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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (248 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Amanda Kyle Williams Narrator: Ann Marie Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Keye Street Series Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9780307966889
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Fresh from her debut, The Stranger You Seek—which Publishers Weekly called “an explosive, unpredictable, and psychologically complex thriller that turns crime fiction clichés inside out”—Amanda Kyle Williams delivers a second thrilling Keye Street novel, perfect for fans of Karin Slaughter and Patricia Cornwell.

That bullet was meant for you.
Summer is smoldering through Atlanta on Fourth of July weekend, as fireworks crack through the air and steam rises from the pavement on Peachtree. Private investigator and ex–FBI profiler Keye Street wants nothing more than a couple of quiet days alone with her boyfriend, Aaron—but, as usual, murder gets in the way.
I will find her.
A.P.D. Lieutenant Aaron Rauser is called to the disturbing scene of the strangling death of a thirteen-year-old boy. Meanwhile, Keye must deal with not one but two of her own investigations: In the hills of Creeklaw County, there’s a curious case involving chicken feed and a crematorium, and in Atlanta, Keye’s emotionally fragile cousin Miki is convinced she is being stalked. Given Miki’s history of drug abuse and mental problems, Keye is reluctant to accept her cousin’s tale of a threatening man inside her house late one night. But as a recovering alcoholic herself, Keye can’t exactly begrudge a woman her addictions—especially since Miki drives Keye to near-relapses at every turn. And yet, Miki is family, and Keye must help her—even if it means tempting her own demons.
I always find her.
All hell breaks loose when another murder—the apparent hanging of an elderly man—hits disturbingly close to home for Keye. And though the two victims have almost nothing in common, there are bizarre similarities between this case and that of Aaron’s strangled teen. Is there a single faceless predator, a calculating murderer targeting his prey at random? Only a skilled profiler like Keye Street can help the A.P.D. find him. With the threat of more deaths to come, Keye works on pure instinct alone—and soon realizes that a killer is circling ever closer to the people she loves the most.
Praise for Amanda Kyle Williams’s The Stranger You Seek
“An exceptionally smart and harrowing character-driven debut by a welcome new thriller writer.”—New York Times bestselling author Karin Slaughter
“A creepy, suspenseful, breathtaking ride . . . [Keye] Street is a unique and worthy addition to the rich tradition of damaged and tough private detectives.”—Associated Press
“[Williams] keeps the suspense taut and the humor snarky, with an ending that will have you slapping your foreheard over clues you missed.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“With its shocking triple-twist climax, this is the best private eye debut since Dennis Lehane’s A Drink Before the War.”—The Plain Dealer
“An explosive, unpredictable, and psychologically complex thriller.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A dark, gritty thriller, The Stranger You Seek is a sensational debut. Readers will relish this story’s many captivating, powerful, and compelling layers.”—New York Times bestselling author Julia Spencer-Fleming

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Keye Street immediately puts herself in the top echelon of suspense heroes. She’s a mess of fascinating contradictions—effortlessly brilliant on a case, totally inept in managing her own life. She is brutally funny and powerfully human—one of the most realistic protagonists in crime fiction that I’ve had the thrill to read.”

    Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of Last to Die

  • “There’s a new voice in Atlanta, and her name is Amanda Kyle Williams—captivating, powerful and compelling.”

    Julia Spencer-Fleming, New York Times bestselling author of One Was a Soldier

  • “Keye Street remains the most interesting, cynically funny and smart series detective today…The tension buzzes like cicadas on a hot Georgia night and the pace is relentless.”

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer

  • “One of the most addictive new series heroines since Stephanie Plum.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • “The best fictional female P.I. since Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone.”

    Plain Dealer

  • “Readers of this fast-paced thriller will be eager for the next Street tale.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 1/31/2014

    " Last year, I fell in love with Williams' debut novel (and the first in the Keye Street series), The Stranger You Seek, so I've been so excited to read this book! And Williams delivers a fast-paced and entertaining sequel here! As far as sequels go, unfortunately, this one wasn't quite as strong as the first. The plot is interesting, but the romantic tension that so charged the first book is absent here. Williams focuses even more on Street's alcoholism and her recovery. The distinct narrative style, so prevalent in the first book, is subdued here, without as much polish, charm and dark humour. I did enjoy it - but parts of the mystery weren't particularly mysterious and bordered on predictable... I am still curious to see where the series goes, but not as anxiously excited as I was after finishing the first book, but hopefully the third book will reclaim the energy of the first book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy | 1/30/2014

    " I liked this one. I really enjoy the character of Keye and her relationship with Rauser. Good mystery. Can't wait for the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassandra. | 1/24/2014

    " Just access my comment page. Well written, fast paced, good mysteries, hysterically funny, well-developed characters. Combine Stephanie Plum (Janet Evanovich) and April Woo (Leslie Glass) and you have the main character in this new series - hot Chinese chick, Dr. Keye Street. Keye is a recovering alcoholic who was fired from her job as a profiler for "The Bureau" - before the "recovering" became part of her life. She now owns Corporate Intelligence & Investigations. This is my fourth Firstread and my favorite so far! I can hardly wait to read the first book, The Stranger You Seek. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 1/10/2014

    " I am a new fan of Williams' story telling and will be reading more by her. This book is highly entertaining. PI and ex-FBI agent, Keye Street, has just the right combination of warmth, sarcasm, and humor. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good murder mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy T | 1/10/2014

    " I loved the suspense of this novel had. Great story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 12/27/2013

    " Book #2 in the Keye Street detective series. I liked the quick paced story and the various mysteries to be solved. Keye's druggie cousin has a stalker, but is an untrustworthy victim. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry | 10/29/2013

    " This was one of the best novels that i have read in 2012 It was well written,funny and heartwarming. I hope to read more of Keye Street. I plan to buy the first book and look foward to many more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greta Turnbull | 9/9/2013

    " thrilling and exciting a must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 7/12/2013

    " This is the first book I have read by this author, loved the humor it had incorporated within it. It was very suspenseful but had parts that the characters make me laugh out loud. I am looking forward to reading another one of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 3/20/2013

    " The protagonist's character development seems a little weak, but otherwise spot on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jami | 2/3/2013

    " I like the character of Keye Street - the book is fast paced and humorous. I thought the ending was a little anti-climatic, but I am definitely ready to read #3 in the series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 10/12/2012

    " So how many books will she create with "stranger" in the title? Keye Street is more engaging than some P.I.s "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 9/15/2012

    " Looking forward to reading this book! Sounds like a great suspensful mystery!! Love books that keep you on the edge of your seat! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 9/4/2012

    " It grabbed me right away. I had a hard time putting down. "

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About the Author
Author Amanda Kyle Williams

Amanda Kyle Williams is a freelance writer and author of the Keye Street thrillers, including The Stranger You Seek and Don’t Talk to Strangers. She lives in Decatur, Georgia.

About the Narrator

Ann Marie Lee is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. She is a Los Angeles–based actress with television credits that include ER, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Nip/Tuck. Her stage performances for Broadway National Tours and regional theater include Peter Pan, As You Like It, Heartbreak House, and The Cherry Orchard.