A Thousand Falling Crows by Larry D. Sweazy

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Sweazy (See Also Murder, 2015, etc.) never ties the two crime sprees together satisfactorily; it seems quite a coincidence that they’re both raging simultaneously. But he knows everything there is to know about hope and hopelessness in 1934 Texas.
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Sonny Burton was forced to retire from the Texas Rangers after taking a bullet from Bonnie Parker in a shoot-out. The bullet so damaged Sonny’s right arm that he had to have it amputated. 

While Sonny struggles with recuperating and tries to get used to the idea of living a life with only one arm, Aldo Hernandez, the hospital’s janitor, asks Sonny to help find his daughter and bring her back home. She has got herself mixed up with a couple of brothers involved in a string of robberies. Sonny agrees to help, but is more concerned about a wholly different criminal in town who has taken to killing young women and leaving them in local fields for crows to feast on.

Just as Sonny is able to track down Aldo’s daughter, he comes to an uncomfortable realization about who might be responsible for the string of murders and races to nab the killer before another girl is left to the crows.


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About Larry D. Sweazy

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Larry D. Sweazy won the WWA Spur award for Best Short Fiction in 2005, and was nominated for a Derringer award in 2007. He has published over 50 non-fiction articles and short stories, which have appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine; The Adventure of the Missing Detective: And 25 of the Year's Finest Crime and Mystery Stories!; Boys’ Life; Hardboiled; Amazon Shorts, and other publications and anthologies. Larry is the author of the Josiah Wolfe, Texas Ranger series. The first Josiah Wolfe novel, The Rattlesnake Season, was a 2010 Best Book of Indiana finalist. He is member of MWA (Mystery Writers of America), WWA (Western Writers of America), and WF (Western Fictioneers). He lives in the Midwest, with his wife, Rose, two dogs, Rhodesian ridgebacks, Brodi and Sunny, and a black cat, Nigel.
 
Published January 5, 2016 by Seventh Street Books. 255 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Oct 22 2015

Sweazy (See Also Murder, 2015, etc.) never ties the two crime sprees together satisfactorily; it seems quite a coincidence that they’re both raging simultaneously. But he knows everything there is to know about hope and hopelessness in 1934 Texas.

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