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Parker Field

Parker Field


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Parker Field by Howard Owen
Willie Black Mystery #3
ISBN: 9781579623616
228 pages


Les Hacker doesn't seem to have an enemy in the world - other than whoever tried to kill him with a high-powered rifle while he was sitting on a park bench six floors below Willie Black's living room window. Les is the closest thing Willie has had to a father figure in a checkered life of drinking, divorces and journalism. He certainly has better qualifications than any of the other men Willie's mother, Peggy, took in over the years. Of course, as Willie would say, that would only make him a tall midget.
Now, with Les clinging to life, Willie decides to take a short sabbatical and do a story about his surrogate dad and the last minor league baseball team Les 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 that they are almost all below ground, most of them long before their allotted three-score and ten years. The cops already have Les's shooter in jail, a homeless guy who hangs out in the park. The shot was fired in his coat pocket, case closed. Willie's publisher and the police want him to stop wasting his time and theirs and get back on the beat. Willie becomes convinced, though, that someone, against all logic, is killing the entire starting lineup of a long-forgotten minor-league baseball team. And when Willie gets his teeth on the truth, he's a pit bull who won't let anything short of a shot to the head dorce him to let go.
In this third Willie Black novel, after the Hammett Prize Winner Oregon Hill (2012), and The Philadelphia Quarry (2013) Howard Owen brings back his flawed, ink-stained hero, a reporter who seems to do his best work when he's chasing a story nobody else wants, who can be his own worst enemy and the underdog's best friend.

"In his third outing, Willie Black faces the possibility of personal loss while puzzling out the mystery of who shot Les Hacker, catcher for the 1964 Richmond Virginians, and why, leading to a deadly confrontation. Baseball (and the consequences to players of sowing wild oats) adds a welcome dimension to this series, which is already notable for its strong characterizations, Willie Black prime among them." --Booklist

"In Hammett Prize–winner Owen’s enjoyable third mystery featuring newspaper reporter Willie Black, Willie rushes to the scene of a shooting in Monroe Park. The victim turns out to be Les Hacker, the 79-year-old boyfriend of Willie’s drug-toking mother, Peggy. The deliciously flawed Willie must contend with ex-wives and off-beat friends like Awesome Dude, not to mention an adversarial relationship with newspaper management and Police Chief L.D. Jones, on his way to righting another injustice." --Publishers Weekly

"This was a darn good mystery. Willie has to bring everyone along with him as he runs down surviving family members, supposedly while writing an article about the old minor league team. In actuality, he’s looking for a motive and who could be behind the mysterious deaths. This is a top-notch mystery, and the characters come alive. Highly recommended."
 --Tom Johnson, Pulp Den
This is HOWARD OWEN's 12th novel. Like Willie Black, Howard was a newspaper man, and has been all his life - from reporter to executive. Among Owen's first nine novels were the best-selling Littlejohn, The Reckoning, and Turn Signal. He and his wife, Karen, live in Richmond, Virginia. Both are currently newspaper editors.

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