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For a Song

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780824858827
Author(s): Rodney Morales
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2016
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Dimensions: 140 x 0 x 216 (w x l x h)
Pages: 416

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Set in Honolulu during the summer of 2007, Rodney Morales's For a Song melds actual events into an edgy detective novel that evokes contemporary Hawai'i as a place where the hauntingly beautiful and the hauntingly tragic too often intersect. Against a backdrop of political scandal and police corruption, the richly complex plot is driven by true-to-life characters and crisp dialogue. David 'Kawika' Apana is a reporter turned private detective who has hit rock bottom. Divorced and broke, his career is resuscitated when he gambles all and wins in a game of high stakes poker. He accepts a deal to trade in most of his winnings for a boat, which becomes his new home and office. His first client is a vivacious middle-aged blonde, Minerva Alter, who hires him to find her missing daughter, Caroline 'Kay' Johnson, a budding filmmaker and activist in her twenties. Apana is startled to learn that Minerva was once married to Lino Johnson, a petty criminal brazenly gunned down in Honolulu's Chinatown eighteen years earlier-an unsolved murder he covered during his reporter days.
As Apana undertakes the investigation, he finds it opens a widening network of intrigue that includes Kay's missing boyfriend and her murdered father. With her film project and her activism, especially that of challenging a planned development on conservation land, Kay has been a thorn in the side of Hawai'i's powers that be. Apana's pursuit of leads takes him all over O'ahu: from the me
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