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Belle Isle (Willie Black Mysteries Book 9) by [Howard Owen]
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At the start of Owen's well-plotted ninth Willie Black mystery (after 2019s Evergreen), Willie, a world-weary, thrice-divorced, 58-year-old newspaper reporter in Richmond, Va., gets a call from an old buddy on Belle Isle, a park in the James River, who tells him, "There's something over here you gotta see. It's a leg." The leg turns out to belong to Teddy "T-Bone" Delmonico, a former NFL player. Teddy "was apparently beaten to death and then dismembered by coyotes,"; his wife is running for a seat in the House of Representatives, with the election just two weeks away. Meanwhile, Mills Farrington, a former associate of Teddy, who has spent time in country club prison for fraud, goes missing, and a little investigation uncovers some ugly things about Teddy. Motives abound, and there are plenty of clues. Vivid, snappy repartee-spouting characters support Willie, whose poignant and witty observations on newsroom shenanigans, the current political climate, and the slow, inevitable decline of print media are funny and thought-provoking. Fans of contemporary regional mysteries are in for a treat. --Publishers Weekly

Richmond crime reporter Willie Black's dying daily is granted at least a few more weeks of life by a grisly discovery well off the beaten path. A pair of teens who assure the police that they were just enjoying the view of the James River from Belle Isle stumble over a severed leg still wearing a pricey athletic shoe. The shock of their discovery is magnified when the rest of the body, bashed to death, turns out to be that of Teddy "T-Bone" Delmonico, a local college football star from 50 years ago. Teddy never made much of a splash in the NFL, and his main claim to fame in recent years has been serving as the figurehead for DelFarr, an investment firm that bilked its investors out of some serious coin. No sooner has Mills Farrington, the brains behind DelFarr, emerged as a prime suspect than he removes himself from suspicion by getting fatally shot. That leaves mostly Teddy's family his first wife, Kathy Simmons, a realtor who s moved on; his second wife, Felicia Delmonico, who's busy running for Congress; and his truculent son, Brady, whose older brother died of a football injury years and years ago to fill the void. The mystery, as Willie would be the first to admit, is an unholy mess. But Owen shines bright as ever in tracing the remorseless pressures on his journalist hero, who's so hard-pressed in his quest to uncover the big picture by the rush to meet his daily deadlines for updates that he's constantly in danger of missing the forest for the trees. The big story here: the surprising kinship between the journalistic whodunit and the police procedural. --Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Belle Isle is Howard Owen's 19th novel and the ninth Willie Black mystery. The first Willie Black book, Oregon Hill, won the Dashiell Hammett Prize for best crime literature in the United States and Canada. Owen's earlier novels include the best-selling Littlejohn and critically acclaimed works such as Answers to Lucky and The Measured Man. Owen, a 44-year veteran of print journalism, and his wife, Karen, live in Richmond, Va., where Willie Black also resides. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Product details

  • File Size : 1142 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 228 pages
  • Publisher : The Permanent Press (30 August 2020)
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • ASIN : B088KVV3NG
  • Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
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