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The Contrary Blues by John W. Billheimer
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Jan 04, 09

bookshelves: 2008-mysteries-suspense, 2008-audio-books
Read in September, 2008

Contrary Blues, by John Billheimer, B, narrated by Jerry Sciario, produced by Books in Motion, downloaded from audible.com.

Contrary, West Virginia is a small town where coal mining has failed, where stills exist, and where a plan is hatched to get money from the government to buy buses for a transportation system in town. Only thing is, the feds paid for 20 buses where only two were bought. The feds are sending Owen Allison to Contrary to look into the happenings there, because the agent who preceded him turned up dead. Allison figures out right away about the town’s fraudlent use of the money, but initially agrees to help the town continue getting the money. Then two more men are killed and it seems the town is attempting to put the blame for their deaths on Allison himself. He finds himself in a heap of trouble in Contrary, and no one but him seems interested in finding out what really happened. This book is enjoyable, many good lines, and a deadpan humor. The narrator does a good job with different Apalachian voices.

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