Amanda Kyle Williams has contributed to numerous short story collections, has written some small press novels and worked as a freelance writer for the Atlanta Journal Constitution. In order to research this book, she studied criminal profiling and took law enforcement courses in Atlanta. This is her first serial killer novel, and she is currently working on her second, also featuring Keye Street.
Introducing a brilliant and original heroine in Keye Street - profiler, private investigator and agent extraordinaire.
August 2011 eBook of the Month. In Atlanta, Georgia, a vicious serial killer is at loose, luring victims with ease, killing them with a combination of precision and twisted brutality. The killer is playing with the police department there and a former rising star in the FBI, Keye Street with a brilliant record in criminal profiling picks up the bait but can she stop the killer?
If you like Karin Slaughter you'll love Amanda Kyle Williams...Two girls tied in death. Found next to each other in shallow graves in the remote wilderness outside Whisper, Georgia. One has lain there for a decade. One for only sixty days. Now their bodies have been uncovered and there is only one person who can help the local law enforcement find their killer. Former FBI profiler, bond enforcement officer and private detective. Keye Street. Her experience lets her see clues others can't find and now she is going to have to use all her skills if she is to stop a killer in their tracks. Because if she can't find this killer, no-one can.
';An explosive read . . . Amanda Kyle Williams sets the classic private eye novel on fire.'#1New York Timesbestselling author Lee ChildHailed by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as ';one of the most addictive new series heroines,' Keye Street is the brilliant, brash heart of a sizzling thriller full of fear and temptation, judgments and secrets, infidelity and murder. He likes them smart. In the woods of Whisper, Georgia, two bodies are found: one recently dead, the other decayed from a decade of exposure to the elements. The sheriff is going to need help to track down an experienced predatorone who abducts girls and holds them for months before ending their lives. Enter exFBI profiler and private investigator Keye Street. He lives for the struggle. After a few weeks, Keye is finally used to sharing her downtown Atlanta loft with her boyfriend, A.P.D. Lieutenant Aaron Rauser. Along with their pets (his dog, her cat) they seem almost like a family. But when Rauser plunks a few ice cubes in a tumbler and pours a whiskey, Keye tenses. Her addiction recovery is tenuous at best. And loves the fear. Though reluctant to head out into the country, Keye agrees to assist Sheriff Ken Meltzer. Once in Whisper, where the locals have no love for outsiders, Keye starts to piece together a psychological profile: The killer is someone who stalks and plans and waits. But why does the sociopath hold the victims for so long, and what horrible things must they endure? When a third girl goes missing, Keye races against time to connect the scant bits of evidence. All the while, she cannot shake the chilling feeling: Something dark and disturbing lives in these woodsand it is watching her every move.Praise for Amanda Kyle Williams and Don't Talk to Strangers ';There's a new voice in Atlanta, and her name is Amanda Kyle Williams.'Julia Spencer-Fleming, New York Times bestselling author ';One of the most addictive new series heroines since Stephanie Plum.'The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ';Keye Street is my kind of detectivecomplicated, savvy, flawed, and blessed with a sharply observant dark wit.'Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author ';Both Williams and Street should be around for the long haul, so discover them now from the start.'Alafair Burke, author of Long Gone ';The exciting thing about Williams' writing is how easily she draws the reader into the drama of the story . . . and she adds enough twists and turns to keep the reader off kilter to the very end.'The Huffington PostFrom the Hardcover edition.
Keye Street, ex-FBI profiler and private detective, always looks out for those closest to her. But sometimes looking after herself is quite enough to handle. She's teetering on the brink, not quite sure if she's winning or losing in her battle with herself. But when her cousin, Miki Ashton, sees a stranger inside her house, it's time for Keye to lend a hand. Meanwhile, Keye's mentor, Lieutenant Aaron Rauser, is embroiled in a disturbing case. When a dog returns alone from its walk, the hunt is on for the missing boy. As the mystery deepens and the bodies pile up, Rauser needs Keye's expert profiling skills to unravel the killer's bizarre signature - tears. Battling her demons takes up a lot of Keye's time. But on top of that she's battling the bad guys. If she can ignore the voice from her past, that is...
Fresh from her debut, The Stranger You Seekwhich Publishers Weekly called ';an explosive, unpredictable, and psychologically complex thriller that turns crime fiction cliches 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 exFBI profiler Keye Street wants nothing more than a couple of quiet days alone with her boyfriend, Aaronbut, 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 addictionsespecially since Miki drives Keye to near-relapses at every turn. And yet, Miki is family, and Keye must help hereven if it means tempting her own demons. I always find her. All hell breaks loose when another murderthe apparent hanging of an elderly manhits 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 aloneand 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-FlemingFrom the Hardcover edition.
The papers have called me a monster. You've either concluded that I am a braggart as well as a sadist or that I have a deep and driving need to be caught and punished. 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: exFBI profiler Keye Street.And you must certainly be wondering if I am, in fact, the stranger you seek.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.Shall I convince you?And then it suddenly becomes clear that the hunter has become the huntedand the stranger she seeks is far closer than she ever dared imagine.An electrifying thriller debut, The Stranger You Seek introduces a brash, flawed, and unforgettable heroine in a complex, twisting novel that takes readers deep into a sultry Southern summer, a city in the grips of chaos, and a harrowing cat-and-mouse game no reader will ever forget.From the Hardcover edition.