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Owen, Howard 1949-

Overview
Works: 34 works in 122 publications in 3 languages and 4,487 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Political fiction  Romance fiction  Baseball stories  Psychological fiction  Sports stories 
Roles: Author, Compiler, Composer
Classifications: PS3565.W552, 813.54
Publication Timeline
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Publications about Howard Owen
Publications by Howard Owen
Most widely held works by Howard Owen
Littlejohn by Howard Owen( Book )
21 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 842 libraries worldwide
Littlejohn McCain, an 82-year-old North Carolina farmer, goes out into the Blue Sandhills on the hottest day of the year to sit in the afternoon sun on the edge of Maxwell's Millpond, wait for the monkey, and pray for an act of God. Why? The protagonist of Howard Owen's first novel is a man whose father lost a leg in the Civil War, and whose daughter and grandson are fighting more personal battles in the very different world of the late 20th century. Littlejohn, the man in the middle, lives in East Geddie, which is, oddly, southwest of Geddie itself. Like the town in which he's spent his life, Littlejohn is not as he appears. Now, in the summer of 1989, with the loose ends all tied up, he reflects on a life that has been filled with terrible secrets and unexpected redemption, a life of Old Testament proportions. Beneath a facade as calm and ordinary as a Presbyterian hymn, Littlejohn McCain is an uncommon man who has led a most uncommon life
Oregon Hill by Howard Owen( Book )
4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 375 libraries worldwide
Reporter Willie Black investigates when a student, who attends the same university as his daughter, is murdered, embarking on a one-man crusade to identify the killer even after the police and his bosses consider the case closed
The Philadelphia Quarry by Howard Owen( Book )
3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 340 libraries worldwide
Hardly anyone doubts that Richard Slade did it. Who could blame him? But Willie has his doubts. When the full weight of the city's old money falls on him, trying to crush the story, he only becomes more determined to chase the things that always seems to get him in trouble - the truth. The fact that Richard Slade is his cousin, a link to his long-dead African-American father, only makes Willie more tenacious
Fat lightning : a novel by Howard Owen( Book )
6 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in English and held by 312 libraries worldwide
A farm in the rural South is transformed into a tourist attraction following the apparition of Jesus crucified on a barn. The story is narrated by Nancy Chastain, the wife of a pharmacist who abandons the city rat race for the peace of the country. A tale of religious fanaticism by the author of Littlejohn
Answers to Lucky by Howard Owen( Book )
6 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 303 libraries worldwide
Two hostile Southern brothers are brought together by politics. The sons of a truck driver, they are Lucky, who contracts polio, drops out of high school and works in a factory, and Tom Ed, a basketball star and politician. Separated by different lifestyles to the point of hate, they join forces when Tom Ed runs for governor of North Carolina
The measured man : a novel by Howard Owen( Book )
3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 283 libraries worldwide
A Southern town holds a referendum on the future of the old slave market. The blacks want to turn it into a museum, the whites are against it, afraid it will revive memories. Caught in the middle is Walker Fann, the editor of the local newspaper. He is a good white who counts many blacks among his friends, but supporting a museum might cost the newspaper white advertising dollars. By the author of Fat Lightning
Parker Field : a Willie Black mystery by Howard Owen( Book )
3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 279 libraries worldwide
When his mother's boyfriend is severely wounded by a shooter, reporter Willie Black's investigation uncovers players from the 1964 Richmond Virginians are being targeted
Rock of ages by Howard Owen( Book )
4 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in English and held by 272 libraries worldwide
Howard Owen returns to the terrain of Scots County, North Carolina, site of his best-selling first novel
Harry and Ruth by Howard Owen( Book )
4 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in English and held by 230 libraries worldwide
Harry and Ruth are unlikely lovers, "seasoned by wars both foreign and domestic, by Washington and state politics, by an Olympic swimmer they've both failed in different ways, by business and financial success--and by two haunted and disastrous marriages. Through it all, Harry and Ruth endure--on paper. They begin writing in the fall in 1942 and never stop."--Jacket
The devil's triangle by Howard Owen( Book )
4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 188 libraries worldwide
Night police reporter Willie Black believes the crash of a twin-engine Beechcraft into a popular Richmond, VA, bar is more than an accident or pilot suicide. Owen's sixth Willie Black mystery (following Grace) is an intense, compelling story for fans of Bruce DeSilva and gritty crime novels featuring streetwise journalists
