By Deborah Turrell Atkinson
(Poisoned Pen Press, Hardcover, 9781590584026, 282pp.)
Publication Date: August 15, 2007
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Storm Kayamas old high school friend, Tanner Williams, wants a favor. Hes asked her to come to Molokai to make sure his ex-wife is taking good care of his adolescent son, a newly diagnosed diabetic. In the meantime, Storms law partner and lover, Ian Hamlin, is investigating the possibility that a Molokai kayaking companys negligence played a part in the disappearance of Brock Liu, the son of an Oahu shipping magnate. It looks like a great excuse for Storm and Hamlin to get away from Honolulu for the weekend.
But Storm soon finds that Tanner has bigger problems than he let on, including his bitter wife Jenny Williams, a history of mental illness, and ties to a local protest group linked to an unsolved ten-year-old homicide. A few hours after Storms visit to Jennys home, twelve-year-old Luke Williams finds his mother dead on their living room floor. Luke calls the police, then he disappears.
Storm believes Luke may have seen his mothers killer and is in grave danger from both the murderer and his fluctuating blood glucose levels. Her chase after Lukeand answersleads through the dense rainforests, pristine beaches, and untamed wilds of Molokai.Are Brock Lius disappearance and Jenny Williams death linked to the old homicide?
“In her third adventure, attorney Storm Kayama and her lover, Ian Hamlin, travel to unspoiled Molokai, in the Hawaiian Islands, where they meet up with the couple who raised her after her mother’s death...This fast-paced mystery combines vivid descriptions of the beautiful countryside, fascinating background on Hawaiian lore and legend, and an intriguing glimpse of the engaging Storm’s past.” –Booklist of Fire Prayer “Interesting insight into Hawaii's growth problems and cultural clashes wrapped around a suspenseful mystery...” –Kirkus Reviews of Fire Prayer “The Moloka'i scenery is as vivid and appealing as the heroine, and authentic language and folklore make this a first-rate tale of greed, lust and retribution...” –Publishers Weekly of Fire Prayer