Suspects: A Northwest Murder Mystery

Suspects: A Northwest Murder Mystery

by Ted Haynes

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Suspects: A Northwest Murder Mystery by Ted Haynes

Dan Martinez, twenty-eight, laid off from his job with a law firm in Portland, Oregon, decides to train for an off-road triathlon in rural Central Oregon. After a run, Dan comes to the back door of his childhood friend, Candy Winterpol, to find Candy’s husband, Ken, barely conscious on his deck. Dan and Candy help Ken into the kitchen and call 911. When Detective Breuninger of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Department arrives with the medics, Dan and Candy realize they may be charged with attacking Ken (and ultimately murdering him when he dies that afternoon). Dan arranges a criminal attorney for Candy and protects himself using what he can remember from law school, where he studied business, not criminal, law.

When a neighbor tells Dan he saw Dan’s father in the vicinity, Dan decides he must protect his father, as well as Candy and himself, from arrest and possible conviction. Meanwhile, Dan’s father disappears.

Dan undertakes to protect Candy, his father, and himself by identifying other people who had reason to kill Ken. He uncovers Ken’s fraudulent business practices, his bribery of public officials, his early life as a drug dealer, and his bitter relationship with his previous wife. When Dan delivers a host of suspects to Detective Breuninger, the detective arrests Dan himself in the hope of learning what Dan is trying to hide.

Amy De Santis, twenty-three, attends the funeral of her landlord (Ken) and is accosted by his sister who sees a family resemblance. Amy believes Ken might be the father for whom she never had a name. Amy meets Dan and finds they are both training for the same triathlon. They eventually fall in love, though Dan is wary of a girl who stands to gain from Ken’s estate.

Dan finally identifies the murderer, who attempts to kill Dan, and fights the killer in a life and death struggle deep in the Oregon forest.

The novel is narrated in various sections by Dan, Candy, Dan’s father, Amy (Dan’s girlfriend), Detective Breuninger, and, in a letter he left behind, Ken Winterpol - the murdered man himself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780964650640
Publisher: The Robleda Company, Publishers
Publication date: 05/15/2017
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

Ted Haynes graduated from Dartmouth College and the Graduate
School of Business at Stanford. He has studied writing with Nancy
Packer and Hillary Jordan at Stanford and with Tom Parker and
Donna Levin at UC Berkeley. He serves on the board of the Waterston Desert Writing Prize. He lives in Central Oregon in the summer and on the San Francisco peninsula in the winter. He is an avid swimmer and fly fisherman.

Table of Contents

Contents

Chapter 1 Running Into Trouble (DAN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Chapter 2 The Color Red (CANDY) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Chapter 3 Playing Defense (DAN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Chapter 4 Witness (LEON) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Chapter 5 The Sins of the Fathers (DAN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Chapter 6 The Young Buck (DAN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

Chapter 7 The Undead Rise (CANDY) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Chapter 8 Injured Parties (DAN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

Chapter 9 Lake Oswego (DAN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

Chapter 10 To My Children (KEN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79

Chapter 11 History Lessons (DAN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

Chapter 12 Coming into the Country (AMY) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93

Chapter 13 Threats and Celebrations (DAN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102

Chapter 14 Biology and Fireworks (AMY) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109

Chapter 15 Heritage (DAN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116

Chapter 16 Right and Wrong (LEON) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124

Chapter 17 Debt Collection (DAN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128

Chapter 18 Identity (DAN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140

Chapter 19 The Law Descends (DETECTIVE CARL BREUNINGER) . . . . . . . . . 144

Chapter 20 Rough Trails (DAN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154

Chapter 21 Explorations (DAN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162

Chapter 22 Women (CANDY) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171

Chapter 23 Gains and Losses (AMY) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175

Chapter 24 Parentage (DAN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178

Chapter 25 Shameless (AMY) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190

Chapter 26 The Prodigal Father (LEON) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195

Chapter 27 Benham Falls (DAN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201

Chapter 28 The Color Black (CANDY) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210

Epilogue The Race (DAN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216

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