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The Big Both Ways (Hardcover)
It's 1935. Jobs are scarce. Yet Slippery Wilson walks off his job at a logging camp afer a gruesome accident kills a coworker. He's headed for Seattle with his savings and plans to buy a piece of farmland and be his own boss. When he stops to help a woman get her car out of a ditch, his life takes a serious detour. The woman is Ellie Hobbs, an anachist from the docks of Seattle who watches out for her young neice and dreams of flying planes. But right now she's got a busted nose and has just stuffed a dead man's body into the trunk of her car. So begins the action that will take Slip, Ellie, her neice, and her noisy yellow bird on a heart-stopping adventure up the Inside Passage from Puget Sound to Alaska. They travel by dory to stay off the roads, and are followed not only by union men out for revenge but by a dogged Seattle police detective who recently lost his wife and is looking for a new life of his own. A gripping period crime story, THE BIG BOTH WAYS incorporates actual events and real places.
"For far too many years now, we've been waiting for a new book by Straley, author of the Cecil Younger private eye mysteries set in Sitka, Alaska, and we're delighted to say that his new nonseries historical, set in 1935, doesn't disappoint ... it would make an illuminating companion piece to Steinbeck's classic "The Grapes of Wrath" ..." -- Tom and Enid Schantz "The Denver Post, June 28, 2008"