This is a nice, pretty traditional and straight-forward PI novel. Ex-cop Frank Pavlicek moves from the big city to Charlottesville, Virginia where he starts to work as a PI. When his daughter ends up in jail and a friend ends up killed he takes on gangsters and corrupt cops.
The story is made more interesting by Frank's hobby: falconing and the lean, effective prose.
Buy it if you're looking for a solid, standard PI-read. Pass it over when you're looking for something to stay with you for years to come.