Monday, June 6, 2016

Not Dead Enough: A Cal Claxton Oregon Mystery by Warren C Easley

Cold cases are hard to solve but fifty years later it's nigh on to impossible.  Many of the people who lived then have passed on.  Others are so old they don't remember much.  But someone must remember something because the first person he tries to interview is shot dead in the chair on his porch...

Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow.  This is part of a series, so check out the others while you're there.

What grabbed my attention was the location of the mystery.  It's at the Dalles Dam and we used to camp at Maryhill State Park and eat in the Dalles.  We also visited Shaniko, OR, which is a ghost town.  I knew where Celilo falls used to be and have a history book about it in my own library.  It was like visiting home again but I'm glad I never found any dead bodies in my visits!

Cal has agreed to take on the Indian granddaughter's quest to answer how and why her grandfather died.  He didn't realize he was setting himself in front of an assassin's gun when he did it.  There are more deaths, more truths are revealed, a case of fraud shows up and there's even more that comes to light before the end of this story.  The killer was no one I expected.  This is a good read with history, political ambitions and a past that won't stay buried.  Even when they find out who killed grandpa, this story isn't over yet.  It's good all the way to the last page.

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