Someone's found a body at Pohakuloa, the army's live-fire training area. Bearing all the marks of ancient ritual sacrificethe murder is the grisliest of Detective Koa Kane's career.
The bizarre case draws Koa deep into his own Hawaiian roots. As Koa probes the victim's past, he must sort through a rich roster of suspectsgrave robbers, native activists, thieves, and star gazers.
Koa surmounts a host of obstacles as he pursues the murdereran incompetent local medical examiner, hostility from haoles (Westerners) and sovereignty advocates, and myriad lies.
Did the victim stumble upon a gang of high-tech archaeological thieves? Or did he learn a secret so shocking it cost him his life and put others, too, in mortal danger?
Will Hilo's most respected native detective catch this fiend in time, or will the killer strike againwith even deadlier consequences?
Author Robert B. McCaw, a seasoned attorney and veteran of many headline-grabbing cases, blends his decades-old passion for Hawaiian history with a life-long enthusiasm for crime fiction to create a compelling protagonist in Detective Koa Kane. A former US Army officer and judicial clerk at the US Supreme Court, McCaw's firsthand military experience, legal expertise, and immersion in all things Hawaiian lend the characters in this richly layered thriller unparalleled authenticity. An avid photographer and part-time resident of the Big Island since the 1990s, he and his wife split their time between New York and Hawaii. Death of a Messenger is the first novel of the Koa Kane Hawaiian Mystery series.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The islands of Hawaii provide the setting for an outstanding police procedural. Modern science weaves against native tradition to produce a case where sorting out the bad guys and assigning proper responsibility is a most difficult task. Everyone seems to be guilty of something, but who is guilty of what, and why are they guilty becomes a puzzling case for Kao Kane, the super detective from Hawaii. Everything falls into place by the end, but it is quite an ending. Well worth a read.