Kilauea's smoldering lava fields—a unique place to bury the bodies
A scrap of cloth fluttering in the wind leads Hilo police Chief Detective Koa Kane to the tortured remains of an unfortunate soul left to burn in the path of an advancing lava flow. For Koa, it's the second gruesome homicide of the day, and he soon discovers the murders are linked. These grisly crimes on Hawai'i's Big Island could rewrite history—or cost Chief Detective Koa Kane his career.
The dead, a reclusive couple living off the grid, turn out to be mysterious fugitives. The CIA, the Chinese government, and the Defense Intelligence Agency attempt to thwart Koa's investigation and obscure the victims' true identities. Undeterred by mounting political pressure, Koa pursues the truth only to find himself drawn into a web of international intrigue.
While Koa investigates, the Big Island scrambles to prepare for the biggest and most explosive political rally in its history. Despite police resources stretched to the breaking point, Koa uncovers a government conspiracy so shocking its exposure topples senior officials far beyond Hawai'i's shores.
Perfect for fans of James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux
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)
In McCaw's digressive sequel to 2015's Death of a Messenger, Chief Det. Koa Kane, a dedicated Hilo, Hawaii, police officer with a shadowy past, arrives at the scene of what at first looks like an accident involving a car and a truck. A scream rends the air. As Koa races toward the burning car, it explodes, killing the woman inside. He's then called to the northern edge of Volcanoes National Park, where he finds a "shriveled, naked, partially burned corpse" lying in a gap between two lobes of lava rock. He thinks, "The gods must be angry." Two murders in one day is unheard of in these parts, and Koa believes that the deaths must be related. Soon he's up to his ears in blackmail schemes, international espionage, and political shenanigans, and has his own police chief and the CIA breathing down his neck. Slices of island history and culture, bursts of volcanology, and descriptions of the island's lush and singular flora and fauna pad the narrative. Those fascinated by Hawaii will best appreciate this one.