Start: 6:30 pm
Some bookstore events--not ours, of course--can be a little dry, but there's no danger of that when Charles Neff is the author in question. He's the scribe behind thrillers set in such far-flung places as Nicaragua, Sweden, and rural Washington, but he's also a talented musician, so when he makes an appearance, he brings his trumpet and a full jazz band to really make an appearance. His latest novel is Dire Salvation. In it, Calla Ogden's carefully organized life as a social worker in Washington's Central Cascade Mountains begins to fall apart when her half-brother is arrested for murder. The investigation centers on a fish hatchery operated by a local Native American tribe, and soon draws in Mayor Phil Bianchi and Greg Takarchuk, a junior police officer. As Phil and Calla grow close, they confront causes for the murder that bring them face to face with a dangerous new drug and with old events tied to Calla's native heritage. Native lore and modern science combine in a treacherous final confrontation that threatens to sweep away many lives, and with them, newfound love. Join us to hear Charles Neff read from the book and play us some tunes. The joint will be jumping with jazz from 6:30 until 7:15, and Charlie will be reading and signing thereafter. Share a glass of wine with us while you tap your toes and celebrate the release of Dire Salvation.