When nothing is as it seems, can the truth survive?
Attorney Cal Claxton, now well-established in his Oregon law practice after breaking off his career as a high-powered LA prosecutor, just wants to go fishing with his daughter, Claire, and he knows the best place--the coastal area south of Coos Bay. But their vacation takes a dark turn with the discovery of a body in the river.
As an investigation is launchedinto the suspicious death, Cal and Claire find themselves drawn into the life of the local bookshop owner and vocal environmental activist, whose grandson was convicted for murder at age sixteen. She believes he was wrongly accused and convinces Cal to reexamine the case. Together, Cal and Claire dig deep into the secrets and crumbling alliances that form the foundation of this small coastal community, and what they find could spell doom for them both...
"Easley sets his seventh Cal Claxton mystery in his hero's stomping ground the dramatically beautiful Oregon coast and he trots out his standard bad guys: greedy developers eager to tear up the landscape in pursuit of big bucks. As in the earlier novels, the developers are doing just fine until they cross onetime L.A. prosecutor Claxton. The narrative begins classically off the point: a young man is wrongly convicted of the murder of an area businessman, and his grandmother has the luck to encounter Claxton and ask for his help. The murder, Claxton learns, was just a business decision, nothing personal: the victim was slowing down the greedheads. But just as we're ready to think ""same old,"" Easley introduces some startling twists. Readers might wish a speedier pace to the narrative, but they'll still enjoy immersing themselves in Claxton's enviable world of fly-fishing, cappuccino, craft beers, and surfing, not to mention learning what ""woolly bugger"" and ""sweeping oxbow"" mean. Amiable mystery fare, reminiscent of the late William G. Tapply's Brady Coyne series.--Don Crinklaw Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review:
"In Easley's satisfying seventh mystery featuring genial Oregon attorney Cal Claxton (after 2018's Moving Targets), Cal and his daughter, Claire, who has a postdoctoral position at Harvard in environmental science, are fishing in Oregon's Millicoma River when they discover the body of fellow fisherman Howard Coleman, his hands and feet bound with steel cable. Two days later, Cal meets Aurora "Rori" Dennison, the owner of the Coffee and Subversion bookshop, who describes the dead man as "a jailhouse snitch." Coleman's false testimony helped convict her 16-year-old grandson, Kevin Sanders, of the murder of nasty Sonny Jensen four years earlier and send the boy to prison for life without parole. Soon after Cal agrees to reexamine Kevin's case, he and Claire are risking their lives in pursuit of the killers of both Jensen and Coleman. Easley creates authentic characters and relationships, and his eloquent descriptions of the Oregon wilderness are sublime. This well-plotted, character-driven series just keeps getting better. (Oct.)"
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