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Title:
Dead float
Author:
Easley, Warren C., author.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2014.
Physical Description:
273 pages ; 23 cm.
Summary:
"If you are a fly fisherman, it doesn't get any better than the salmon fly hatch on the Deschutes River, Oregon's legendary trout fishing venue. Cal Claxton--a small town lawyer who works to fish--has to pinch himself when his best friend and fishing guide, Philip Lone Deer, asks him to help guide an upcoming trip with a group of executives from a high-tech firm in Portland. But the trip through the remote Deschutes River Canyon turns ugly when a member of the fishing party is murdered. Everyone in the party is a suspect, including Cal himself. Does the fact that the company's value is about to explode play into the crime? And what about the freight line running along the river? All Cal knows is that he better come up with answers because he's suspect number one."--from publisher's description.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781464202667

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If you are a fly fisherman, it doesn t get any better than the salmon fly hatch on the Deschutes River, Oregon s legendary trout fishing venue. Cal Claxton a small town lawyer who works to fish has to pinch himself when his best friend and fishing guide, Philip Lone Deer, asks him to help guide an upcoming trip with a group of executives from a high tech firm in Portland. But the trip through the remote Deschutes River Canyon turns ugly when a member of the fishing party turns up murdered. Everyone in the party is a suspect, including Cal himself. Does the fact that the company s value is about to explode play into the crime? And what about the freight line running along the river. Does Philip s theory that the killer came and left on a train hold water? Cal better come up with answers because he s suspect number one "


Author Notes

Warren C. Easley is the author of the Cal Claxton Oregon mystery series.  The award winning author lives near Portland, Oregon.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Cal Claxton, the lead in this densely packed crime story, is the very model of the modern hard-boiled hero. He used to be a prosecuting attorney in Los Angeles, but his wife's suicide drove him to a life of puttering about his Oregon farmhouse. When he needs bucks, he takes somebody to court. Or he helps out pal Philip Lone Deer, who runs a fishing-guide business. As Dead Float begins, Claxton and Philip are hosting the managers of a high-tech firm. The execs have hired a consultant, who gathers the team into an encounter group: worker bees get to tell the boss what they really think of him. Any surprise somebody gets murdered? Of interest is that, along with the usual motivations for murder money, sex, revenge the author suggests others. Humiliation? Hurt feelings? Dim cops try to nail Cal for the crime, so he must catch the killer himself, and, in true old-school style, identities unspool as the plot twists abound. Good writing and a fine, wild ending.--Crinklaw, Don Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

In Easley's uneven second Cal Claxton mystery (after 2013's Matters of Doubt), fishing guide Philip Lone Deer persuades attorney Cal to help lead a trip on Oregon's Deschutes River, though the participants turn out to include Alexis Bruckner, with whom Cal once had a brief fling, and her CEO husband, Hal. When Hal winds up with his throat slashed, suspicion falls on Cal (whose knife just happens to be missing). A thin subplot about Cal's grown daughter, Claire, who's on a dangerous do-gooding trip in Sudan, distracts. On the plus side, Cal-a dog devotee who loves a good bottle of pinot and is a mean hand at Scrabble-makes an engaging narrator. The Pacific Northwest setting provides good atmosphere, and Cal's memories of his dead wife lend some emotional depth. The novel's last paragraph promise of a new fishing adventure-and possibly new romance-will keep readers engaged in the series, despite this entry's bumps. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Cal just wants to be a small-town attorney and fly-fishing guide. His friend Philip Lone Deer, a popular Oregon guide, hires Cal for a gig on the Deschutes River, a corporate team-building retreat for a firm's executive leaders. Clearly, the team is squabbling; even worse, the CEO's wife had an affair with Cal the previous year. The first night, the CEO is murdered in his sleep. Cal's problems deepen: his fishing knife is the murder weapon. Cal and Philip must investigate on the side because the police believe they have solved the case. When someone tries to drown Cal, he uses his fishing skills to good advantage. What a showdown finish! VERDICT Easley's folksy style belies an intense drama revolving around corporate greed and espionage. The second outing for this action-packed Oregon-based series (after Matters of Doubt) succeeds in quickly bringing readers up to speed. Pairs nicely with other boomer thrillers such as those by H. Terrell Griffin and also with fly-fishing mysteries by Keith McCafferty and Victoria Houston. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.