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Death of a Messenger

A Koa Kāne Hawaiian Mystery

Robert B. McCaw

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  • Paperback: 428 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.50" x 8.50"
  • ISBN: 978-1-63413-780-5
  • Publication Date: 2015-12-01
  • Langdon Street Press

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Death of a Messenger

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Someone’s found a body at Pohakuloa, the army’s live-fire training area. Bearing all the marks of ancient ritual sacrifice—the murder is the grisliest of Detective Koa Kāne's career.

The bizarre case draws Koa deep into his own Hawaiian roots. As Koa probes the victim’s past, he must sort through a rich roster of suspects—grave robbers, native activists, thieves, and star gazers. 

Koa surmounts a host of obstacles as he pursues the murderer—an incompetent local medical examiner, hostility from haoles (Westerners) and sovereignty advocates, and myriad lies.

Did the victim stumble upon a gang of high-tech archaeological thieves? Or did he learn a secret so shocking it cost him his life and put others, too, in mortal danger?

Will Hilo’s most respected native detective catch this fiend in time, or will the killer strike again—with even deadlier consequences?

Robert B. McCaw


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Robert B. McCaw

Robert B. McCaw, a seasoned attorney and veteran of many headline-grabbing cases, blends his decades-old passion for Hawaiian history with a life-long enthusiasm for crime fiction to create a compelling protagonist in Detective Koa Kāne. A former US Army officer and judicial clerk at the US Supreme Court, McCaw’s firsthand military experience, legal expertise, and immersion in all things Hawaiian lend the characters in this richly layered thriller unparalleled authenticity. An avid photographer and part-time resident of the Big Island since the 1990s, he and his wife split their time between New York and Hawaii. Death of a Messenger is the first novel of the Koa Kāne Hawaiian Mystery series.