At 3 A.M. In the Old Town section of Portland, Oregon, sixteen year old Kelly Spence is busy tagging a building while hiked out sixty feet above a parking lot. Kelly, who uses the moniker K209, is a gifted climber who uses her skills to place tags in seemingly impossible places. A runway from an abusive foster home and orphaned by the death of her father in a climbing accident, Kelly’s tags are a taunt to the city’s zero tolerance policy on graffiti.
A murder occurs in the parking lot below her and Kelly, a witness to the crime, barely escapes the killer. A runaway, Kelly wants to help solve the crime but feels she can’t reveal her identity.
Small town lawyer, Cal Claxton, becomes involved because the victim is the fiancée of his best friend, PI Nando Mendoza, who’s mounted his own investigation. Cal realizes that finding K209 could help solve the case.
Street smart and resourceful, Kelly traces the killer to a gun shop in Portland and uses a high perch in an abandoned building to periodically watch for him. Meanwhile, Cal’s investigation leads him to the same place. What’s going on at the gun shop that could lead to murder, and what is the story behind the moniker, K-209? If Cal can’t crack it, the young tagger may die.
Praise for Never Look Down
“If you haven’t read Warren C. Easley, you should. Right now. In Never Look Down, the prose is smooth, the characters are nuanced, and the story resonates.” Mike Lawson, award-winning author of the DeMarco series.
“Never Look Down is an impeccably crafted novel that hits every note. Memorable characters, a unique plot, and a wonderful sense of place. By all means, get this book and settle in for a great read.” Philip Donlay, acclaimed author of the Donovan Nash series.
“Lawyer Cal is an appealing knight in rusty armor, seeking justice for the most vulnerable. His latest case is complicated but holds the reader’s interest. Easley exquisitely captures Portland’s flavor, and his portrayal of street life is spot-on. Readers of John Hart and Kate Wilhelm will delight in trying a new author.” Library Journal
“Claxton makes an amiable, low-key lawyer hero, reminiscent of William G. Tapply’s Brady Coyne, and Easley vividly evokes Portland’s street culture.” Booklist