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by Lisa Sandlin
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“The do-right”—that’s old Southern talk for prison. Delpha Wade doesn’t want to go back there. Fourteen years is enough.

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10-digit ISBN1-941026-19-9
13-digit ISBN978-1-941026-19-9
Page Count306
Product Dimensions5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Publication DateOctober 13, 2015
Starred Review1 Stars - see reviews
RightsAll Rights Available
1973. That's fourteen years of prison time after Delpha Wade killed a man who was raping her. She’d wanted to kill the other one too, but he got away. It's hard to find a decent job, but Delpha's persistence pays off. She lands a secretarial job with Tom Phelan, an ex-roughneck turned neophyte private eye. Delpha is smart, prison-wise, and together the two stumble into the dark corners of Beaumont, a blue-collar, Cajun-influenced town dominated by Big Oil. A mysterious client plots mayhem against a small petrochemical company — why? Searching for a teenage boy, Phelan uncovers the weird lair of a serial killer. And Delpha — on a weekend outing — looks into the eyes of her rapist, the one who got away. The novel's conclusion is classic noir, full of surprise, excitement, and karmic justice. Sandlin's elegant prose, twisting through the dark thickets of human passion, allows Delpha to open her heart again to friendship, compassion, and sexuality.

Lisa Sandlin's story "Phelan's First Case" was anthologized in Lone Star Noir and was later re-anthologized in Akashic's Best of the Noir series, USA Noir. The Do-Right is her first full-length mystery. Lisa was born in Beaumont, currently lives and teaches in Omaha, Nebraska, and summers in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Publishers Weekly 1 Stars
Sandlin’s clipped prose style is pleasingly eccentric, and can become downright Chandleresque.
- Publishers Weekly , August 1, 2015  Visit Website
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Kirkus Review 1 Stars
[Lisa] Sandlin blends pathos, humor, and poetic prose in a strong debut.
- Kirkus Review, July 15, 2015  Visit Website
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Book Riot
I’m especially excited about this one ... rather than starring the dude who runs the detective agency, it’s actually more about his secretary, a woman who just got out of prison after serving fourteen years for killing one of the men who raped her.
- Leila Roy, June 13, 2015  Visit Website
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Killer Nashville
Lisa Sandlin’s “The Do-Right” is something akin to a rusted nail through the foot: it’s dirty, it hurts, and it’ll have you jumping up and down — or possibly just on the floor. … Sandlin makes fantastic use of familiar, archetypal characters and brings new life into them by crafting narrative that, past the surface of an exciting detective story, seems to search for a sense of grace or forgiveness.
- Joseph Borden , October 13, 2015  Visit Website
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The Dallas Morning News
Don’t take the critic’s word for it. Check out “The Do-Right,” and see if you don’t find yourself reading passages aloud just for the sheer pleasure of it.
- Shawna Seed, October 17, 2015  Visit Website
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The Beaumont Enterprise
“The book is alive, its people are living, and the city is its own messy self.”
- Dan Wallach, November 27, 2015  Visit Website
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Lone Star Literary Life
“The Do-Right is a satisfying and entertaining contribution to classic noir.”
- Michelle Newby, October 13, 2015  Visit Website
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