Poisoned Pen, Oct 2002, 24.95, 333 pp.
Even Eden had its serpent but Storm Kayana, a native of Hawaii, doesn't expect any evil to touch her in Paradise. While waiting to see if she has passed the bar exam, Storm is working as a law clerk at her adopted uncle's law firm. One morning when she comes into work, she goes into Uncle Miles Hamasaki's office only to find him slumped over his desk, quite dead.
At first she thinks he died from natural causes but too many strange things begin happening to her for her to continue to believe that fantasy. The day of his funeral, somebody makes her and tries to steal her computer. Her house is broken into and she is almost run off the road by someone who wants her dead. Some of Mile's files are missing and it's obvious an unknown assailant believes Storm has them. She decides she must find the files to see what is so damaging in them that this person would want to kill her.
Deborah Turrell Atkinson shows why even the natives believe Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places in the world. The culture, customs and ancient beliefs come alive in PRIMITIVE SECRETS, a crime thriller that will grab and keep reader interest. The heroine is a troubled young woman who must make peace with her past if she is to have a pleasant future. The audience will root for her every step of the way and hope she will star in future tales.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner