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Matters of Doubt (Cal Claxton Oregon Mysteries)by Warren C Easley
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Cal Claxton is determined to reinvent himself as a small town lawyer in the aftermath of his wifes suicide. Once a hard charging L.A. prosecutor, he now lives in solitude in an old farmhouse overlooking the Oregon wine country. When a scruffy, tattooed kid shows up asking for help in solving his mothers cold case murder, Cal wants to say no: times are tough, and hes no private eye, anyway. But the kid, who calls himself Picasso, has ridden a bike all the way from Portland in the rain, and something about his determination touches Cal.
It turns out Picasso is homeless, joining the legions of kids who are drawn to Portlands Old Town. He is also a gifted artist painting a mural on the side of a health clinic operated by an idealistic doctor named Anna. Things take an ugly turn when Picasso is charged with the murder of a prominent Portland businessman. The evidence against him is overwhelming, but, at Annas urging, Cal steps in to defend Picasso. Suddenly Cal finds himself pitted against the police, the media and some of Portlands most powerful citizens.
Is Picasso being framed? And if so, is there a connection between the two murders? As he peels back the layers of truth, he realizes too late that he has put both himself and Anna in the crosshairs of a ruthless killer.
"Easley's unremarkable debut introduces Cal Claxton, a former L.A. prosecutor who has moved to Oregon wine country following his wife's death and is now content to handle small-time cases. But when a tattooed Portland street kid, Danny 'Picasso' Baxter, who looks about 20, asks Cal to help solve his mother's murder, Cal reluctantly agrees to do so. Picasso tells Cal that his mother, Nicole, disappeared mysteriously eight years earlier and that her skeletal remains were recently found in the Deschutes River. Picasso is sure the killer is Mitch Conyers, a sleazy Portland businessman who was once his mother's boyfriend. Cal digs into Nicole's life and work — she was a reporter for The Oregonian — and finds unsettling connections to all manner of deceitful dealings involving some of Portland's most notable citizens. Easley brings alive the world of street kids and the alternative social groups they form, but the mystery, such as it is, lacks punch. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
When Cal Claxton decides to help a young homeless man accused of a brutal murder, he finds himself pitted against the police, the media and an angry citizenry. But thats childs play compared to the trouble he finds himself in when he starts to uncover the truth behind the crime.
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