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“One of the most addictive new series heroines since Stephanie Plum.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta private investigator and ex–FBI profiler Keye Street wants nothing more than time alone with her boyfriend, Aaron—but, as usual, murder gets in the way. A.P.D. Lieutenant Aaron Rauser is called to the disturbing scene of the strangling death of a thirteen-year-old boy. Meanwhile, Keye, a recovering alcoholic, must deal with her emotionally fragile cousin, who has her own history of drug abuse and is now convinced that she is being stalked. But all hell breaks loose when another murder—the apparent hanging of an elderly man—hits disturbingly close to home for Keye. Though the two victims have almost nothing in common, there are bizarre similarities between this case and that of Aaron’s strangled teen. 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.
BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Amanda Kyle Williams's Don't Talk to Strangers.
 
Praise for Amanda Kyle Williams and Stranger in the Room
 
“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
 
“The best fictional female P.I. since Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone.”—The Plain Dealer
 
“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
 
“Readers of this fast-paced thriller will be eager for the next Street tale.”—Publishers Weekly
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“One of the most addictive new series heroines since Stephanie Plum.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta private investigator and ex–FBI profiler Keye Street wants nothing more than time alone with her boyfriend, Aaron—but, as usual, murder gets in the way. A.P.D. Lieutenant Aaron Rauser is called to the disturbing scene of the strangling death of a thirteen-year-old boy. Meanwhile, Keye, a recovering alcoholic, must deal with her emotionally fragile cousin, who has her own history of drug abuse and is now convinced that she is being stalked. But all hell breaks loose when another murder—the apparent hanging of an elderly man—hits disturbingly close to home for Keye. Though the two victims have almost nothing in common, there are bizarre similarities between this case and that of Aaron’s strangled teen. 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.
BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Amanda Kyle Williams's Don't Talk to Strangers.
 
Praise for Amanda Kyle Williams and Stranger in the Room
 
“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
 
“The best fictional female P.I. since Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone.”—The Plain Dealer
 
“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
 
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        Williams's debut, The Stranger You Seek, introduced detective Keye Street, a brilliant police officer whose drinking ruined her career. Now she is a private detective whose cousin Miki has been targeted by a psychopath. Street must overcome her skepticism (Miki's history of addiction makes her an unreliable witness) and hunt down her cousin's stalker. When she starts investigating, it becomes clear that the stalker is in fact a serial killer who, far from being a figment of Miki's imagination, is very real and very dangerous. Soon he turns his attention to Keye, and that attention may prove fatal to everyone she knows and loves. . Street is flawed and human, and readers will empathize with her struggles just as they rejoice in her successes. Williams paints a skillful portrait of the new South, as seen through the lens of an outsider/insider (Street is adopted and Chinese, and race relations are always an undercurrent) and her supporting characters are colorful and unique. Readers of this fast-paced thriller will be eager for the next Street tale.\t"Agent: Victoria Sanders, Victoria Sanders & Associates.

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        August 15, 2012
        Bodies are piling up in Georgia and a former FBI profiler uses her sleuthing skills to solve the cases. Williams' second in the Stranger series once again features private investigator Keye Street, a wisecracking Krispy Kreme addict with a cop for a boyfriend and a cat for a companion, who's tough on cars and works as a bond enforcement agent to help pay the mortgage and finance her Krispy Kreme habit. This may seem like familiar territory for Evanovich and Grafton fans who are used to witty, quirky female protagonists, but the author adds a couple of unique twists to distinguish her lead character from others: Street is a Chinese-American adoptee with a Southern drawl, a flawed past and a Ph.D. And whether she's in Big Knob, Ga., checking out a crooked crematorium owner who substitutes cement and chicken feed in the dearly departed's urn, or in Atlanta looking into a break-in at her cousin Miki Ashton's home, you can bet she's surrounded by a whole slew of quirky characters, and yes, once again it's familiar territory. As a seemingly unconnected series of murders occurs, including a 13-year-old baseball prodigy who is strangled, an elderly man shot to death and then hanged and a young woman raped and shot, Street partners with homicide detective and boyfriend Aaron Rauser to piece together the evidence and find the killer. Hired as a consultant with the APD, Street risks her own safety as she probes into the psyche of a man with a turbulent past that's similar to her own. While exploring dark themes, Williams manages to infuse the story with frothy, amusing situations and dialogue. When she's in this mode, her writing is solid and snappy, and her characters deliver some delightful zingers. But the author throws an occasional curveball into the mix that just doesn't fit into the plot. The story works best when Williams keeps it light, unencumbered by heavy psychological and social issues.

        COPYRIGHT(2012) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        Williams’s second novel featuring Atlanta private investigator Keye Street finds the former FBI profiler and recovering alcoholic working three cases. Her cousin Miki Ashton—who has previously suffered from mental health and drug problems—sends Keye searching for a mysterious stalker, while the PI’s significant other, detective Aaron Rauser, taps her to help profile and locate a vicious serial killer. The third case proves stranger: it involves chicken feed and a crematorium. Narrator Ann Marie Lee—who provides Keye with a slight Southern twang—captures the character’s strength of purpose, frustration, and vulnerability. Lee’s approach to other characters ranges from the uninspired—Keye’s cousin and many of the book’s females tend to sound a little alike—to the spectacular: Keye’s stoner assistant sounds alternately spacey and snarky, and her hotel chef speaks with a thick Slavic accent that might pass muster in the Balkans. Lee’s pacing is solid throughout, but her performance catches fire as the book approaches its weirdly creepy but definitely thrilling finale. A Bantam hardcover.

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