Rumored to hold more spirits than people, the remote tropical paradise To’aga frightens many Samoan locals—but not Detective Apelu Soifua. Reeling from the loss of his young daughter, Apelu retreats to the haunted island for a self-imposed exile. He spends his days drinking, trying to ignore the ghosts in his head, and receives few visitors other than a shamanistic recluse and a pair of dedicated marine biologists conducting research.
But after a crew of surveyors arrives, Apelu makes a disturbing discovery: foreign investors plan to build a resort hotel on the coast, a project sure to destroy the To’aga coral reef and shatter the island’s peaceful way of life. When tensions rise and someone—or something—commits a gruesome murder, Apelu must force himself out of retirement to solve the case. Can the heartbroken detective navigate both modern and mystical forces to find the killer and appease the angry spirits of To’aga, in this third book of the Jungle Beat Mystery series?
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About the Author
Originally from Buffalo, New York, John Enright holds a bachelor’s degree in literature from the City College of New York and a master’s degree in folklore from the University of California, Berkeley. After working in magazine journalism and book publishing, Enright left the United States to teach at the American Samoa Community College. He remained in the South Pacific for twenty-six years, directing environmental, cultural, and historical preservation programs and writing extensively about the islands. His collection of poems about Samoa, 14 Degrees South, won the University of the South Pacific Press’s inaugural International Literature Competition in 2011. The author of Pago Pago Tango and Fire Knife Dancing, the first two books in the Det. Apelu Soifua Jungle Beat Mystery series, Enright now lives in Jamestown, Rhode Island, with his wife, ceramicist Connie Payne.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Shortly after acquiring John Enright's “The Dead Don't Dance”, I learned it was the third book in a series about a Samoan policeman named Detective Apelu Soifua. However, I quickly discovered that it was not necessary to have a knowledge of those first two books in order to enjoy this one. Enright's Det. Soifua is a complex soul. In some ways, he reminds me of a cross between Tony Hillerman's Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, attempting to understand the ancestors' religion and their view of the world against the “modern” aspects introduced by the Europeans and Americans. In other ways, he feels like Tom Corcoran's Key West-based Alex Rutledge, working when he must but taking it easy when not. Toss in a bit of Hamlet, mourning a family member and dealing with associated upheaval while attempting to move forward with his life. Overall, I found the book to be a good use of my time, and I have already acquired another in the series for future reading. RATING: 4 stars. DISCLOSURE: This book was provided to me free of charge in a random draw; the publishers hope for a review (and probably for a positive one) but one was NOT required for receipt of the book.