DEAD FLOAT — Cal Claxton Mystery #2. Available in July, 2014

The Deschutes River in Central Oregon

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…

Praise for Dead Float

A fast-paced, tightly woven whodunnit 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, NYT best selling author of Murder One.

 Dead Float starts with a man’s throat cut ear to ear and Claxton’s fishing knife found near by, and gathers momentum like the midnight freight trains nearby. As a Deschutes aficionado myself, I’ll never listen to those lonesome whistles again without thinking of this story, and thanking the stars it was only fiction — Keith McCafferty, author of The Royal Wulff Murders.


4 Responses to DEAD FLOAT — Cal Claxton Mystery #2. Available in July, 2014

  1. Interesting item on page 11 of Dead Float.

    The past perfect is commonly introduced by “when”, e.g, “when they reached Amman, the sun had set in the western hills”. (David Ignatius.) But look at this:

    “I was jolted out of my reverie again when the waiter served my dinner. (Clang, clang: Timing Peg.*) The restaurant HAD filled up, and Hal Bruckner still seemed oblivious to my presence.”

    Bravo. Nicely done.

    * With thanks to Ed Good, the Father of the Timing Peg.

  2. Ken Hobson says:

    Hi Warren-

    Ken Hobson here, at Driftwood Public Library in Lincoln City. I wonder if you’d be interested in joining us this year for our Dark & Stormy Night mystery writers series. Each October we invite mystery writers from Oregon and surrounding areas to come to the library on a Thursday afternoon and speak to our patrons about mystery writing and whatever else they may be passionate about. We offer the writers a night’s stay at one of our local hotels and a $200 honorarium to help with travel expenses. (Usually I have authors in place by now, but we had a writer pull out just this morning, and I happened to come across your name just a few days ago). We’d love it if you’d join us. Dates remaining are October 16th and October 23rd, and presentations start at 4:00.

    Thanks for your time!

    Ken Hobson
    Driftwood Public Library
    Lincoln City, OR

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