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THE GREEN ROOM by Deborah Turrell Atkinson

THE GREEN ROOM

By Deborah Turrell Atkinson

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 1-59058-198-9
Publisher: Poisoned Pen

Hawaiian attorney Storm Kayama discovers that surfing can be deadly.

The first client to consult Storm's new one-woman law firm is Stephanie Barstow, who wants a divorce from sleazy promoter Marty Barstow. Their son Ben is a surfer, just like Noahoa Pi'ilana, a cousin Storm hasn't seen in years. Before the cousins can get reacquainted, Noahoa is found dead, the second recent victim of an apparent surfing accident. Before his death, he'd been handed a lei o man, an ancient weapon used as a threat and invitation to fight. Its appearance makes Storm wonder if the deaths are really accidents, as she meets other members of the surfing scene through the Barstows and Noahoa's bereft girlfriend, Sunny. Meanwhile, Barstow and TV announcer Steve O'Reilly are heavily involved in promoting a big wave-surfing contest on Hawaii's dangerous north shore. Storm must face cultural clashes, a burglary at her borrowed beach cottage and incarceration in a sea cave before her modest surfing skills save her from death in the turbulent water of the green room and her lawyer boyfriend Hamlin and some friends in the police department help her clear up the mystery of the surf-related deaths.

The solution is a letdown, but intrepid Storm provides enough thrills, chills and tastes of Hawaiian surfing to create an exciting adventure.