A Felony of Birds

ABOUT Harris Tobias

Harris Tobias
Harris Tobias lives and writes in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is the author of several unpublished novels and hundreds of short stories. His fiction has appeared in Ray Gun Revival, The Calliope Nerve, Literal Translations and other obscure publications. You can find links to his fiction More...


A small town sheriff and a Native American Fish & Wildlife Investigator team up to solve a series of deadly mysteries involving bird smuggling, terrorists and casino gambling and on the way they find each other and the potential for happiness. A fast paced crime novel full of twists and turns.

Native American Fish & Wildlife Investigator, Rhoda Deerwalker, finds more than she bargained for when a routine bird smuggling case turns deadly. Promoted to head of security she stumbles on a survivalist cult, a terrorist plot, and her roots as a Native American. Along the way she also finds romance. It's an exciting read from beginning to end.

This exciting novel is told in three interlocking stories that take the reader from the jungles of Costa Rica to the wilderness of Wisconsin's Northern forests. It's one heart pounding adventure after another for a new kind of female hero--an intelligent, sensitive Chippewa woman with a mind of her own.
Native American Fish & Wildlife Investigator, Rhoda Deerwalker, finds herself in one harrowing adventure after another. Starting with her rookie assignment to observe a bird smuggling case in rural Wisconsin to her stumbling upon a terrorist plot in the deep woods. She matures and grows and ultimately re-evaluates her career and herself. She retreats to the familiar surroundings of the reservation only to get involved in yet another misadventure—a desperate attempt to shut down a corrupt Indian casino that is exploiting her people. The three stories all mesh together as Rhoda grows, finds romance, and wrestles with who she is and what she wants out of life.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Clever, Entertaining Crime Novel, February 20, 2009
By Brian Donovan (Huntington, NY)

Readers who love crime fiction shouldn't miss this debut by a talented newcomer to the genre. Tobias's protagonist isn't the shrewd, sardonic, brilliant sleuth we've met in so many other crime novels. Bill O'Halleran is a good-hearted but only marginally competent cop on a three-person police force in rural Wisconsin. Ambition and idealism don't figure much in his worldview. For Bill, a big case is breaking up a drunken marital dispute at the local trailer park. He winds up working with a federal wildlife agent, Rhoda Deerwalker, on three cases of sophisticated criminality that seem far beyond their talents. Rhoda, a Chippewa Indian, has scientific expertise and a yen to improve the world but little investigative experience. How will this unlikely pair bring down international smugglers, casino racketeers, computer hackers and terrorists? And can their rocky romance have any future? Tobias steers the reader expertly through this eventful and satisfying story.