MATTERS OF DOUBT — Cal Claxton Mystery #1.

MATTERS OF DOUBT is published by Poisoned Pen Press and available everywhere.

Cal Claxton is determined to reinvent himself as a small town lawyer in the aftermath of his wife’s suicide.  Once a hard-charging L.A. prosecutor, he now lives in solitude in an old farmhouse overlooking the Oregon wine country.  When a scruffy, tattooed kid shows up asking for help in solving his mother’s cold case murder, Cal wants to say no.  Times are tough, and he’s no private eye, anyway.  But the kid, who calls himself Picasso, has ridden a bicycle all the way from Portland in the rain, and something about his determination impresses Cal.

It turns out Picasso is homeless, joining the legions of kids who are drawn to Portland’s Old Town.  He is also a gifted artist painting a mural on the side of a health clinic run by an idealistic doctor named Anna.  Things take an ugly turn when Picasso is charged with the murder of a prominent Portland businessman.  The evidence against him is overwhelming, but Cal steps in to defend Picasso at Anna’s urging.  Suddenly Cal finds himself pitted against the police, the media and some of Portland’s most powerful citizens.

Is Picasso being framed?  And if so, is there a connection between the two murders?  Cal’s desperate search uncovers a dark web of blackmail, deception and a lineup of suspects from Portland’s A-list.  As he peels back the layers of truth, he also peels back the layers with which he’s insulated himself.


“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.

“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






6 Responses to MATTERS OF DOUBT — Cal Claxton Mystery #1.

  1. pete says:

    just have one note to pass along. As you may have noticed, I’m Canadian, but even I know that a Glock is NOT a revolver and that a revolver does not have a clip. According to Wikipedia, Glock only makes semi-automatic pistols that use a magazine to contain the ammunition. A revolver has chambers to hold the rounds. I am surprised your editor didn’t catch this error the several times it was made.

    • warrenea says:

      Thanks, Pete. I stand corrected! I try to make my books as technically accurate as possible. Looks like I blew this one!

  2. Louann says:

    Loved Matters of Doubt, the first of your novels I’ve read. I do, however, have a question regarding how on Page 257 after having her hands pulled back and taped to the chair stiles, Anna put a finger to her lips to Shhh? I know there are several people involved in proof reading, editing, etc before publishing so how does this happen? Thank you for your time in answering.

    • warrenea says:

      Thank you, Louann. Ouch! How did I, my editor, and the line editor miss that!! Very embarrassing. I’m glad, despite the glaring gaff, that you liked the book. My next book, another Cal Claxton mystery, is out now, titled Dead Float.

  3. jayem says:

    I’m with Louann on p. 257….also noticed the same thing.
    Notwithstanding, the read was awesome! Can’t wait to read the next ones……

    • warrenea says:

      Thank you Jayem. I’ve got 60,000 words written in the next Cal Claxton book. You can bet I’ll be scrutinizing the fine print!

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