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Oregon Hill (Willie Black Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 241 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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''If anyone is watching out for the forgotten citizens of Oregon Hill, it's Willie, who grew up there and speaks the local language, a crisp and colorful urban idiom we can't wait to hear again.'' --New York Times

''Oregon Hill is a wondrous trip into the world of sarcastic newspaper reporters, bad cops, and murder most foul. Having worked as a newspaper reporter, Mr. Owen writes in a captivating voice, his acute observations granting authenticity to the bullet-speed pace of the story. Newspaperman Willie Black is masterfully created, ink and dark humor coursing through his hardboiled veins. It is hoped that this is the beginning of a series of books staring Willie and crew. Bring on the sequel!'' --New York Journal of Books

''Oregon Hill could serve as a textbook for a sub-genre that might best be called Southern noir. It hits all the stations of the noir cross, but unlike a lot of noir, it empathizes with the suffering that a hard-boiled world inflicts. Owen doesn't skimp on the hard-boiled stuff, though . . . Hard-boiled fans will enjoy Oregon Hill. It's fast, surprisingly intricate, and often grim.'' --Richmond Times-Dispatch

''Off-beat characters such as peripatetic drifter Awesome Dude and Owen's spot-on take on the slow death of a newspaper (shrinking pages, repeated staff cuts, on-line presence, blogging, etc.) add ballast. The deft and surprising plot builds to a satisfying ending. Readers will hope that Willie will soon return in a sequel.'' --Publishers Weekly

''Character-driven crime fiction executed with style.'' --Booklist

''Owen knows his setting, his dialogue is spot-on and his grasp of the down-and-dirty work of the police and news reporters lends authenticity to the narrative. This is Southern literature as expected, with a touch of noir, and with a touch of Dennis Lehane's Mystic River. Willie Black deserves a sequel.'' --Kirkus Reviews

''Place and culture play such a vital part in this mystery, the question is not so much who-dun-it as what-isn't-he-telling and how-does-he-know. The narrator's voice is convincing throughout and the characters leap from the page. Acts of remembrance, compassion, and love are redefined by accident, choice, or conviction. And the reader is pulled into the realities and compromises of an imperfect world, made just perfect enough in this story to carry the weight of hope and a future.'' --Cafe Libri

''While the narrative is certainly compelling, what gives Oregon Hill a degree of heft is its commentary on the fate of print journalism in the digital age . . . Reminiscent of Carl Hiaasen's Basket Case, Oregon Hill is as smart as it is thrilling, a true literary page-turner.'' --Small Press Reviews

''Oregon Hill could serve as a textbook for a sub-genre that might best be called Southern noir. It hits all the stations of the noir cross, but unlike a lot of noir, it empathizes with the suffering that a hard-boiled world inflicts. Owen doesn't skimp on the hard-boiled stuff, though . . . Hard-boiled fans will enjoy Oregon Hill. It's fast, surprisingly intricate, and often grim.'' --Richmond Times-Dispatch

''Off-beat characters such as peripatetic drifter Awesome Dude and Owen's spot-on take on the slow death of a newspaper (shrinking pages, repeated staff cuts, on-line presence, blogging, etc.) add ballast. The deft and surprising plot builds to a satisfying ending. Readers will hope that Willie will soon return in a sequel.'' --Publishers Weekly

''Character-driven crime fiction executed with style.'' --Booklist

''Owen knows his setting, his dialogue is spot-on and his grasp of the down-and-dirty work of the police and news reporters lends authenticity to the narrative. This is Southern literature as expected, with a touch of noir, and with a touch of Dennis Lehane's Mystic River. Willie Black deserves a sequel.'' --Kirkus Reviews

''Place and culture play such a vital part in this mystery, the question is not so much who-dun-it as what-isn't-he-telling and how-does-he-know. The narrator's voice is convincing throughout and the characters leap from the page. Acts of remembrance, compassion, and love are redefined by accident, choice, or conviction. And the reader is pulled into the realities and compromises of an imperfect world, made just perfect enough in this story to carry the weight of hope and a future.'' --Cafe Libri

''While the narrative is certainly compelling, what gives Oregon Hill a degree of heft is its commentary on the fate of print journalism in the digital age . . . Reminiscent of Carl Hiaasen's Basket Case, Oregon Hill is as smart as it is thrilling, a true literary page-turner.'' --Small Press Reviews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

HOWARD OWEN is a novelist and journalist living in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he and his wife, Karen, are editors for the Free Lance-Star. His novels include Littlejohn, Fat Lightning, Rock of Ages, and The Reckoning. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product details

  • Print Length : 241 pages
  • File Size : 819 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publisher : (21 June 2012)
  • ASIN : B008DMD7NE
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 31 ratings
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