I was honored some great authors took the time to read MATTERS OF DOUBT.  This is what they had to say.  The book will be available starting September 3rd.

“MATTERS OF DOUBT is a fast, fun read with a fascinating defendant and our hero, Cal Claxton, a small town lawyer who risks his life to solve a big time cold case.”

Phillip Margolin, New York Times bestselling author of SLEIGHT OF HAND.

“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, New York Times bestselling author of IF YOU WERE HERE.


“Warren Easley renders his character Cal Claxton–a cook, a counter-puncher, and a fearless pursuer of justice–with warmth, deft restraint, and a pleasing tinge of noir. You will eagerly turn the pages to see if this wise ex-L.A. prosecutor can defend the vulnerable and solve the crime, to see if he is going to blow his budding romance, and, not the least, to discover the fate of his dog and best pal, Archie. I await the next Cal Claxton book with great anticipation.”

–Dean King, national best-selling author of Skeletons on the Zahara and The Feud


Easley makes Portland and the nearby wine country come alive in this smart mystery. A quicksilver page-turner with endearing, well-drawn characters you won’t forget, Matters of Doubt is one to savor like a fine Oregon Pinot. Looking forward to more investigations with reluctant sleuth Cal Claxton.

— Rosalind Noonan, New York Times best-selling author.


In Matters of Doubt, Warren Easley tells a tale at once universal and strikingly Portland, a city that can feel like a small town with more than its fair share of dark secrets. With deft strokes, Easley paints a lush mural of the city and its denizens, one rich with photorealistic detail yet infused with an evocative impressionism—from the hope and hopelessness of life on the streets to the insular corridors of PDX power elite. In ex-LA prosecutor Cal Claxton, Easley gives us the quintessential Oregon transplant, an outsider seeking solace in a place suspicious of outsiders, a man whose wits, compassion, and love of great coffee help him find his way. Cal is a character I hope to see lots more of, from a writer with the chops to keep surprising us for years to come.

—Bill Cameron, Spotted Owl Award-winning author of COUNTY LINE

From the first knock on Cal Claxton’s door to the final resolution, Warren Easley keeps us in the hunt for information leading to the killer or killers that are central in “Matters of Doubt.” Along the way we are confronted with questions about the legal system, the plight of the homeless, especially among young people, the exploitation of women, the healthcare system and how the commercial media drives public opinion. All wrapped up in a very entertaining “who done it.”

Kent McCord  — Actor. Retired Reserve Los Angeles School Police Department Lieutenant.


“A fun, suspenseful tale…unexpected plot twists…real, likeable characters, especially Cal and his loyal dog Archie…an entertaining winner!

Don Eckhardt, author of The Hannibal e-Puzzle