by calling them little girls.Excuse me now I am going back to my DRC of Gloria Steinem s memoir I need something to read that will remind me that women are worthy of dignity and respect.If your ideas about gender are lodged in the 1950 s, by all means, get this book, and have a real good time.As for me noAndy Straka


  4. Jeff Benham Jeff Benham says:

    PI Frank Pavlicek and his faithful companion Toronto try to solve the murder of a friend of theirs that the police insist was an accident For such an obvious accident there sure are a lot of law enforcement agencies involved that don t want Frank and Toronto snooping around.People that could provide them information seem to end up dead Very interesting read


  5. Stephen Stephen says:

    A good solid, readable whodunnit I read this one out of sequence as I got it on offer It s good, if slightly predictable strong silent man that women are mysteriously attracted to, with incredibly dangerous and evensilent best friend The plot ends on the docks, as usual But it is readable and carried me along happily for the course of the book.


  6. Dennis Hanks Dennis Hanks says:

    Good for the genre.Competent treatment, though with too many asides backstory and superfluous detail We didn t need to know about Frank s wife Okay, if you like the supercop hero.


  7. Joy Landers Joy Landers says:

    I almost lost the book and I wouldn t have found out what happened to Chester what a relief I found the book and discovered what happened to Chester I could image many sleepless nights wondering about Chester now I know


  8. Jack Heath Jack Heath says:

    Synopsis a falconer is shot in the back in W Virginia PI Pavlicek isn t buying the police explanation He follows a trail of lies and corpses.


  9. Carolyn (in SC) C234D Carolyn (in SC) C234D says:

    I thought this was a good story about Frank Pavlicek, a Virginia private investigator who is a falconer Don t really remember it now, years later.


  10. Gill& Gill& says:

    This is a man s book, no strong women characters here, most of them are described with the words leant on me, kitchen, small hands, and given whimpering lines.I thought the opening paragraph of the prologue was superb There is a light that sharpens the hunt during darkest winter, a delicate radiance belonging as much to the earth as to the sky After dawn, it coins to the trees like some corporeal messenger Remember the start reality of cold possibilities, it says, black memory, the frozenThis is a man s book, no strong women characters here, most of them are described with the words leant on me, kitchen, small hands, and given whimpering lines.I thought the opening paragraph of the prologue was superb There is a light that sharpens the hunt during darkest winter, a delicate radiance belonging as much to the earth as to the sky After dawn, it coins to the trees like some corporeal messenger Remember the start reality of cold possibilities, it says, black memory, the frozen echoes of hollowed out veins beneath the ground. Then it went all down hill from there onwards for me.I found the retrospective switch in the story line hard to follow because one minute Frank Pavlicek is at the funeral of his friend, next he is with the police before the funeral and I was confused and wondering what was going on I could have done with a little less detailed information which for me detracted from the story.The characters themselves seemed a little too indistinguishable for me The only one who felt different was Toronto s father, but even he ended up a whimpering old man which appeared out of character However, the plot line was a cracking one with murders, investigation, FBI, secret missions, right wing cult, explosions and a lot of mystery. I guess this style of writing just doesn t suit me at allMany thank to the publisher via NetGalley for copy of this book.


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