Seeking a thriller? Try The Stranger You Seek
When we look at fictional serial killers, none is as classy and sophisticated as Thomas Harris’ Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Amanda Kyle Williams delivers a serial killer who is just as smooth and just as creepy as Lecter in her August 30, 2011, release The Stranger You Seek. The killer in this new thriller/mystery may not feast on human livers and fava beans, but wouldn’t refuse a nice chianti if served in an upscale restaurant.
The hero of The Stranger You Seek is the multi-layered, multi-cultural, flawed, funny, likable Keye Street. Once an FBI profiler, Keye lost her job at the Bureau because of alcoholism; she went into rehab and then started her own investigations and security agency. While Keye is able to ignore her cravings for lemon vodka, she tanks up on carbohydrates—the woman is full of empty calories and wise cracks.
The Stranger You Seek is populated by memorable, detailed characters—some extremely likable and others… well, not so much. Keye’s two best friends--one a law firm receptionist, the other a homicide detective—join a mentally challenged bike messenger, a weed-smoking assistant, and Keye’s somewhat eccentric adoptive parents in rounding out her social/support network. She also has a few regular clients for whom she chases bail jumpers, investigates, and corrals cows.
It’s Keye’s detective friend, Rauser, who involves her in the search for a sadistic Atlanta serial killer, nicknamed “Wishbone” by the local paper. Keye becomes deeply immersed in the case, much more so than any case she worked for the FBI. Williams exploits the reader’s biases, using them to prolong suspense; when one finally realizes “who done it,” a mental kick for being obtuse seems in order.
Publisher Bantam Books promises The Stranger You Seek is the first of three Keye Street thrillers; the first person you see in line when the next two are published will be me. The Stranger You Seek is Amanda Kyle Williams’ suspense debut, and an impressive one at that.