When a commercial airliner belly-whomps on an abandoned Hawaiian airstrip, four nearly identical black backpacks--including one containing a small fortune in stolen gold and gems--end up in the wrong hands.
Private investigator Noelani B. Lee, hired by an unscrupulous jeweler to find the purloined baubles, soon finds herself matching wits with the scheming courier who lost the rocks and the double-crossing brothers he betrayed. But greed and bedlam ensue as the packs change hands, and Noelani realizes anyone--a coddled college kid, the Pacific Rim's premier foot model and her baseball-player husband, a local restaurateur and her half-Scottish, petty-thieving son--could have the valuable stash.
With help from her gregarious cousin and her own gift for disguise, Noelani sorts through the avarice to find the pilfered jewelry--while she decides what to do about some embarrassing secrets she uncovers along the way.
About the Author
A native Pennsylvanian, he resides in suburban Las Vegas with his wife, Donna; a laid-back tortoise-shell calico cat named Chloe; and sixty-plus pounds of rompin’, stompin’ basset hound named Molli.
The Kona Shuffle is his first novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If Carl Hiaasen moved to Hawaii and focused on organize crime rather than environmental misdeeds then you would get “The Kona Shuffle”. A mix of bumbling criminals, strange situations and the always exotic Hawaii, brings together a fun story of thievery and double cross. The characters are fun, if a bit static and the story blends together a nice mix of mystery and action to be really enjoyable. If you’re looking for a tropical misadventure in your mind pick this one up!
There are moments in The Kona Shuffle where your eyes scan the words as fast as they can as your jaw hangs open catching flies. Esther and Tommy with the gun. The naked guy strapped to a chair and tortured with cheesy steel guitar music and a sunburn from hell. Gerald who wears plaid shorts in the Kona heat and speaks in a brogue because the father he never met is Scottish. I can’t even mention the whole fertility idol thing without cracking up because I remember those from Woolworth’s tourist souvenir selection as a kid. Tom Bradley’s The Kona Shuffle is a screwball detective comedy about four identical backpacks that get mixed up during a hard landing at the Kona Airport. Of course none of the bags are carrying the typical tourist maps and sunscreen and all of the owners are highly motivated to get their bags back. As the bags are stolen, swapped, and misdirected, deals are stuck and double-crossed in hilarious situations. It’s up to private investigator Noelani B. Lee to figure it all out and ultimately decide who gets the goods. There’s just the right balance between locals only inside jokes and a fast-paced action-packed narrative. Like a good plate lunch, there’s a little bit of everything here that satisfies. If you’re heading to Hawaii, it’s a great beach or plane read that guarantees you’ll be checking menus for loco mocos and paying a little more attention to your fanny pack in Waikiki. Can’t wait for the next Noelani adventure, The Hilo Hustle.