Cal Claxton’s old farmhouse sits high in Oregon’s Red Hills, home to scores of wineries and some of the most coveted acreage for growing the pinot noir grape in the world. Former L.A. prosecutor Cal settled in this haven to reboot his life as a widower, growing a small practice that includes some pro bono legal work in nearby Portland. Life if good, filled with food, wine, and friends. But this beautiful area is not the idyllic haven it appears to be.
When Cal’s neighbor, Jim Kavanaugh, the owner and gifted vintner of an up-and-coming winery, is accused of murdering his wife, his freedom–and the grape harvest–is suddenly in jeopardy along with his reputation, and his business begins to slide. No gentleman farmer, this puts the rugged winemaker’s property, his only financial asset, in play. When a blackmail plot is hatched against the owner of adjacent land, it begins to look like a brutal game of real-life Monopoly is underway.
Cal agrees to defend Jim, a good friend, which pulls him reluctantly into the blackmail plot. Emotions are running high over Lori Kavanaugh’s bloody death. There is no shortage of suspects. There may be more than one game in play. And defending Jim might well make Cal the next target of a vicious, cunning killer.
Praise for Blood for Wine:
A Nero Wolfe Award finalist for 2018
“I’ve been a fan of Warren Easley’s Cal Claxton series since I read his first book, and they’ve gotten better with age, like the fine wine at the center of this fine novel of suspense. If you enjoy wine and a really good mystery, Blood for Wine is a must read. —Phillip Margolin, New York Times bestselling author
“…Oenophiles and aspiring vintners will enjoy the wine lore in this well-wrought tale of love and betrayal.” —Publishers Weekly
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