A Thousand Falling Crows
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. From the Trade Paperback edition.
In 1933, Texas Ranger Sonny Burton, the hero of Sweazy's murky mystery, loses an arm in a shoot-out with Bonnie and Clyde. Sonny resigns from the Rangers and sinks into despair, until a plea for help from Aldo Hernandez, the janitor at the hospital where he's recuperating, yanks him out of his emotional tailspin. Sonny sets out to find Aldo's runaway daughter, Carmen, presently cohabiting with bootleggers Edberto Renaldo and his identical twin brother, Eberto. Meanwhile, Sonny worries that he'll never find justice for a string of young women a killer has left rotting on the roadside. Sweazy (See Also Murder) handles his two plots unevenly: the emotional complexity of Carmen's relationship with the brothers and the racy momentum of the crime spree they embark on divert attention from the mystery of the dead women, which dwindles to a flat resolution. Still, the book succeeds in bringing to life Depression-era Texas: in particular, the virtues of its self-sufficient citizens and its dusty landscape.