John Billheimer (HITCHCOCK & THE CENSORS; PRIMARY TARGET)
In Hitchcock and the Censors, John Billheimer traces the development of movie censorship in the US and Britain and documents its impact on Alfred Hitchcock as he battled with bluenoses to push the boundaries of screen permissiveness. In this presentation, Billheimer uses film clips to illustrate Hitchcock’s priorities in creating suspense and sidestepping censorship to create a lifetime of memorable films.
Primary Target is the sixth book in Billheimer’s
Appalachian series featuring failure analyst Owen Allison.
Jason Davison is poised to win his party’s presidential
nomination if he can take the West Virginia primary.
Davison’s father cheated Owen Allison’s consulting firm
out of a lucrative consulting contract ten years ago, and
Owen knows the Davison family’s brand of back-door
politics is well suited to a state where votes are regularly
bartered and vote counts can exceed population numbers.
Working with a local sheriff, Owen begins investigating
bogus absentee ballots when an attractive campaign aide
goes missing amid rumors that she was having an affair
with the candidate. Owen joins the search for the missing
woman, which begins to mesh with his voter fraud
investigation. When a bomb explodes in his home office,
destroying files of his past dealings with Davison, Owen
begins to wonder if the primary target was his records or
if the bomber wanted to destroy him as well.