The sixth Willie Black mystery got a starred review in Publishers Weekly, which makes me very happy.
At the start of Owen’s superior sixth outing for Richmond,
Va., reporter Willie Black (after 2016’s Grace), a twin-engine Beechcraft plane
crashes into the Dark Star bar, killing 22, injuring 29, and fueling wild
speculation about the cause of the crash. Was it a terrorist act, suicide, or
an accident? The pilot is identified as David Biggio, a former Richmond
resident who was once arrested for stalking his former wife; the plane belonged
to James “Chopper” Ware, who owns a hardware store in a tiny town on the
Chesapeake Bay. Black uses all his journalistic resources, including such
strong supporting characters as Peachy Love, the police media relations person,
and elderly Jumpin’ Jimmy Deacon, who gives him a lead to Biggio’s ex-wife. As
usual, Black finds himself at odds with police chief Larry Doby Jones and with
his newspaper’s publisher, Rita Dominick. An unexpected insurance policy, the
discovery of a murder victim, and a man’s hidden past keep Black digging.
Owen’s informed treatment of Richmond and its declining daily paper is perfect.