Not Dead Enough– A Cal Claxton Oregon Mystery

Celilo Falls During a Salmon Run – circa 1950

Coming in June, 2016

In 1957, Nelson Queah watched as the sacred falls at Celilo slowly disappeared with the closing of the flood gates of The Dalles Dam on the Columbia River.  War hero, Wasco Indian and passionate opponent of the dam’s construction, Queah stood by helplessly as ten thousand years of tribal history and fishing tradtion were erased in four hours.  That night Nelson Queah vanished without a trace.

Fifty years later to the day, Cal Claxton attends a Native American commemoration of the flooding of the falls, where he’s introduced to a woman named Winonah who tells him her grandfather, Nelson Queah, disapperared fifty years earlier.  A single witness claimed to have seen Queah drunk by the river, suggesting either suicide or accidental drowning.  Winonah–who never bought the drunk Indian story–asks Cal to help her discover the truth.  Cal is reluctant, but he agrees to help after reading a cache of letters discovered by Winonah that were written by Queah to her grandmother.  The letters suggest foul play.

From the Oregon wine country to the streets of Portland, to the Columbia River Gorge, Cal uncovers secrets that have remained hidden for fifty years.  He learns of a get-rich scheme pulled off during the construction of the dam and the blackmail plot used to leverage the deal.  Powerful men were involved, and there’s evidence that murders were committed to cover up the theft.

To help Winonah find the truth about her grandfather, Cal must navigate between white and Native American cultures and feuding police jurisdictions.  At the same time, he must come to terms with his unresolved feelings about his wife’s death and his growing interest in the beautiful, headstrong Winonah.

2 Responses to Not Dead Enough– A Cal Claxton Oregon Mystery

  1. Bob Taylor, duPont '96 says:

    Greetings Chief! I know things are going well with you and the family and you are pleased with the writing. Things here are about the same, into reading, minerals and music (have taken up the oboe for fun!). Also have thourghly enjoyed your first two books and look forward to the next one soon! Some times miss the old duPont gang, but rapidly get over it! Lol! Those were good times!! Let us know if you ever get back to SC.
    Best of everything,

    • warrenea says:

      Hey Bob, great to hear from you! You sound like you are keeping yourself busy. So glad you liked the first two books. I’m hard at work on the third one. Hope to have the manuscript to my editor by end of the year. We’ve been trying to get back to Camden, and hope to make it in ’15. Meanwhile, say hi to the gang, take care of yourself, and practice hard on the oboe. I want to hear a concert when I come!
      Best Regards,

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