Lisa Sandlin - THE BIRD BOYS

Come meet award-winning crime fiction author Lisa Sandlin when she discusses and signs her new novel, THE BIRD BOYS.

The noir catches up with the almost-murdered secretary Delpha Wade (The Do-Right, 2015, set in 1973) as she’s released from a hospital in order to be tucked into the back seat of a police cruiser. Her boss, P. I. Tom Phelan, sets out to spring her. He needs her back in his investigation business, where he’ll soon be chasing a skulking grand larcenist and plotting how to keep a ganjapreneur out of the grabby hands of a brand new agency, the D.E.A. Delpha digs through old records and knocks on strange doors to unravel the dangerous case of two brothers with beaucoup aliases—verifying that sometimes truth is not true, but murder is always murder.

"[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, STARRED REVIEW

"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 STARRED REVIEW

“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.”―Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW


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. She wrote The Do-Right and won the 2016 Shamus Award for Best Debut Novel from the Private Eye Writers of America. She also took home the 2015 Hammett Prize from the International Association of Crime Writers.


Event date: 

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Otavia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115
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ISBN: 9781947627130
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Cinco Puntos Press - August 20th, 2019

Starred review from Publishers Weekly

Starred review from Kirkus Reviews

Starred review from Booklist

Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2019, CrimeReads

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