"Bullets, Booze and Bastards"
They call him Bird. He makes his living by understanding how Los Angeles operates after the sun goes down. When a French-Vietnamese transplant named Li Nguyen approaches Bird and asks him to protect her sister Song from a jealous boyfriend, Bird reluctantly agrees. But it doesn’t take long for Bird to realize that Song’s troubles go much deeper than a little domestic dispute.
As the bodies start to pile up, Bird finds himself entrenched in a labyrinth of familial rivalries and resentments. From the mean streets of Los Angeles to the slums of Honolulu, it will take all of Bird’s cunning to avoid meeting his own bloody fate.
“Readers who like gritty, hard-boiled yarns will welcome Michael Lion’s The Butcher’s Granddaughter. The fast action and twisting plot features ‘Bird,’ an information-broker drawn into a Chinese puzzle of Asian gangs, human greed, and casual death. It’s a fine debut for Lion and for his protagonist who is in love with ‘the smog and the garbage and the poverty and the traffic and the noise’ of the underside of Los Angeles. LA-noir hasn’t been done any better.”
—Rex Burns, Edgar Award-winning author of The Leaning Land
“Are you nostalgic for a detective hero in the Chandler mode, a ‘complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man’? Then Michael Lion’s Bird is your guy. But his adventures in Lion’s timeless, dangerous, alluring world are in no danger of inducing the been there-done that sensation. No déjà vu for his readers: the feeling they will experience (when not consumed by anxiety for Bird’s survival) is delight.”
—Marianne Wesson, author of Chilling Effect