A heinous conspiracy—a volcano exacting revenge—an island paradise in anguish
Having killed his father's nemesis and gotten away with it, Hilo, Hawaii Chief Detective Koa Kane, is not your ordinary cop. Estranged from his younger brother, who has been convicted of multiple crimes, he is not from a typical law enforcement family. Yet, Koa's secret demons fuel his unwavering drive to pursue justice.
Never has Koa's motivation been greater than when he learns that an elementary school was placed atop a volcanic vent, which has now exploded. The subsequent murders of the school's contractor and architect only add urgency to his search for the truth.
As Koa's investigation heats up, his brother collapses in jail from a previously undiagnosed brain tumor. Using his connections, Koa devises a risky plan to win his brother's freedom. As Koa gradually unravels the obscure connections between multiple suspects, he uncovers a forty-year-old conspiracy. When he is about to apprehend the perpetrators, his investigation suddenly becomes entwined with his brother's future, forcing Koa to choose between justice for the victims and his brother's freedom.
Perfect for fans of Michael Connelly and James Lee Burke
While all of the novels in the Koa Kane Hawaiian Mystery Series stand on their own and can be read in any order, the publication sequence is:
Off the Grid
Fire and Vengeance
Death of a Messenger
Treachery Times Two (coming January 2022)
The eruption of Hualalai Mountain, one of the five volcanoes that make up Hawaii Island, drives McCaw's sluggish third Koa Kane Hawaiian mystery (after 2019's Off the Grid). This natural disaster kills 14 children and four teachers at the KonaWili elementary school. Investigators discover that the school was constructed directly on top of a volcanic fault. "The builders deliberately put those kids at risk. That's murder by reckless endangerment.... Somebody's going to pay for this. And pay big time," vows Chief Det. Koa Kane. He tracks down the project's general contractor and architect, but in both cases only arrives in time to find that each has been murdered. Koa becomes entangled in a sticky web of deceit as he uncovers a conspiracy that dates back decades. The slow-moving plot picks up as it approaches the dramatic showdown between Koa and the chief villain. Readers who like unsubtle, straightforward conflicts between good and evil will be satisfied.