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Howard Owen

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Howard Owen was born March 1, 1949, in Fayetteville, N.C. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1971, journalism) and has a master's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University (1981, English).
He and his wife since 1973, Karen Van Neste Owen (the former publisher of Van Neste Books), live in Richmond, Va. He was a newspaper reporter and editor for 44 years.
Owen won The Dashiell Hammett Prize for crime literature in the United States and Canada for Oregon Hill, his 10th novel.
His first novel, "Littlejohn," was written in 1989, when he was 40. It was bought by The Permanent Press and published in 1992. Random House bought it from The Permanent Press and reissued it as a Villard hardcover in 1993 and a Vintage
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I've just learned that Oregon Hill is one of five finalists for the Hammett Prize for literary excellence in crime writing in 2012. The award is given by the North American branch of the International Association of Crime Writers and is open to all fiction and non-fiction books. The winner will be announced at the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association Fall Conference in Somerset, N.J., Read more of this blog post »
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Published on February 25, 2013 13:12
Average rating: 3.79 · 1,705 ratings · 289 reviews · 26 distinct worksSimilar authors
Oregon Hill (Willie Black #1)

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Littlejohn

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The Philadelphia Quarry

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Parker Field

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The Bottom

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message 1: by Howard (last edited Sep 27, 2010 02:52PM)

Howard Owen Nice review of The Reckoning in Publishers Weekly ...
Howard Owen. Permanent, $28 (222p) ISBN 978-1-57962-207-7

Owen (Rock of Ages) offers parallel coming-of-age stories in this hardheaded look at two very different eras. In Richmond, Va., in 2004, 16-year-old Jake James is still dealing with his mother's recent death, his first serious love affair, and his girlfriend's jealous and menacing ex-boyfriend when Freeman Hawk, his father George's iconoclast friend, reappears after decades of exile in Canada. Unfortunately for the Jameses, Hawk's problems are not in the safely distant past but in Montreal's criminal underworld of the present, and those problems have followed him back to Virginia. Owen doesn't overstate the flaws of either period, neither painting the 1960s as an era of misguided dreams nor, despite George's nostalgia, the present as a betrayal of lost ideals. George may be weak and foolish, Hawk self-serving, and Jake inexperienced, but each shows he can rise to the occasion despite his weaknesses. Owen interweaves father's and son's stories skillfully while steering them toward the inevitable violent conclusion. (Dec.)


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