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Green Room
by Deborah Turrell Atkinson
Order:  USA  Can
Poisoned Pen, 2005 (2005)
* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Ever watched surfers in Hawaii on the Telly, admiring the graceful swoop of the sport, agonizing when a surfer is lost in the towering, swirling waves, and cheering when they accomplish a particular ride? Ever envisioned yourself as the new kid on the block - or the waves, as it were? I have, but have enough intelligence to know that is something I shall never do, not at my age and with my delicate bones. But I can do the next best thing and read all about the burgeoning sport that brings dedicated surfers from all over the world to surf O'ahu's North Shore.

The Green Room brings knowledge and thrills to the reader along with a very good mystery. I have to admit I was a little bewildered as I delved into the first few chapters. The terminology was totally alien to me. But I hung in there (no pun intended) and found it all became familiar quickly, so that I felt I was on the beach at O'ahu watching world champion surfers risk life and limb for a title and prize money. All hoping not to get caught in 'the green room,' the underwater space where tons of churning water can imprison a surfer. Storm Kayama - introduced to us in Deborah Turrell Atkinson's first novel, Primitive Secrets - now has a brand new law office and is trolling for clients. Her cousin, a first line surfer, invites her to a big meet. Things get dicey from there, and murder becomes the order of the day.

The Green Room is an exciting book with all the thrills you could want. The education on Hawaii culture and background is a bonus, while the climax had me holding my breath along with Storm.

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