Book Review: “Dead Float” by Warren C. Easley

August 27, 2015 at 6:15 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Warren C. Easley in his new book, “Dead Float book coverDead Float” Book Six in the Cal Claxton Mystery series published by Poisoned Pen Press gives us another adventure with Cal Claxton.

From the back cover:   Cal Claxton–a former L.A. prosecutor now practicing law in Oregon’s wine country and 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.  For a fly fisherman, it doesn’t get any better than the salmon fly hatch on the Deschutes River, Oregon’s legendary trout fishing venue.

The execs, however, aren’t coming just to fish. They’re engaging in a conflict resolution exercise where the future of the firm is to be determined. And Cal learns, too late, that the company’s CEO is bringing his wife, the woman with whom Cal had a fling after their last Lone Deer-guided fishing trip. Cal soon broke it off, but…

The trip through the remote Deschutes River Canyon turns ugly when CEO Hal is murdered during the first night’s camp. Everyone in the party is a suspect, especially Cal. And his knife and vest have disappeared. Does the fact that the company’s value is about to explode play into the crime? What about the freight line running along the river? Could a hired killer have come and gone from the scene of the crime by hopping trains? As two local cops come down heavily on Cal, can he come up with a water-tight solution as he did in the  tricky Portland case Matters Of Doubt?

You would never believe that a fishing trip could get so out of hand and dangerous. First there is the murder. That limits the number of suspects to those that are on the trip. Well with the possibility that there was a hired assassin. The all the evidence points to Cal as the murderer. Now he doesn’t have a choice, he really has to solve the case before they arrest him. The story hums along at a fast pace as Cal is working to figure out just what is going on. All the while there is the background of the Deschutes River. I don’t fish however the imagery really makes you want to go there “Dead Float” is loaded with twists and turns and red herrings that will leave you guessing all the while you are flipping pages to find out what happens next. Mr. Easley has provided us with a marvelous character in Cal and I look forward to reading about his next adventure.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Poisoned Pen Press.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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