Matters of Doubt

Matters of Doubt

A Cal Claxton Oregon Mystery

Book - 2013
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"Cal Claxton is determined to reinvent himself as a small town lawyer in the aftermath of his wife's suicide. Once a hardcharging L.A. prosecutor, he now lives in an old farmhouse overlooking the Oregon wine country. When a scruffy, tattooed kid shows up asking for help in solving his mother's cold case murder, Cal wants to say no. But the kid, who calls himself Picasso, has ridden a bike from Portland, and something about his determination touches Cal.It turns out Picasso is a gifted artist. He's also one of the legions of street kids who are drawn to Portland's Old Town. A reluctant Cal finds Picasso painting a mural on the side of a health clinic run by an idealistic doctor. Then Picasso is charged with the murder of a major business figure. The evidence is overwhelming. Suddenly Cal finds himself back in the game, pitted against the police, the media, and some of Portland's most powerful citizens. Is Picasso being framed? And if so, is there a connection between the murder of his mom and this new killing?" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: Scpttsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781464201745
1464201749
9781464201721
1464201722
Characteristics: 271 p. ; 23 cm

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Roundcat
Oct 06, 2015

This first book of a new series starts with likeable characters who are conscience driven by suicides of their loved ones. Their back stories are skillfully woven into the fabric of the plot. We gradually learn about how to set up and paint a mural on a building. The end of the book sets up the premise for the series. The mystery was not obvious, so it was enticing to figure it out. I also enjoyed the Portland setting. He had my interest immediately, when two of the characters meet across the street from Powell's bookstore, and the continuing interest in Portland restaurants and food was a good side light.

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jocasey
Dec 16, 2013

This book started an interesting new investigative mystery series and I'm looking forward to the next one. MATTERS OF DOUBT was a solid, multi-stranded mystery with a part-time fly-fishing, small town lawyer at the center of an investigation that drags him into the underworld of homeless kids in Portland, Oregon. There were a number of turns and twists, and I completely enjoyed myself for the 2 days it took for me to read this book. I would recommend it to everyone! This is not a "cozy" mystery - there are hard questions asked about homelessness and abused kids - but it is not gratuitously violent either.

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CoMoReader
Nov 25, 2013

Promising new series with a sharp, likeable protagonist. I'm looking forward to the next one.

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