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Detective Sergeant Apelu Soifua knows firsthand how cops work in the big city; he spent seven years on the beat with the San Francisco PD. There, the job was just a job. But back home on American Samoa, it’s personal. On an island, there are no strangers. Secrets may be commonly known but they’re never discussed, and solving crimes requires a certain…finesse. Here, Apelu walks the line between two cultures: Samoan versus American, native versus new, each with its own unique way of coping when things go wrong. And never is that more evident than when a seemingly random break-in at a white family’s home turns out to be anything but random.
Following a tangled evidence trail that wends between cultures, Apelu must navigate dead bodies, hidden codes, and a string of lies before he can uncover the ugly truth buried at the heart of paradise.
©2012 John Enright (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Robert L. on 11-30-12

A Mystery On Island Time

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.

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3 out of 5 stars
By John S. on 01-01-13

Great narration and interesting setting

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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