Oregon Hill

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Reporter Willie Black has squandered many things in his life, including a cushy job covering—and partying with—the politicians at the capitol. Now he's back on the night cops beat, right where he started almost thirty years ago. But the thing Willie's always had going for him, since his hardscrabble days as a mixed-race kid on Oregon Hill, is grit. When a coed at the local university is murdered, the alleged killer is arrested within days. Everyone seems to think the case is closed—except Willie. Embarking on a ...

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Overview

Reporter Willie Black has squandered many things in his life, including a cushy job covering—and partying with—the politicians at the capitol. Now he's back on the night cops beat, right where he started almost thirty years ago. But the thing Willie's always had going for him, since his hardscrabble days as a mixed-race kid on Oregon Hill, is grit. When a coed at the local university is murdered, the alleged killer is arrested within days. Everyone seems to think the case is closed—except Willie. Embarking on a one-man crusade to get the story, he runs afoul of David Junior Shiflett, a nightmare from his youth who's now a city cop, and awakens a dark force everyone thought disappeared long ago.

Winner of the 2012 Hammett Prize

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
Owen's (The Reckoning, 2010, etc.) 10th novel, part mystery, part character study. Willie Black is a reporter in Richmond, Va. Pugnacious and defiant, Black was once a star covering politics, and then he was captured by the bottle, messed up one too many times and found himself demoted to the nighttime police beat. He has three ex-wives, a daughter who tolerates him and bean-counter bosses cutting costs by laying off reporters. Then Willie happens to catch a late-night report about a body in a river, which is determined to be the decapitated corpse of a student at Virginia Commonwealth University, Isabel Ducharme. Diabolically, Isabel's head has been shipped to her home in Boston. A suspect is quickly corralled, a sometime-student, sometime-deadbeat named Martin Fell who has a fondness for college girls. There's a rapid confession. Willie thinks the story's over, but then he gets a call from his latest ex-wife, now a lawyer, who wants him to meet with Fell's mother and hear an alibi the police refuse to consider. Nearly all that happens is centered around Oregon Hill, a Richmond neighborhood, "a tight little inbred box" full of factory workers and laborers, fighters and drinkers. Owen's characters are superbly realistic: Willie himself, sired by a light-skinned African-American musician; his white mother, rejected by family, who turned to serial boyfriends and marijuana; David Junior Shiflett, a police lieutenant whose father was killed in a barroom brawl; Valentine Chadwick IV, the elder Shiflett's murderer; and Awesome Dude, once a student, now a brain-addled possible witness to Isabelle's murder. 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.
The New York Times - Marilyn Stasio
"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."
Kirkus - Kirkus Reviews
"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."
PW - Publishers Weekly
"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."
Review - Café Libre
"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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579622084
  • Publisher: Permanent Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/28/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 409,808
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Award-winning writer Howard Owen was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a journalism degree and earned a master’s degree in English from Virginia Commonwealth University. Howard's first novel, "Littlejohn," was published by The Permanent Press in 1992. Random House bought and reissued it as a Villard hardcover in 1993 and a Vintage Contemporary paperback in 1994. It was nominated for the Abbey Award (American Booksellers) and Discovery (Barnes & Noble) award for best new fiction. It has sold, in all, more than 50,000 copies. It has been printed in Japanese, French and Korean; it has been a Doubleday Book Club selection; audio and large-print editions have been issued, and movie option rights have been sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    Once this book started to build momentum, I couldn't put it down

    Once this book started to build momentum, I couldn't put it down. Newspaper reporter Willie Black is the kind of guy you would want to sit at the bar with and have more than a few beers. He is also a determined sleuth, jaded to just the right degree and full of street and newsroom wisdom. The author does an excellent job of building suspense and weaving the supporting characters into a plot that is never predictable. I eagerly look forward to spending more time with Willie Black in future books.

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