Reviewed By: Harriet Klausner
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Class/Genre: Mystery Amateur Sleuth
Series: Owen Allison # 2
St. Martin’s, Feb 2000, $24.95, 304 pp.
In California, Owen Allison struggles to restart his business as well as hoping that he and his ex-wife Judith can make a go of it the second time around. However, everything is placed on hold when his mother pleads with him to return home to help his brother George with some problems. Owen returns to Barkley, West Virginia to learn that the human remains found by a construction crew may be that of his father who drowned over three decades ago when a dam broke.
Instead, the bones belong to the father of Owen’s childhood friend Bobby. George, as the state Highway Commissioner, is being pressured to accept projects he feels are undependable but he refuses. Soon George is arrested for the murder of an environmental activist. Owen places his own life in jeopardy trying to prove the innocence of his sibling.
John Billheimer has written an entertaining down home mystery in which the “good ole boys” star in a thirty-five year old murder case. Owen is a nice person with a droll sense of humor that makes him likable. Judith plays a minor role that helps the audience understand Owen better. HIGHWAY ROBBERY is a delight due to the plausibility of the present and past killings, which in turn allows the reader to further focus on Owen, who deserves future appearances.
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