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About the Author: Owen Hill

Poet/novelist Owen Hill lives in Berkeley, California.

He is the author of seven small collections of poetry (the latest is Against the Weather from Blue Press) and Loose Ends, a book of short stories. His first novel, The Chandler Apartments was called one of the best mysteries of 2002 by the Chicago Tribune. In his Tribune review Dick Adler wrote, “Berkeley, California poet Owen Hill captures the taste & texture of the yeasty street & bed life of his native turf with an eye that manages to be fresh & appropriately amoral." The Chandler Apartments prominently featured The Chandler Building, Hill's residence during the writing of the book.His second Clay Blackburn mystery, The Incredible Double, features the same characters and locale. It is available from PM Press in Oakland. David Ulin, in his LA Times review, wrote, "Here we have the essence of noir, a sense of life lived at the edges, which is, come to think of it, a pretty good description of Clay's world."


Mr. Hill is currently working on his third Clay Blackburn mystery novel.
He works as a book buyer and events coordinator at Berkeley's literary landmark, Moe’s Books.




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Paperback, Published in Sep 2009 by PM Press

ISBN10: 1604860839 | ISBN13: 9781604860832

Page count: 128

Most of the time, Clay Blackburn is your average, bisexual, book scout in Berkeley, but sometimes he’s a would-be private detective—without a license, gun, or even a business card. Despite his questionable qualifications, people still come to him for help, and he inevitably comes across more than his fair share of trouble. Through it all, he’s constantly seeking the fountain of youth, the myth of paradise, the pie in the sky—The Incredible Double. Fighting his way through corporate shills, Berkeley loonies, and CEO thugs, Clay struggles to understand the secret of The Double and discover the true meaning of life. Joined by his three trusty but goofy sidekicks—best friend and lefty soldier of fortune Marvin, ex-FBI agent Bailey Dao, and smarmy but debonair Dino Centro—Clay confronts a host of bizarre characters, including drug casualty turned poet Loose Bruce, conspiracy theorist Larry Sasway, and Grace, the Tallulah Bankhead of Berkeley. Together—and sometimes not so together—they team up to foil Drugstore Wally, the CEO with an evil plan.

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