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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 Le Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Keye Street Series Release Date:
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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.

Atlanta Police Department 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.

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 APD 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.

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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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