It’s 1973 and Delpha Wade is fresh out of a Louisiana prison after a 14-year stint for murdering her attacker. She arrives at the doorstep of PI Tim Phelan, looking for a job.
Phelan has no intention of hiring her as his assistant, but Delpha simply sits down and starts working, quickly making herself indispensable. The unlikely pair make a great team as they successfully resolve issues for their clients, until loose threads from one case point to Big Oil involvement. And did I mention the serial killer?
The main characters in this book are well drawn, and I found myself rooting for Delpha from the very first page. She is strong, and smart, and unwilling to give up, which makes for a compelling character in this moderately-paced, historical mystery.
If you enjoy books with a strong female lead set in the south in the 1970’s, I would also recommend the Edgar-nominated Cop Town by Karin Slaughter.