“Moving Targets” by Warren C Easley book six in the Cal Claxton series, but it stands alone, and a new reader will have no trouble enjoying it. This is another compelling story set in scenic Portland, Oregon. LA transplant now local lawyer, Cal Claxton, has a new client, Angela, a free-spirit sculptor and adopted daughter of a local real estate power couple. Angela’s current project is entitled, “The Jogging Woman,” a tribute to her mother, Margaret, who was recently killed in a hit-and-run accident. Of course, according to Angela, the police are doing little if anything to find the culprit, and she wants Cal to investigate.
Angela has also recently taken a new look Wingate Properties and its controversial upmarket waterfront development, and that stirs thing up as well. Local government entanglements, political connections, a dangerous assassin, and even the Russian mob all add to the complications. The action and tension escalate, and Angela’s mother is not the only murder victim along the way.
Easley interweaves a side plot when Cal discovers that an abandoned quarry next to his farmhouse in rural property is being mined once again. The explosions are terrorizing his dog Archie, and the local community seems to be powerless to halt the mining. Cal contemplates the possibility of having to sell.
The characters are strong, complex, and well developed. They evolve into powerful forces for change. Readers quickly connect with the whole cast. The plot is attention grabbing and engaging.
I received a review copy of “Moving Targets” from Warren C Easley, Poisoned Pen Press, and NetGalley. It is well written and captivating to read. The multifaceted yet believable characters really make the story. I recommend it to everyone.