Fiction. THE LORD GOD BIRD is a startling novella filled with dark images of America in the South in 1949. Jake Hamrick, a 19-year-old who has been obsessed since childhood with the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, a bird that is on the verge of extinction, leaves Illinois for Louisiana to find the creature, accompanied by Robin, his tiny girlfriend. They search in the bayous where the bird was last reported, and Robin, as obsessed as Jake, dresses like the bird, smearing her naked body with white clay, wearing a cloak of black crow feathers, her hair in a red crest. She is discovered by local hunters and Robin and Jake are pursued deep into the bayous, where they are harbored by Robert, an ancient black man. It is a cinematic novella of obsession, passion, violence, love and loss that you won't forget.
2010 Edgar Nominee for Best Paperback OriginalPatricia Reid @ Book Critique
Russell Hill's books include three novels published by Caravel Mystery Books, THE LORD GOD BIRD (2009), THE DOG SOX (2011), and DEADLY NEGATIVES (2012), as well as TOM HALL, & THE CAPTAIN OF ALL THESE MEN OF DEATH (2015) from Pleasure Boat Studio. His work has been translated into French, German, Polish, Japanese, and Spanish, and one novel, THE LORD GOD BIRD, has been optioned for a movie. Hill is an avid fly fisherman, has written for outdoor magazines, and has taught writing for forty years. He still lives in California where he has spent most of his life. Author City: FAIRFAX, CA USA