Months have passed since Honolulu homicide detective Kimo Kanapa’aka walked away from the blaze at Wa’ahila State Park—and from his partner Mike.
Now, Kimo and Mike must work together to solve an arson-homicide while attempting to mend their relationship.
Neil S. Plakcy is the author of the Mahu series.
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He and Mike have broken up due to (view spoiler)[Mike cheating on Kimo and giving him gonorrehea (hide spoiler)] and a year has passed. Kimo's not doing particularly well with the break up, since for some reason I can't fathom he blames himself for not giving Mike the chance to explain himself. Mike is doing less well. Kimo's been taking some pretty stupid risks in his sex life, ...more
It took me a year, various emails to the (previous) publisher (of this book) and a few distributors, as well as the author Mr Neil Plakcy himself, for me to finally be able to read and enjoy this book. Granted, I only just read the e-book version of it and haven't got the print one, but this is definitely better than nothing. And as it turned out, this book was worth waiting and staying up all night to read it for.
By now I'm a fan of Kimo Kanapa'aka and there is very litt ...more
Mike in particular came alive for me: his and Kimo's discussion about being mixed race finally made sense of him.
Kimo does make some very silly mistakes, even though his detection skills are as usual stellar. Having a relationship with Ho at all? Then apparently forgetting to put surveillance on him when he'd been given the budget for it???!
Never mind, I love the guy.
I was a bit surprised when the book opened with Kimo informing us readers that him and Mike had broken up after only six months of relationship. Then, I got excited. Why? Because the blurb ...more
Then something horrible happens - the very first building Kimo's father ever built on his own has burned down and arson is discovered. Now Kimo must work with Fire Inspector and ex-boyfriend Mike Riccardi to fi ...more
This is the fourth book in this very good gay mystery series about police officer Kimo Kanapa'aka. It opens some 18 months or so after the previous book, with Kimo's relationship with fire officer Mike Riccardi having broken down around a year before and Kimo is not in a good place. When a series of murder/arson attacks occur the pair find themselves working together to try solve the crime - which involves prostitution and trafficking and for Kimo is yet again a little to clo ...more
He is the kind of flawed character I like, the kind that is self-aware and can atone for his faults. He is also funny and kind of normal, he feels real.
Mike, Kimo's love ...more
I had to check several times as I was reading this that I hadn't missed a book - this is the fourth book in the series a ...more
Whilst the mystery element is standalone, the best enjoyment comes from the development of Kimo and the other characters.
The mystery element this time dealt with the nasty underbelly of human trafficking, sex slaves and just horrid control freaks. Well written, though sometimes Kimo has to miss some obvious points to keep the story moving.
Mike and Kimo have obviously had issues since the end of book 3 so it was good to see a slow ...more
And my epub copy of the story failed to recognize any of the Hawaiian dialects, so some of the words had multiple question marks - which was a distraction more than anything.
A journalist, book reviewer and college professor, he is also a frequent contributor to gay anthologies.
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