John Billheimer is an award winning author, best known for the “funny, sometimes touching” Owen Allison mystery series set in Appalachia.
He is a native West Virginian, lives in Portola Valley, California. He holds an engineering Ph. D. from Stanford University and for thirty years was Vice President of a small consulting firm specializing in transportation research.
Over the years, he investigated such diverse topics as commuter lane performance, mobile phone safety, drunk driving countermeasures, DMV service, video surveillance, and motorcycle safety. An early research project took him back to the coalfields of his native state, where he observed the poverty, independence, and resourcefulness that mark the characters of his first novel, THE CONTRARY BLUES.
He is married with two children and is an avid tennis player.
Awards and Recognition
- West Virginia Library Association Literary Merit Award, October 2012
Press and Media Mentions
- Hitchcock and the Censors: Here is a book that should have (and could have) been written years ago. Kudos, then, to John Billheimer for slogging through the paper trail of correspondence between the British Board of Film Censors and Motion Picture Production Code Office (better known as the Breen Office) and Alfred Hitchcock regarding the content of his many provocative films. Each movie has a history all its own, and while passing reference has been made to censorship in other studies of Hitchcock, this is the first comprehensive book on the subject. No more be said: this is by definition an important piece of work.
- Contrary Blues: “Funny, irreverent, written with an ear well-tuned to authentic West Virginia dialogue and an eye for small, accumulating scenes.” – The Boston Globe