Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Stranger You Seek by Amanda Kyle Williams

by:  Amanda Kyle Williams
published by:  Random House
publish date:  August 30, 2011

In the sweltering heat of an Atlanta summer, a killer is pushing the city to its breaking point, preying on the unsuspecting, writing taunting letters to the media, promising more death. Desperate to stop the Wishbone Killer before another victim meets a shattering end, A.P.D. lieutenant Aaron Rauser turns to the one person he knows can penetrate a deranged mind: ex–FBI profiler Keye Street.
Keye was a rising young star at the Bureau until addiction derailed her career and her life. Now sober and fighting to stay so, Keye picks up jobs where she can get them: catching adulterers, serving subpoenas, chasing down bailjumpers, and dodging the occasional bullet. With multiple victims, little to go on, and an entire police force looking for direction, the last thing Keye wants is to be pulled into the firestorm of Atlanta’s worst nightmare.

The Stranger You Seek made it to my Top Ten of 2011.  Why did it?  Because Amanda Kyle Williams can write an awesome whodunit!  And I loved Keye Street.  I think fans of Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole will find a friend in Keye Street.  She's not as morose as Harry, but she's dealing with the same demons. 

I've read quite a few negative reviews of this book, but most of them seemed petty.  I thought this was a solid debut book.  Keye is a great character to start building a series around.  This book introduced enough about her to get me interested in the next book to see what questions it might answer. 

The Stranger You Seek was a book full of twist and turns.  The Who is a surprise you won't be expecting.  It's everything a reader wants in a thrilling mystery.

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