Released June 23, 2010
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Professor Charlie Cain has been sent by the U.S. Senate to investigate the various sovereignty groups in Hawaii and bring back a recommendation on a pending bill that may recognize native Hawaiian rights. But when Charlie turns up missing, and is later found dead, his former student, law professor Erin Hanna, travels to Hawaii to hunt for his killer and to finish his work. She joins forces with Hawaiian detective Tommy Kanahele, who has zeroed in on a prime suspect – Manu Pokui, self-proclaimed head of The Nation of the Islands, one of the leading sovereignty groups, and supposed descendent of the great Hawaiian warrior, Kamehameha. But Erin is convinced Manu has been set up, and the only way to prove it is to recreate the earlier part of Charlie’s investigation. This sets her squarely in the sights of the real killers, leading to a hair-raising chase along Kauai’s Na Pali coast with a bona fide descendent of Kamehameha the Great.
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My thanks to editor Jonathan Marcantoni for his excellent work on this novel.
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“Charlie Chan, take a back seat to mysteries set in Hawaii, as there is a new king of this genre. Mike Farris’ Kanaka Blues depicts a Hawaii that old Charlie could never envision, complete with a page-turning whodunnit that you will race through the palm trees to finish.”
– Patrick A. Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The General and The Passenger
“Kanaka Blues is one kick ass mystery that will take you to the dawn’s early light! It whipsaws you through the staggering panorama of Hawaii, sending you to the age of Captain Cook and back again, in a way you can’t imagine. Even if you’ve been to Hawaii, you haven’t been to Hawaii until you read Kanaka Blues.”
– Payne Harrison, New York Times bestselling author of Storming Intrepid and Eurostorm