Poison in Paradise
Poison in Paradise is an authentic snapshot of Hawaii in 1986 when it was written. I was a new and young legislator. Observations, people, events—all created the images and characters in Poison in Paradise. It depicts one person’s limited but sincere understanding of the media, the economic forces pushing and pulling Hawaii, and the day-to-day life of a legislator.
Sometimes fiction is more true than “Alternative Facts.”
Sadly, even a novel can depict and explain reality more authentically than some politicians. Democracy deserves thoughtful pondering.
Poison in Paradise and The Case of the Good Deed
Poison in Paradise and The Case of the Good Deed are set in today’s Honolulu. Each depicts a multi-ethnic society where Caucasians are a minority. Hawaii is a tapestry of multinational, multi-ethnic groups. One out of four residents are of mixed heritage. A majority of all births in 2016 are mixed race babies. Hawaii is what the US mainland might become.
The Case of the Good Deed
The Case of the Good Deed is the first in a series of short novels about contemporary Hawaii. In all, Detective Charlie C. Chang, restaurant owner and informal investigator Moto Fujimoto, and on-line investigative reporter Zoe Lee are continuing and developing characters. The books are written in a cinematic style, from “scene” to scene. Coming soon, book 2: The Case of the Rainforest Reunion