Dead Float: A Cal Claxton Mystery by Warren C EasleyDead Float: A Cal Claxton Mystery by Warren C Easley

Dead Float: A Cal Claxton Mystery

byWarren C Easley

Paperback | July 1, 2014 | Large Print

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A fast-paced, tightly woven who-dunnit that kept me guessing to the end. Easley's vivid landscapes and well-drawn characters evoke comparisons to James Lee Burke, and Cal Claxton is as determined and resourceful as Burke's Dave Robicheaux." -Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author
Cal Claxton-a former LA prosecutor now practicing law in Oregon's wine country and who works to fish-has to pinch himself when his best friend Philip Lone Deer asks himto assist guiding a group of executives from a high tech firm in Portland. For a fly fisherman, it doesn't get any better than the salmon fly hatch on the Deschutes River, Oregon's legendary trout fishing venue.
The execs, however, aren't coming just to fish. They're engaging in a conflict-resolution exercise where the future of the firm is to be determined. And Cal learns, too late, that the company's CEO is bringing his wife, the woman with whom Cal had a fling after their last Lone Deer-guided fishing trip. Cal soon broke it off, but. . . .
The trip through the remote Deschutes Canyon turns ugly when CEO Hal is murdered during the first night's camp. Everyone in the party is a suspect, especially Cal. And his knife and vest have disappeared. Does the fact that the company's value is about to explode play into the crime? What about the freight line running along the river? Could a hired killer have come and gone from the scene of the crime by hopping trains? Astwo local cops come down heavily on Cal, can he come up with a water-tight solution as he did in the tricky Portland case Matters of Doubt?
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Formerly a research scientist and international business executive, Warren C. Easley lives in Oregon where he writes fiction, tutors GED students, fly fishes and skis. Easley is the author of the Cal Claxton Oregon Mysteries. He received a Kay Snow National Award for fiction in 2012 and was named the Northwest's Up and Coming Author in...
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Title:Dead Float: A Cal Claxton MysteryFormat:Paperback | Large PrintDimensions:418 pagesPublished:July 1, 2014Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1464202672

ISBN - 13:9781464202674

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"MATTERS OF DOUBT is a fast, fun read with a fascinating defendant and our hero, Cal Claxton, a small town lawyer who risks his life to solve a big time cold case." Phillip Margolin, New York Times bestselling author of SLEIGHT OF HAND on Matters of Doubt "In Cal Claxton, Warren Easley has created a character you can root for -- a man who has experienced loss but still believes in a better future, a lawyer who vigorously pursues justice for the most vulnerable clients. MATTERS OF DOUBT proves that legal thrillers can indeed be thrilling." - Alafair Burke, author of IF YOU WERE HERE  on Matters of Doubt "Warren Easley renders his character Cal Claxton--a cook, a counter-puncher, and a fearless pursuer of justice--with warmth, deft restraint, and a pleasing tinge of noir. You will eagerly turn the pages to see if this wise ex-L.A. prosecutor can defend the vulnerable and solve the crime, to see if he is going to blow his budding romance, and, not the least, to discover the fate of his dog and best pal, Archie. I await the next Cal Claxton book with great anticipation."--Dean King, national best-selling author of Skeletons on the Zahara and The Feud  on Matters of Doubt “Easley makes Portland and the nearby wine country come alive in this smart mystery. A quicksilver page-turner with endearing, well-drawn characters you won't forget, Matters of Doubt is one to savor like a fine Oregon Pinot. Looking forward to more investigations with reluctant sleuth Cal Claxton.”--New York Times best selling author, Rosalind Noonan  on Matters of Doubt "In Matters of Doubt, Warren Easley tells a tale at once universal and strikingly Portland, a city that can feel like a small town with more than its fair share of dark secrets. With deft strokes, Easley paints a lush mural of the city and its denizens, one rich with photorealistic detail yet infused with an evocative impressionism—from the hope and hopelessness of life on the streets to the insular corridors of PDX power elite. In ex-LA prosecutor Cal Claxton, Easley gives us the quintessential Oregon transplant, an outsider seeking solace in a place suspicious of outsiders, a man whose wits, compassion, and love of great coffee help him find his way. Cal is a character I hope to see lots more of, from a writer with the chops to keep surprising us for years to come." —Bill Cameron, Spotted Owl Award-winning author of COUNTY LINE “From the first knock on Cal Claxton's door to the final resolution, Warren Easley keeps us in the hunt for information leading to the killer or killers that are central in ""Matters of Doubt."" Along the way we are confronted with questions about the legal system, the plight of the homeless, especially among young people, the exploitation of women, the healthcare system and how the commercial media drives public opinion. All wrapped up in a very entertaining whodunit.” --Kent McCord, Actor and Retired Reserve Los Angeles School Police Department Lieutenant  on Matters of Doubt “A fun, suspenseful tale... unexpected plot twists... real, likeable characters, especially Cal and his loyal dog Archie... an entertaining winner!”--Don Eckhardt, author of The Hannibal e-Puzzle  on Matters of Doubt "The motives and murders in Easley’s debut fit together like a set of nesting dolls, with each resolution leading to a new case. Cal comes across as an average guy who’s just trying to lend a hand."--Kirkus Reviews  on Matters of Doubt "Easley’s legal thriller debut, the first in a projected three-book series, is perfect for John Grisham fans. Although heavily draped in character stereotypes and social issues, his briskly paced and satisfyingly complex David vs. Goliath story will hold readers rapt from start to finish."--Library Journal  on Matters of Doubt "This is a strong debut for Easley, who, although he isn’t a practicing lawyer himself, writes like he knows what he’s talking about. Cal, carrying a heavy load of guilt over the circumstances surrounding his wife’s death, is a well-designed, sympathetic character—definitely capable of carrying a series."— Booklist  on Matters of Doubt