Friday, June 30, 2017

Murder and Corruption in Hawaii

Pono Hawkins, ex Special Forces, loves surfing. While resting on the beach, he sees the body of Sylvia Gordon, a beautiful reporter, floating on the waves. He pulls her in and immediately feels a strong attachment to the dead woman. Although, he prefers to distance himself from the police, he has a strong need to find the woman’s killer.

The police first call Sylvia’s death murder, but almost immediately change it to accident. Pono isn’t buying it. He knows she was murdered. The search for her killer involves him in government corruption and dishonest industry. Soon Pono finds himself the hunted rather than the hunter.

The best part of the book is the beautiful description of Hawaii. You can tell the author loves the island. The plot is intricate. Unfortunately, the mystery drags due to the insertion of the author’s political commentary on the corruption in Hawaii, and government in general.

Pono is almost a superhero with his feats of endurance, strength. I found it hard to get interested in him. The characters I enjoyed most were Mojo his surfing dog, and Puma
, his cat. The other characters were pretty much stock police officers and tough ladies.

If you love Hawaii, you may enjoy this book. However, be prepared for the action to be derailed by lots of political commentary.


I received this book from Net Galley for this review.