A Thousand Falling Crows

Seventh St: Prometheus. Jan. 2016. 257p. ISBN 9781633880849. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781633880856. M
OrangeReviewStarFormer Texas Ranger Sonny Burton lost an arm after taking a bullet from bank robber Bonnie Parker (of Bonnie and Clyde fame), and now he's recuperating. Aldo Hernandez, the hospital's janitor, asks for Sonny's help in finding his daughter, Carmen, who has disappeared after becoming involved with two brothers suspected in a string of robberies. Simultaneously, someone is killing young women and leaving their bodies around town, with only the crows to serve as witnesses. Sonny has a deadline to find Carmen before the unspeakable happens.
VERDICT Sweazy (See Also Murder) vividly evokes the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl in this gritty historical. Sonny is an engaging, determined hero drawing on his Texas Ranger experience to find some measure of justice. Sure to attract fans of Westerns and readers who favor well-plotted mysteries with plenty of atmosphere.

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