Having killed his father's nemesis and gotten away with it, Hilo, Hawai 'i Chief Detective Koa Kane, is not your ordinary cop. Estranged from his younger brother, who has been convicted of multiple crimes, he is not from a typical law enforcement family. Yet, Koa's secret demons fuel his unwavering drive to pursue justice.
Never has Koa's motivation been greater than when he learns that an elementary school was placed atop a volcanic vent, which has now exploded. The subsequent murders of the school's contractor and architect only add urgency to his search for the truth.
As Koa's investigation heats up, his brother collapses in jail from a previously undiagnosed brain tumor. Using his connections, Koa devises a risky plan to win his brother's freedom.
As Koa gradually unravels the obscure connections between multiple suspects, he uncovers a 40 year-old conspiracy. When he is about to apprehend the perpetrators, his investigation suddenly becomes entwined with his brother's future, forcing Koa to choose between justice for the victims and his brother's freedom.
This is book 3 in the Koa Kane Hawaiian book series and although I haven't read the previous books in the series this can definitely be read as a standalone. The story is about lies, dirty dealings and simple greed with a good measure of guts, determination and family loyalty.
This book started with a bang, which I loved and the action just kept on going. I loved the main story and the secondary plot about Chief Detective Koa Kane's family. I enjoyed reading about the medical condition his brother suffers from and how this impacts Koa Kane's investigation, leaving him possibly compromised.
I found the Hawaiian phrases, place names and the Hawaiian culture that weaved throughout the book to be interesting, informative and added to my overall enjoyment of the novel. This also created a real uniqueness to the book which I adored.
This was a fast-paced book and the page-turner I was looking for. The reveal at the end was well presented and the last piece of the jigsaw was surprising and it tied everything together. The characters were richly described and fully dimensional. I look forward to reading more titles in this series.
Many thanks to Michelle Fitzgerald at FSB Associates for an ARC copy in return for my honest review.
Robert B. McCaw grew up in a military family travelling the world. After graduating from Georgetown University, he served as a lieutenant in the US Army before earning his JD degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.