Warren Easley presents Moving Targets
Annie Bloom's welcomes back local author Warren Easley to read from his sixth Cal Claxton mystery novel, Moving Targets.
When a young woman walks into Caffeine Central, Cal Claxton's law office in downtown Portland, he has no idea that agreeing to help her will turn his life upside down. Sculptor Angela Wingate is determined to learn if the recent death of her mother, Margaret, was a hit-and-run while out on her morning jog in her ritzy neighborhood, or something more--like murder. As the ever-curious Cal begins to poke the principal players at Wingate Properties and to question Margaret's will, links surface between a lucrative riverfront project and a ruthless Russian ring. With a possible deadly foreign assassin in play, the threat level rises and the body count starts to grow. Decidedly outgunned, Cal enlists his Cuban friend Nando, an enterprising investigator with an on-call hacker, and a bouncer at a strip club who knows the Russian underworld. And Cal gradually develops other allies--a skeptical police captain and a city councilwoman who opposes the massive riverfront project. Beneath this story run the narratives of several strong women connected to Cal who are learning just how powerful they can be as they change up their lives.
"Intelligent dialogue, evocative descriptions of the Oregon landscape, and sly pokes at the current cultural climate make this a winner." -Publishers' Weekly
Easley's previous novel, Blood for Wine, has been nominated for a Nero Award.