The bottom by Howard Owen( Book )
3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 165 libraries worldwide
Richmond is in a panic. For the fourth time in eighteen months, a young girl or woman has been brutalized and murdered. This time, the body of a fourteen-year-old is found in Richmond's Shockoe Bottom train station. On her ankle is the same perversely cartoonish tattoo that has led the cops and newspapers to dub the perpetrator the Tweety Bird killer
The reckoning by Howard Owen( Book )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 159 libraries worldwide
"In Howard Owen's ninth novel, old scabs are torn off and new wounds inflicted. In the end there will be a reckoning for all of them, and sixteen-year old Jake James will find himself at a border as daunting as the one from which his father turned back so long ago."--Publisher's description
The rail by Howard Owen( Book )
5 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in English and held by 152 libraries worldwide
"Before he let his life fall apart, James "Neil" Beauchamp was special. He lived and flourished in the world of privilege, adored and accommodated. Then, before he truly learned to appreciate it, the one talent that lifted him from a small life in a small town was gone."--Jacket
Turn signal by Howard Owen( Book )
4 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in English and held by 141 libraries worldwide
No one thought Jack Stone of Speakeasy, Virginia, was the kind of man who would try to solve his problems with a .38. But here he is, on a train to New York, armed and dangerously determined that somebody is going to read his damn novel. Jack once had dreams of bigger things, but here he is, a long-distance trucker with a shaky home life and one last chance to be special. All that the New York editor needs is a little persuasion
Grace : a Willie Black mystery by Howard Owen( Book )
3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 140 libraries worldwide
Life is cheap on the poor side of town. For more than two decades, young black kids have been disappearing from Richmond's East End. No bodies have ever been found, and the missing boys haven't received much attention from police or the media. When the uncle of the latest missing kid takes matters into his own hands and holds the daily newspaper's publisher hostage in the paper's lobby, Willie Black gets involved, and things start to change. The world's oldest night cops reporter knows something about the inequities of race and income. When Sam McNish, a crusader for social justice who grew up in the same hardscrabble Oregon Hill neighborhood as Willie, is arrested shortly after a child's body is discovered, the police start making the case that McNish has been the demonic force behind all the boys' disappearances. Willie, after working the traps he's developed from his too-many years as a reporter, isn't so sure. As Willie teases out the real story, he manages to antagonize his publisher and the city's power structure as well as police chief L.D. Jones, but experience has taught him that the more people he angers, the closer he probably is to the truth. Along the way, he forms a strange alliance with Big Boy Sunday, a dangerous man who exhibits a strong interest in seeing that Willie finds the truth--although Willie will learn that Big Boy wants parts of that truth to remain hidden
Oregon Hill by Howard Owen( file )
11 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 74 libraries worldwide
Willie Black is a newspaper reporter who has squandered a lot of things in his life and is lucky to be employed, having managed to drink and smart-talk his way out of a nice, cushy job covering--and partying with--the politicians down at the capitol. Now he's back on the night cops beat, right where he started when he came to work for the Richmond paper almost thirty years ago. When a coed at the local university where Willie's daughter is a perpetual student is murdered, her headless body found along the South Anna River, the hapless alleged killer is arrested within days. Everyone seems to think the case is closed. But Willie, against the orders and advice of his bosses at the paper, the police, and just about everyone else, doesn't think the case is solved at all and embarks on a one-man crusade to do what he's always done: get the story
The Philadelphia Quarry by Howard Owen( file )
6 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 53 libraries worldwide
