The Green Room

Deborah Turrell Atkinson, Author . Poisoned Pen $24.95 (274p) ISBN 978-1-59058-198-8

The title of Atkinson's second book to feature Hawaiian attorney Storm Kayama (after 2002's Primitive Secrets ) refers to the tumultuous place beneath the waves where a surfer either gets thrown or dives to escape a potentially dangerous swell. Kayama has spent time in the green room; her nightmarish past keeps her shy of the bigger waves these days, and she's instead focused on building her new law firm with her partner and boyfriend, Ian Hamlin. When a client's son extends an enticing invitation to attend a surf contest in Oahu, Kayama reunites with her long-estranged cousin, Nahoa Pi 'ilani, now a celebrated surfer top-seeded in the contest. After his highest ranked opponent dies under suspicious circumstances, Pi 'ilani receives a mysterious and threatening gift, a Hawaiian war totem known as a lei o man . When her cousin subsequently disappears, Kayama finds herself pulled into a risky search for answers. Peppered throughout with surfing terms, Hawaiian dialect and gorgeous descriptions of Oahu's North Shore, this exotic beach read is quick and fun. Agent, Jane Chelius . (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 08/15/2005
Release date: 10/01/2005
Paperback - 274 pages - 978-1-59058-404-0
Paperback - 310 pages - 978-1-59058-199-5
Ebook - 289 pages - 978-1-61595-005-8
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