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Blackheart Highway
Barre, Richard.
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New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 1999.
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326 pages ; 24 cm
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With his first novel, the Shamus Award-winner The Innocents, and his acclaimed follow-ups, Bearing Secrets and The Ghosts of Morning, Richard Barre has emerged as "one of the best hardboiled detective novelists of the ?90' s" (San Francisco Chronicle Book Review). Now, with Blackheart Highway, he takes the genre for the ride of its life.Southern California PI Wil Hardesty makes a living searching for the truth. But this search always seems to draw him back to his own troubled past, shadowed by loss. His latest case takes him into the life of Doc Whitney, a country music star who was found guilty of killing his wife and young daughters twenty years ago. Now Doc has been paroled. In a town divided over his release, two people with very different agendas recruit Wil. One wants Doc gone'permanently. The other is convinced of his innocence. Now Wil must reconstruct a life, and track down a killer. And survive?

Author Notes

Richard Barre was born in Los Angeles and raised in California. He is the author of The Innocents, Bearing Secrets , and The Ghosts of Morning . Prior to writing The Innocents , he was a copywriter and creative director for fifteen years at his own advertising agency. Also a travel writer and editor, he lives in Santa Barbara with his wife, Susan. The Innocents won the Shamus Award for Best First Novel.

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Doc Whitney has just done a 20-year prison stretch for the brutal murders of his wife and children. Now he's on parole and back in Bakersfield, his hometown and scene of the murders. Luke DiVilbiss, a powerful local attorney, hires private investigator Wil Hardesty to determine why Whitney is harassing DiVilbiss' family. Hardesty doesn't like what he learns. Whitney may have been framed for the 20-year-old murders, and DiVilbiss, in concert with the local cops, may have been part of the conspiracy. When Whitney is killed, Hardesty embarks on a quixotic quest to clear Whitney's name, and it nearly costs him his own life. Shamus-winner Barre evokes the ever-present past as a melancholy backdrop against which Hardesty works his lone-wolf magic. This is a rising series that--despite its generally somber tone--is beginning to include touches of very welcome humor. --Wes Lukowsky