The Philadelphia Quarryby Howard Owen
Willie finds himself in Richmond at the Quarry, where Alicia Parker Simpson identified Richard Slade as her rapist twenty-eight years ago. Five days after DNA evidence freed Slade from the prison system in which he had spent his adult life, Alicia Simpson was found shot to death. Most people believe that Slade did it, but Willie has his doubts. And when the city's… See more details below
Willie finds himself in Richmond at the Quarry, where Alicia Parker Simpson identified Richard Slade as her rapist twenty-eight years ago. Five days after DNA evidence freed Slade from the prison system in which he had spent his adult life, Alicia Simpson was found shot to death. Most people believe that Slade did it, but Willie has his doubts. And when the city's old money tries to crush the story, he is even more determined to chase what always seems to get him into trouble: the truth, which draws him back to the Quarry, where it all started and in whose murky waters the truth lies.
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Meet the Author
Howard Owen grew up near Fayetteville, North Carolina. He and his wife, Karen, live in Fredericksburg, Virginia. This is his 11th novel. His earlier works include, in addition to Oregon Hill, Littlejohn, Fat Lightning, rock of Ages, and the Reckoning.
Willie Black first appeared in a short story, The Thirteenth Floor, which was part of Richmond Noir.
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Willie Black works the night cop beat at a Richmond Virginia newspaper, where technology and the economy's downturn combine to darken his prospects. He and his colleagues await the day when they’ll be told to clear out their desks, but surely there’s still a place for honest reporting and investigation; it’s just hard persuading those paying the bills that real news shouldn’t be silenced. Howard Owen’s The Philadelphia Quarry is his second Willie Black novel. Favorite characters are back, but readers really don’t need to have met them before; the story stands alone as a fast-flowing, deeply evocative, character driven mystery, with just occasional enticing reminders of what has gone before. A black man is released from jail after DNA evidence overturns his conviction for rape. But the victim’s family carries lots of weight in town and on the newspaper. When questions are asked about the past, the powers that be go to great lengths to silence them. Meanwhile Richard Slade is arrested again for another crime, and Willie finds himself teamed with his ex-wife, searching for evidence to support his growing belief in the other man’s innocence. The paper’s somewhat racist opinion columns make Willie’s welcome on the wrong side of town rather uneasy. But Willie Black has secrets and sources of his own. A modern noir mystery with convincing characters, evocative locations, and a wonderful feel for the changing world of news, The Philadelphia Quarry offers a plot that’s neither overly complex nor too simple, while exploring the relationships of parents and children through families rich and poor, black and white, and in-between. Disclosure: I received a free bound galley of this novel from the publisher with a request for an honest review.