It’s hard to be hard-boiled when your biggest fan and toughest critic is your twelve-year-old daughter.
Comedy meets mystery and history in the summer of 1961, when Houston is still a cowboy backwater — overheated, under-air conditioned, and plagued by daily downpours that bring the Gulf of Mexico ashore and wash crawdads down suburban streets.
P.I. Harry Lark is running a detective agency out of a seedy office building when a well-dressed out-of-towner entangles him with President Kennedy’s moon mission. LBJ and his Texas cronies are plotting to get NASA to build a space center in Houston, but somebody is out to stop them. Harry decides that he’s working for the wrong side and gives his client the brush-off, but when a dead body shows up in his office, he discovers that he can’t walk away. Then Harry is hired to clear a local civil rights group of involvement in a string of firebombings.
Meanwhile, Dizzy Lark and her pals are running a lost-and-found out of a suburban garage when they’re hired to find a missing father who is supposed to be dead and buried.
What’s the thread connecting a dead mobster, a missing father, torched buildings, and NASA’s moon mission? Harry and Dizzy race to find out before the city goes up in flames.
Will Harry and Dizzy save the city? Will Harry survive a month of single parenthood?
If you like stylish, witty writers like Raymond Chandler, Robert B. Parker, Lisa Scottoline, and Elmore Leonard, you’ll see why Romance Reviews Today’s Jani Brooks rates Bayou City Burning “a Perfect 10 book.” You may agree with blogger Brooke Gunderman when she calls Bayou City Burning “one of my new favorite books!”
—“Borton pulls together all this intrigue—and plenty of simple human interaction along the way—with scintillating, sometimes hilarious dialogue . . . . Action packed, the tale maintains a steady galloping pace.”
—“So much fun and hard to put down.”
Jay Pruitt, Goodreads
—“An extraordinary novel, storytelling that’s so absorbing and so suspenseful that even the most reluctant reviewer will find it difficult to put down.”
Kelly Watley, Goodreads
—“This is writing so lyrical it fairly sings.”
Sandra Garland Hardy, ReadMyLips.com
—“One of my new favorite books!”
Brooke Gunderman, Mrs. Life Between the Pages