Sunday, June 25, 2017
The Devil's Triangle by Howard Owen
Who would expect a twin-engine Beechcraft to crash through the plate-glass window of a popular Richmond bar on a Friday afternoon when Happy Hour draws lawyers and others from downtown? In fact, the husband of Willie Brown's third ex-wife was in the bar, along with many of the partners of the firm. Willie, the night police reporter for Richmond's daily newspaper, suspects the crash was more than an accident. The first reports of the pilot say he was a loner, probably off his meds. But, where did he get the money for a half million dollar life insurance policy? As Willie digs for answers, he only uncovers more questions.
Owen's latest mystery features a driven newspaperman, determined to find answers, even if it puts him at odds with his girlfriend, the police chief, the paper's publisher, and the pilot's only friend. As in any good story about the newspaper world, Black deals with sources and witnesses from every strata of life in Richmond. The mystery brings "The Devil's Triangle" area of Richmond into focus.
And, it also brings Willie Black to life. He may be a stereotypical newspaper reporter, dogged in the search for a story, hard-drinking, a smoker, and married multiple times. Despite the failing newspaper business, Black is a reporter who is still optimistic. He's hopeful a fifty-six-year-old man will still be able to keep his job. He's sure he can find the story behind the airplane crash. And, by the end, he's hoping he'll live to write another story for the paper.
And, I'm going to be optimistic. I'm hopeful that I can find the other books in Howard Owen's Willie Black series. The Devil's Triangle should please readers who enjoy Bruce DeSilva's work, and other mysteries featuring investigative reporters.
Howard Owen's website is www.howardowenbooks.com
The Devil's Triangle by Howard Owen. The Permanent Press. 2017. ISBN 9781579624996 (hardcover), 240p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I was sent the book to review for a journal.