Andy Straka is a Shamus Award-winning American crime novelist. He writes the bestselling “Frank Pavlicek” novels starring an ex-NYPD detective turned private eye and falconer (Pavlicek relies in part on his red-tailed hawk to solve criminal cases). Book 1 from the series, A Witness Above, Andy’s debut novel, tops today’s Buffet.


Andy’s newest book, Dragonflies: Shadow of Drones, was published May 12. The near-future Sci-Fi thriller is the first book in a new series.

Born and raised in upstate New York, Andy worked in publishing and medical sales for 15 years before turning to writing in the late 1990s. His first book, A Witness Above, garnered Shamus, Anthony, and Agatha Award nominations for Best First Novel in 2002.

A licensed falconer, Andy lives in Virginia where enjoys hunting and fishing. He has also managed to survive a longstanding stint as a stay-at-home Dad.

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A Witness Above

Genre Fiction > Men’s Adventure

Author: Andy Straka

A Witness Above (A Frank Pavlicek Novel)

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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…

Time After Time

Science Fiction > Adventure
Author: Allen Appel

Time After Time -- Volume One in the Pastmaster Series

Alex Balfour teaches history at the New School, is a superb cook, and discovers he has the capacity to hurtle through time and space — back to the Russian Revolution. He hangs around only long enough to witness the drowning of Rasputin, after which he treks home to his girl friend Molly, wearing the monk’s sables. He’s pretty tired, but in his great-hearted concern for the proper course of events, fades once more into the Russian maelstrom, this time to face imprisonment and, unexpectedly, his father, whose unaccountable absences when Alex was a child 40 years earlier are now clarifed. Like father, like son.

The senior Balfour, also a historian, says that Alex must prevent the assassination of Czar Nicholas and his family, but Alex, sick of the whole Red and White imbroglio, sneaks back to the present. Nagged, however, by responsibility to himself and for posterity, he makes a third trip to the past. Readers who can willingly suspend disbelief and endure rather undistinguished prose will be rewarded by scenes of cliff-hanging and head-bashing, slaughter, torture and hairsbreadth escapes, all yeasted up by true romance and wholesome sex.

With This Kiss

Historical Romance
Author: Victoria Lynne

With This Kiss

All eyes feasted on the beautiful flame-haired gambler in London’s most infamous club. But Julia Prentisse was interested only in the rake-turned-recluse whom they now called “The Beast.” She lured him out of the crowded gaming hell to a deserted warehouse, where she made her scandalous offer: If he married her and protected her from her uncle, she would help him capture the arsonist who had ruined his life.

The Secrets of Economic Indicators

Professional & Technical > Accounting & Finance
Author: Bernard Baumohl

The Secrets of Economic Indicators: Hidden Clues to Future Economic Trends and Investment Opportunities (3rd Edition)

In a brand-new Third Edition, Baumohl has thoroughly updated his classic to reflect the latest US and foreign economic indicators, and brand-new insights into what all of today’s leading indicators mean. Baumohl introduces dozens of new, forward-looking economic markers, including those that monitor small business plans, freight traffic shifts, web searches, and even gambling. He also presents several real-time foreign indicators for anticipating swings in European and Asian economies.

My Temporary Life

Romance > Mystery & Suspense
Author: Martin Crosbie

My Temporary Life (My Temporary Life Trilogy)

Malcolm Wilson learned that everything is always temporary. Growing up, he’s raised by a promiscuous mother who can’t stay out of trouble, his best friend is a thirteen-year-old alcoholic, and the masters at his tough Scottish school are always raising their canes in his direction.

When he becomes an adult, he escapes, and chooses the safe route, watching the rest of the world from a distance. Everything changes the day he meets the beautiful, alluring, green-haired Heather, and when he learns of Heather’s own abusive childhood and the horrific secret she’s been carrying, Malcolm makes a decision-this time he’s not backing down, whatever the cost.

