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.


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