Howard Owen – Grace

Life is cheap on the poor side of town. For more than two decades, young black kids have been disappearing from Richmonds East End. No bodies have ever been found, and the missing boys havent received much attention from police or the media. When the uncle of the latest missing kid takes matters into his own hands and holds the daily newspapers publisher hostage in the papers lobby, Willie Black gets involved, and things start to change.

The worlds oldest night cops reporter knows something about the inequities of race and income. When Sam McNish, a crusader for social justice who grew up in the same hardscrabble Oregon Hill neighborhood as Willie, is arrested shortly after a childs body is discovered, the police start making the case that McNish has been the demonic force behind all the boys disappearances.

Willie, after working the traps hes developed from his too-many years as a reporter, isnt so sure.

As Willie teases out the real story, he manages to antagonize his publisher and the citys power structure as well as police chief L.D. Jones, but experience has taught him that the more people he angers, the closer he probably is to the truth. Along the way, he forms a strange alliance with Big Boy Sunday, a dangerous man who exhibits a strong interest in seeing that Willie finds the truth – although Willie will learn that Big Boy wants parts of that truth to remain hidden.

Author: Howard Owen
Narrator: Kevin Kenerly
Duration: 6 hours 25 minutes
Released: 19 Dec 2011
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Language: English

User Review:

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This book was interesting. Some of the performances are great. The stories are organized by the Four Directions, something that I did not realize or understand when I first listened to this book. Part I: East, Part II: South, Part III: West, Part IV: North. For me, the East stories were not as relatable as the others were. Many of the stories are strong and some of them do carry a thread of Noir elements. Some of the stories really stayed with me and I would recommend this to short story fans.