Poisoned Pen, March 2004, 24.95, 266 pp.
After the new San Diego golf course he designed is built, world famous golfer Alan Saxon has no plans but to have a nice vacation catching up with friends and relaxing at the beach. When fellow duffer Donald Dukelow asks him to come to Honolulu to be a witness at his wedding to Zanne Kaheiki he agrees to change his plans. He goes on to tell him that his mother and his first wife are joining him at his wedding. He needs Heidi and Alan there because Donald is marrying out of his race and he needs help convincing the Kaheiki family that he loves their daughter.
Since Donald is paying for the expenses, Alan agrees to go to give his friend moral support. The bride's family is not thrilled that she is marrying a Caucasian. The night of his bachelor party, Donald gets very drunk and Alan has to put him to bed. The next morning Alan goes to wake his friend up, but he finds him dead. the victim of a murderer. By the time Alan convinces the police he was an innocent bystander, he finds himself threatened by various people who want him to quit trying to figure out the identity of the killer.
No matter whether he goes by the name of Conrad Allen, Edward Marston or Keith Miles, this author can always be counted on to write a book that draws the audience into the storyline. In HONOLULU PLAY-OFF the protagonist is a delightful character who once he sets his mind to do something, he carries it through no matter the risk to himself. The action is non-stop so that the readers never are able to take a breath for fear that they will miss something crucial.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner