You will be enticed, ensnared, and ultimately surprised by B.D. Lawrence’s An Angel and a One-Armed Man. Lefty Bruder, the one-armed man of the title, is a private investigator in that beloved line of knights errant dating back to Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe and Ross Macdonald’s Lew Archer. And just as Chandler and Macdonald brought to life the world of Southern California in their hardboiled mysteries, Lawrence does the same with his vivid portrayal of St. Louis. Enjoy!
An Angel and a One-Armed Man
B.D. Lawrence, author
Can a one-armed private detective save an Angel from the St. Louis sex trade? Lefty Bruder is minding his own business at his favorite bar when Eileen Seager asks him to find Angel, her missing niece. Lefty’s PI business is going nowhere, just where he wants it to go. But the picture of Angel and the thought of getting to know Eileen gnaws at him. Why not? He has nothing better to do. The PI discovers that a wealthy widower named Calvin Rockport kidnapped Angel from her pimp. He follows Rockport to a sex auction where the older man purchases more girls and then rips off Jackson McCormitt, a major sex dealer. Lefty finds himself thrust into the middle of a battle between sex trade power players who are after Angel, Lefty, and each other. All Lefty wants is to stay alive and return Angel to her aunt. But to do so, he must first determine if Rockport is a savior, a pornographer, or something more sinister.