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Oregon Hill

(2012)
(The first book in the Willie Black series)
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Willie Black is a newspaper reporter who has squandered a lot of things in his life - his liver, his lungs, a couple of former wives, and a floundering daughter can all attest to his abuse. He's 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 30 years ago. The thing Willie's always had going for him, though - all the way back to his hardscrabble days as a mixed-race kid on Oregon Hill, where white was the primary color and fighting was everyone's favorite pastime - is grit. His mother, the drug-addled Peggy, gave him that if nothing else. He never backed down then, and he shows no signs of changing.

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.

On the way, Willie runs afoul of David Junior Shiflett, a nightmare from his youth who's now a city cop, and awakens another dark force, one everyone thought disappeared long ago. And a score born in the parking lot of an Oregon Hill beer joint 40 years ago will finally be settled.

The truth is out there, and Willie Black's going to dig it up - or die trying.

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.

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

July 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: Oregon Hill
Author(s): Howard Owen
ISBN: 1-57962-208-9 / 978-1-57962-208-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: The Permanent Press
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Paperback Editions

June 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Oregon Hill
Author(s): Howard Owen
ISBN: 1-57962-557-6 / 978-1-57962-557-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Permanent Press
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July 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Oregon Hill
Author(s): Howard Owen
ISBN: 1-57962-489-8 / 978-1-57962-489-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Permanent Press (NY)
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Audio Editions

December 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Oregon Hill
Author(s): Howard Owen
ISBN: 1-4708-3823-0 / 978-1-4708-3823-2 (USA edition)
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December 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Oregon Hill
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ISBN: 1-4708-3824-9 / 978-1-4708-3824-9 (USA edition)
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December 2012 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Oregon Hill
Author(s): Howard Owen
ISBN: 1-4708-3826-5 / 978-1-4708-3826-3 (USA edition)
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December 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Oregon Hill
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December 2012 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Oregon Hill
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December 2012 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Oregon Hill
Author(s): Howard Owen
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Kindle Editions

June 2012 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Oregon Hill (Willie Black Mystery Book 1)
Author(s): Howard Owen
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