A Conversation with Hammet Prize-Winner Howard Owen, Author of The Bottom

I love Howard and have been proud to support his writing for going on twenty years now.  So great to see his latest project winning awards and so much acclaim! We are bringing Howard back in a more casual interview-style program this time.  Howard will be interviewed live about The Bottom, his latest Willie Black mystery.  After, there will be time for questions and answers and, who knows, maybe a beer! -Kelly Justice, Owner of Fountain

Praise for The Bottom:  Willie Black has the tenacity of a bulldog when chasing a story or a bad guy, as shown in Owen’s satisfying fourth mystery featuring the Richmond, Va., newspaper reporter (after 2014’s Parker Field). A serial killer dubbed Tweety Bird has just claimed his fourth victim, a 14­year­ old girl, probably a runaway, found in Richmond’s rundown Main Street train station. On her ankle is the killer’s signature tattoo of a cartoon bird. After the police arrest sleazy photographer Ronnie Sax for the crime, Willie starts receiving threatening handwritten letters with information only the killer could know. Meanwhile, a former state senator is pushing an ambitious development plan for the Richmond neighborhood known as the Bottom, much to its residents’ dismay. Willie carries a lot of personal baggage, including a fractured (but not broken) family, three divorces, a couple of rocky romances, and a drinking problem sort of under control, but readers can count on him to deliver in the end. 

Howard Owen is a novelist and journalist...
Struck by either an epiphany or a midlife crisis, Howard Owen wrote his first novel, "Littlejohn," at the age of 40. The first draft took him about 100 days. At the time, Owen was sports editor of a daily newspaper. He is now editorial page editor of The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He has never taken a sabbatical, adhering instead to a schedule that includes about an hour a day for writing or revising. He finds that it is possible to do great things with an hour a day, every day. Owen's tenth novel, "Oregon Hill," published in 2012, won the Hammett Prize for best crime literature in the U.S. and Canada, given by the International Association of Crime Writers. The sequel, "The Philadelphia Quarry," came out in July of 2013. The third Willie Black mystery, "Parker Field," was published in 2014. The fifth, The Bottom, comes out in August of 2015.

Event date: 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 6:30pm

Event address: 

1312 East Cary Street
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA 23219
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781579623920
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Published: The Permanent Press - August 31st, 2015

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