Charley Memminger combines a cast of quirky and sometimes dangerous island characters with a mystery that you'll never forget. This riveting story introduces Stryker McBride, who lives on a 300,000 dollar houseboat at a small yacht club.
The former crime reporter has been keeping a low profile since being shot by a cop while investigating police corruption. But when Stryker receives a phone call from a beautiful former high school classmate, he's drawn back into society to look into the death of the woman's grandfather. Soon, Stryker's investigation leads him to a deadly secret buried deep in the heart of Hawaii.
Vivid and exhilarating, you can almost hear the pounding of the surf and catch the scent of plumeria.
"Hilarious side characters and side stories lend ballast. Readers will want to see a lot more of this engaging hero in the John D. MacDonald tradition." (Publishers Weekly)
"Whatever you call it, McDonald homage or Memminger original, it's pretty darned good." (Booklist)
"Charley Memminger should be named Hawaii's state gem. Sorry black coral, he's just better than you are. His great first novel made me feel like I just took a Hawaiian vacation, and not your usual boring beach vacation, but a thrilling trip filled with corrupt cops and libidinous Russians." (A.J. Jacobs, author of The Know-it-All)
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Great new series!
Yes. it's a really good story with a fast-paced action, mixed with just enough humor to balance it all.
Someone used to send me computer lnks to Charles Memminger's humorous column from the Honolulu paper, and I loved reading them. I had noticed I had not gotten one for a while, so was thrilled when I saw he had written this book. Wondering if he would be as talented with a full-length book, eagerly downloaded it.
I am happy to say it is excellent. He has created Stryker MacBride, an ex-reporter who lives on his houseboat and gets drawn into the crime that originally led to his having been shot when he had been investigating it several years previously. Danger, tough guys, sex--the usual ingredients of this genre of beach bum sleuths, combined with one of the freshest touches of humor found in recent books. Not my usual reading, but bought just because it was written by Memminger. I found it everything I had hoped for and more. I would just say that at times the narration was a little uneven, but it did not detract.
- Kathi "Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy."
murder, history and modern ideas
Real Hawaiian mystery
Theethnic mix of characters is a refreshing change from the same old Magnum wannabes
Not your average LA murder
The author likes to use modern invective but once you get over that, this is well worth reading. And, you might learn something about our 50th state that is seldom mentioned. This author puts personalities to the characters from the past, instead of just talking in generalities. The past affects the present and it does so on a personal level. Thanks guy you did a good job . I hpoe to read some more from your chacters.