Black is back. Willie Black was last seen, in Oregon Hill, risking the final tattered remnants of his checkered career-and his life-to free a man almost everyone else believed guilty. Willie's still covering the night police beat with its violent drug deals and dirt naps, still avoiding the hawk that periodically swoops down to pluck away a few more of his colleagues in a floundering business. He still drinks too much, smokes too much, and disobeys too much. The only thing that keeps him employed is that he's a damn fine reporter. Even his beleaguered bosses would concede that. Willie finds himself neck-deep in a part of Richmond that a boy growing up in Oregon Hill could only experience through illicit midnight sorties to the city's most exclusive swimming hole. The Quarry was where Alicia Parker Simpson identified Richard Slade as her rapist twenty-eight years ago. Five days after DNA evidence recently freed Slade from the prison system in which he had spent his adult life, Alicia Simpson was found shot to death. Almost everyone thinks Slade did it--who can blame them--but Willie has his doubts. And when the full weight of the city's old money falls on him, trying to crush the story, he becomes even more determined to chase the thing that always seems to get him into trouble: the truth. That Richard Slade is his cousin and a link to his long-dead African American father only makes Willie that much more tenacious. In the end Willie will be drawn back to the Philadelphia Quarry, where it all started so long ago and in whose murky waters the truth lies
Parker Field : a Willie Black mystery by Howard Owen( file )
5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 45 libraries worldwide
Les Hacker doesn't seem to have an enemy in the world--except whoever tried to kill him with a high-powered rifle while he was sitting on a bench six floors below Willie Black's window. Les is the closest thing Willie has had to a father figure in a checkered life of drinking, divorces, and journalism. Certainly closer than any of the other men Willie's mother took in over the years. Now, with Les clinging to life, Willie takes a short sabbatical to do a story about his surrogate dad and the last minor-league baseball team he played on: the 1964 Richmond Virginians. There's only one problem. As Willie tries to get in touch with other members of that team, he discovers they are almost all dead, most of them prematurely. The cops already have Les' shooter, a homeless man, in jail. Willie's publisher and the police want him to stop wasting his time--and theirs--and get back on the beat. But Willie is convinced someone is killing the entire starting lineup of a long-forgotten baseball team. And when Willie gets his teeth on the truth, he doesn't let go
The bottom by Howard Owen( file )
8 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 38 libraries worldwide
Richmond is in a panic. For the fourth time in eighteen months, a young girl or woman has been brutalized and murdered. This time the body of a fourteen-year-old girl is found in Richmond's Shockoe Bottom train station. On her ankle is the same perversely cartoonish tattoo that has led the cops and newspapers to dub the perpetrator the Tweety Bird killer. When Willie Black finds out that the night security guy at the station was lured away from his post by a phone call from Willie's daughter just before the body was dumped, the story gets weirder-and a lot more personal. At the same time, Willie's paper is facing a lawsuit from a developer who wants to make a killing of another kind by turning part of the Bottom into Top of the Bottom-a mix of big-box stores and apartments. It's an area where slaves were buried in unmarked graves, many of them still not discovered. The Bottom is emblematic of what Willie thinks of as the permanent stain Richmond can never wash away, but now he an
Annie's bones by Howard Owen( Book )
1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 28 libraries worldwide
In the fall of 1967, Grayson Melvin met the girl of his dreams. Annie Lineberger was so far out his league that he felt like she was playing an entirely different game, but somehow he won her affections. He couldn't believe his good luck while it lasted. They both were 18, but Grayson was a baby, and Annie had been around. She was beautiful, smart and funny. When she told him she loved him, he would have died for her, right then and there. Instead, Annie died or at least disappeared from the face of the earth. On the same night when she broke Grayson's teenage heart by giving him his walking papers, she vanished. Everyone believed he killed her. Without a body, though, nothing could be proved. And so Grayson Melvin lived his life. Kicked out of his university, he went from the Army and Vietnam to bartending to another college to newspapers, where he discovered that Annie s well-connected and vengeful family still had the power to step into his stunted life and punish him. Then, in the spring of 2016, Annie reappears. Or at least her bones do, dug up by a backhoe operator clearing land for a strip mall in a small Virginia town. Grayson, now teaching at a community college in Richmond and creeping toward retirement, is back in a spotlight he has tried to avoid for all his adult life. With the court of public opinion almost unanimously against him, Grayson goes back to North Carolina to try to make the past go away, with disastrous results. Then, he gets a call. A woman he doesn't know in a town where he's never been has found a ring, his high school ring, last seen in Annie Lineberger's possession. Grayson Melvin has one chance to prove his innocence, by chasing a ghost and figuring out what happened on that long-ago night, the one when he lost Annie
 
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Alternative Names
オーウェン, ハワード
ハワード・オーウェン
Languages
English (101)
Japanese (2)
French (2)
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