Peregrine - Frank Janek, Bk 1 Author:William Bayer Circling high over Rockefeller Center is a peregrine falcon, the most awesome of the flying predators. She awaits a signal from her falconer. It is given: the bird attacks, plummeting from the sky at nearly 200 miles an hour, striking a young woman and killing her instantly. — So begins Peregrine, a chilling tale of obsession. — By chance, newscas... more »ter Pamela Barrett witnesses the slaying. Her impassioned account of it on television that evening thrills the falconer, a brilliant madman who identifies with his deadly bird. He becomes fascinated with Pam and enmeshes her in a bizarre and deadly scheme even as she finds herself drawn to him by an erotic need she doesn't understand.
As killing follows killing, the police and the media engage in cutthroat competition to find the murderer. Two falcons fight to the death above Central Park. Call girls, rich eccentrics, dealers in the black market for rare birds -- all play their roles in this study of secret passion, desire, fulfillment, and ecstasy.« less
I really enjoyed this one. A very unusual mystery/suspense novel where a peregrine falcon is used to commit a series of gruesome murders in New York City. The falconer and another character in the book who was an expert on raptors both turned out to be very twisted in different ways. This one definitely kept me turning the pages. I am a fan of mystery/crime novels and I would rate this one highly.