Author: Arthur C. Eastly
Twenty-eight-year-old Clay Bamford mistakenly thinks he is just bidding his parents farewell for a short time as they depart their Idaho ranch for a vacation. As their RV heads down the road away from home, Clay has no idea that in just a short time, his parents will be murdered and he will be left attempting to solve the crime. Luong An Chie’n—the patriarch of a Seattle Asian gang—is intent on doing whatever it takes to ensure he remains successful as a drug smuggler. When fate leads a few of his gang members to an encounter with the elderly Bamfords that ends in their untimely deaths, he is clueless that Clay Bamford has begun his own mission to find the guilty parties. Using his United States Army training, work ethic, and country boy toughness, the son hacks computers, intercepts e-mails, and infiltrates the gang. Determined to crack the crime operation, Bamford will stop at nothing until he finally leads police to a fish market—and what he hopes are the answers. In this gripping tale, an Idaho rancher attempting to solve his parents’ murder uncovers a major drug operation in Seattle where only time will tell if he finds the justice he so desperately needs.
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Could you please tell us a little about your book?
This book is set around 1990 centered on a large cattle ranch and the family that owns it in Idaho. It highlights the nature and habits of the country people and the troubles that come their way. In this family the son has earned a university degree in computer science and received special military training which he employs to find and punish the murderers of his parents while they are visiting in Seattle. The story moves between Challis, Idaho, to Seattle, Washington to Washington, D.C. and Moscow in Northern Idaho.
Who or what is the inspiration behind this book?
A gentleman told me about driving his motorhome to the west coast, arriving after dark. He parked in a closed service station for the night and his tires were slashed because he was in a city area controlled by an Asian gang. The author drove through the Bitterroot Mountains of Idaho and stopped in the small town of Challis. On this trip the story came to life in the authors head.
What cause are you most passionate about and why?
The cause of clean air, clean water, protecting the countryside simply because I like to hike, cross-country ski and enjoy the outdoors. Cities keep expanding and building on valuable farmland which should be considered carefully.
Do you have any rituals you follow when you finish a piece of work?
Not particularly, other than taking a few days off to clear my head.
Who has influenced you throughout your writing career?
Many people, family acquaintances, authors, scientist, and particularly reading about history and archaeology.
Arthur C. Eastly was educated at the University of Oklahoma. He enjoys writing frontier stories that enhance the self-reliance, determination, and courage our ancestors used to face dangerous hardships and move forward. His novel,Black Arrow, won second place in a New York fiction contest. Arthur currently resides in Alberta, Canada. This is his third book.