An Unsettled Past


In the Denver suburb of Ridgewood Hills chaos lies in wait. Only weeks away from his high school graduation, an early morning triple homicide upends Alex Jones' life when he and his friends find themselves in the crossfire of a twisted plot on the verge of unraveling. To Alex it's just bad luck, however, when those close to Alex become entwined, Alex fears he may be the common link to everything.Later when he confirms that he and his mother are targets, Alex initiates a discreet investigation which leads him into the covert world of a father someone assassinated thirteen years earlier. And the secrets Alex uncovers forces him to reexamine everything he thought he knew about his life.

With the skeletons of his family's underground life exposed, does Alex have enough stamina to confront the killers head-on? Or will his life befall to a dangerous game of retribution for an unsettled past?


I love the book. I was able to feel and visualize everything. I felt like I was back in school again. I love the store line. very suspenseful and much drama. This is a good book to read on a rainy day laying by the window.

I’m into the first book and really like it! Can’t wait to read the next two!

Great story, an engaging cast of characters, a mysterious history that unfolds keeping you reading until you get to the end! I could not stop! Great new voice! More, please!!!

Alex Jones has found himself in a most difficult spot. His past and his present have collided in dramatic fashion leaving those he loves in danger. This book is a solid debut from C.L. Brees and I found myself moving quickly through the pages. Just when I would try to anticipate what might be coming next I was thrown for a loop.

This book is different from what I normally read, but I'm glad it was suggested to me. The author has developed a solid plot with several twists and turns along the way. I would highly recommend giving this book a read. Good job!

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About C.L. Brees

C.L. Brees, the author of An Unsettled Past, Dark Ending, and Among the Ashes, was born and raised in rural northeast Indiana, a place where sometimes he found the environment a bit too restrictive for his overactive imagination. He had bigger plans and set his sights on exploring the world for inspiration. Currently, he lives in Stuttgart, Germany.

Currently, C.L. Brees has two main goals: releasing the final book of the Alex Jones Series, The Whole Truth, by winter 2019. His second goal is to complete another stand-alone novel, No Place is Safe, by the fall of 2020.

C.L. Brees gained extensive knowledge in the world of criminal justice and forensics from the University of Baltimore, where he earned a Certificate in Crime Scene Investigation, a B.S. in Forensic Science, Magna Cum Laude, and an M.S. in Cyber Forensics in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

Before accepting his current overseas assignment, he worked as a criminal justice researcher, as a forensic analyst for a Baltimore law firm, and spent several years canvassing neighborhoods in Baltimore conducting health research for National Institutes of Health.

For more information or to schedule an interview, C.L. Brees may be reached via Facebook (CLBrees), Twitter (CLBreesAuthor), Instagram (c_l_brees_author), or via e-mail at

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