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Like a visit to a tropical island, everything is slower and that can be frustrating but the scenery is fascinating.
The core theme of this book is the clash and contrast between the slow, connected Samoan life style and the fast, opportunistic paalangi (American) ways.
Our protagonist embodies this clash. He is a Samoan who grew up in San Francisco and was a policeman there. He left the high-speed life of an American city to go back to the laid-back Samoan style where having a beer with a suspect at a beach bar seems not only acceptable but also the sensible thing to do.
The story revolves around incidents that involve both cultures and, inevitably, the criminal faultlines where the cultures collide. It is a solid story reasonably well told but a loose end here and an abrupt close there make it only a three out of five for the story.
I can see how others might find it slow. If all you are looking for is a mystery or thriller it is slow. But I enjoyed the cultural tour, it's details and its tone, so I never minded the story running on island time.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I'd never heard Phil Gigante read before, and was truly impressed by his handling the range of characters, especially female voices. Plot suffered from a slow start, and somewhat confusing (at least in audio) finale. I'd definitely read more of the series.
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