The Bird Boys

A Delpha Wade and Tom Phelan Mystery



By: Lisa Sandlin

After a serial killer almost murdered Delpha Wade (The Do-Right, 2015), the county hospital releases her into the handcuffs of the city police for questioning. She killed the man who was trying to kill her, and she is, after all, an ex-con.

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⭐"[E]levated, poignant, and complex…Sandlin has crafted an outstanding series that readers will want to follow and savor.”—Kirkus Reviews

After a serial killer almost murdered Delpha Wade (The Do-Right, 2015), the county hospital releases her into the handcuffs of the city police for questioning. She killed the man who was trying to kill her, and she is, after all, an ex-con. It’s still Beaumont, 1970s, and mindsets don’t change along the Texas Gulf Coast. Her boss, the neophyte private detective Tom Phelan, awaits her, and soon they are once again in deep shit. It seems like an easy case—one Bird brother looking for the long-lost other—but turns out that one brother is a murderer. He likes to slit throats. But which one? Maybe the young girl who sees into the dark places of human hearts can help. But only Delpha is wise enough to listen.

Awards and Accomodations

Best Crime Novels of the Year, New York Times
Reading the West Award Nominee
Best Paperback Fiction Nominee, Edgar Allan Poe Award

9 reviews for The Bird Boys

  1. Kirkus Reviews
    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.

  2. Booklist
    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

  3. Publishers Weekly
    [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.

  4. CrimeReads
    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.

  5. The Austin Chronicle
    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.

  6. Shelf Awareness
    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

  7. The Durango Telegraph
    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

  8. Sheryl Cotleur, bookseller at Copperfield’s Books
    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.

  9. Midwest Book Review
    Another perfectly penned novel by a master of the mystery/suspense genre, “The Bird Boys” is a wonderfully entertaining read from cover to cover and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library collections.

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