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The Fire Thief
(Book 1)

ISBN-13: 978-1496727725

​Set against the stunning scenery of Maui comes a talented debut from celebrated journalist Debra Bokur. Dark and dangerous secrets are uncovered when the body of a teenage surfer washes ashore. Detective Walter Alaka’i enlists the help of his niece, Detective Kali Māhoe to help solve the case when the child’s untimely death is ruled a homicide.

 

Kali, the granddaughter of one of Hawaii’s most respected spiritual leaders, is an intelligent, grounded woman, relying on logic and instinct when solving a case—but when it seems as though local superstition may have played a part in the grisly murder, she must turn to her knowledge and personal history with mysticism to find who, or what, is committing a series of ritualistic crimes.

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The Bone Field
(Book 2)

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Kali Māhoe, Hawaiian cultural expert and detective with the Maui Police Department, has been called to a bizarre crime scene. In the recesses of a deep trench on Lana’i Island, a derelict refrigerator has been unearthed. Entombed inside are the skeletal remains of someone buried decades ago.

 

The old field soon yields up more long-buried secrets, and Kali is led along an increasingly winding path that brings to light an unlikely suspect, an illegal cock-fighting organization, and a strange symbol connected to a long-disbanded religious cult. Her task is to dispel the dark shadows lingering over the Palawai Basin plains, and to solve a puzzle that no one wants exposed by the bright, hot tropical light.

 

To discover the answer, Kali will be drawn deeper into the mysteries of the island’s ancient legends—stories that tell of an enraged rooster god and man-eating monsters. For Kali, a detective of sound logic and reason, it’s not easy to consider the unknown for explanations to what appears as a series of illogical links in a twisting chain of deadly events. Or safe. Because the dormant pineapple fields of Lana’i have yet to give up their darkest and most terrifying secrets.

The Lava Witch
(Book 3)

In a remote, mountainous area of a Maui forest near Haleakalā volcano, the naked body of a young woman is found hanging from a tree. The devil is in the details: the woman’s nostrils, mouth, and lungs are packed with lava sand. Her hands are bound in twine. Her  feet are charred and blackened, suggesting  a firewalking ceremony. Detective Kali Māhoe’s suspicions are immediately aroused. It has all the signs of a ritual torture and murder.

 

But Kali’s investigation soon leads her down a winding trail of seemingly unconnected clues and diverging paths—from the hanging tree itself, a rare rainbow eucalyptus, to rumors of a witch haunting the high areas of the forest, to the legend of the ancient Hawaiian sorceress Pahulu, goddess of nightmares. Casting a shadow over it all—the possibility of a Sitting God, a spirit said to invade and possess the soul.

 

Aided by her uncle Police Captain Walter Alaka’i, Officer David Hara, and the victim’s brother, Kali embarks down the darkest road of all. One that is leading to the truth of the mountain’s deadly core and a dark side of the island for which even Kali is unprepared.