“Delivering babies is not in my standard contract,” says Kai Cooke to his very pregnant client, Summer McDahl. Summer has hired the Surfing Detective with an unusual request: to prove her husband is dead. Corky McDahl wiped out on Christmas Eve in heavy surf at Waimea Bay and vanished. Now it’s February, Summer’s baby is soon due, and the P.I. finds himself on a twisted treasure hunt spanning three Hawaiian islands.
Did Corky pull off the most daring skip-trace ever? The answer turns out to be more complicated than the question would suggest, involving the islands’ big-wave riding and drug trafficking scenes, not to mention the competing claims of Corky’s two “widows.” Is Corky McDahl dead or alive? Though the “Surfing Detective” seems the last to know, his client gains a great deal more than her money paid for.
WIPEOUT continues the sleuthing adventures of Kai Cooke, the Surfing Detective. A very pregnant client visits his office in Chinatown, Oahu, asking for Kai's help to find her missing husband, presumed dead after a a wipeout at Waimea Beach. The surfer's disappearance doesn't add up ... and neither does the wife's interest in finding him. Kai's investigation leads him to Oahu's North Shore, Maui's cowboy town, and Lanai's Shipwreck Beach. Tides come and tides go ... and Kai rides the waves to find the answer.
Hughes delivers another cozy mystery set in the Hawaiian Islands. He captures the exotic landscape that attracts tourists ... and the ugly underbelly of criminal activity that plagues paradise. This quick read will appeal to fans of Hawaiian life and surfing lingo.
I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,
1. Have you tried surfing and/or stand up paddling? I have not ... I preferred to photograph the beach landscape.
2. Comments are open through Saturday, June 14, 10 pm in Baltimore.
3. I'll post the winner on Sunday, June 15.
Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City
Learn more about Chip and his books at surfingdetective.com.