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Bill Cameron 

When: Thu., July 1, 7 p.m. 2010
Price: free
Day One is author Bill Cameron's second crime fiction novel to feature retired Portland detective Skin Kadash, and when Day One works, it works like a charm. Certain chapters crackle with momentum and electricity, and Cameron's ability to paint visuals—especially the seedier streets of Portland and the dark underbelly of its neighborhoods—is laudable. However, the book does tend to leap off the rails by jumping back and forth in time from chapter to chapter, and by story's end, one can't help but wonder if all the chronological gymnastics were worth the trouble. That being said, Day One is like a bipolar horse that's been released from its stall—wild one minute, napping the next—but ultimately, still worth the ride. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY Read the full review here.

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