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A Book Sense pick from Independent Bookstores for Independent Readers.


"After the death of his son, a father takes the river voyage he has always dreamed of. Starting out from his family ranch on the headwaters in the Sandhills of Nebraska, his inner voyage takes him to new acceptance of the son he never said goodbye to in life, while he faces the solitude and challenges of the river itself. The land plays as large a part of the story as do the people on the river. Lowen Clausen has written an exquisitely heartbreaking novel, with a soul as big as the eponymous river."

                    —Tammy Domike, Jackson Street Books, Seattle, WA


"First Avenue has an authenticity that only a real cop could convey. Sights, sounds, smells, and–most of all–real emotion mark this novel as a winner! Clausen is a natural, and I hope First Avenue is only the first in a series. I loved this book!"


          —Ann Rule, Author of The Stranger Beside Me


"A very strong book with great characters and a setting that has the right feel... The slow, sweet rendering of Ballard - its people, its daily rhythms - is perfect”.


          Friends of Mystery


"Clausen-who served 13 years on the Seattle police force that he so movingly depicts-has created characters with integrity and internal strength who take on life's tribulations and win even though justice is not always served. For all libraries where readers prefer novels about real women."


          —Library Journal

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