Death of a Messenger
Koa surmounts a host of obstacles as he pursues the murderer--an incompetent local medical examiner, hostility from haoles (Westerners) and sovereignty advocates, and myriad lies. Did the victim stumble upon a gang of high-tech archaeological thieves? Or did he learn a secret so shocking it cost him his life and put others, too, in mortal danger?
Will Hilo's most respected native detective catch this fiend in time, or will the killer strike again--with even deadlier consequences?
Great, story and well written — Posted by Amazon Customer on January 29, 2016
Great, story and well written. Once you start it’s hard to put down. Obviously, the author has done a great deal of research and the results are
being reflected in the book. Definitely recommend to everyone. Can hardly wait for the next Koa Kane book.
Hope your not busy tomorrow because this book is an all niter,(or two). Very much enjoyed the characters, locations, and their descriptions, the author takes you there. As for the case, a rollercoaster of who did it. I wasn’t ready for it to end, looking forward to going along on Koa’s next case.
Beautiful Hawaii holds many ancient secrets & now a ritualistic murder of a young, brilliant astronomer. A new smart & human detective enters our realm & captures our imagination…Koa Kane. He is a native Hawaiian who has clawed his way up the bureaucratic ladder through ferocity, doggedness & intelligence. We are swept away in Koa’s discoveries & clues. Every page holds another piece to the puzzle until the end when we are once again involved in a twist of fate to uncover Keneke’s killer. I, for one, was wrapped up in the ancient rites & modern day technology of the observatories. Well done, Mr. McCaw…cannot wait until another case needs to be solved by this illustrious detective.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Full of interesting characters and absorbing plot twists. The author takes you on a ride deep into Hawaiian culture as his star character, Koa Kane, solves a really nasty crime. Loved the intrigue that built throughout and the sense of Hawaii this book gave me.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/RKTFMOKWRXYS9/ref=cm_cr_pr_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B018J24DO4A wonderful first novel for Robert McCaw. He keeps the reader riveted to the book as the characters and story are developed. With the overlay of Hawaiian history and culture, McCaw creates an intricate story of intertwining events, themes and personalities. Carefully building to its climax, the book leaves the reader satisfied with Detective Kane’s resolution of this complicated and difficult investigation. With Koa Kane, and the Hawaii setting, McCaw has created a new and exciting platform for the mystery novel reader. This reviewer is looking forward to McCaw’s second installment of his Koa Kane Hawaiian Mystery series.
McCaw’s debut novel is excellent. Koa Kane is a terrific new character, a real “good guy” without being at all self-righteous. The novel is well-paced and builds to an exciting climax. McCaw’s love and respect for Hawaii and its history and culture are evident throughout. His military and legal background lend credibility to the characters and plot developments. I also found the science fascinating. Looking forward to Koa Kane’s next adventure.
An exciting, entertaining read… can’t wait for the next Koa Kane mystery! — Posted By Medusa’s Laugh on Amazon, December 24, 2015
I love a good mystery, especially one made rich with the history and culture of an exotic place. Along with the elements that make a mystery so much fun…. the turning of a detective’s mind, the sifting through of evidence, the cast of suspects, this book is like traveling through the many microclimates of Hawaii. It’s an adventure of sight and sound, as well as the many voices that tell the tale of our 50th state. I hope there’s more to come as Koa finds himself embroiled in another crime on the Big Island.
Hawaiian detective Koa Kane responds to a violent crime scene at Pohakuloa, an army training site. A body has been found inside a cave, so savagely mutilated as to be unrecognizable. The only things that seems clear is that the murder has all the markings of a ritual killing. Also uncovered at the crime scene are ancient burial crypts and a stonecutter’s workshop sealed off for 500 years. Is the victim a grave robber, or someone who came upon others looting the site. Too make matters more complicated, another man is injured at an illegal dig on another island. When the victim’s i.d. is finally confirmed, there are suspects coming out of the woodwork. Can Koa narrow down the list before another person is killed? I really enjoyed this mystery that took me into the heart of Hawaii, into the rituals and the past; the things that tourists never see. I can’t wait to read McCaw’s next installment.