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Pleasing the Dead
by Deborah Turrell Atkinson
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Poisoned Pen, 2009 (2009)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

With Deborah Turrell Atkinson's newest novel, Pleasing the Dead, we return to Hawaii for another of her exciting stories. What better place could we read of on these dull winter days than Hawaii? I gave myself up to the book and fell right into the action.

Honolulu lawyer Storm Kayama arrives in Kahului on Maui to do some legal work for Lara Farrell, who is opening a dive shop. Storm steps into a convoluted situation that she just can't quite shake off her flip-flops. There is more to this dive shop than meets the eye and other people involved who don't like to be crossed and who will do anything to get their own way. Literally.

One of Lara's workers, a recent widowed Japanese immigrant, kills himself and shoots both of his daughters. Storm identifies with the child who survives, as her own mother committed suicide and she was left with no family. A realtor is killed and the action escalates. I don't want to reveal too much more. It is too good to read of yourself and let the tension rise slowly as the author planned.

It's enough to say that Atkinson knows the islands and its peoples. And weaves an engrossing tale that will keep you turning pages. The climax has to be read to be believed. Wow! Don't miss this one. It's a winner.

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