PLEASING THE DEAD by Deborah Turrell Atkinson


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Welcome to Hawaii, where the yakuza prey.

Storm Kayama has left the Maui airport headed for Lara’s Aquatic Adventures, where she’s setting up incorporation and liability procedures for her new client Lara Farrell’s soon-to-open dive shop, when an exploding restaurant snarls traffic for hours. Her trip, so ominously begun, turns even deadlier the next day when one of Lara’s workman kills himself and one of his daughters, sending another, Carmen, to the hospital. Storm, who has a troubled background herself, feels compassion for Carmen and goes to visit. Does the tail clinging to her every turn have anything to do with the men she meets who are missing their pinkies, a sign of their yakuza loyalty? Are Lara’s fiancé and his father connected to the yakuza? In fact, does Lara’s past include horrors wrought by the dreaded yakuza? The mastermind behind it all is Obake, who has his abbreviated pinkies in everything from real estate bombing to pachinko gambling to a prostitution ring that debauches barely teenaged girls. But he’ll get his comeuppance at the teeth of a great white shark while Storm battles desperately to keep a dive boat afloat.

Enough plot and menacing back stories to befuddle most readers who’ve enlisted for the scenic ride. Though not wanting for pluck, Storm (Fire Prayer, 2007, etc.) is definitely not the brightest attorney in the Islands.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-59058-597-9
Page count: 296pp
Publisher: Poisoned Pen
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2008


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