Books by Howard Owen

THE PHILADELPHIA QUARRY by Howard Owen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2013

"A quick-flowing crime drama that will have fans eager for Willie Black to right another injustice."
Owen's (Oregon Hill, 2012, etc.) hard-drinking Richmond reporter Willie Black has an inside track on a blockbuster crime story that's "red meat for the on-the-airheads." Read full book review >
OREGON HILL by Howard Owen
Released: July 1, 2012

"Willie Black deserves a sequel."
Owen's (The Reckoning, 2010, etc.) 10th novel, part mystery, part character study. Read full book review >
THE RECKONING by Howard Owen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"A compelling tale of different eras and generations undercut by its undercooked mystery component."
Two mismatched college roommates from the late '60s reunite under very different circumstances in the days following 9/11, when dark forces threaten each of them and the 16-year-old son of one of the men. Read full book review >
ROCK OF AGES by Howard Owen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 30, 2006

"Fertile ground for a trilogy."
Farmer's daughter returns to family homestead to confront murder, experience mayhem and have great sex—not necessarily in that order. Read full book review >
TURN SIGNAL by Howard Owen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"A good premise animates what might have been a rather dull story into a witty, literary send-up along the lines of The King of Comedy."
A poison-pen letter to the publishing industry from Owen (The Rail, 2002, etc.), whose loser protagonist hits the big time once he stops playing by the rules. Read full book review >
THE RAIL by Howard Owen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Artfully muddled dynamics and good baseball scenes, but all that's interesting about The Rail is in his past: he's subdued in the story's present to the point of being a nonentity."
A sixth from Richmond, Virginia, newspaper editor Owen (Harry and Ruth, 2000, etc.) offers more of his scrambled-family specialties. This time, a baseball Hall-of-Famer on a long downward slide tries for a turnaround after his release from prison by reconnecting with his half-sister and his son. Read full book review >
HARRY AND RUTH by Howard Owen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"A complicated drama, told with compassion and humor."
Owens's strong fifth novel (after The Measured Man, 1996, etc.) depicts two elderly lovers tying up loose ends and saying good-bye. An interwoven narrative, meanwhile, reveals their lifelong connection. Read full book review >
THE MEASURED MAN by Howard Owen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"A journey of the soul that warms and cheers."
 Southern writer Owen (Fat Lightning, 1994, etc.), an editor at the Richmond Times Dispatch, movingly details the moral education of a 40ish white male as he finally tries to do the right thing in his racially divided hometown. Read full book review >
ANSWERS TO LUCKY by Howard Owen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 13, 1996

 In a rich regional diction, and with flights of satiric darts aimed at hometown politicking, a completely engaging story about the family ties that bind—tight—and the ego-pricking legacy of growing up poor. Read full book review >
FAT LIGHTNING by Howard Owen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Loopy and darkly comic, if sporadically out of control."
 Those quirky Southerners with their great affection for past high school glory and old-time religion are back. Read full book review >
LITTLEJOHN by Howard Owen
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Littlejohn is a good, imperfect man and, like this book, good company."
 An 82-year-old North Carolina farmer tries to accept his past- -in a quiet, tender, and moving first novel. Read full book review >