Author: Scott Kikkawa | Paperback
KONA WINDS is a hard-boiled noir murder mystery set in Honolulu in 1953, when Hawai'i was changing from a racially stratified, near-feudal plantation colony to the multi-ethnic 50th State. This debut novel by Japanese American author Scott Kikkawa was written with the firm belief that Hawai'i is more than just a pretty backdrop for the mischief of tourists. It can be, and was, a terrifying, sodden place whose social realities were ugly not so long ago and continue in some respect to go unresolved. In addition, the novel provides a glimpse into the police work of postwar Honolulu, which has been rarely written in this way before.
**Rich's Staff Pick**
A complicated noir mystery set in 1952 Honolulu. I had to make myself not jump to the last chapter and find out "who done it." In the course of setting the plot, Mr. Kikkawa shows the pervasive racism that permeates Hawaii, the good and bad. Great read!