The Philadelphia Quarry by Howard Owen audiobook

The Philadelphia Quarry

By Howard Owen
Read by Kevin Kenerly

Blackstone Publishing 9781579623357

The Willie Black Mysteries: Book 2

7.03 Hours Unabridged
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Blackis back. Willie Black was last seen, in Oregon Hill, risking the final tatteredremnants of his checkered career—and his life—to free a man almost everyoneelse believed guilty. Willie’s still covering the night police beat withits violent drug deals and dirt naps, still avoiding the hawk that periodicallyswoops down to pluck away a few more of his colleagues in a flounderingbusiness. He still drinks too much, smokes too much, and disobeys too much. Theonly thing that keeps him employed is that he’s a damn fine reporter. Even hisbeleaguered bosses would concede that. Williefinds himself neck-deep in a part of Richmond that a boy growing up in OregonHill could only experience through illicit midnight sorties to the city’s mostexclusive swimming hole. The Quarry was where Alicia Parker Simpson identifiedRichard Slade as her rapist twenty-eight years ago. Five days after DNAevidence recently freed Slade from the prison system in which he had spent his adultlife, Alicia Simpson was found shot to death. Almost everyone thinks Slade did it—who can blame them?—but Willie hashis doubts. And when the full weight of the city’s old money falls on him, tryingto crush the story, he becomes even more determined to chase the thing thatalways seems to get him into trouble: the truth. That Richard Slade ishis cousin and a link to his long-dead African American father only makesWillie that much more tenacious. In the end Williewill be drawn back to the Philadelphia Quarry, where it all started so long agoand in whose murky waters the truth lies.

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Summary

Summary

Blackis back. Willie Black was last seen, in Oregon Hill, risking the final tatteredremnants of his checkered career—and his life—to free a man almost everyoneelse believed guilty. Willie’s still covering the night police beat withits violent drug deals and dirt naps, still avoiding the hawk that periodicallyswoops down to pluck away a few more of his colleagues in a flounderingbusiness. He still drinks too much, smokes too much, and disobeys too much. Theonly thing that keeps him employed is that he’s a damn fine reporter. Even hisbeleaguered bosses would concede that.

Williefinds himself neck-deep in a part of Richmond that a boy growing up in OregonHill could only experience through illicit midnight sorties to the city’s mostexclusive swimming hole. The Quarry was where Alicia Parker Simpson identifiedRichard Slade as her rapist twenty-eight years ago. Five days after DNAevidence recently freed Slade from the prison system in which he had spent his adultlife, Alicia Simpson was found shot to death.

Almost everyone thinks Slade did it—who can blame them?—but Willie hashis doubts. And when the full weight of the city’s old money falls on him, tryingto crush the story, he becomes even more determined to chase the thing thatalways seems to get him into trouble: the truth. That Richard Slade ishis cousin and a link to his long-dead African American father only makesWillie that much more tenacious.

In the end Williewill be drawn back to the Philadelphia Quarry, where it all started so long agoand in whose murky waters the truth lies.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Owen is particularly good at character development and takes a familiar race and class struggle plot to a new level. His second entry featuring crime reporter Willie Black (after the Hammett Prize finalist Oregon Hill) is a stellar mystery deserving of a wide readership.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Richmond, Va., reporter Willie Black proves himself a dogged, flawed, and tarnished knight of the Fourth Estate…Owen has a knack for creating quirky but credible characters, from homeless ‘Awesome Dude’ to Simpson’s aristocratic older sister.” Publishers Weekly
“Willie Black is an old-fashioned reporter who acts on the belief that journalists should ‘comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable,’ even when his bosses disagree with the notion. Narrator Kevin Kenerly nails the character, with all his gruffness and preference for truth over popularity…Kenerly’s performance is so good you can taste the whiskey and smell the unfiltered Camels. The whole book relies on mood, and Kenerly delivers plenty.” AudioFile
“Narrator Willie, who charmed readers in Oregon Hill, is a hard-drinking, old-style newsman who still takes notes with pen and pad and takes his chances with the powers-that-be to get at the truth. A well-plotted mystery elevated above the norm by Owen’s mastery of character development and his creation of a compelling hero.” Booklist
“A quick-flowing crime drama that will have fans eager for Willie Black to right another injustice.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Howard Owen

Author Bio: Howard Owen

Howard Owen has been a longtime newspaperman, working at everything from reporter to sports editor to editorial pages editor. He has been writing fiction since 1989. He and his wife, Karen, live in Richmond, Virginia.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 7.03
Audience: Adult
Language: English