The Bird Boys

Lisa Sandlin (Author)

Product Details

$17.95  $16.51
Cinco Puntos Press
Publish Date
August 20, 2019
5.6 X 1.1 X 8.4 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Lisa Sandlin was born in Beaumont, Texas, and grew up in oil-refinery air, sixty miles from the Gulf of Mexico. She raised a son in Santa Fe, New Mexico, then taught writing at the University of Nebraska for twenty years. She has since returned to Santa Fe. The Do-Right--her first novel--won the 2015 Hammett Award from the IACW/NA and the Best First Private Eye Prize from the Seamus Awards.


"Like her award-winning debut, The Do-Right (2015), also starring Delpha Wade, Sandlin sequel soars on the wings of its its spot-on evocation of a time and place and its utterly compelling central charcters, Delpha and Tom, as their mutual respect and trust grows along with a dash of sexual tension. A first-rate series crying for word-of-mouth support..."--Michele Leber, Booklist

"In Sandlin's second to feature her ex-con-turned-private-eye Delpha and her sympathetic boss Phelan, the two take on a case involving blood, brothers, and Beaumont's darkest secrets. The Texan on staff is confident in saying that Lisa Sandlin's series is the best thing to ever come out of Beaumont."--Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2019, CrimeReads

"What sounds like an ordinary PI caper, though, becomes something elevated, poignant, and complex in this beautifully written novel...Sandlin has crafted an outstanding series that readers will want to follow and savor."--STARRED review, Kirkus Reviews

"Populated with the same snappy dialogue we've come to expect from Sandlin, the issues Delpha and Tom face and the terrible crimes they uncover give this story all the heft and drive one hopes for in a very good crime novel."--Sheryl Cotleur, Copperfield's Books

"[W]hat makes this crime novel soar is the humanity and humility of its main characters. It is by turns exciting, tender, suspenseful, observant, and gently funny. Readers will eagerly await the next installment."--Publishers Weekly

"Sandlin knows the craft, no question. Her writing is finely cultivated; we can feel we intimately know her characters. And Sandlin's story is classic swindle, surprise, murder and coppers before P.O.S.T certification and ethics panels."--Jeffrey Mannix, The Durango Telegraph

"Its characters, wit, exquisite prose, and sense of redemption are so richly crafted that they'll stick to most anyone like, well, a shirt to your skin on an August afternoon in Beaumont."--Robert Faires, The Austin Chronicle

"Ex-con Delpha Wade and her PI boss sizzle in 'The Bird Boys, ' Lisa Sandlin's terrific follow-up to 'The Do-Right.' Subtle, sexy, tender, and smart, 'The Bird Boys' lovingly recreates Beaumont, Texas in the 1970s: the crooks, the cops, and regular folks just trying to get by. Brimming with hard-boiled dialogue and poetic insights alike, 'The Bird Boys' is a deeply humane and provocative book that builds relentlessly to its chilling conclusion."--Joy Castro, author of Hell or High Water

"With phrasing to linger over but pacing that presses forward, The Bird Boys will have readers racing to grab the first book and crossing fingers for more of the dynamite characters inhabiting this noir series." --Lauren O'Brien, Shelf Awareness