David Myles Robinson is a retired Honolulu, Hawaii trial attorney. He has published seven novels, four of which are Honolulu based legal thrillers. Robinson was born and raised in California and is a graduate of San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco School of Law. His mother, a former Hollywood talent agent, moved to Honolulu in 1967 and after spending all of his summers and other vacations in Hawaii (including a semester stint at the University of Hawaii), Robinson and his wife, Marcia Waldorf, moved to Honolulu to practice law, where they lived and worked for thirty-eight years. Waldorf went on to become a trial judge. Robinson won several legal awards and was a one-time president of the Hawaii trial lawyers association.
Upon retirement, the two moved to Taos, New Mexico, where Robinson pursues his passions of writing, skiing, golfing, and traveling. The two have traveled to all seven continents and have been to sub-Saharan Africa a dozen times. Robinson's one non-fiction book is Conga Line on the Amazon, a mostly humorous travel memoir of their adventure travels.
“Robinson packs the novel’s plot with a generous measure of action, and the tale maintains an enjoyably brisk pace. This is a legal thriller with an intriguing political dimension—A pleasant and well-executed crime drama.”
– Kirkus Reviews
A lawyer—defending a client accused of murder—gets drawn into a murky conspiracy that involves the mob, Russian corruption, and a lucrative business deal in this fourth installment of a series.
When Peter Roosevelt is shot dead in his Hawaii home, the obvious suspect is Wayson Takei, a successful businessman infamous for his “world-class temper.” Peter was sleeping with Wayson’s wife, Lei, who had just left her husband and filed for divorce, a humiliation that provoked wounded pride more than jealousy in the entrepreneur. Furthermore, the gun used to kill Peter belongs to Wayson, the last contribution to a pile of evidence that lands him in jail, held on a prohibitive $2 million bail. Pancho McMartin, a private attorney and the star of this series, takes on Wayson as a client and quickly discovers another possibility: that Peter’s murder had something to do with a business deal he effectively thwarted, a multimillion-dollar development project he opposed on environmental grounds. Peter’s neighbor Barry Williamson was among the principal architects of the deal and stood to lose everything. Even more suspicious is the involvement of Las Vegas businessman Joe Malen, a “shady character” with ties to organized crime who may have once been a Russian oligarch. Robinson packs the novel’s plot with a generous measure of action, and the tale maintains an enjoyably brisk pace. This is a legal thriller with an intriguing political dimension—ultimately the Russian element of the story ties into a corrupt American governor—but it avoids any pretensions to literary greatness or even nuance. The author’s goal seems to be the production of easily digestible entertainment and some artfully crafted suspense, both of which are ably provided.
A pleasant and well-executed crime drama.
Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2020
Page count: 230pp
Publisher: Terra Nova Books
Review Posted Online: Dec. 1, 2020
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