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Welcome To Contrary, West Virginia, Where A Misplaced Decimal Point That S Sent Department Of Transportation Buses Instead Of Two Followed By A Federal Auditor Who S Clearly Out Past His Depth Ignites This Laid Back, Quietly Criminous Shaggy Dog Story Tom Leitch


10 thoughts on “Contrary Blues

  1. says:

    Contrary Blues, by John Billheimer, B, narrated by Jerry Sciario, produced by Books in Motion, downloaded from audible.com.Contrary, West Virginia is a small town where coal mining has failed, where stills exist, and where a plan is hatched to get money from the government to buy buses for a transportation system in town Only thing is, the feds paid for 20 buses where only two were bought The feds are sending Owen Allison to Contrary to look into the happenings there, because the agent who preceded him turned up dead Allison figures out right away about the town s fraudlent use of the money, but initially agrees to help the town continue getting the money Then two men are killed and it seems the town is attempting to put the blame for their deaths on Allison himself He finds himself in a heap of trouble in Contrary, and no one but him seems interested in finding out what really happened This book is enjoyable, many good lines, and a deadpan humor The narrator does a good job with different Apalachian voices.


  2. says:

    Enjoyed all of the West Virginia references For the most part, characters fell into the typical hillbilly stereotypes.


  3. says:

    Very good series, I would recommend to anyone looking for a quick read of an amateur sleuth


  4. says:

    1st in a series Interesting characters.


  5. says:

    I read listened to the audiobook version for this entire series I believe this added to my enjoyment, because I liked the narrator s accent It was a very personable, homey, southern accent that fit in well with the story.The story was fairly interesting, but I think it s a vehicle for the humor, sort of like the Douglas Adams books I loved some of the terms he used to describe various people and places Some of the reviewers seemed to miss the point with the humor, and commented on the story being boring, or the characters doing dumb things I suggest they try to obtain a sense of humor, and don t take everything so seriously Absent that, they need to be careful about what they read.


  6. says:

    This is the author s first mystery He has written two other fiction stories about W Va mines and life in the area Contrary is a small town with the most interesting characters sketched through a deep understanding of the dialogue of the area and how small town folks stick together Owen Allison, our hero in the story is out of his element as a statistician out of Washington checking on a grant for a bus system How the twon uses the money to support 20 buses when they only have 2 is the basis for the mystery and the humor.


  7. says:

    I enjoy John s writing style and I liked this plot.Can t wait to follow this character s further adventures, possibly in California.I borrowed a copy of this book from the public library.


  8. says:

    Good mystery.


  9. says:

    ho hum.


  10. says:

    The story was fairly interesting and characters were over the top Language was horrible.