Cassie and The Wild Cat: Meet and Greet

Children’s Books > Animals
Author: Pat Hatt

Cassie and The Wild Cat: Meet and Greet

Cassie found she had a wonderful life, until this spotted wild cat entered and caused her strife. She was not about to give up without a fight and would be rid of him by night.


Romance > Paranormal
Author: B.C. Burgess

Descension (The Mystic Series)

After three years caring for her dying mother, Layla Callaway learns she was adopted under unusual circumstances. Following a cryptic message to seek her birth family in Oregon, Layla uproots her life to find out the truth about her past. And herself.

Easy and Delicious Fudge: Traditional and Specialty Fudge Recipes

Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Baking > Desserts
Author: Kathy Gary

Easy and Delicious Fudge: Traditional and Specialty Fudge Recipes

Contains tips to ensure that each batch of fudge is fool-proof made like a pro. This recipe book includes traditional fudge recipes, microwave fudge recipes, and specialty fudge recipes, leaving your family clamoring for more.

The Division of the Damned

Genre Fiction > War
Author: Richard Rhys Jones

The Division of the Damned

It was a master stroke to redress the balance of the war. What if the Third Reich could own the night? What if they had a Division of Vampires? And if those Vampires didn’t stop? If they had plans to conquer the whole world?

Even Heinrich Himmler hadn’t thought of that. But in Transylvania someone had. And on the Winter Solstice of 1944, the world would be at their mercy.

The Rules of Work, Expanded Edition

Business & Investing > Management & Leadership
Author: Richard Templar

The Rules of Work, Expanded Edition: A Definitive Code for Personal Success (2nd Edition) (Richard Templar's Rules)

Some people are simply great at their job; they always seem to say or do the right thing. They are mentioned in every conversation. Everybody likes them. They get promoted. They get pay raises. They get along with the boss. And somehow, they do all these things without being unpleasant, breaking much of a sweat or seeming to put in excess effort. And when they are offered another step up the corporate ladder or a fabulous new job, no one is surprised. After all, they have ‘potential’ written all over them. How do they do it? Do they know some secret we don’t? Yes, they know The Rules of Work.

Essential Posing Secrets

Photography > Portraits
Author: Dan Eitreim

Essential Posing Secrets (On Target Photo Training)

Once you understand the way all the knobs, switches and buttons on your camera work, posing is the fastest way to take your photos out of the realm of snapshot and make them truly look professional. After reading this clearly written, easy to understand, illustrated lesson, you will be posing like a master in about an hour. Includes:

  • The Portrait Shape
  • Using The Rule Of Thirds
  • Fill The Frame
  • Follow The Eyes
  • Where To Focus
  • What Is Beauty?
  • Make Women Pretty – Men Handsome

Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb

Children’s Books > Comics & Graphic Novels
Author: MJ Ware

Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb: The Graphic Novel for Middle Grade Reluctant Readers (Super Zombie Juice Graphic Novels)

After a failed attempt at running away, best friends Nathan and Misty return home expecting to face angry parents. Instead, they discover the military has destroyed the bridges out of their rural town and everyone’s fled–except a small horde of the living dead. The stress of flesh-eating zombies may be more than their already strained relationship can handle.

Diary of a Nerd King

Children’s Books > Comics & Graphic Novels
Author: Matt Ballard

Diary of a Nerd King

My name is Max Ridgemont. My sister says I’m the Nerd King. I resent that. She says I resemble that. She thinks she’s so smart. Wait til I’m famous from inventing a burping machine.

This is my diary, except it’s not a diary. It’s a journal, or a blog, or a log… just not a diary ’cause diaries are for girls and wimpy kids. There’s also a lot of wicked awesome pictures I drew in here too. Don’t feel bad if you can’t draw as well as I can. Most people can’t.

Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits

Religious Fiction > Romance
Author: Mary Jane Hathaway

Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits (Austen Takes the South)

Shelby Roswell is a history professor on the fast track to tenure until her new book is crushed in a review by the famous historian, Ransom Fielding. She struggles to regain her momentum only to discover that Fielding has taken a visiting professorship at her college. The place that was once a refuge from the poverty of her past is now a battlefield of Civil War proportions.

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