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Timber BeastsTIMBER BEASTS:  This first book in the Sage Adair historical mystery series depicts the U.S. economy as failing the ordinary citizen who is slipping in his battle for family survival.  The year is 1902. As a secret operative in the growing labor movement Sage’s pursuit of economic justice leads him into hobo jungles, lumber camps, seedy saloons and the elite’s drawing rooms. Joining him in his right are a parlor house madam, a local Chinese tong leader, a coal-miner’s daughter and an Afro-American maitre d’ who has more “class” than the people he serves. On the night Sage uncovers a potential timber fraud, he  learns that an innocent young man has been charged with murdering a brutal railroad guard. Faced with the choice between pursuing the personal or the political, Sage chooses the personal only to find himself mired in the political.

Land SharksLAND SHARKS:  In this second Sage Adair mystery two men have disappeared, sending Sage on a desperate search that leads him into the Stygian blackness of Portland’s underground to confront murderous shanghaiers, a lost friendship and his own dark fears. This is also a poignant ride through Chinese history in Oregon, ranging from the murderous sand bars of the Snake River canyon, on the state’s eastern border, to Astoria’s salmon canneries at the edge of the Pacific ocean.

dryrotcover_lowresDRY ROT:  The third mystery in the turn of the 19th century Sage Adair series, features the undercover detective at the top of his game. A labor strike, a union leader framed for murder, a rag picker poet and collapsing city bridges in the Pacific Northwest makes a tasty stew of murder and mayhem.

blackdropBLACK DROP:
 This fast-paced story is crafted around Theodore Roosevelt’s 1903 visit to Portland, Oregon. The new president’s progressive programs threaten the economic elite’s power and wealth, triggering an assassination attempt. Against the backdrop of mounting excitement over the impending presidential visit, Sage Adair and his colorful, like-minded friends race to prevent Roosevelt’s murder.  At the same time, Sage learns young boys are facing an horrific fate.  As the presidential train and the boys’ doom rush ever closer, every crucial answer remains elusive.

dead_line_frontcoverDEAD LINE: This fifth book in the series thrusts Sage Adair into an unfamiliar landscape and social milieu—a situation that challenges his skills and endangers his life. It’s 1903 and a range war is brewing in Central Oregon. Extortion by an enemy sends Sage on a wild stagecoach ride into the Crooked River country’s deep canyons and parched valleys. There he finds cowboys blazing dead lines that sheepmen and their animals dare not cross. Already two shepherds lay dead in remote mountain meadows and soon, another sheepman dies. This time, the murderer attacks in the heart of Prineville—the area’s fastest growing town. As Sage races to avert the conflict, he learns why the central plateau people are embroiled in a crisis not of their own making. And he learns that, unless he and his unlikely allies act quickly, these hardy folk will turn on each other—catapulting the entire region into a war where neighbor will slaughter neighbor. This fast-paced, well-researched and compelling novel lays bare the historical forces that threatened and, ultimately, shaped Central Oregon and its people.


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