Praise for Amanda Kyle Williams


2015 Winner- Yerby Award for Fiction

“An explosive read… Amanda Kyle Williams sets the classic private eye novel on fire.” – LEE CHILD #1 New York Times BESTSELLING AUTHOR

“All the twists and turns readers of Williams (Stranger in the Room, 2012, etc.) have come to expect…” Kirkus Reviews

“Believable action and realistic characters distinguish Williams’s strong 3rd novel featuring Atlanta-based detective Keye Street… Readers will empathize with this flawed but gutsy detective.” – Publishers Weekly

“Excellent… The author does a masterful job throughout of ratcheting up the suspense and placing clues that make the reader believe the killer’s identity may be at hand. Then she routes readers in an entirely different direction. Well done.” The New York Journal of Books

“Williams’ latest Keye Street novel is an entertaining thriller with a fabulous lead character reminiscent of Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone.” – The Romantic Times Book Review


“A perfect balance of a hard exterior and a miles deep introspective personality mark Keye Street as one of the most well developed protagonists in the genre since Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch. There is simply not a single weakness in William’s writing. Not a one.” -Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Smart, ironic and compelling, this 21st century heroine is certain to gather ever more fans as the series unfolds. She is too great a character not to last. Catch her before she becomes a household name.” -Daily Mail

“While exploring dark themes, Williams… infuse[s] the story with frothy, amusing situations and  dialogue… Her writing is solid and snappy, and her characters deliver some delightful zingers.” -Kirkus Reviews

“Amanda Kyle Williams has done it again! Delivering a multi layered book that has more than enough light and shade to keep the story flowing until its dénouement; I struggled to put it down.” Milo’s Rambles UK Blog Review


Kirkus Best Fiction 2011

“Williams handles crime scene procedures with assurance, uses forthright language to portray a frightful killer and isn’t above injecting a bit of Southern humor into a grim situation.“—The New York Times Book Review

“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 makes her debut with an explosive, unpredictable, and psychologically complex thriller that turns crime fiction clichés inside out.“—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“A suspenseful tale of a clever crime-solver who gets a little too close to the action. Williams creates a frightening and occasionally witty novel, perfect for those who can sleep with one eye open. Think Mary Higgins Clark with an edge.“—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“Williams has the makings of a winning series here, with Bantam set to publish the next two Keye Street books. This is a character-driven, nonstop thriller with flashes of wit and romance that builds to a harrowing climax; fans of the genre will want to get in at the start.“—Booklist

“[Keye Street] is the best fictional female P.I. since Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone. And with its shocking triple-twist climax, this is the best private eye debut since Dennis Lehane’s A Drink Before the War. Grade: A“—Cleveland Plain Dealer

“A chilling treat, from creepy start to shocking finish…a smart, character-driven story with surprising twists.“—Atlanta Magazine

“Keeps the suspense taut and the humor snarky, with an ending that will have you slapping your forehead over clues you missed.“—Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“THE STRANGER YOU SEEK is a page-turning thrill ride from a writer with a sure hand, keen psychological insight, and a devious imagination. Keye Street is my kind of detective—complicated, savvy, flawed, and blessed with a sharply observant dark wit. A great read from a powerful new voice.“—Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of Backseat Saints

“An exceptionally smart, harrowing, funny character-driven debut by a welcome new thriller writer.“—Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author of Fallen

“THE STRANGER YOU SEEK is a riveting debut with rapid-fire pacing, expert plotting, and an introduction to the memorable and winning Keye Street. Both Williams and Street should be around for the long haul, so discover them now from the start.“—Alafair Burke, author of Long Gone

“Thriller author Amanda Kyle Williams hits the ground running. From its chilling first page, THE STRANGER YOU SEEK hurtles heroine Keye Street into a race against time that crosses the finish line with a satisfying twist, leaving readers breathlessly waiting for the next installment.“—New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub

“There’s a new voice in Atlanta, and her name is Amanda Kyle Williams. A dark, gritty thriller, THE STRANGER YOU SEEK is a sensational debut. Captivating, powerful and compelling, readers will relish this story’s many layers.“—Julia Spencer-Fleming, author of One Was a Soldier

“This book burns rubber to the end.“—PJ Tracy, international bestselling author of the Monkeewrench series

“Keye Street is a kick-ass protagonist! Strap yourself in for a twisting, turning carnival ride of a plot through the New South—this is compulsive reading!“—Vicki Lane, author of The Day of Small Things

“With the cracking pace and a terrific central character, this is American crime writing at its best.“—Choice (UK)

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