The Bird Boys

The Bird Boys

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"After a serial killer almost murdered Delpha Wade (The Do-Right, 2015), the hospital releases her into the rough hands of the Beaumont police for questioning. She doesn't deny she killed the man--in self-defense. Problem is, she's an ex-con. Self-defense was also her plea in 1959, when a knife changed hands and she buried it in the chest of a man who was raping her. Self-defense didn't keep her out of prison. Now it's 1973, and cops are still the first judges--will they charge her? Her boss, neophyte private detective Tom Phelan, has a plan. He holds her job for her, and soon they have a new client. Easy case: one brother looking for the long-lost other, but it turns out that around one of these guys, people die. Which one? Maybe the red-headed girl--the strange one who catches glimpses of the darkest places and can see into the past--can help. But only Delpha is wise enough to listen to that wild gal"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: El Paso, Texas : Cinco Puntos Press, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781947627147 (electronic bk.)
1947627147 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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In 1973 Beaumont, Texas, PI Tom Phelan and his assistant Delpha Wade, newly released from prison after killing her rapist at age 18, are hired by an elderly client to locate his brother in this evocative, beautifully written novel.


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Jun 15, 2020

Delpha's and Tom's second outing is up to the high standards of the first book. There are some leftovers from the first book. Delpha still might be charged with murder as a result of her killing her attacker, as she was in 1953. However, when the police take her in for questioning, she wears the blood stained clothing she wore when she was taken to the hospital. She is still recovering from her wounds; but she gives good answers to her interrogators, and Tom backs her up by hiring his lawyer friend to sit in on the questioning. When the police dismiss her, she still has to spend some time recovering enough to be able to work. Delpha takes on extra work cleaning the kitchen of the New Rosemont Hotel where she lives, since she insists that she will pay the lawyer. Tom's and Delpha's first case in this book is an elderly man who says he wants to find his brother, who he has not seen in many years; so that he can patch up their relationship. Delpha calls his name, Xavier Bell, to give his umbrella back to him. He does not respond. This alerts them that he may be using an alias. There are several other cases of lesser importance that are resolved as they work on finding the brother. The explanation of how they locate the records to find out who the brothers are, and why they are estranged, takes me back to the days of checking published indexes, taking notes, and traveling to the places where records are held. After the case is solved, Tom finds Delpha in their office preparing to pierce her ears, in order to wear a pair of earrings that she has just bought. She has told him in the first book that she trusts no one, so he says she will have to trust him for the time it will take to pierce her ears. How he knows what is involved in ear piercing is not covered; but this scene deepens their relationship immeasurably.

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judymonroe
Jan 18, 2020

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