Day OneSpotted Owl Award Finalist
A young woman flees abuse; a teen runaway hides a dark secret; an ex-cop chases his own past. All three converge at the harrowing end of a trail of violence stretching from the high desert to the streets of Portland.
Spotted Owl Award Finalist
Born and raised in southern Oregon farm country, Ellie Spaneker flees her home and abusive husband, her trail dogged by a brutal ex-cop in the hire of her vengeful father-in-law.
In Portland, retired homicide detective Skin Kadash fills his idle days drinking coffee and searching for Eager Gillespie, a teen runaway of special interest as the only witness in a troublesome and long unsolved murder. Eager, meanwhile, is on his own, grifting and working the angles in the homeless underground, oblivious to the unfolding events which will force him to face the consequences of a crime, and a longing, which has haunted him for years.
These disparate trails converge at a bloody standoff, the harrowing end of a string of violence which stretches from the high desert to the streets of Portland.
Day One combines philosophical first person wit with a spider web of a plot. It is an utterly engrossing page-turner, but you’ll force yourself to slow down, just so you don’t miss any of Bill Cameron’s crackerjack writing. A reluctant hero, a damsel in distress, a kid with a secret, plenty of Oregon references, and oh, lots and lots of murder. What more could anyone want?CHELSEA CAIN
As usual, Cameron takes us on a dark ride through uncharted territory — a journey that leaves us both satisfied and begging for moreROBERT GREGORY BROWNE
In the year-end edition of the Portland Mercury, Gabe Barber of Reading Local selects Day One as one of the best books of 2010.
Vancouver Voice: “The body count is positively Shakespearean, but in Cameron’s vision of P-town’s dark underbelly, love really is strong as death. Maybe stronger.”
Phil Hanson: “dark, gritty, compelling thriller.”
The Portland Mercury says, “Cameron’s ability to paint visuals—especially the seedier streets of Portland and the dark underbelly of its neighborhoods—is laudable.’
Barbara Tom says, “Cameron has invented a novel filled with complex plotting and writing that is both tough and lyrical.”
Library Journal‘s verdict: “Readers will get caught up in this thriller’s various plot threads, which will lead them to a sad yet satisfying conclusion.”
Booklist says, “Unrelievedly bleak and gritty yet thoroughly compelling.”
Publishers Weekly says, “The characters’ operatically intense passions are powerful.”
Ryan Pfeil of the Klamath Falls Herald & News writes about Day One and its southern Oregon settings.
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