“Fire and Vengeance” is set in Hawai’i, a tropical paradise, but things were certainly not idyllic when a storm of epic proportions blew across the islands. Water cascaded into cracks and caverns of Hualālai, flashed into steam, and caused the catastrophic collapse of an elementary school killing dozens. How could this happen? Why was a school built on such a dangerous site? Could it have been money, pure greed?
Chief Detective Koa Kāne has a troubled past and a brother in jail. Despite this, he is devoted to his family and to justice, and the story unfolds from his perspective. Readers see what he sees, know what is said, observe how people act, and get Kāne’s insight on all of it. What starts as a terrible civil catastrophe suddenly becomes a crime and political cover-up of epic proportions.
The investigation proceeds in a systematic and detailed manner, examining people, following leads, and revealing lies. The cover-up is intricate and multifaceted; events that were supposed to have been hidden in the past forever are uncovered with shocking results. Secondary characters are distinct and detailed, adding interest and complexity to the story. The action escalates to a dramatic and shocking confrontation.
The language, word selection, and vocabulary reflect the island’s people and its culture. I was given a review copy of “Fire and Vengeance” from Robert McCaw, and Oceanview Publishing. It was intricate, detailed, and compelling to read. This is book two in the Koa Kāne Mystery series, but new readers will be able to follow the action without difficulty.