Search Results: "John Billheimer"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CONTRARY BLUES by John Billheimer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 17, 1998

"Billheimer seasons his debut with quiet humor, warmly appealing characters, and enough inventive plot twists to make a Contrarian out of straighter arrows than Owen."
Ever since a misplaced decimal point led the Department of Transportation to send Contrary, West Virginia, funding for twenty city buses instead of two—and to continue providing operating subsidies at that inflated level for four years—things have been looking up in the little coal town. Read full book review >

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STONEWALL JACKSON’S ELBOW by John Billheimer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 2, 2006

"Billheimer's intricate riff on fakery is the real deal."
Nothing's what it seems in Billheimer's tale of bank fraud, baseball and bunkum in rural West Virginia. Read full book review >

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DRYBONE HOLLOW by John Billheimer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 7, 2003

"Soap opera aside, Billheimer constructs a puzzle so ingenious that, like the folks in the Hollow, readers shoulda seen it coming—but they won't."
It's time for risk analyst Owen Allison to go back to Palo Alto to work on the reconciliation with his ex-wife Judith that was interrupted by his mother's chemotherapy (Dismal Mountain, 2001). Read full book review >

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HIGHWAY ROBBERY by John Billheimer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"But the intricately layered plot and gentle good humor make this a worthy successor to his first."
Seems like nobody's interested in building roads anymore. Read full book review >

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FIELD OF SCHEMES by John Billheimer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 19, 2012

"Like his Owen Allison series (Stonewall Jackson's Elbow, 2006, etc.), Billheimer's new franchise emphasizes local color in small-town America as its heroes prove to be their own worst enemies."
A sportswriter with a gambling problem tries to help a trainer escape indictment for steroid abuse. Read full book review >

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DISMAL MOUNTAIN by John Billheimer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 16, 2001

"There's a little too much recycling here, but, still, Billheimer has hit a rich enough vein to mine for quite a while as he continues to explore the delicate interaction between progress and preservation in rural West Virginia."
Billheimer's latest takes up right where Highway Robbery (2000) left off. Read full book review >

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A PLAYER TO BE MAIMED LATER by John Billheimer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 21, 2013

"Baseball fans and mystery fans alike will cheer as Billheimer goes into extra innings with a puzzle as ingenious as he offered in Keaton's debut."
Sportswriter Lloyd Keaton (Field of Schemes, 2012) gets more than he bargained for when he agrees to pen the biography of a famous pitcher. Read full book review >

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ROAD TRIPPIN’ IT WITH JOHN BURNINGHAM
by Julie Danielson

The holidays are nigh. I wrote this time last year about my favorite holiday picture book of all time – John Burningham’s Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present, originally published back in 1993.

I’m a big Burningham fan. (If you are, too, and you’ve not yet read this, run to your nearest bookstore or library.) And in thinking about Harvey, I was ...


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JOHN NEWMAN
by Rhett Morgan

In 1992, John Newman prepared to celebrate finishing his Ph.D., securing a book deal with Warner Books for the release of his dissertation, JFK and Vietnam, and having worked directly with Oliver Stone as consultant on the film JFK. But a brief call from the National Security Agency put all of that in jeopardy. Newman was warned that his ...


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JOHN T. EDGE
by Megan Labrise

John T. Edge’s The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South is no mere paean to peanuts, homage to hominy, and laudation to lard. Like the nutritive broth for which it’s named, this title is more substantive than it appears at a glance.

“One the primary aims of my book,” says Edge, a native Georgian who lives ...


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SUMMER POTPOURRI
by Bobbi Dumas

Over the past month I’ve had the opportunity to listen to a bunch of books that came my way, and a couple of them were just terrific, so I thought I’d share.

Adriana Anders’ Under Her Skin (February ’17) launched an intense contemporary romance series Blank Canvas which has a very interesting spin on the tattoo theme. (It got a ...


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BOOK REVIEW

GOLDILOCKS by John O'Leary
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A long way from 'just right.' (Pop-up folk tale. 2-4)"
The familiar tale is pressed into service as a vehicle for introducing colors. Read full book review >